When I originally booked my trip, I wasn’t able to make the timing work to fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok to Dubia with enough time between flights to get my bags, go through security, passport control, customs, and make my connecting flights. Instead, I decided I would end my trip spending one last night in Bangkok. Plus, it allowed me the opportunity to sing the song “One Night in Bangkok” to myself a lot. Which, I think we call agree, is a major win.
My flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok was pretty low-key and quick. When we arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport, I collected my bag and got ripped off by another taxi drive who took me to my hotel—this time a very nice Sheraton right on the shores of the Chao Phraya River. Again, with my Gold Elite status on Mariott, I was able to get a room upgrade and ended up some 25 stories above the water with a stunning view of the city and the Grand Palace.
As is often the case when a vacation begins to come to an end, I was getting a bit weary. I had a great time on my trip to Thailand, but I was tired. Rather than play the tourist (too much) I opted to take a taxi to a well-reviewed spa for my final massage in Thailand. Afterward, I walked around a bit and stopped at a Pizza Hut. (My stomach was still pretty rough, and I needed something familiar.)
Finally, getting close to 5PM, I decided it was time to head back to the hotel. I took a taxi back to the hotel (which was a bit of an adventure, because the driver didn’t know the Sheraton hotel or how to get there.) Eventually we made it, though. I spent about 30 minutes walking around the shops in the lobby of the hotel, looking for souvenirs that I could take home. I had decided at the last minute that I want to start getting Christmas tree ornaments from the places I visit. (Or, at the very least, things I can turn into Christmas Tree Ornaments.) Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find anything that would work, so I just went back to my room.
I wanted to re-pack my suitcase for the flight home. I was going to have an 18-hour layover in Dubai, and wouldn’t have access to my checked bags during that time, I needed to make sure that I had enough of the required accoutrement to get me through that time (including my toiletries and a change of clothes.)
Finally, I made my way down to the hotel bar, enjoyed three very potent Long Island Iced Teas, and headed (weaved?) my way back to the room for a good night’s sleep. My time in Thailand had come to an end.