As I mentioned in my previous post, my brother Paul, his wife Anne and their four daughters were on their way to Bangkok. My kids were so excited and so that morning organising breakfast and packing everything up in out hotel went very quickly.
We left the Oaks on Sathorn for a very quick taxi ride down the road to where we were going to spend the next three nights, The Chatrium Residence Sathorn. We had booked this quite a while ago when Paul first booked their tickets. We had stayed in their sister property The Chatrium Riverside three years previously and had been very impressed.
We were unable to check in straight away so left all our bags in the lobby and hopped into another taxi to take us to the airport. We had enough time to have a quick lunch before suddenly the family had arrived. Many hugs and laughter and then logistics were discussed on how to get 3 adults, 6 kids and a pile of bags back to the hotel! We took two taxis and arrived almost at the same time about an hour later.
Without going into a blow by blow account of the three days we spent together I will say that it was a wonderful time. Bangkok can really sap your energy and with so many kids it can be tiring but watching them play and laugh together in a different country was a real treat.
To summarise though, that first afternoon we went out for lunch followed by a swim at the hotel. The evening Paul and I went out for some take away street food which we ate back in the hotel.
The second day was a taxi ride to Silom road to exchange money then a walk to the sky train and a train ride over the river towards the Mall Tha Pra. Here we let the kids run wild in the playground for ages before having lunch and doing some shopping. Back to hotel for more swimming and then out for dinner.
The third day was a real disappointment for my kids as they woke up unwell. I am glad I kept them home even if they weren’t. They missed out on watching a movie and going ice skating with their cousins.
The following morning it was time to say a brief goodbye. They were heading up north to visit their children that they sponsor through Compassion Australia (a great organisation) while we were heading east to Ubon Ratchathani to await their arrival there in about a weeks time.