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Trip Report Many Visits to SEA ~~ First Report

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Don't know how this will go, but since I really enjoy hearing about others' adventures, I will give it a try. However, I doubt that I can add anything that hasn't been covered before.

The flight from IAH to NAR was a little disappointing. We have been CO flyers for 25+ yrs, but it seems that they have let everything in the way of pleasing travelers go since they know they won't exist in another few months. Of course, it could be that we flew bus class before ~~ couldn't have asked for better service ~~ and were spoiled. But now it is time to pay the piper and build up more miles for United. The flight from NAR to BKK on UA was good, however. And did we learn something at BKK airport!!!!!! A very nice TEA agent stopped us in the long immigration line to check our passports, and sent us to a much shorter (only about 6 people) at the far right counter. Seems this is for those "70 and older" ~~ that's us ~~ and other 'special' travelers. We did laugh, however, because the first 'special' circumstance is '70 and older' and the next one was 'pregnant.' Just made me laugh because of the irony! Oh, well!

We are staying at the Adelphi Suites. We were welcomed graciously, even at 2:00, and made to feel right at home. We have been here before, though. But the Thais are always welcoming and gracious.

On Sunday we decided to explore the new Airport Express Routes (trains/red line). To do this one must take the MRT to Petchaburi station, exit to the street ~~ blazing heat, too ~~ and walk about 1/2 mile in a deserted area to reach the Makasan Station. This is a gorgeous station in the middle of nowhere that only connects only to the airport. There were very few people there, and it was poorly marked with directions. The main sign we saw was "Toilets Out of Order." Hm-m-m!

We came back into BKK on the City Blue Line (new, it seems) and longer, but much easier! This line goes from the airport to the Phraya Thai station, which connects directly to the Sukhumvit line. Just take the Suk train to 'Bending' ~~ there is no more On Nut as the last station ~~ and you are on your way. You will need to change to the National line in the usual way if you want to go a different direction than Sukhumvit.

After a long nap ~~ hello, jetlag ~~ we went looking for Maeng's new pool pub, Side Pocket. We never could find it, so gave up and came back to the Adelphi Suites for a late meal. BTW, the restaurant here, Monsoon, had very good 4-cheese pizza ~~ we were too tired to walk across the street to Via Vai ~~ but made a good discovery right at the AS.

DH had heard of a BKK business making teak boat parts, so we had the AS personnel find a taxi driver who drove us to the Lad Phrayo area, and found this obscure location. The driver drove straight there, waited for DH to get what he needed (belaying pins) and brought us back. We could have never found it on our own.

Today is another travel day. We are headed to Chiang Mai for a couple of weeks, and then to Singapore for a week, before coming back to Bangkok. I am excited about these places, having never been to Singapore.

My 'best laid plans' are to keep this report going, but as we all know 'best laid plans most often go awry.' But, I'll be trying to keep up!

Happy Adventures to you all.

Sandra (McBeanie)

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