I cannot wait any longer for teleportation. Someone must have figured it out by now. All this travel time makes the wonderfully fabulous concept of travelling, well, less fabulous.
I finally finished all my packing and was ready to head off to Thailand, finally! I’ve only been waiting forever (exaggerate much?).
I staged a family selfie, kissed my cat goodbye, posed for a picture with my backpack and headed to Heathrow (with my gallant man carrying my backpack all the way to the tube gates at Terminal 5).
1. Apartment to Heathrow Terminal 5 (the cheap route, by tube): 1 hour 45 minutes
2. Heathrow waiting time: 1 hour 30 minutes
3. Flight from London to Bangkok: 11 hours 30 minutes
4. Layover in Bangkok: 7 hours 5 minutes
5. Delay in Bangkok: 55 minutes
6. Flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui: 1 hour 10 minutes
7. Shuttle from Koh Samui airport to Mae Nam, Koh Samui: 25 minutes
Total: 24 hours 20 minutes (plus a 7 hour time difference from London)
Here’s a little recap of all the super exciting things I got up to in 24 travel hours:
– started and finished my first book (Look Behind You by Sibel Hodge)
– watched a couple movies – nothing exceptional to report
– discovered that Bangkok Airways (in the OneWorld Alliance has a lounge for all passengers with complimentary food, juices and coffee
– drank way too many iced coffees in the Bangkok Airways lounge
– whatsapped with a few of my favorite people while recharging all my devices
– saw a monk, who had McDonald’s brought directly to him by a Bangkok Airways employee who kneeled in front of him and presented him with his tray of McDonald’s (which prompted a 30 minute research session into monk respect and customs in Buddhist countries)
– wandered the Bangkok airport looking for Thai food: found Burger King, McDonalds, Subway and Krispy Kreme
– resisted buying a gorgeous pair of Tom Ford aviators……. Still wondering if I made the right decision, ugh I should have bought them….
– made it halfway through my second book of the trip (The Fever by Megan Abbott)
– changed the almighty British pound sterling for Thai baht and became uber rich instantaneously (but surprisingly the Tom Fords were still in the GBP equivalent that I saw in London…grrrr)
– was pleasantly surprised by the amazing service on Bangkok Airlines – the sweetest service with a smile I have ever seen, meals served on every flight for free, the lounge for all passengers and a super hip lip synced security video that blows all other security videos out of the water (yes, I filmed part of it). Check out my Instagram for the video.
I finally landed in Koh Samui, grabbed my bag from the gorgeous open air international baggage claim, grabbed a SIM for my iPhone for the month (500 baht for unlimited data for 30 days – just under £10) and grabbed an airport cab to my hotel near Mae Nam pier.
Oh and then I ordered Kang Keaw wan Gai (green chicken curry) and Phad sea eaw Gai (stir fried noodles, greens and chicken) from room service. It is so delish I could die and go to Thai food heaven. And I paid less than £5 which is more expensive than if I would have gone out but I am so tired I’m falling asleep in my curry.
I have a bright and early morning – taking the first morning ferry to Koh Tao!