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One Night in Bangkok….

So naturally spending a night in Bangkok, even if it is at the airport hotel does remind me of the average 80’s song. At the risk of writing like my father (although modern songs are not his thing…. yes the 80’s would be too modern for him) the chorus does ask some interesting questions….

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster

The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free

You’ll find a god in every golden cloister

And if you’re lucky then the god’s a she

I can feel an angel sliding up to me.

Anyway I’m off to Bhutan on Druk Air tomorrow morning at some hour of the day that flying should be banned. So while my Bhutanese travel companion Noel hasn’t arrived yet and is going to rough in the airport for a few hours til 4:30am, I said screw this and just booked the Novotel at the airport for $100. Expensive by Thailand standards (my 4 night stay on the way home is cheaper!), but a bargain on western standards.

I have top admit, this morning things started with a fright. Qantas cancelled my flight to Sydney, which left me with little wiggle room to make the Bangkok flight. A call from the car left me worried, as i wasn’t going to make it in time for the earlier flight and the later flight was going to be too late. As it turns out they actually delayed the earlier flight because of the cancellation, plus the Bangkok flight was running late also.

I then thought I’d get a whole 2 seats to myself, until a lady got on just in the nick of time. Finally, the captain informed us that we had to go the long way round to Bangkok, because an Indonesian volcano has erupted. Apparently Darwin and Bali flights are cancelled, so I’ll gladly accept the longer flight time.

Otherwise I can also recommend a few movies. First up was “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, which actually really resonated with me on many levels. I really liked it, one of the best i’ve seen this year and secondly and equally good was “Tracks” about an Aussie woman crossing the desert from alice with her dog and 4 camels. Quite a nice movie based on a true story from the 70’s if the fashion was anything to go by!

Now I’ve been told all my hotels in Bhutan have wifi, so be prepared to see way too many photos of chortens and dzongs. I’ll tell you all about those during the week in Bhutan – The Land of the Thunder Dragon.

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