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Trip Report Here I go again... Bangkok!

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I'm mostly packed for trip #21 to BKK (and hopefully Koh Samui/Chiang Mai on this trip). Plans are not complete, as I don't know what date(s) I might be leaving BKK for other locations. I have a return ticket in early August, so I have 2 weeks in Thailand. Some of it will be business (publishing) related, so not all fun and games.

Leaving for Chicago tomorrow. DS will drop me off at a hotel near ORD where I'll be spending one night, flying off early on Sunday morning. I'm using frequent flier miles for a freebie in first class this time. Going over, the routing is via SEA and NRT. Coming back, I just have the stop in NRT before heading straight back to ORD. Managed to snag a 'last minute' saver level ticket for the trip TO Thailand, but am still paying 'standard' award level for the return. That's OK. I'm keeping my res on UA882 coming home! No stopovers along the USA west coast when I come back. I want to clear customs in Chicago.

I have never stayed at the Marriott on the river in Bangkok, but I'm spending 3 nights there when I first arrive. Another fodorite (whom I've met one other time in BKK) will also be staying there with her family. Looking forward to once again catching up with Evelyne from Canada!

After three nights at the Marriott, it's off to my home away from home, the Adelphi Suites on Sukhumvit soi 8. I have 3 nights booked, but that could easily change to a longer stay, if I can't get Maeng to go to Samui with me for a few days of R & R. She needs a break!! If I can't get her away from BKK, then we'll just have to settle for a day-trip to Chiang Mai. And in that case, the rest of my 2 weeks will be spent on soi 8. I'm fine with that... I just want to give Maeng a break from working waaaaay too hard, if she will join me on Samui. Hotel reservations are a sure thing. I have a friend who owns a resort on Chaweng Beach! Flights to Samui might be another story.

Anyway, only the first 6 nights are confirmed as of right now. The other 8 nights are still up for grabs. I'm sure Adelphi will be very accomodating should I 'need' to stay there longer!

Had a disaster to take care of at work today, but now I think I can leave town for a couple of weeks and things will be OK in my absence. (fingers crossed) Now, I need a break! I need shopping therapy. I need to be able to go to a few of the places that the red shirts kept me from visiting back in April!!!

I've promised to report on the UA first class lounges along my flight path. I look forward to spending time 'upstairs' from the Red Carpet at Narita. There's a glass elevator that takes you upstairs, but you can only enter if you are travelling first class! I've been 'up there' one other time, but it is all just a blur, as this was on a trip right after my mother had passed away, and I wasn't in the right frame of mind to be enjoying first class, if you understand what I'm saying. This time, I'm going for all the gusto!

Gonna see Evelyne, hanuman, Dr Jack, Danish friend and his Thai wife and their cute little daughter, and of course Maeng and Nick... and who knows who else!! You never know who you'll run into in BKK. Vinovino? Although he was JUST there... so was kuranosuke! BKK is obviously the place to be.

'Come on along' if you are interested in yet another shopping trip to Thailand. I'll be posting 'live' if you care to read about my adventures on this 'solo' trip. DS will be coming over at some point, but he doesn't have a (free) ticket yet. Work to do before he can get away!

Carol

(pst... dogster is supposed to be in BKK while I'm there too, I think, after his cruise)

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