Friday, October 28, 2011

Getting to Thailand: Day 1&2

***These next handful of posts regarding Thailand will be meant especially for us and family:  My plan is to document all the ins and outs of our trip so we can look back on them later and reminisce our trip oversees.


The Seattle Smith's pulled an "ALL-NIGHTER" to get our bodies acclimated as much as possible to the Thailand time zone prior to our flight leaving at 2pm.  It was the funniest memory looking back on it now as I type this considering Gabe and I brewed coffee at almost midnight to make it through the wee hours.  I must give huge credit to Gabe for this idea as it really worked brilliantly, and something I wish we did last year when we traveled to Australia.  It was so important to us to get our body clocks adjusted, so we wouldn't be dead beat tired once arriving.


Dotted my i's, crossed my t's regarding trip planning, now we are just besides ourselves with excitement as our journey to Thailand begins.  Hubs and I each packed in ONE normal size carry on suitcase each for ease of travel along with a backpack for Gabe and shoulder-bag for myself.  I still can't believe we condensed so for a 16day trip!!


There SHE is - We flew Asiana Airlines

Our first leg was the longest to Seoul Icheon, a 12hr nonstop!

Jumped in head first with Asian food already :)
and I'll resist the urge to post the many other airplane meals I took

Trying their local Korean beer

We landed at Seoul Incheon and couldn't believe the size of this airport as it is one of the largest and busiest airports in the world.  And I must mention, it has a golf course, spa, private sleeping rooms, ice skating rink, a casino, indoor gardens, and a Museum of Korean Culture.  Say WHAT!!


And, one of the most interesting things we noticed at the airport and not any other time throughout our trip ... was couples in matching outfits.  I am not sure if it is only common in Korea, but after the 30th couple in 2hrs, I had to sneakily document it.  Being a tourist, I can now do things like this!



We arrived in Bangkok around midnight at the Survarnabhumi Airport - the 3rd busiest in Asia.  To say we were overwhelmed is an understatement as there was a lot going on at once.  First goal was to get their currency, Thai Bhat, and our debit card wouldn't work at the ATM.  Secondly, we were clueless on where to catch our pre-arranged shuttle with not a lot of help with the language barrier.  Yes ... the adventure begins, and we loved every bit of it!!!!  



Finally, after 24 hours of travel, customs, and a shuttle down many many dark alleys ... we made it to our quaint little hotel.  I didn't get to snap a picture, so here is one from their website.  We chose to stay by the airport at Floral Shire and trek into the city in the light the following day.  It would serve it's purpose solely for 5hrs of sleep and then we had Bangkok exploring to do!

23 comments:

LC said...

OMG that is SOOO funny about the matching outfits! I haven't been to Korea in yearsss but I'd love to go back! Can't wait to read about the rest of trip!

Jody said...

I was adopted from Korea and was there about 10 years ago. I can't wait to read about the rest of your trip in Thailand and see the photos!

Lil' Woman said...

Oooh I can't wait to hear how the rest of it went. That's a good idea getting your bodies adjusted.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

YAY! So happy you started posting! Ok, so so smart of Gabe do to the all-nighter, I think we'll have to try that next time we go abroad. Have a great weekend - can't wait for the rest of your posts!

Jenny DB said...

What a great idea on the all nighter. Not so much on the matching outfits. I die.

josephinechoo said...

Wow,both of you are TRAVELLER!! I had been to Hatyai but never to Bangkok.I wish to visit there too someday.Did you heading south towards Singapore?You may visit me here :)

Sam said...

I love that you guys travel so often!! Hope you have a fantastic trip! :)

Kristin said...

I kinda like the matching outfits, maybe we should bring that trend to Seattle ;)

Emily said...

That airport sound awesome! ha I'm excited to hear someone elses views on Thailand. My husband spent a month there a few years back on deployment.. being with single guys is VERY different in the things they wanted to do and see... oy ha. Frank would have been much happier doing G-rated tourist things!

Neha said...

The beginning sounds fun...waiting for more :)

Jordan said...

You guys should have jumped on the bandwagon and wore matching outfits as well! ;) Can't wait to see more pictures and hear more about it!

Kelli Kegley said...

Yay! Cant wait to hear about all the details of the trip! So awesome y'all got to go! Love the matching outfits...hilarious!

Token Yankee said...

I love reading about your travels because I know I will probably never go to some of these cool places. Keep it coming!

Meredith said...

Can't wait to see and hear more about your trip!!

Sunkissed and Southern said...

Can't wait to see the next post with all the fun you had! i would love to go to thailand!

Katherine said...

We are doing the same exact trip to Thailand (same airline too) so am so excited looking at your photos! The airline food at least looks pretty good - is it? Can't wait to read more about Thailand :)

Sarah @Newlywed and Decorating said...

Can't wait to read more about your trip! I love your adventurous spirit!

Jax said...

YAY! I cant wait to read more! :) And the matching outfit thing is kinda hilarious... :)

Liesl said...

I love that you and Gabe pulled an all nighter to prepare yourselves for the new time zone and glad to hear it worked! Go you for being able to fit everything for over 2 weeks in a small amount of luggage...but I bet it was nice for travel! Loving the little hotel you stayed at, beautiful picture, and am so glad you document food pics too...I would have to resist the urge of posting too many myself! :) Also, I did not know so many couple matched there either...too cute!

Liesl :)

Life With Lauren said...

Wow I still can't get over you traveled so light I don't think i could actually I know I couldn't! Can't wait to read more about the trip!

Carolyn said...

So cool!!! Can't wait to see the rest of your trip! :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

What a great idea to start getting use to the time change before you left!

LG said...

Loved this post! Matching outfits! Hilar!
Also that airport sounds BANANAS

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