It has been one of those long and exhausting days, well two days actually. We woke up and went to work bright and early around 6:00 am. Got off of work about 3:00 pm and then immediately made the 6-hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona to Los Angeles, California. We had to drive to California to drop off Annie (our little dog) at Joe's mom's house, since she was going to take care of Annie for us while we were on vacation. We dropped off Annie and pushed on to LAX. We boarded our flight at 12:30 am and settled in for the 14-hour flight to Shanghai, China. At Shanghai we transferred to another plane to catch the last leg of our trip, the final 5-hours to Bangkok, Thailand.
We found a lot of fun within our exhaustion, although it was short lived. At the Pudong Airport in Shanghai, China we found an interesting snack and drink vending machine that was just as fun to look at as it was to use. But it wasn't all fun at the Pudong airport. The long and unorganized lines, delayed flight schedule, gate transfers, and the generally unfriendly attitude of airport staff were beginning to take a toll on us as well as other travelers.
Down but not out, we arrived at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. We both felt a big sense of relief as we realized that our long journey was over, and we were finally at our destination. We quickly picked up our luggage and caught the Sky Train to our hotel. The Chaophya Park Hotel was great for the price. The hotel was clean, nice, a bit on the fancy side by local standard, and at only $45 dollars per night, we felt like it was a great deal. The hotel staff were friendly and attentive, and they went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable. Overall we would rate the Chaophya Park Hotel highly, and we would stay there again in the future.
After a quick shower and rest, we met up with Siri's cousin, Bass. The three of us walked around a night market in search of a local hot spot to eat dinner. Along the way we found a Mexican food truck, which we had to stop at. The owner, a Thai national mentioned that he had spent some time working in a Mexican food restaurant while he was living in the United States. We ordered a couple of quesadillas and a taco. It was great and everything taste almost exactly like authentic Mexican food, but it was very expensive by local standards.
While the Mexican food was good, we didn't travel all the way to Thailand to eat Mexican food. So after our quick snack, we continued through the night market until we finally found our destination. A local hot spot that specialized in papaya salad and other Northeastern Thai cuisine. We ordered several dishes, including two different types of papaya salad, beef salad, soup, and minced pork (Larb Moo). After a long day and great night of eating, we headed back to the hotel for a much needed good night of sleep.