Off to Bangkok for New Intrepid Tour
Sunday, December 04, 2016
Intrepid trip notes: Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand
I only have a half hour to do up my notes for today.
I haven't been sleeping that well lately. I also seem to have picked up some respiratory affliction or allergy, but I doubt allergy. I have a tickle in my throat that makes me cough now and then. I used to bring cough drops but I stopped to lighten my load. In any case, I got up around 6 am, played with some photo editing, packed up more. Then I tried to take my shower so I could finish up packing - only to find out that the water never got beyond a slight hint of warmth to the cold water so I gave up that idea. I went down to breakfast around 8 am
I checked in and went off to the gate. I didn't try to change my Laotian money into Thai money, but I should have, I guess, since they don't change Laotian or Indonesian money at the Bangkok airport. I did manage to change some New Zealand dollars that I most have been stashing for at least 10 years. I found them when I was cleaning or putting together Theo's foreign coin and currency collection. Bangkok Airlines served a nice lunch and were pushing wine. The people behind me commented that rarely do flight attendants keep offering wine to passengers.
Landing was very bumpy on the tarmac but after that all went pretty smoothly. There was a family on the shuttle from airplane to terminal and the father told his young daughters that it was time for them to do their racewalking. I don't know if that influenced the other passengers, but I have never seen people rush so fast to passport control. Maybe they were all expecting long lines - typical for Bangkok airport. I don't know. When I picked up my checked bag, I went out and started looking for my transport. I walked up and down all the signs - getting close and peering at them
I was checked in and informed that my roommate would be arriving later and that we had a meeting a 6 pm. Now I only have 15 minutes and probably should get there a bit early
While waiting in the lobby, I saw a few groups of people, then I saw a young Thai woman in an Intrepid shirt. It seems that there are at least 2 different Intepid tours starting and some other one. Tai or Rabbit, or something like that, got us into a meeting room. First there were 4 of us, then we were joined by a couple. So we have Simon from Switzerland, Alex from England - she will be my roommate after tonight, Margaret and Frank from Ireland but living in London, and Shane from Australia. Most of the group is doing more than one tour and Margaret and Frank are out until January as is Alex who started mid-October. After the formalities of getting insurance info, Tai had us introduce ourselves. Tai gave us the lowdown on the trip and then said she booked a table for us at a restaurant in the neighborhood.
This is a favorite backpacker area and there are lots of tourists - mostly young people - out walking on the streets