Back On The Road Again

Well, here I am back in Bangkok, the capital city of La La Land, after the usual tedium that is the customary accompaniment for any 12 hour flight; the tedium amplified this time by an early morning email from British Airways, informing me that my 15.40 flight had beed delayed until 19.00, but requesting me to arrive at terminal 5 at the original time because they would endeavour to bring the delay forward………….at 19.37 the big bird trundled down runway 2 into the prevailing west wind, weighed down by a full payload of passengers, luggage and aviation fuel; and after what seemed an eternity, we rose slowly from the tarmac and started to bank into a 180 degree turn as we climbed towards cruising altitude and headed due east……………….next time someone tells me they love flying, I will apply to have them sectioned under the mental health act.

Yesterday afternoon after I had checked into my hotel, I took a walk to the local Kasikorn bank to pay some cash into my Thai bank account and have a quick look around the shops………….this only involved a 10 minute walk, but it is 32 degrees celsius here and until you acclimatise, the high humidity is a killer, so by the time that I reached the air-conditioned sanctuary of the Siam Paragon shopping mall, I was sweating like a footballer taking a spelling test…………

Today I have been to Ekkami bus station to book a ticket for the 5 hour journey to Trat tomorrow, where I will stay for one night before taking a ferry to the island of Koh Kood…………..

Today I used the BTS Skytrain to go to Ekkami and then back to the Siam Paragon shopping mall………..it is not a huge network covering all of Bangkok, but it has been very cleverly designed to go to a lot of essential locations, like bus terminals and land based train stations (oh, and all the best shopping Mall’s………..heheheheeh)

I have friends on Facebook that do not follow my blog and friends that follow my blog that are not on Facebook, so this is a one-off apology for those of you that will see duplications of posts to both …………

 

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Above…………..the Skytrain walkway, above which is the elevated concrete section that carries the Skytrain track………..and below, my train arriving

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Above and below…………tickets are easy to buy for this wonderfully efficient, air-conditioned service…………….there is an English language button on all machines and if you cannot read English or Thai script, just look over someones shoulder that knows what they are doing………………

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2 thoughts on “Back On The Road Again

    • Yes Liz………it’s always a tedious journey, so a delay doesn’t make much difference !!