THE THAILAND SERIES, DAY 1 & 2
DUBLIN – MUNICH – BANGKOK
Arriving in Thailand post covid. So here we go back to the Motherland and home to some of the best islands, curries and beer you’ll ever see.
ITS GOOD TO BE BACK!
I flew from Dublin airport and no trip to this airport is complete without a little scuffle, this time 2 fellas from my bus. One of which couldn’t stand and wouldn’t take a warning if he tried.
WHERE IS BANGKOK?
Anyone will know that the airports are under a bit of scrutiny but Dublin was grand, albeit I left at 5am. However, Munich had other plans. As I arrived it all look fairly quiet until this queue of people started to appear, there must have been 500 people in it, all queueing to reschedule their new flights apparently caused by a mixture of lack of staff, flights and a crazy thunderstorm which was sweeping through Germany and Austria.
- HOTEL – The Landmark + free upgrade 8.5/10
- RESTAURANT – The Landmark 7/10
- FOOD – Thai Green Curry
I got talking to a British guy who spent 3 hours on the runway before being told the flight wasn’t going anywhere. Then he told me about his experience with meningitis 😬 turns out his brother was a perfect match but now has to deal with a cashew allergy, something he inherited after the stem cell therapy. You really don’t know what some people have went through.
DAY 1 DAILY TRAVEL STATS….
- Steps – 6,910
- Flights – Dublin – Munich – Bangkok
- Flight itinerary – Dublin 10:30 – 13:40 Munich/Munich 10:45 – 14:10 Bangkok
- Miles covered – 6546 miles
DAY 2 DAILY TRAVEL STATS….
- Steps – 10,294
As part of me dipping my toe into YouTube I was recording as much of this trip as possible including walking onto the plane, but the air hostess wasn’t having any of it. So much so I thought I was being refused entry😬… The flight was a dream though.
The colours are said to stand for nation-religion-king, an unofficial motto of Thailand.
- RED – For the land and people.
- WHITE – For religions.
- BLUE – For the monarchy, the last having been the auspicious colour of Rama VI.
First on the agenda was Patong, an institution in Bangkok and the oldest red-light district in Thailand. I’ve been once and remember the huge number of stalls and bars. Actually I remember it for failing to negotiate the purchaser of a pair of trainers for the sake of 50bhat (£1). Fair play to the vendor who stood his ground, unfortunately I did too. However I was shook to see the entire street was deserted, not one stall stood here and only a few bars remained. It’s safe to say the people of Thailand are still feeling the effects of lockdown.
Arriving in Thailand post Covid
Then after searching high and low for a place that serves Thai Green Curry I found myself wondering a street like any other until I noticed I was in the epicentre of Bangkoks gay district. I can walk these streets with the best of them but it was the shock when I looked around and seen what was going down. No doubt everyone released when the penny dropped too as I noticed a few laughs 😆 to top it off I for the first time seen a rat in Thailand. Long long overdue.
- MVP – The guy who checked me in… free upgrade innit
TODAY’S YOUTUBE VIDEOS
If you want to see today from a different perspective, and catch a few different stories from the front row, then check out today’s YouTube videos below.
Thailand is never a trip that happens as it should and for whatever reason that’s part of the love. There are only a few countries which get away with this privilege.
Shotguns and Temples in Bangkok!! Click to read.
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
This post was part of The Thailand Series. To view the full YouTube series from the trip click here or for my Instagram highlights you can go here.
If you would rather read the rest of the series from the blog just click here.
- What’s the longest layover you’ve bad?
- Have you been to Thailand?
- What is your favourite country in Thailand?
Let me know in the comments below . . .