We left Monday morning. I had purchased and booked my own tickets as I don't meet the length requirements for a foreign teacher being sent to the conference but that is fine with me. The Owner's wife though had asked for my ticket information so she could book the two of us together. That was fine with me. On that Monday my coworker got to the airport ahead of me and checked in. Her tickets were not the same numbers as the ones on her paper. She went back and told them she was going on a business trip and that she was supposed to sit next to her colleague. They were able to switch one of her tickets but not the other. The first flight was uneventful. The second one leaving from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok was not. The first thing is that we went when it showed it was open but not really close to boarding time yet. I walked down first and it showed that it was last call already. My co-worker was stuck at the top as they switched her seat number again. I got on the plane and she was now seated in the same row as me. When she got there though that seat was taken so she had to go back to her other seat, which was ok. There was some major turbulence so I didn't eat anything for my meal. When we landed and got off I stopped and got new sim cards. After that my co-worker mentioned about renting a car and would they be holding her name up. I told her I didn't think there was any reason to rent a car and I didn't think the teacher's conference would have all of us renting a car. So, we hailed a taxi to the hotel. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel. Even though I had to pay for everything else I was allowed to share a room with my colleague, so that was nice as I don't think I could have afforded to stay there. I think it is the nicest hotel I have ever been in. When we went to check in then my co-worker pulled out the paper with the check in information for confirmation. On the page was the information stating that we were to be picked up by a limo at the airport. The hotel staff was upset because their person had waited for two hours. I apologized as she had only just showed me the information. We were told we still had to pay and I said we understood. After that was straightened out then they showed us up to our room. It was really nice. Two comfortable beds, a window seat with a nice view, a desk, and really nice bathroom.
|Looking out hotel window-Assumption Cathedral|
After we got checked in I looked up on the Internet some of the places I thought I would like to see. Many of them closed between 3:30 and 4:40 and it was about that time. I found one called the Golden Mount 'Phu Khao Thong' in the Wat Saket compound that said it was open until 9:00p.m. and people could walk all the way up the stairs on the outside and look out all over Bangkok. We went to the concierge to ask about it. They said that they thought the place was closed but the write up also in their map said it was open until 9:00p.m. They called but couldn't get an answer, so we decided to get a cab and go down there anyway.
|'Phu Khao Thong' Golden Mount|
|Wat Intharahiwan Buddha|