Published: June 23rd 2012June 23rd 2012
waiting for our first cocktails at Sawasadee courtyard bar
After arriving at Glasgow we checked our bags and grabbed a bite to eat. Through passport control and after a couple of jars in the Airport lounge we were off. The first leg from Glasgow to Dubai was fantastic with a massively underbooked flight, meaning plenty of space to stretch out, and my first experience of flying with Emirates. I know that our ticket was economy, but this still felt to me like first class as the food and free drinks were all new to me. Nonetheless, 7 hours and 3500 miles in a confined space takes it toll and we arrived in 39 degree heat in Dubai (at night!) at passport control, a little worse for wear and a little angrier than if emirates had allowed the smoking of my electronic ciggarette aboard there otherwise fantastic intercontinetal flights.
The flights were interesting, in and of themselves. As I mentioned, our originating flight was massively underbooked, and yet in our excitement, we chose to spend seven hours arse to arse enjoying all the perks of flying emirates. After the entirely over enquisative transfer at dubai (bags checked and passports again!) we found ourselves in a three
cheryl's strawberry daquiri. MASSIV!
hour layover. Gents; I am not sure if you have found yourself in the position of needing a twosie in a muslim orinetated airport where the only 'western toilet' is in use but i will tell you this... I gave it a shot.... Squatting is not a position I am used to.
Our connecting flight on to Bangkok was filled to the gunnels and we experienced an airbus AC38; 2 floored airtravel, execpt not enough people so the top floor was closed. This was when we realised that we had learned a very unexpected yet invaluable lesson:
If you find yourself on and underbooked flight.
SCREW ROMANCE AND CLOSENESS!
Take the opportunity to stretch out and sleep!
Six and a half hours next to screaming children, and elbowy neighbours is not pleasent but a further 3000 miles later, we had arrived!
Passport and immigration was relatively painless other than ignorant and arrogant families of 20+ members who assume that sharing a surname is a good reason to skip past 250 people who are all in a patient line. The little Thai lady dispensed with their nonsense fairly rapidly however
3 for 2 on all drinks! superfuntime. this bar was called thumbs up!
and we made it through the gauntlet and found ourselves Bangkok bound but not in the fashion which Cheryl had become accustomed to as buses to Kho San Road were no longer available. So we decended to the lower levels off BKK and found the sub level electric train. Whilst on board i began to appreciate the magnitude of the trek before us and whilst admiring the passing scenery, I turned to catch cheryl wearing a wistful face. When I asked her if she was ok she simply responded;
'I never thought I'd be back here'
At that precise point in time, I realised we had made the right decision.
We hopped off at Phaya Thai Station and hopped in a tuk tuk to Khao San Road. I am pretty happy that I was so tired as if I had been more switched on I would have been in a state of panic as our little chariot rode through rush hour traffic at breakneck speed, but instead I just kicked back and let the wind blast away the travel cobwebs and enjoyed the madness.
We arrived to the hustle and bustle of Khao San and fought
a bucket of vodka and red bull. A local speciality of thailand!
through the people and animals (sometimes indistinguishable from each other) and checked into our room at the Khao San Palace.
The place is very nice with a swimming pool on the roof which we are yet to go and see. We jumped straight into bed and caught a couple of hours sleep and headed out for our first night out.
We had a lovely meal but ate far too much and started hitting the cocktails. We had an epic night out and met some lovely people but I will let the photos do the talking as I am painfully aware that this is fast becoming a novel. Safe to say I must look like a bit of a perv as men kept approaching me from the shadows to raise their eyebrows and suggest 'Ping Pong?'
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Peace out. xx