Sawatdee ka! It was yet another interesting adventure, but we made it to Bangkok. We took Air Asia out of Osaka’s Kansai International Airport around 12:10 am on 9/14 and arrived in Bangkok on 9/14 at 4:30 am with a two hour time difference. So what happened that made this an adventure?
Let’s just say… The picture above should explain most of what happened. Air Asia made us go check in at the counter after I had already checked in online in advance and got the electronic tickets (to avoid having to go through that hassle). After waiting an hour until check in opened we then learned that our backpacks, which we have not had to check in once so far, were too heavy to be considered a carry on and we would need to check them in for 6,000 Baht ($60). That wasn’t going to happen… So we spent who knows how long just unpacking our bags at the airport in order lessen the weight so we didn’t have to pay. It worked! The guy didn’t even crack a smile when we checked in, but you better believe everyone at the security line thought it was hilarious, but clever.
Then we finally arrived in Bangkok around 4:30 am and decided the best thing would be to just get a taxi straight to our Airbnb. The one taxi driver we got was practically blind and he drove us to the wrong condo building (apparently there are two of them). However, we didn’t know it was the wrong one until after snooping around the vacant lobby for about an hour looking for this key that our host told us he would leave in a drawer inside of a purple envelop. It was quite the scavenger hunt, until we realized it was the wrong place all together!
After walking with all of our baggage for 2.5 km at 5:30 am, we finally got to the right place and found the key that was left for us. We ended up sleeping until about 12:00 pm just to catch up on the lack of sleep on the plane.
Then we headed straight to the Siam stop on the train. This area contains the biggest shopping mall I have ever seen. I don’t even know still if it was one continuous mall or just separate malls all within the same area. I literally would have gotten lost if I was there by myself.
Along the sides of the streets there are pop-up stands all connected together selling clothes for so so cheap. I think we may have walked up and down it 4 times just to look for some cool pants for me. I ended up finding some! Here they are as I’m lying in my bed writing this haha.
After I bought some cool pants we took a tuktuk to khaosan road. This place is where you’ll see the most tourists ever, but it is still worth the excitement. Oh ya, and a tuktuk is basically this motorcycle with a roof and bench in the back. It is really fun, but make sure to hold on and negotiate a price before getting into it. Back to Khaosan road, it is a road lined with clothing, food stands, outdoor massages, laughing gas bars, regular bars dueling with electronic music and so much more!
However, we didn’t want anything to crazy at the moment, we were just in search for some kai jeow moo sab (omlete with pork, Thai spices, and rice). This is by far my favorite thai meal- simple, but perfect… And spicy. Oh, and sorry there is no picture of it, I was too excited to eat it!
A man in a taxi asked if we needed a ride and this time we decided it would be better to just take the taxi than to trust any other trainsportation being open. Also, this time we knew exactly which condo we were supposed to be going to so we wouldn’t get lost and have to walk!
So now we are back at the Airbnb condo and I have some laundry going on because we technically only have enough clothes with us for a week- this is how you have a minimalistic wardrobe I guess! Make sure to watch the video below, ราตรีสวัสดิ์ (goodnight).
~ M + H