We finally got ourselves organized enough (After moving, storing and packing) to book and plan out at least a few weeks of our trip during my last week of work. We decided to fly to Bangkok first to check out Thailand and spend some time on the beach in Phuket. We booked our flight with Aeroplan points not even two weeks prior to leaving… call us last minute travelers. I was somehow able to convince Chris to let me spend most of my points on business class tickets. This goes against everything I stand for because I am generally very frugal but what the heck, this is a once in a lifetime trip, let’s make it extra special. How many times in our lives are we going to get to do the Business/First class thing? Chris reluctantly agreed just because they were my points and the taxes were less than most economy flights.
So, we flew from Toronto to Vienna on Austrian Air business class which was a great step up from economy but not quite as nice as I expected. We had a 13-hour stop-over in Vienna, luckily I have family in Vienna who were so amazing to pick us up from the airport and tour us around for the day. The city was beautiful as always with lovely architecture, churches and beautiful views from the top of a small mountain. After our tour around they brought us back to the airport where we relaxed and had a snack in the lounge until our next flight left.
Our second flight from Vienna to Bangkok was nearly 11 hours on EVA air in their first class equivalent. OMG, this was amazing! We were offered welcome beverages, we got to pick from a menu of 6-course meals, slippers, Pajama, toiletries kits, a lay flat bed with a duvet and pillow! It was great, we actually got a great night’s sleep on the flight and had some great plane food. If business class was like this on all airlines, it is 100% worth it. Chris, on the other hand, said it was great but not worth it—I think once we fly economy again he might change his time. But I am probably wrong…. as Chris would say: “he is always right”
Me, though, I am screwed now that I have had lounge access and the first class treatment. It is all I want, my main thought at the end of the trip was: “man I need to make more money so we can do this every time we fly”
So now we are in Bangkok, it is a sweaty 36 degrees and sunny. We have explored the Khao San road area thoroughly (main tourist area with tons of $1-2 food and street vendors ($5 Temple pants and $4 t-shirts galore) along with things like scorpions and ping pong shows.
We checked out the Grand Palace. I can’t even begin to explain the beauty of this place, there must be millions of mosaic pieces adorning the buildings and millions in gold. The Palace is also home to the Emerald Buddha Temple which is considered the Taj Mahal of Baddish Temples. If you visit Thailand you definitely need to check it out, just know this is incredibly crowded with tourist and crazy hot because you must have your knees (preferably to your ankles) and shoulders covered while on the grounds. Pro Tip: Bring a ton of water and maybe some snacks because neither are available once inside.
The next day we took a city tour of more temples with a tuk-tuk, the most impressive was the 45m Buddha called the standing Buddha. We also got some custom clothes made at Royal Boss Tailors and ate at some local restaurants. We stumbled across an Israeli/ Thai restaurant that had some of the most incredible falafel (We ordered them because an Israeli man from Florida explained they were some of the best he has had). Definitely, check out Shoshana’s if you are in Bangkok and like Falafel.
Today we are off to our suit fitting then to MBK mall to get some essentials we forgot before we left. In the afternoon we will head to the Laying Buddha and Temple of Dawn for some more temple hopping. I do have to say the temples are a nice change from Churches in Europe but I suspect we will have temple overload shortly.
We are in Bangkok until Thursday then we are heading to Phuket, Ko Phi Phi Islands and Krabi to spend some time on the beach and some much needed R&R.
Until next time!
Kathleen & Christopher
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