The 12 hour direct flight from Auckland to Bangkok with Thai airways was uneventful which must mean we had a great flight! Apart from the plane having seen better days we left on time and arrived slightly early plus the kids all slept a few hours and when not were busy eating, playing or watching movies.
Here is my flight report from the last time we did this same leg two years ago.
We arrived remarkably refreshed and headed straight for our hotel, The Oaks on Sathorn. No need to write up my thoughts on the place when I have already done so with Trip advisor so here is a screen shot.
It was around 10pm when we checked in and while I went out hunting and gathering for food Seerung got the kids are bathed and ready for bed. A quick snack and soon they were all snoring. I went to bed shortly afterwards and woke up feeling great at 6am. Not expecting anyone else to be up at least for another 4 hours I decided that it was time to do something I had always wanted to do: Go for a decent run through the streets of Bangkok.
I laced up the sneakers and hit the road before then sun had even began to peep over the horizon. Up Naratiwasrachanakarin road and right onto Sathorn. Up to Lumpini park for one and a half laps before popping out on Ratchadamri road. All the way down Surawong road and then back up Silom road until run keeper told me I had hit the 10km mark. It was basically a cross country course (apart from the park) given all the traffic, road side stalls, stairs, holes and dogs.
Normally I cannot eat any food at all for at least an hour after a run but on the occasion I think I must have run past more then 100 road side stalls cooking up all sorts of wonderful smells so I was ready to eat straight away. More importantly though was a coffee! I had always wanted to try Dean & DeLuca and seeing as it was on the way back to the hotel I dropped in. The coffee was excellent but my smoked salmon pancake at 275 baht was overpriced rubbish.
Everyone was still sleeping when I got back to the hotel but eventually one by one they all surfaced. The next two full days were going to be all about Seerung. I said I would take the kids and she could do what she wanted. Her best friend had organised a few days off so they went off shopping for the next few days. We hung out a lot at the hotel and the swimming pool as well as meeting them at various places around the city for meals.
The Ashes were also currently being played so a few hours were spent explaining the finer points of the game to the kids while the Aussies crushed the hapless Poms!
On the third day Seerung flew east to Ubon with Jacob while the girls and I stayed in Bangkok waiting for some very special guests. My brother Paul, his wife Anne and their four wonderful daughters were coming to visit us for a few weeks. My daughters and my nieces are simply the best of friends and so you can imagine the excitement I had to deal with prior to their arrival as they had not seen them for almost two months. More on that coming soon.