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Arrival in Bangkok

Transport

First day in Bangkok

While we drove 20 minutes by bus in Dubai to get to a gate, we were able to get out in Bangkok directly via the gangway to the terminal. What now? Pick up our luggage and find a ride to the hotel. We had read a lot about the arrival and our goal was not to let the taxi drivers exclude us.

We fought our way to the exit. But then came the seemingly endless queue before the Emigration Office. For our kid, it was boring. We were tired too, but we’ll get through it now. We already have a first feeling of the heat that awaits us. The official entry was completed in short time and we found our luggage quickly.
We are brave and work our way up to the suburban railway. Helpful little ghosts tell us which stop to get off at. Our hotel is small, unknown and in the old town. It was very good that the address on the homepage was written on Thai. We’re going by train and Sveeja is thrilled. The S-Bahn was kept clean by cleaning staff always. Once passengers got out of the train and left a trail behind them, it was cleaned up immediately. There was a lot to see. Oversized advertising banners, skyscrapers and Buddhist temples. The colours of the taxis are purple, pink or yellow, which enchanted Sveeja.

We get off at the last stop. We were told it’s not far from the hotel. Tuk Tuk riders advertise their bikes as “very safe”. 500 TB is required. I’m proud to say 400 TB and the driver strikes. We’ll be told later that 150 TB would have been enough. Well, we still must learn. Sveeja squeaks with pleasure on the whole trip with the Tuk Tuk.

In the hotel we are welcomed friendly. We have a room with a small balcony and naked screed. In Bangkok, every second hotel is a boutique hotel. The implementation of the designs is sometimes unusual. We can finally freshen up and get some rest. We slowly realized that we have almost 6 months’ time to explore many things.

Since we didn’t want to bring any unnecessary ballast with us, we didn’t bring a travel guide. Where are we and what do we want to do until we continue our journey to Phuket? In the hotel there were at least 9 WLAN log-ins, which only worked in certain sections. The log-in from the breakfast restaurant didn’t work in the room and the log-in from the room didn’t work in the longe. It took us some time to get in everywhere. Then we were able to find out what we wanted to do in the next few days.

It’s 7:00 in the afternoon and already dark. We are hungry, and this is the first time we’ve walked through the streets of Bangkok’s old town. It was clear to us that the road users do not abide by the traffic rules known to us. We adapt to the traffic and run over red lights. All education in German road traffic lost. At the end of a rather deserted street there is an old woman preparing a dessert. Banana Roti, a kind of pancake dough with sliced banana pieces. The whole is baked in a wok in hot fat. Finally, sweetened condensed milk on top. Hot, sweet and extremely tasty. Our intent not to eat on the street, but first of all in a restaurant, changed in one minute.

We ate our first main meal in the restaurant. Unfortunately, not as cheap as hoped, but it was ok. We take another digestive walk, which takes us past a very nice temple. There’s a prayer going on, and we’re going in hesitantly. We don’t have to pay for the 100 TB entry fee, which is displayed on a sign.

A very large golden Buddha is enthroned in the central building of the complex. In front of him sit monks in orange-coloured robes and recite texts in a chant in Thai. We sit down and perceive the atmosphere in the holy place.

A very large golden Buddha is enthroned in the central building of the complex. In front of him sit monks in orange-coloured robes and recite texts in a chant in Thai. We sit down and perceive the atmosphere in the holy place.

After the temple we make our way to the hotel. Before falling asleep, Sveeja asks why everyone always bows. Yeah, why at all? We explain that it has something to do with showing respect. Sveeja falls asleep. Our first evening in Thailand and everybody was happy.