Traditional Thai welcome time.
Sawasdee, fellow mortals! Guess who’s back?! Yes, I am now in Bangkok (which you already might have guessed after the first hello) after an excruciating journey from Kolkata, arguably my worst two and a half hours of flight experience, and which involved an angsty possibly North Indian teen lass constantly arguing with her dragon momma just behind me. Yes, there’s always an angsty teen and overbearing mom somewhere in my vicinity to torture my senses. Imagine a combination of Dolores Umbridge and Bella Swan. THAT irritating. The good thing, exceptional Thai Airways hospitality. Though the hostesses wore laid back dress but were better, and a thousand times more homely and warm than the low cost skin-all “thigh airlines” in India, which basically gives the finger for free. Also, there’s something about those tightly tied hair. Normally you associate them with unnerving uppity corporate babes. But then tight hair serving you with a toothy smile is quite contradictory, but somehow very pleasant!
So I landed in Suvarnabhumi airport, and immediately got ripped off 1500 Baht (48 US$, 60 NZ$) for an on-arrival temporary Visa. But that’s okay, so much for 12 hours in Bangkok. The Constantinople of the east, the melting pot of thousand years of Hindu and Buddhist culture and civilization, which is better known now for the transvestites, hookers, “massage” parlours and bargirls in Soi Cowboy and the “Ping Pong shows” (google it), thanks mostly to the tourists.
So what would a 28+ man, a journalist by profession, a history and politics nut by passion, do the first thing in such a city, given the circumstances?
Exactly. Singha Light. 2 pints and you feel completely liberated. Tenets of Buddhism for you, concept of mortality and Nirvana made easy by the Thai tourism industry. Character building stuff, I tell you.
Anyway, I had only 7 hours (12 hours only in name, I had to get back atleast 3 hours early), and the airport is quite far, so I just managed to roam a bit and click some really bad pics through my phone, which I’ll upload (in a couple of days) in the FB page here, please do join and see. Oh you already did? Cheers buddy, really kind. Continue reading