To save our budget, we decided to get a cheap flight, and spend all our money on other stuff. We looked online, and found a flight that was most suitable - leaving on a Friday night (only cost us half a day off on the day), spend the night at the airport, then arrive in Chiang Mai ealry next morning. It was midnight when we arrived at Bangkok, and since the connecting flight was early in the morning, we decided to save that one night's hotel fee. I'd never slept at the airport before. Seeing other people having this experience, I thought it was something worth trying... well, once in a life time is enough, really....
**Thai giant king (pronounce 'Yak")
It's been a decade since I was back in Chiang Mai, but I'd intentionally booked flgihts that stopped over at Bangkok when I went to and fro the UK, just so I could rip myself off a meal at the airport!
It was, however, my first sleep over at the airport!
After we got our visa-upon-arrival settled, we found a seemingly comfortable bench and the blanket we snitched from the plane (c'mon! we needed it), and fell a sleep. But I was not able to fall into deep sleep. Although I was completely knackered, a loud conversation still woke me up - I thought some one was about to tell us off... I walked about, and got bored. Then I decided to wake my other half up, so he could walk around with me. Ha!
While walking around, seeing all these pictures of Thai food, I couldn't resist the temptation any more! I knew it was more expensive, and less satisfying than the road side stalls or the market places, but I couldn't resist!
We ordered the lightest meal possible - noodle with fish balls.
At this point, I must mention, that the most authentic way of eating any Thai noodle dish, is to add all of these seasonings! Including sugar (although you really could skip the sugar, because I did!)
Other than the chilli powder, you'll also notice that the fish sauce and the vinegar also contain some chillis in them.
So after this meal, we still had time to rest for a couple of hours before boarding.
The task was much easier seeing that we had already got our visa. I was still a bit worried about our luggage, so I had the check-in counter clerk check for me before boarding.
My photography skill has yet a lot of space for improvement, but I hope you can still see how beautiful the morning twilight is, especially as it sparkles on the aircrafts.
The most exciting thing about plane rides, is the take-off and landing. My eyelids were so heavy, but I didn't want to miss take off. Finally, the plane took off, and I could sleep again... until meal is served...