We woke up with much anticipation for the start of our Yunnan tour heading to Kunming this morning. It was just 6.20 am as we pulled away the curtains to watch the sunrise show from our suit room windows. It was still dark in Bangkok City but the sky was getting a tinge of greyish blue with a tiny red ball creeping up ahead above one of the buildings in the city. The clouds added to the beauty of the sunrise with the far end painting up an expanding stretch of pink turning red. The sun rose higher and pierced through some clouds and not long after, the city had awaken.
Breakfast time came soon enough as we needed to catch our late morning flight to Kunming. We went to the restaurant at 7 am. The restaurant was quite empty early this morning. This hotel does cater to tour group. So it was important to have early breakfast. We saw many Chinese tourists at the hotel the day before hence it was prudent to be early to avoid the crowd.
The restaurant was like any typical hotel restaurant and the buffet spread was fine with the usual local and international selection. Although Grand Sukhumvit Hotel Bangkok is a 5-star hotel, the buffet spread can’t be compared to other 5-star hotels like Sofitel or Pullman under the Accor Group. Anyway, we were still pretty satisfied with our breakfast, especially for the price we paid for our stay of just around $90 for the night and upgraded to a suit room. The service staff were quite good too.
Back in our room, we freshened up again, packed and checked our bags and then lingered awhile watching Bangkok City starting its day now with the sun fully out. Road traffic wasn’t very heavy yet but the city was gradually coming alive. Near to 8 am, we went to the lobby to check out. It was over in a moment and soon we were waiting for a taxi outside the hotel. Concierge helped us get a taxi willing to go on the meter. Next we were on our way to the airport.
We arrived at the airport without incident at 9 am. We took our bags and went to Thai Airways to check in our bags and then proceeded to clear immigration. Not long after, we were roaming the shopping mall like airport window shopping to wait for the call to board our flight. There were some shops that were quite interesting and we made a mental note to look at some watches from one of the duty free shops upon our return trip where we might pick up a watch that could be on sale.
Soon we were called to the boarding gate. We then took the transfer bus and boarded our flight to Kunming. The 3 hours flight was uneventful and we were served lunch onboard. The service of this airline was good. We disembarked, cleared immigration, collected our bags and then headed to the airport exit.
Our hotel in Kunming is the Grand Park Hotel Kunming located near Cuihui, the Green Lake area and airport bus 919B would terminate near this location. We then went to look for the counter to buy the bus ticket for the bus 919B to the city. It was just outside the airport slightly on the left. Having made payment of 13 CNY per ticket, we made our way to the left and boarded a waiting bus.
The airport bus was very new and pretty clean. The bus left not long after and two passengers were eating melon seeds on the bus. The bus driver told them to stop eating and not litter the bus. Along the way, the bus stopped at a few locations to pick up passengers. Some passenger alighted at different locations in the city as well. The journey was pretty comfortable and for the price of just 13 CNY, it was very good. Taking a taxi to the city would cost over 100 CNY. Continue reading Yunnan Tour – Kunming Day 2 (11 Days 10 Nights November 2015)