We arrived in Bangkok with only a few minor delays in our flight schedule. Our flight from DC to Dubai was a full flight on a large plane. Lots of turbulence, lots of crying babies and small children, no sleep. We were about 40 minutes late to land, and since our layover was less than two hours that meant we’d be in a hurry. After what felt like forever we made it off the plane, through security (again) and to gate B15 as the sign flashed final call for boarding.
This second flight from Dubai to Bangkok was eerily empty. They made an announcement that we would be joined by another flight from New York, so we waited but the (even larger double decker plane) was still very empty so we could move around, sit together and stretch out if we liked.
I enjoyed flying Emirates, at least the planes we were assigned, because we had our own TVs with too many movie choices to list and were given headphones, blankets, pillows, eyemasks and more in the regular cabin. Our first flight was so long we were served 3 meals while the second only offered 1 with an optional snack, and all meals came with complimentary wine (yes please).
We arrived in Bangkok around 7 pm and it was already dark outside. We got through security quickly and hopped in a bright pink taxi that took us to our hostel near Khao San Road. Everything here seems pretty normal and we were happy to find that the curfew has been reduced from 10-5 to 12-4. The tourist areas seem to be running per usual and we haven’t seen any military groups yet. Our hostel is full of girls from Canada and Europe who seem pretty experienced in Southeast Asia travel. And quite a few of them meditate (although I don’t know how in a 14 bed dorm).
After checking in to Khaosan Immjai, we headed out towards Khao San Road to explore and find some food. We stuck with green curry and pad thai. We stopped at a second place and ordered some Mai Tais. Do we need to worry about ice in the drinks? They seem very careful about not serving tap water but there was ice in the Mai Tai. Maybe thanks to the alcohol, but I feel fine. It’s going to take awhile for me to get used to the conversion rate though.. $1 is about 30 baht.
We are going to try to take the day train to Chiang Mai in the morning but if we can’t get a ticket we will just stay in this part of Bangkok for another day. I am writing this at 1 AM here and despite the curfew it looks like people are still out.
So according to a discussion on trip advisor: “As Curt mentioned ice is manufactured with purified water. And most shops use tongs or a scoop to handle it once delivered. Enjoy your iced coffee, beers or fruit juices, they are safe to drink.
Of course a little common sense never hurts, look first. order second. But realistically you have a much higher chance of getting Bangkok Belly from what you touch, not what you eat or drink.”