go home via Bangkok
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We got to Bangkok close to 8pm. The Bangkok airport was a huge complex, pretty much brand new. Lots of walking til we found the baggage claim area for our flight, and the immigration stations next to it. The process was pretty painless, however, and soon we were reunited with our luggage (always a good thing!) We took the official airport taxi to the hotel, since we had a group of 4 (just Kevin, me, Joel and Jan) and lots of luggage. Dave and Kristin were on the way to Chingmai for more adventures, however, since our flight was delayed, they missed their connecting flight and had to spend the night in Bangkok.
It was even hotter and muggier here in Bangkok than Kathmandu, and it had been raining. However, there was very little traffic from the airport to the hotel at this hour, and we got there in about 40 minutes. Viewing the new Bangkok from the car, it was definitely not the same one I visited 22 years ago! This is now a modern city with lots of high rises and expressways, and cars, but the cars are better behaved than before from my recollection.
The hotel we stayed at was very nice, and we got a roomy suite overlooking the river. Then we ventured out to dinner with someone who is a friend of Joel's. Seafood, spicy and fresh, out in the open air by the river. We were all pretty tired and packed in after midnight.
-- so our friends made it to Chiang Mai after all, and 2 months later, we saw some of the photos they took there. It was amazing, the elephants can paint! They saw the elephants paint live, so these are real paintings painted by these intelligent animals!