onward to bangkok

March 30th, 2014 / by / in: travel / No responses

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After Tokyo, we were headed to Bangkok. The flight we’d booked was actually a super cheap fare from Toronto to Bangkok, but since the flight stopped in Tokyo anyway, I turned the stop into a couple days. (Because how could I not? TOKYO!) The flight from Tokyo to Bangkok is about six hours. Sort-of-interesting fact: This NRT-BKK flight operated by United has ended as of today (March 30). United no longer flies to Bangkok!

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The flight was on an old United 747, you know, the kind without any seatback entertainment. The flight DID have internet and Channel 9 though, so I was grateful for that. It was really interesting listening to Channel 9 as we went through Fukuoka, Okinawa, Vietnam, etc. airspace. I also heard a lot of cool Japanese carriers — Vanilla Air, Fuji Dream, Peach, Jetstar, Skymark.

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I didn’t even bother taking a real photo of the food, because it was terrible as per usual for United.

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So we arrived at Bangkok’s┬áSuvarnabhumi airport around midnight and we were greeted with an oppressive wall of humidity. But Immigration was a breeze and we were met by someone from the Conrad hotel who whisked us away in an air conditioned BMW. Because I’m a Hilton Gold, we got an upgraded room which was quite nice and came with a lot of pillows. (Despite being a Hilton Gold, I’m not all that fond of most Hiltons, but I do really like Conrad properties.)

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Interesting statue in the room.

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Mini bar. They also provided lots of free bottled water every day. Thailand is one of those “don’t drink the tap water” places.

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I like that the room had a separate walk-in closet to store your suitcases and clothes.

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Suitcase room!

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Mike working at the desk.

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Nice bathroom.

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Separate shower and tub.

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They left two sets of toiletries — this vegan one from Tara Smith…

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… and this one from fancy brand Shanghai Tang.

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There was also a “welcome amenity” of some Thai fruit and the biggest macaron I’d ever seen.

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The macaron had a QR code on it, which was pretty weird. But it was tasty. (And if you really want to know, the QR code went to the Conrad’s app in the App Store. Yes, we tried it.)

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Because we arrived after midnight, we decided to just get some room service.

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The Pad Thai was surprisingly good for hotel food.

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Some kind of spicy salad.

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The next morning, we went up to the lounge for breakfast (another Hilton Gold perk). It was decent for a buffet with a selection of Western and Asian items. I had waffles, potatoes, a custard steamed bun (there was a bunch of dim sum stuff) and some fruit. They also had a variety of different fruit juices and smoothies that changed each day.

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Mike mostly stuck to eggs and meat.

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The view from the lounge. Hello, Bangkok!

Next entry: We visit the Grand Palace! It is very shiny.


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