Turns out I can sleep on an airplane afterall!
We leave Istanbul at 1:00 am and we land in Bangkok at 3:00 pm. We’re only in Bangkok for the night, as we depart for Myanmar bright and early the next day. We’ll be flying into one Bangkok airport and out of another, so as soon as we land we’ll be making our way across town for the glamour the second airport’s hotel. We’re anticipating some serious exhaustion and want to make the next morning’s departure as smooth as possible.
We debated the pros and cons of staying in central Bangkok for the night and seeing a bit of the city but common sense has won out. We’ll be spending a little more to stay in the airport hotel but I think it will be worth it for the convenience.
Leaving to Chance:
We’re leaving all our time in Bangkok to chance! If traffic works in our favor, we’ll arrive at the hotel in time to enjoy some time by the pool. If not, we’ll have to content ourselves with tropical drinks!
Staying at the airport hotel solves our biggest problem- getting to the airport in time for an early morning flight, through an unfamiliar city.
We paid an extra $6.50 per person to add breakfast to our room package. Considering that it would cost that much for coffee and pastries at the airport, the inclusion of fruit, eggs, cereal, and more is a great deal.
Splurges and Souvenirs:
The greatest cures for jet lag are never inexpensive. Mai Tais and room service don’t come cheap but they do sooth the soul.
Overall, it went really well! Our trip back to the Istanbul airport was easy, thanks to a local friend who brought us to the airport shuttle bus. We did encountered one glitch, however. Despite monumental efforts we couldn't find a single shop in the departures area that sold the standard water bottles, snacks , gum, magazines, etc. How was it possible that Versace and Hermes could be side by side but there wasn't so much as a Relay store to stock up on supplies!?
Before starting our round the world trip, people often asked me if I was worried about being tired and jet lagged all the time. What I've found is that fatigue and jet lag can strike at the least predictable times and that your own temperament, the smoothness of the flight, your health, the weather, and so many other factors can contribute to your experience. Overall I found the jet lag was much easier than I anticipated.
Even though we were relatively well rested I could feel fatigue settling in and I was happy to finally check into the Amari DMK airport hotel. Luckily we made it in time to check out the hotel pool! The sun had just set but there was still enough light to go outside and relax in the water for a little bit. After surviving an unseasonably cold week in Europe, a dunk in the tropics was just the ticket.
Previous stop: Istanbul
Next stop: Mandalay
Related: Getting to and from Mandalay Airport
Achy Breaky Bangkok
Back to Bangkok: Day 14 &15 of our Round The Word Trip