Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bangkok Here We Come

Saturday morning we left the house at 6:20 am to head to the ferry for the start of our vacation (or as they call it in most parts of the world 'holiday'). The main international airport is in Osaka and the easiest way to get there is by a shuttle bus, taxi or a 29-minute ferry. Our neighbor swore to us that the ferry was the most economical and easiest way to get to the airport so we decided to give it a try.

Friday Matt & I did a "dry run" to the ferry terminal to make sure we knew how to get there. This is so not "Matt & Alexis" however in Japan nothing i ever how you expect it so we figured being prepared would be a good thing. So Saturday am we drove to the ferry and our neighbor was right –– it was super simple!

We had to buy our tickets from a vending machine (I swear everything in Japan is bought via vending machine) and then just wait until it was time to board the ferry.

The kids loved the ferry ride as we got to ride out with all the shipping boats coming in. I enjoyed watching the shore of our "home" disappear as we headed to the airport.

Our first leg of the flight was from Osaka to Hong Kong. We sailed through security and they had to wait until it was time to board. We spent lots of time teasing Emily as one of her teachers was on our flight as well.

I wish I had my camera within easy reach on the plane to take a picture of the meal. Let's just say it was so interesting that we rushed in the Hong Kong airport to Burger King and Starbucks before our flight to Bangkok.

Our flight boarded on time and we were excited to be on our last leg of travel before landing in Bangkok.

Who would have thought that we would have had to sit on the runway for 3.5 hours while they repaired a minor "technical difficulty'. We knew we were in trouble when the pilots and chef were walking around the plane after 90 minutes.

But we finally made it to Bangkok –– over 3 hours late. But we made it. It was a 45 minute shuttle ride to our hotel from the airport. We chose to stay at the Ascott Sathorn as it was able to fit our whole family (most places in Asia limit 3 to a room) and is more like a condo than a hotel (we have a 2 bedroom place with a full kitchen, laundry and living room). The place is amazing and has a great view.

Bangkok is supposed to be an amazing city. I can't wait to share our adventures with everyone.


DeeDee said...

Oooo-aughhh! The city lites are beautiful...can't wait to see it in daylight! Thanks for being our personal tour guide! I don't think I will ever get out of the states.

I am so glad your kids are enjoying the process of living abroad!

Joy, DeeDee
p.s. be careful!

Terri said...

way cool and what beautiful shots you have of amazing places, here's hoping you enjoy every minute of it! happy holidays!

Carissa said...

Your night time shots are amazing Alexis! :) Can't wait to hear/see more.

Louise said...

WOW that looks like an amazing place, those night shots are stunning!You are amazing girl :)
Have a great trip!
Can't wait to hear more about it!!

Erin said...

Wow, that looks gorgeous! Great pictures!!! Have fun :)

Ang said...

Wow what a suite!!! The pictures are amazing..When you come home..can you just come here and be my personal photographer?..ha I still don't know what all the functions do on my camera..:)

it's me, Val said...

Wow, Bangkok is beautiful!!!! I love the yellow seats in the airport (fun!) and is the coffee at Starbucks made the same way? LOVE that pic of Em and Matt. A really great picture worth framing!