There’s no doubt that Bangkok is an all out assault on your senses, especially if you are a first time visitor. Even Thai’s can be overwhelmed by Bangkok when arriving for the first time. Sure you may know what to expect from reading and seeing pictures of the Thai capital city, but I guarantee that the actual experience will have your senses reeling.
Now I’m not unexperienced when it comes to Bangkok, having visited over a dozen times in the past years, however each time I arrive I am still somewhat taken aback by the sensory overload. This last arrival was no different. It starts almost immediately when I stepped out of Suvarabhumi airport to get a taxi. 6 o’clock in the evening and the heat was full blast. It’s almost like stepping into a sauna with the combination of extreme heat and extreme humidity. Coming from a northern climate I almost immediately began to sweat from every single pore of my body.
Normally I would hop right into an air conditioned taxi for a comfortable ride into the city. Of course this was not a normal arrival since Golf, Alivia and I were returning to Thailand for good. In addition to our numerous bags of luggage, we were also being met by numerous friends at the airport. First we had to locate said friends however!
If you’ve ever made the trip from the U.S. to Thailand you’ll know it’s one of the longest flights possible. For us it was a 21 hour trip (3 hour layover in Hong Kong), which is enough by itself to make one exhausted and jet lagged. Of course we also had a 1 year old traveling with us, so we were triply exhausted after the grueling trip. Trust me when I tell you that it IS NOT a good idea to coop up a small child in an airplane for more than an hour or two.
Off we went with all our bags to the end of the terminal where we were met by several of Golf’s friends. Greetings and then gossip commenced immediately and I was informed that we had about half a dozen more people to wait for. Meanwhile my shirt was soaked with sweat and all I wanted was a cool drink and some air con. After about an hours time all the friends had arrived and the logistics of transporting the baggage had been settled and we were on our way to our first temporary stop, a hotel called the Hope Land Executive Residence located at Sukhumvit Soi 46/1. This would be our temporary home for the next week as Golf searched for employment and we also searched for a permanent place to live.
If you are looking for a place to stay around this area of Sukhumvit I think you could do much worse than the Hope Land. The staff was very friendly (they enjoyed playing with Alivia) and helpful, the rooms were large and clean and the food was as you would expect. They have no restaurant, but they do serve a breakfast buffet, which was filling if a bit bland and devoid of creativity. And the price (booked through Agoda) was under 1500THB/night.
Checking in was quick and soon we were in our room, which although large, was not meant to accommodate 10+ people. Thankfully the friends soon said their goodbyes and left us to unpack and sort everything out while getting Alivia used to her new temporary home.
Up to this point the sensory assault was minor, primarily related to the heat and humidity and the long unheard sound of Thai being spoken all around. That was soon to change though as we were now hungry and it was time to head out to the street to find a place to eat.
Drop back in tomorrow when I will share with you some of the wonders of Thai cuisine!
P.S. Yes we are very happy to be back in Thailand
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