Are we there yet?

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).

imageimageimageThe only thing between me and a sunset on the beach with a cocktail in my hand was a mere 24 hours of travel:

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!


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