Flying from Myanmar to Vietnam, via Bangkok
28.01.2017 - 28.01.2017 32 °C
We had a great sleep last night and a big sleep in this morning. We weren't leaving for the airport unti 11.15 am, so we didn't even set the alarm.
The B Team left for Inle Lake at 7.30 am, but we didn't get up to wave them goodbye.
We had a group photo downstairs but Ingrid and Elfie missed out. Then a tour guide arrived in a Toyota Royal Crown Saloon (what a lovely car). It even had reclining seats in the back! She was taking us to the airport, while of the rest of the group were going in a mini bus. Thanks to Scenic's great loyalty program, we get limo drives to airports etc.
Before we left Jimmy asked me how I was feeling today and we had a "consultation" about my sore throat and coughing, and he gave me some anti biotics to help speed my recovery. That was really nice of him because I really need to be in good health to start our new cruise up the Mekong and don't want to be spreading germs through our new group.
The airport wasn't too crowded, but the check in was very, very slow, as we were on the Economy Line, not our usual Business Class. Phil went over to the Business Class check in and asked if we could be processed there as our guide had to get to another job! They were very pleased to oblige. We had to pay another $5USD each as the airport taxes had been increased since we had purchased our tickets. That was fine as I had US dollars, mostly fifties, but I had one 10 dollar note. But they rejected it because it wasn't brand spanking new. We borrowed one from Charlie, who was next in line to us, and they still wouldn't accept it. I then gave them a brand new 50 dollar note, but they didn't have any change! So they inspected all the 10 dollar notes we had given them and accepted one! What a drama that was.
Immigration was just as disfunctional. There were no departure cards at the table for us to fill in so Phil asked a guy to get some, which he did, and it took ages to get through Immigration to the other side. The rest of the A Team were lined up there for ages.
Our flight to Bangkok on Bangkok Air was uneventful and took an hour and a half. Charlie and Pattie were on the flight, as well as Ingrid and Elfie and us. We said goodbye to Pattie and Charlie in Bangkok Airport and went off to find the transfer desk for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
We boarded our plane, a 787 Dreamliner (which are beautiful - we flew in one in South America. They are quiet and have humidified air), but the funny thing was, they can hold about 260 passengers and on our flight there were only 26!!! It was a scream. We were scattered all over the plane. Apparently this flight is usually full but due to Chinese New Year, it wasn't, but it was a positioning flight as the flight back to Bangkok tomorrow is fully booked.
We landed, sailed through Immigration, collected our bags and met our Scenic Transfer guides outside the airport. Elfie and Ingrid were whisked off to a car and Phil and I waited on the footpath for quite a while, while our black Mercedes arrived. It was a lovely drive into the city. We haven't been here for 10 years and absolutely nothing looks familiar. The streets are decorated with lights for the Vietnamese New Year - Tet 2017.
Our room at the Park Hyatt is very nice and the decor is lovely. Ingrid and Elfie are opposite us, which will be handy. We are here for three nights before we join the luxurious Scenic Spirit.
The lock on my carry on was a bit bent and consequently, I couldn't open it. We had to get someone in the hotel to come up with bolt cutters to get it open. All good.
Still coughing and my chest is so sore from all the coughing. Going to rub with Vicks tonight and hope to feel great tomorrow to start our new adventure in Vietnam.