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December 23rd 2017
Published: December 23rd 2017
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Well the trip started off as a disaster thanks to Delta Airlines. Flight in medford delayed for over an hour due to lack of counter personnel. Thus missed our connection in Seattle. Got a last minute flight on Alaska to Vancouver and we’re the last to board our air Canada flight to Taiwan. Unfortunately delta lost our 2 check in bags. Best we could do is have my daughter Kala get them back home. But the flight to Taiwan was super nice. Business class has fully reclining seats that make into a bed. Pillow and down comforter. Slept for 5 of the 12 hour flight had a very nice steak dinner and watched the movie “atomic blond” on the 18” screen. Finished my book and we were there.

Road the airport express to the main station in Taipei and walked the 2 blocks to our hotel

Next morning took the express train back to the airport (30 min). And got on Nokscoot airlines for the flight to Bangkok
Took longer to go thru security than it did to ride to the airport

Nokscoot Is an interesting airline. Boeing 777 all seats are economy. However you can upgrade to premium economy for $30. There probably 200 people sitting in economy and 5 in premium which is actually 1st class. We upgraded. The best part other than the comfort is you deplane first. Which means we were in the front of the immigration/customs line. Took us 5 minutes. The rest of the plane Probably took an hour.

Took a taxi to the Admiral Premier hotel in downtown Bangkok I had the driver take the toll road and paid the extra $1.25. It cut like 30 minutes off the trip. The toll road is freeway speed.

2 nights at the Admiral Premier then moved to the Centerpoint 10 hotel. We had a 1 bedroom suite ($86) a night in the 5 star hotel. Included a fantastic breakfast.

Since we had hardly any clothes to change into we took the bts elevated train to the Siam Paragon shopping mall to stock up. This mall is approx 4 million square feet of shopping on 6 floors. Huge doesn’t do it justice. All the top name brands and ultra modern.

Off to the bridge over the River Kwai on the next post

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Airport security line Taipei airport

Thai Xmas tree st Siam paragon center

Trying to decide what to eat at free breakfast

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