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First off international flights are amazing. They're world's better than any domestic airline i've ever flown. Flying economy from tokyo to bangkok took 6 hours. I had the whole row of 3 seats to myself to sprawl out in. 8 movies to choose from on my own little screen, including video games, tv shows, news... But most importantly free drinks all you can down. It went splendidly and I didn't sleep a wink, no need to.
The clouds were gorgeously formed overhead as we prepared for our landing. The shadows cast by these cotton candy clouds were visible from the plane and plump areas of sunlight scattered the ground below. The first thing I noticed stepping off the plane was the humidity. I was simply crossing from plane to terminal and I assumed the blast of heat felt was from the plane's engines, but as I would soon find out being in thailand is like constantly sitting behind the jets of a 747 running at full blast.
The Thai people are extremely helpful and polite. I can't tell you how many people offered me a taxi multiple times. But I can tell you that maybe 5 of the Thai didn't. Those 5 were women who didn't look like they were working. Until of course the balding, round, hawaiian shirt wearing white man showed up on the scene. Each girl seemed to have one of these men and they missed him alot! It's a very loving society.
Since my taxi scheduled to meet me never showed. I decided to take up one of the Thai on there offer for a ride. I was told that it would cost me 2000 baht to make the 3 hour drive to Cha'am ($65). This driver insisted 2500 baht but that I would get receipt and more professional ride.
Well everything works out in the end. My driver was a real sweetheart, "my friend" he kept telling me. When he pulled over to the side of the road just outside of bangkok I have to admit I was a little nervous, but if you gotta go, you gotta go, and he made it up to me with a coffee, which i drank( it was in a can). And when we finally made it to the Cha'am bus stop 9 o'clock that evening and I had to wait at a 7/11 in the middle of f'ing no where he stayed with me for the whole half hour for the other cab to show up. Well worth the $15.
I finally made it to the center that evening and was warmly greeted by a british girl with a baby macaque on her shoulder. I'm going to like this place.