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I am all set to share my experience of trip to Thailand during Christmas vacation. I am going to post day wise blogs where I will be sharing my detailed experiences regarding the food, shopping etc.I would want to curate these blogs which might help people who are planning to visit the country and act as a guide.
In today’s post I am sharing my itinerary of the trip.
We opted for a 5 days 4 nights package by OYO Rooms International.Read my experience with OYO here.
So our to and fro flight was by Thai Airways and I would say the service was pretty good.
Our flight was at 1AM from Bangalore.And as it was our first international flight we wanted to reach on time.Anticpatd a lot of traffic due to Christmas,we started at 6 PM by Meru airport taxi however to purchase utter surprise,we reached well in advance by 8:3O PM.
At Kempegowda Airport:
We took a little snacks from CCD. It was the only option there as the authority of the Thai Airways informed that the counter will only open after 9:30PM so we had to wait near the counter.
9:30 onwards the check in started and it was pretty simple.
We had two strollers and each one of us were carrying backpacks. Read what was in my travel bag pack here
Note. Recently Thai Airways increased the limit of luggage to 30 kgs. per person in the Royal Economy class hence we were not so worried.
Then we headed to immigration and the Custom officers were their to verify your travel purpose. The officer uncle asked two or three questions and finally got departure stamp on my passport.
Security check was also quite relaxed and just like domestic travel.
Then we went to the lounge to kill our time as everything was done by 10:30 PM.We had good 2 hours before boarding.
The Bangalore Airport duty free was nothing too fancy and not much to explore.
At around 12:20 the boarding started and finally we started towards destination Bangkok.
At Suvarnabhumi Airport:
We landed in Bangkok around 6:30 AM as per their local time and headed towards the Visa on arrival counters which was madening.So as per the details received from OYO we did fill up an online VOA form however their they insisted us to fill up a hardcopy which was available in the counter along with a VOA card that was handed over by the flight attendants.
And we realized ,Thais don’t understand an English and not so warm and cordial.🙄🙄
We stood in a line which was hella long and there we’re at least 120 people before us. Suddenly we saw that there was one more relatively small queue and after almost 45 minutes of wait, we got to know that with paying extra 200 Baht per person,we can get the Visa early.(Not only it happens only in India 🤨).
So we took that line and the officials informed us that the Thai government exempted the actual visa fees which was 2000 Baht per person as per their promotion of tourism.
Almost after 15 minutes we got our files back (except return flight and passport they didn’t verify anything else) and headed towards customs and got our Visa stamped.
After collection of baggages,we went to phone counter to take tourist Sims and got ourself connected to the rest of world.
We headed towards the exit where representatives from travelbullz was waiting for us with placards bearing our name and they informed us that we will start towards Pattaya by 10AM.
Exactly at 10 we started to Pattaya by Toyota Commutor ( a better version of traveller in India).There we’re a lot of Indians with us.
We stopped for our breakfast at an Indian restaurant called Thali.
The commute was really smooth.However both of us dozed off after sometimes. It took almost 3 hours to reach to our hotel and by 1PM we finally checked in Golden Sea Pattaya .
Its been more than 18 hours that we were out and the hotel room gave is a comfort feeling.
We took nice hot shower and headed out for lunch and took a long cosy nap.
We planned to go out in the evening to explore Pattaya Beach and was informed that the beach is only 15 minutes away from our hotel by walking.
We went out and reached the Pattaya Avenue which was a small mall kind of place with lots of street shops ,food courts etc.
The roads in Pattaya were clean. And There were shady shacks and pubs in every nook and corners.We explored the road side shops which are full of goodies from makeup to shorts and t- shirts to luggages and foot wears.
We headed to the beautiful and clean beach with our drinks and spent the best time together almost for 2 hours.
After spending the most relaxing time,we went to a Punjabi place on the same Beach road and had the most scrumptious Bitter chicken a lotnd nun and headed back to the hotel.Crashd off after a long long long tiring and amazing day!!!!
1st day was great at Pattaya.
Stay put for the next day blog which is coming soon.