Well after an interesting journey to Thailand I’ve finally made it and have my feet on firm ground! We left NZ at 6am on Saturday morning (3rd April) flew to Syndey…which was where things started getting interesting…We’d purchased 3 bottles of top notch NZ pinot to give to our Thai friend, Wins, dad as he treated us very well last time we were here.
Off the plane, smiles all round and went to the international transfer security area to get up the departures level of Syndey airport. All was going well until a security guy told us we could not take more then 100ml of liquid through the transfer area – a little less than the 2.25l of decent plonk we had. He proceeded to take the wine from us, but being the resourceful lads that we are, we said ‘hang on a sec there bud’ and ripped the bottles back off him and exited out the transfer lounge the way we’d come in…a quick chat with an airport official and we realised that we had two options, give the airport official the 3 bottles of wine, or drink them. We settled for a bit of both, we gave him one bottle and then proceeded to sit there, looking out an airport window, as scores of new arrivals came through drinking our red wine…from the bottle. Can’t say I regularly practice drinking red wine at 9am in the morning, so its fair to say it hit me quite hard after the early morning!
10 hours later, a bit of a nap and a bite to eat, and another purchase of the same red wine (at a higher price than in NZ) we were sober and ready for the next flight. We managed to enjoy ourselves on the flight (Jono found a good source for Gin) and touched down in Bangkok at 10:30pm, got a taxi in to Khaosan Road booked a room and hit the beds after a mammoth first day (view from the hotel balcony in the picture)!
The temperature here is pretty warm, around 30 degrees now (10:30am) and getting up to 36, no sign of rain so should be a good few days in Bangkok. No firm plans yet about what we’re doing here over the next few days, but we’ll be heading up to the Chang Mai region on around Tuesday; we’ve found out there is a water festival on up there on the 13-15th April and sounds like it’s a really sweet event.
No fly fishing action yet, however I’m pretty sure the carp in the pond of our backpackers could be fair game after a few Singha’s!
Talk soon – Cel and the family, miss you all. Soph, I’ll be learning some words to teach you soon!