Dropping into Bangkok from 36000 feet is like diving into a pool . You can’t try to hold one arm out of the water and just and get a little wet. You get soaked whether you like it or not. Arrivals at Soo-Wanna-Poom are the first taste of what to expect . Pat and I stood side by side at two different immigration stations at arrivals and she got the oyster eye from the admitting officer and mine was brimming with conversation about my Roi Et booster T-shirt and the Som Bet medallion I wear whenever I fly. Different people can arrive here on the same flight and have two entirely different impressions of Thailand from the minute they arrive. Next, you run the gauntlet of the airport taxi system and you can have another negative experience if you let the taxi drivers get the best of you……the operators are lets say……opportunistic.
Look…do some homework…have an idea of where you are going and how you’re going to get there……research a few blog sites like ours at Bangkok Living and Travel to get an estimate of what it should cost and how to avoid some of the most common scams. But if person number two has been thrown two curve balls in a row they might start getting the wrong impression about Thailand. That’s the thing though, it’s city where every thing is possible…..all at the same time. You have to arrive with an open mind and a smile on your face…..be prepared to negotiate with everyone over just about everything and………enjoy the entire process. Arriving in BKK…you have to knock the stardust off your shoes and get ready to ride the whirlwind baby . But man…is it ever nice to be home . Pom Rak Thai. I went without my favorite foods for three days and was so happy to find everything right where I left it.