Friday 21 Sept
We landed at Suvarnabhumi (pronounced Su-wanna-poom) Airport after an eight and half hour flight , or 4 movies later. Airport is huge and full of orchids, very pretty. Looking forward to a better look on Sunday evening when we fly out to Seoul, but our main goal was getting through immigration with hundreds of others in a very warm building. Once we had our bags, we walked straight out with no customs requirement. Very strange after everything you have to go through entering Australia or NZ.
Finding our driver was not as straight forward as we expected as there was a multitude of drivers standing all over the airport with signs and names written on them, but there was plenty of assistance from these drivers as we looked around dumbfounded and they soon directed us to our guy. The heat outside was instantly clammy and the walk to the car soon confirmed I was not dressed for Thailand weather.
Thai drivers are one speed and heavy braking but I felt surprisingly safe as he weaved, tailgated and proved that 3 cars do fit in 2 lanes. It was a fair drive from the airport to the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and I was glad we didn't need to worry about finding our way there. Motorcyclists are a brave lot here with the cars and trucks and even manage to fit 3 or 4 riders to one bike. Impressive.
The hotel is lovely. We were upgraded, which was very nice, from the 10th floor to the 24th. There's 4 more above us. City lights and plenty of traffic moving up and down the river.
After a very needed coffee in the lobby lounge, we went for a wander outside but were beaten back by the humidity and the fact that walking is rather difficult when your clothes are stuck to you. Found the gym though