***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!