Memories of Thailand - 2012 - Part 1Dick Woods & Carolyn Myers-Woods
About 6 weeks before the trip date, Carolyn fell on the ice in front of our house and broke her pelvis. At the final check up, in late January, the x-rays showed that the pelvis was healed and that we could go on the trip!!
We drove to Denver on Thursday, February 9, 2012 and got on the plane to LAX around 6:00 p.m. In getting on the plane, Carolyn twisted and injured her lower back. Luckily, she had put her fold up cane in the carryon luggage. At LAX we boarded the plane for Incheon Airport, Seoul, Korea, for the 14-hour flight. When we booked these tickets, the schedule was fairly good, without long layovers. Korean Air Lines revised their schedule 2 weeks before we were to leave, and we had a 12-hour layover in Korea on the way over and a 9 hour layover there on the way home. Dick's brother told us that KAL might give us a complimentary room for any layover that was over 12 hours, since our layover there was 12 hours and 5 min. We called KAL before we left home and confirmed that they would give us a hotel room. They took us over on the shuttle to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, just outside the airport. The hotel was beautiful! We enjoyed the comfortable interlude and the opportunity for looking around. KAL also gave us vouchers for breakfast and lunch!
We got on the next flight to Chiang Mai in the afternoon - the plane was very full. We did not have an aisle seat like we had requested, and the seating was further complicated by the challenging person in the aisle seat. We were miserable on this leg, thinking we would never get there. However, the Korean stewardesses were lovely, tiny little girls with beautiful skin, eyes and hair. They were so kind and friendly, makimg this leg of the trip a little more bearable. They even wiped down the bathrooms after each use! Unheard of on most other airlines!!!
We arrived in Thailand on Saturday evening, and were very glad to lay our bodies down in a bed. We had booked a hotel across the street from the railroad station. We learned a new custom - when parking lots are full, cars can park in the aisles behind the angle parked cars, blocking them in. But.... these cars are locked and left in the neutral gear, so that they can be rolled out of the way. People were always pushing those cars one way or the other, so they could move their own cars. We went around sightseeing Sunday; and on Monday, we took our first bike day trip.
Photo Courtesy of Dick Woods