Thailand- Day 1, Dec. 23

Initially, this trip was supposed to be only to Siem Reap, Cambodia.  A friend at church suggested it as one of their favorite places and we figured with the short amount of time B had off for Christmas, it would be perfect.  Except, there are only so many flights a week and they didn’t fit (going or returning) with the days we had off.  B suggested Bangkok and after setting that plan into motion, we decided we should try to fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap.  Amazingly (especially after the travel disaster moving to China was) everything fell into place and worked out wonderfully.

B’s schedule was to teach December 23rd and finish at 4:30pm, with four hours off before that last class of the day.  Our flight to Bangkok left Beijing Capital International Airport at 7:45pm.  Probably enough time, but after our previous fiasco, I was worried.  B’s principal was really nice when B mentioned it to him and told him to leave at lunch and he’d cover B’s last class.  Woo hoo.  We left way earlier than needed, took the subway to the Airport Express line (¥25), got to our check-in desk before it was open and waited around.  Like I said, we were a little overzealous in wanting to get to the airport and not miss our flight.

The bottom, right-hand picture is Squirt asleep on the plane resting his feet on PS.

We land late.  It’s a 5 or 6 hour flight.  Looking around after going through customs B recognizes a teacher from his school that he doesn’t really know, but must have been on our flight.  He ends up being on our return flight too, on B’s row a few seats over. We had arranged for a shuttle to take us to our hotel.  Eventually, we spot someone holding a sign with my name on it.  They have us wait and then walk us to the waiting van.  The kids are in various stages of sleep during the really long drive to the hotel.  B, being a map guy realizes the driver is taking the long way to the hotel to avoid toll roads.  It seems to take forever, but we eventually arrive at our hotel.  It’s called iCheck Inn Residences – Sathorn.  It’s basically short-term apartments for business travelers that they also rent out to families.  We have a three bedroom apartment complete with kitchen, washer/dryer, and enough beds for everyone.  It’s very nice.

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