We had a late start today. We were saying goodbye to Ao Nang. When we got all of our stuff back into the backpacks, we called for a buggy down hill. They sent a man to carry our bags instead. We were never able to catch a buggy ride, even though they were advertised in all the elevators to our room. We checked out and sat down for breakfast.Denali organized a car to the airport for us. The airport was about a 30 minute drive. Since I didn’t want to go to the bathroom at the hotel, I had to go at the airport, big mistake. It was terrible. No toilet paper or any way to dry your hands. Thank goodness I brought baby wipes on this trip. We put our bags through an X-ray machine and got in line to check in. We find out it didn’t open for another 30/40 minutes. So we waited and the line got longer and longer. When the check in receptionists finally arrived, the line moved quite fast. We finally get to the desk and we are told we have go check our packs. And we have 5 minutes to run and pay for them at another desk across the large hall. Or we could pay at the check in but it would cost triple the amount. So we run across, paid, and made our way back to the original check in. We got our boarding passes and walked to terminal two. We snacked on an ice cream bar and guzzled our water bottles before going through security. We found a seat and waited for boarding to start.
An hour goes by and our flight number is called to board. Then we get on a bus, that takes us to our plane. The seats are small, but the flight is only an hour so we will survive. Air Asia provides no snacks of drinks. If you want something, you have to pay for it. It was an easy flight.
We landed, got off the plane, and took a bus to the terminal. We made our way to the baggage claim and waited for a bag to arrive. Then we found the waiting room for the taxi line. It was like the DMV but more crowded.
But we endured, because if we wanted a private car from the airport, it would be 800 baht. The taxi would be way cheaper. The line was moving fast. And we soon got up to the taxi counter. We got in the taxi and we made our way to our hotel. In a taxi from the airport, you have to pay for the tolls, and on top of whatever price the meter says, you have to give the driver an extra 50 baht. It was cheaper than 800 baht.
We arrived at our hotel and checked in. We got to our room, it was nothing special but it was clean. We discovered that the Wi-Fi was not working, so we called downstairs and they brought up a personal router for our room. Then we grabbed a snack from one of two 7-Eleven’s within eye sight. We get a taxi to the hall. Denali failed to realize his snack was sushi flavored, he was not a happy camper.
It was only supposed to take an hour because of the traffic, but it ended up taking an hour and a half. I’m glad we went early, we were only 15 minutes late. We met some interesting people. After we got a taxi back to our hotel, and it only took 15 minutes. Our hotel is situated in the heart of Chinatown.
Which means a lot of neon signs, lots of sounds, and lots of amazing street food. I fell in love in Ao Nang with glass noodle spring rolls, and they have them just a block up from our hotel for 10 baht each. I’m in heaven. Denali was excited by the food prospects in the area. But we were tired, so we grabbed something quick and easy and went into the hotel to sleep.