Homer's Travels: Southeast Asia 2023 - Days Zero, One, Two, And Three - Getting There And Lots Of Sleep

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Southeast Asia 2023 - Days Zero, One, Two, And Three - Getting There And Lots Of Sleep

Days 0, 1, and 2 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)

Our flights out of Omaha, Chicago, and Doha, Qatar were mostly on time.  We had large layovers so there wasn't any rushing to gates on the way to Bangkok, Thailand.

A KAWS sculpture
at the Qatar airport.
Our stop in Doha was a first for us.  It's a nice enough airport.  We passed an Oreo bar while we were there where you could make you own Oreos.  We decided to skip it for now.  We will have another chance on the way back as we fly the exact same route backwards on the way home.

We were greeted at the gate in Bangkok and we're taken to our guide, Ling, who briefed us on the plans on the way to the hotel.  We would have nearly two days free before the actual tour would start.

It was too early to check in so we ate breakfast and walked around the area a little and located a church for the Wife's Sunday Mass.

We got into our room at 10am.  I took a shower and then planned to take a short one or two hour nap.  Nine hours later the Wife woke me up.  She'd taken a nap, gone to the pool and had a few beers while I was in Dreamland.  She texted me a few times asking if I would join her but I slept through my phone pinging.

We had some late dinner, watched some BBC news, read a little, and then proceeded to sleep another nine hours.  I guess not sleeping well on the plane and witnessing nightfall twice in twelve hours (along with being on a twelve hour flight followed by a six hour flight) kinda messed with me.

Day 4 (Sunday)

We got up at a regular time, ate a nice buffet breakfast before going to Mass.  After Mass it was to the pool.

The Wife pointed out a waitress who has served her the day before.  On Saturday her name tag said Artie.  Today it said Polly.  We started referring to her as Pollyartie.

We met our tour mate later in the day (our tour group was only three people total) before the Wife and I took a taxi to Asiatique ( a night market).  We explored the shops and bought some interesting pieces that I'll surely post about later.

At the night market in Bangkok, Thailand. 
For dinner we just went to a 7-11 for snacks.  Buying 'dinner' at minimarts had worked pretty good in Rome but Thai minimarts don't have the same types of food.  I didn't find anything but the Wife bought some chips.  I ended up eating some snacks I'd packed for the flight.

On Monday the tour would start and cool stuff will be seen.

Photos can be found in my 2023 Thailand Google Photos album.

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