Arrival in Thailand
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March 14th, 2010 – by: moonspdr
After a short layover in Bangkok and treating myself to some Starbucks (unavailable in good old Kyiv) we had a short 1 hour flight to Phuket. The Phuket flight was on the local Bangkok Airline, so we had to recheck our bags. Not a big deal, since our layover was pretty short. Bangkok Airline has a beautiful lounge open to anyone flying that we were able to use while we waiting for our flight.
Phuket International Airport is small, but still bigger and much nicer than Borispyl in Kyiv. All of the signs are in English alongside Thai, so it was easy to find where we needed to go. As Americans, visas were not required for a short stay.
My husband had arranged for a car to meet us and take us to the hotel. Unfortunately, the car was not there to pick us up. A representative from another hotel in the same small chain called for us and found they did not have a reservation for the car. No big deal. The rep found us a taxi and it ended up costing half what the hotel car would have. And when we arrived at the hotel, they were nice enough to compensate us with an upgrade to a suite overlooking the pool and the ocean.
After an exploration of the grounds to snap some pictures, we took a short nap (sleeplessness was starting to get to us) and then hired the hotel driver to take us into town to change money, find some lunch and do some shopping. We headed to Patong Beach where vendors abound and offered us any and every thing under the sun. Our destination, though, was to find a tailor to get some handmade clothes. We found a nice one and arranged to have a few suits and shirts made for the husband and after much insistence by him, a dress for me. After picking fabrics and patterns and getting measurements done, we headed out to walk the area and start on the souvenir shopping.
Several hours later and we were spent. We met up with the driver and headed back to the hotel. Out hotel is on the southern end of the island, away from all the action, and that is just fine with us. It means it is quiet, which is just what we want for our relaxing vacation. But it does mean it is a small drive to get to places. But really, it is a small island and it doesn't take more than maybe an hour to get from point A to point B at the most. So we got back to the hotel, showered and changed and then tried out the hotel restaurant for dinner. The restaurant sits right on the beach, and alongside the pool. It is open air on all sides with a beautiful breeze that flows through. The staff is attentive and courteous and very pleasant and the food is good too! We had a wonderful relaxing dinner by the pool with the ocean in the background and hearing the waves lap up against the wall. A wonderful end to a wonderful first day in paradise.
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