Day 2, Arrival in Bangkok
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After the flight which 'only' took 10 hours and 20 minutes, we arrived at Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport. And it was huuuuge. But a very pretty building. It was 7.10 am when we arrived at the airport. After about an hour (going through customs, getting bagage), we met our Dutch travelguide Peter and our local Thai guide Phi Thoy. We got to the bus and after we started driving the chauffeur and busboy were introduced to us.
Two and a half hours later we arrived at the Bangkok Palace Hotel. Our rooms weren't ready yet, so we had to wait for about an hour more. In the meanwhile we got a general introduction about Thailand and the groupmembers were introduced to each other. It appeared that my friend was the youngest member, and i was third.
In the afternoon we went to see the tallest building in Bangkok, Baiyoke Sky Hotel; 309 meters, 84 floors, about a 10 minute walk. We had lunch on the 78th floor, and had an amazing view over Bangkok. After lunch we went to the 84th floor to the 'revolving roof deck'. After taking a few pictures and enjoying the view, we went back to the hotel.
Bangkok is an enormous city, with about just as much citizens as the Netherlands (8 million registered, but estimated 15-16 million), but on an area as big as the Dutch province of Utrecht...It is in a way a really beautiful city, with friendly people and many local shops. But it is also an ugly city which smells because of the traffic and the pollution and not so clean streets.
That evening we had a dinnercruise on the Chao Praya River. The cruise was very nice and the view very pretty because most things on shore were lit, and the food was quite ok, but everybody was so tired from the flight and not much sleep that everyone was practically sleeping at the end of it. Funny part was when the buffet opened. A lot of people practically stormed at the table to be the first to eat....like a lot of ants crawling around a table. But as said everyone was glad it was over so they could go back to the hotel and have a good sleep.