Another trip to Bangkok

After work today I took a car over to the airport and caught a flight to Bangkok. The corporate travel agent had messed up, as they are wont to do so, and failed to spec a vegetarian meal for me, but I had almost two hours to kill so I did a long, slow lap of the entire airport, picking up gifts (salted egg potato crisps, Singapore’s latest delicacy) along the way. I bought an avocado sandwich for myself and then headed to the gate, arriving just in time to board.
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve flown to Bangkok for business now. Sometimes it’s a mad panic to get there, and sometimes, like today, it’s smooth sailing. I had an entire row to myself to stretch out, so the flight was comfortable enough, although getting off the plane I managed to get tangled in somebody else’s blanket and headphones and almost got stuck. Which would have been a fun way to spend the night.

Because I landed so late, I didn’t want to take the train. If you try to get a car at the airport, they’ll quote you 2,400 baht (about 80-100 US dollars). Only if you say that seems a bit pricey and ask for a cheaper car do you realise they were trying to sell you on a BMW. If you’re sat in a traffic jam for an hour, a BMW is no better than a Toyota, and if you’re not in a traffic jam, why pay twice as much for something you’re not spending much time in?

But I got to the hotel in under half an hour. For a change, nobody recognized me, because Starwood have just overhauled their loyalty system and so nobody realises this is my seventh or eighth stay in the same hotel in two years. But it’s also nice to be a little anonymous. So now I relax in my palatial bed, almost twice the size of our own, and hope everyone is copacetic back home. I’ll be gone in less than 24 hours…

One response to “Another trip to Bangkok”

  1. I wondered what you were doing looking at carpets again so soon after Perth. I got confused and thought you might still be there and maybe I’d read my posts in the wrong order.

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