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Trip Report April in Bangkok, again!

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Tomorrow I'm off to Thailand on trip #34 to BKK since 2001. Guess I've really fallen hard for this exotic city. I've been so many times now, it feels like home away from home. I have loads of friends to see, two birthday parties to attend, plus perhaps a trip to Chiang Mai during my 16 day visit. There is no schedule (other than the birthday parties) so I am planning only for the first 7 days of my stay. The rest will fall into place as we go along.

I live 3 hours from Ohare in downstate Illinois, so I like to drive to Chicago the day before (do a bit of last minute shopping if time) and do a park-sleep-fly near Ohare. Once again I am staying at the Hyatt Regency, which has a covered garage for my car. I pay for one night at the hotel and then get free parking (typically for 10-14 days) while I'm away, plus shuttle service to/from the airport. It's really a great deal! I'm sure many other airports in the USA offer hotels with park-sleep-fly deals. I will pay $10 per day beyond the 14 free for leaving my car in the garage. Cheaper than parking at Ohare and having to schlep my bags from the car to the airport "tram" to terminal 1, and then back out to parking when I get back home.

Anyway, this winter (we had snow just two days ago) has gone on FOREVER so I'm sooooo ready for the heat and humidity of Bangkok right now. Maybe I'll finally get warm!! haha We had our first snow in October, so 7 months with white precip at some point! UGH

I don't know if I will have any hotel or restaurant or shopping tips to share this time, but I will try to report live while I'm in Thailand. My first 7 nights will be at my favorite Sukhumvit serviced apartment, Adelphi Suites, on soi 8; very close to the Nana skytrain station, plus grocery stores and restaurants and street markets right outside the door! I first found this place in January or February of 2008 and have stayed here many many times since. It's not fancy, but staff is very helpful and the location is really tough to beat.

I have an early wake up call in the morning, so I'm going to try to get some sleep right now. I'll be able to sleep on the plane(s) as I am on a paid business class ticket (which upgraded to 1st class on the long haul across the Pacific to Tokyo) and I will have lie-flat seats. Not nearly as tiring as trying to sleep sitting up in an economy+ seat!

Come along on my adventure if you'd like to read along. There may or may not be helpful tips for fodorites. As I said before, this is trip #34, so I have done the tourist things a long time ago. The focus of my trips to Bangkok are now for seeing friends, shopping, and trying Thai food!

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