Thursday, November 13, 2008
Begin Day Two
Well needless to say I am exhausted. I was up at 6:30am this morning after about 5 hours of sleep. Today will envolve doing very little, I just got breakfast out of the way so lunch and dinner are left along with napping.
So more on the trip over, as I mentioned the only snag was the possible medical emergency. The flight from ATL to Seoul was about 14 hours, which was not that bad. I watched a bunch of movies to pass the time, "Indiana Jones 4, Baby Mama," and something with Sarah in the title, I cannot remember. I also watched Frank Caliendo, listened to a handful of CD's and took cat naps.
I think for my next adventure, it may be Seoul. I could not believe how clean it was, well at least the airport. It kind of reminded me of landing in California with the mountains surrounding the horizon. I had about a two hour layover there and spent the time walking around and taking a couple of pictures. From what I saw it was very beautiful, especially the flight out of the city with the view of all the islands surrounding Korea.
From Seoul it was another 6 hour flight to Bangkok on Korean Air. I cannot say I remember much of it because I slept the majority of the flight. I did tempt fate on the plane, they brought some ice cream and decided to eat it, the whole container was in Korean so I could not figure out were it was distributed from, hopefully not in China after the recent scare with the melamine in the dairy.
After we landed I made my way through immigration and converted some currency. So here is where I fall for a scam. I got roped in by the airport taxi service. They offered me a limo to my hotel for $70, luckily she showed it to me on a calculator. I borrowed her calculator and did the divison to find out how much it actually was, this 35:1 thing is kind of a pain in the ass. Needless to say I declined the limo but found out they had a car as well. Long story short was I paid about $35 for the ride. I know I could have got a better deal but I just wanted to get to the hotel without worrying about cab driver screwing me.
The ride to the hotel was interesting. I was not aware that they are training Thai's to take over NASCAR. We drafted several car on the way to the hotel and at one point I thought the driver was going to utilize bump-drafting. Our speeds ranged in excess of a 140km/h range which is 85mph.
When I got to the hotel I tipped the driver......also the guy who carried my bag to the taxi. One thing about the drivers is that they will ask you for a tip. I gave them 40THB which is just over a $1. I am not sure what the tipping procedure in Thailand is but I guess something is better than nothing.
When I got to the hotel I went to the front desk to check in and the lady had me follow her to the elevator. Because I am on the executive level I had my check in on the 23rd floor, sweet.
After getting settled and taking a shower I went downstairs to find a watering hole. As luck would have it, there is an Irish Pub attached to the hotel. The biggest attraction of the night was listening to a Thai Band perform "Islands in the Stream," originally performed by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. The band was actually very good and they played a variety of music. After several Kilkenny's I made it up to my room at 1am and went to sleep.
One thing I found out was there will be a big to do in Thailand for the next 3 days. The princess has died so there will be a big ceremony. I may try to figure out where that will take place.
I see why it is called the land of smiles, everyone does smile at you and the people I have met so far are excellent. They seem not to have a care in the world, this is a very beautiful place.
One final note: Koh Coon Crap means thank you in Thai. However, the spelling is probably wrong but that is how it is pronounced.