Bangkok: Street traffic outside my hotel.
I have an afternoon flight leaving Bangkok at 4:55 PM so I still have some time to explore a diferent part of Bangkok.
Last night the street traffic was pretty heavy out on Nana Nua below my hotel room. I was on the 7th floor (the top floor) of my hotel (The Grand Inn) and you couldn't hear it if the air conditioner was on. But I peeked out at 2 AM and the traffic was still heavy and there were people on the sidewalks. I even saw a of women by herself picking her way through the people on the sidewalk. The picture I took of the night traffic was at about 10 PM when it was just a little bit heavier.
I woke up and decided to go explore the part of the city on the streets north of Sukhumvit.
Bangkok: A marketplace near Phetchaburi road.
I started off down Soi 3 and found a market by one of the Khlongs (canal). It was a locals food market and it had a rustic feel. There were dogs and cats running around in the market. I then followed Thanon Phetchaburi
down most of the way. This is an interesting street with lots of trafffic and a few interesting shops. I made a side trip over to Pratunam Market on Ratchadamri Road which has some street stalls and then a garment district shopping area. I found a nice breakfast on the street in Pratunam Market. A lady was frying up some eggs in her wok. She added some chilli pepper and put some fried pork on the side and put it all over rice.
Bangkok: Ratchadamri Road.
There were several other people getting theirs made ahead of me but it was well worth the wait. Very good breakfast. Now all I needed was some orange juice and what did I see across the street but another 7-11. Oh so convenient. I wound my way through the market steets back to Phetchaburi and then up to where the sky train crosses it and then I followed that, passing by the big shopping malls and was then back at my hotel. It was a nice long morning walk with lots to see.
Check out time at the Grand Inn is 11:00 so I get my bags together and bring them down to the front desk till when I have to leave for the airport. I still have one more area to check out near the hotel and that is the street across from Soi 3 and that is Soi 2.
Bangkok: A Bangkok garment district mall.
I manage to get across busy Sukhumvit by going to one of the pedestrian bridges over the street and then head down Soi 2. There are a bunch of restaurants and bars here. Too bad I missed these last night. Some of the bars even have friendly Thai girls sitting at the bars even during this daytime hour. There are some steet food vendors along the way and then the street ends a short ways down.
Back at the hotel it is finally time to leave to go to the airport to head home. The bell hop arranges an airport transfer with a taxi. He sets the price at 450 baht. I think it was one of his friends who drives a taxi and he gave him the business. It was an uneventful ride to the airport. What I did see was the sky train line that was not fully completed.
Bangkok: Phetchaburi Road.
It looks really close to being finished though and should be up and running if I ever decide to come back to Bangkok. Especially good for hotels on Sukhumvit line or even Silom which is just a few blocks away from the sky train line.
At the airport I step into the cement and gleaming steel of Suvarnabhumi airport and find the EVA airline check-in desk. There is a bit of a line but I have quite a bit of time before my flight. After that it is off to the passport control line. I always pick the wrong line and I did again. At least I have plenty of time. After you get through passport control you go through the door to the international airport wing and there are lots of trendy looking perfume shops, clothing shops and a camera and electronics store.
Bangkok: Sukhumvit Soi 2.
I check out the camera store to see what they have for new cameras. After that I figure I might as well head into the gate area. I have an hour or so before my flight. This is another airport that does not have much inside the final security check so if you are hungry you better do it outside the final security check area. Inside the gate area the terminal is a modern and sleek tunnel of steel and glass. The area is pretty basic though and they are finally starting to add the toilets they forgot to add during the original contruction. It finally gets to be boarding time and we go through the special class distinction lines that EVA air makes you go through. This is a 747 so there are a lot of people to load. Elite class gets on first in theri own special line, then Business class gets their turn and finally the poor slobs in economy can get on.
Bangkok: Sukhumvit Soi 3 with my hotel in center.
That is fine with me the shortest amount of time on the plane for me the better. I have seat 80 and the stewardess tells me to go all the way to the back of the plane but when I get there it only goes into the 60's so I ask another stewardess and she tells me I was supposed to go upstairs into the upper cabin. I have to fight my way back upstream to get to the front of the plane and then go upstairs. Upstairs is only 3 seats left and 3 seats right because the upper part of the plane is narrower. I have a window seat and the slope of the roof makes it so there is a little shelf next to the seat that makes a nice place to set your stuff like a book or a pillow (but it does slide back during takeoff). Lucky for me there isn't anyone sitting next to me on this flight.
Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi Airport terminal.
So I can set the video on demand computer next to me to the flight following map and follow the course of the plane as I am watching my movies.
EVA airlines is a good way to get to Thailand. Once you jump through all the hoops of getting on the plane the service is good and rather unAmerican. They give you a warm moist towel to wash off with at the start and end of the flight. The food has a Chinese flair to it. They have video on demand in every seat to help pass the time. The upholstery on the seats is a diferent color than most airlines to make you feel like you are not on the same old, same old airplane. I was not really pleased with their counter people they gave me seats between two other people a couple of times (they ONLY assign seats at check in) and they didn't seem all that professional but when you are on a plane for 12 hours the 5 minutes you are talking to the people in check-in seems a little insignificant.
Bangkok: A Thai airlines plane at Suvarnabhumi airport.
Had an uneventful flight home. Watched a few movies, fell asleep a couple of times, saw Tokyo from the air (thanks to the in flight following map), saw a rocky snowy Aleutian island from the air, saw Puget Sound from the air at sunset, had a good fish taco at the food court in Seattle and struggled to stay awake waiting for my final flight to my home town. Hated to have to go home but I guess somone has to pay for all my bills and that is me. After 3 weeks away in 90 degree heat I came home to a litle bit of snow on the ground and temperatures in the 20's at the airport. Brrrr...
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