Day 5 – Bangkok to Singapore
This day finally came for us to leave this fabulous city Bangkok, after enjoying the food, the sight and sound of this vibrant city with so much life and so much to offer. Our impression of this city had taken quite a drastic shift after this visit in comparison with the previous visit back in 2007 where we did not come away with much excitement and satisfaction as this latest trip did. So we jumped out of bed when the alarm went off. Still dark but we took the opportunity to catch the sunrise from our room windows. It was a great sight to watch as the sun gradually appeared and awakened this dynamic city to begin a brand new day of vitality. Once we could no longer behold the glorious sunbeams with our naked eyes, we went to the restaurant for a quick breakfast. We had a plane to catch and not much time for more leisure this morning, not until we had cleared customs and immigration.
The restaurant was quite empty when we reached there so early. We helped ourselves to the buffet spread and then one more round on the fruits section. Of course washed down all that we consumed with another cup of coffee and then we returned to our room. The bathroom was the final visit and off we went with all our bags to the lobby. Check out was efficient and bills for a lunch and a dinner came up to be only 495 THB and promptly settled. So down we went to the hotel entrance where the hotel staff was already informed to get us a taxi to the airport. All was well thus far as we got into the waiting taxi and bid good bye to Mercure Siam Hotel.
Along the way we noticed something strange. Whenever we stopped due to road traffic, the driver would pull out a comics magazine to read. When the cars in front had moved, he was still reading his comics book. He had to catch up with the traffic quite a number of times due to lack of attention on the road. By the time we cleared the city roads and hit the toll road, he was driving furiously at 130 km/h. We saw he could no longer keep his eyes open most of the time. He was also shaking his head from time to time. My wife and I had to talk loudly trying to keep him awake. There were two occasions where we nearly met with an accident. Thank God we finally arrived at the airport, still alive and in one piece. Of course I had to take down his taxi car plate number and also took note of his name to lodge a formal complaint when I reached home. His name is D__ and the taxi car plate number is 7397, a pink colour taxi. I sent an email to Mercure Siam Hotel to complain about this incident. The hotel had checked the CCTV footage and would not allow this taxi driver and the taxi with this car plate number to pick up passengers from the hotel anymore. The hotel had also forwarded my feedback to the taxi companies concerned to take necessary measures against this driver. I sincerely hope no other visitors would have to face such harrowing experience like we did heading to the airport. After recovering from this shocking experience, we went straight to the MAS counter to check in our luggage and then proceeded with the immigration clearance. Soon all was cleared and we finally could breath a sigh of relief. We were now completely free and at ease for some leisure to roam the airport and check out what the shops at the airport had to offer. The Longchamp ladies’ handbags on sale were not any cheaper than those my wife bought in Paris airport 3 years ago. So we continued with more windows shopping till time to board our flight to Kuala Lumpur.
Soon enough we were on our way to Kuala Lumpur. A light meal was served once the plane was cruising. Not long later, we started to descend and arrived KLIA without any hiccups. As we had only slightly more than an hour to catch our flight back to Singapore we didn’t waste time for more windows shopping. We hurried to the duty free shop to buy some more Belgian chocolates that were on sale. Lo and behold, the sales staff were taking their time chit-chatting while a queue was formed waiting to make payment for their purchases. Eventually, our transaction was settled and we needed to rush a little to board our final flight home.
Again, our flight was incident free and we arrived Changi Airport safe and sound. So the final analysis of this trip to Bangkok; it was an eye opener how fast this city had progressed after seven years. The MRT was clean and efficient. The streets were relatively clean and we didn’t see any beggars on the streets this time. The malls were very new and modern and shopping was fun. No doubt, coming home from the lands of smiles also put a smile on our faces as we reached for the taxi to head home. Was it another rejuvenating break? Other than my sore neck and shoulder and the unpleasant taxi ride to the airport in Bangkok, which could be an isolated incident, this break was great and we really had fun. So definitely a rejuvenating break indeed for the time we spent in Bangkok. This was more so for my lovely wife who had thoroughly enjoyed herself, which was an understatement. On the way home, we eagerly looked forward to sharing the spoils of shopping with everyone at home.
With much anticipation, we began preparing ourselves to nail the next trip to Northern Vietnam in December, where the whole family would come together for a great family time during the upcoming Christmas break. More good news later...