I can't guarantee what you're going to get in terms of blog content. I write whenever I'm moved to. It won't necessarily be about the place I've just been to, but there'll be a story. And where possible, I'll fill in the detail of who, what, where, how, when once I get home, so that you can check something out for yourself if you like. I'm mostly going to be using my Canon to take pics, so forgive me if there aren't many photos to show you for now, though when I remember I'll try and capture bits and bobs using the Nexus. The formatting is probably going to be pretty dodgy, as I'm writing in app and sometimes it just does what it wants to. Which is why, for now, my blog posts will be titled with the date I started writing them. I'll rename them once I'm back.
Any questions or comments, please feel free! I can answer them easily on the road.
An uneventful flight with Air Oman brought me from Heathrow to Bangkok via Muscat. Yeah, West to East, which is supposed to be the killer, but I am living proof that you can beat the jet lag if you sleep (or try to) on the first leg and stay awake for the second. By the time you arrive, it'll be a couple of hours before local bedtime. A full night's sleep later and voila, you're acclimatised.
Travel tip no.2: Lightweight dungarees are awesome going from English climate to tropical climate, and they're comfy as anything when you're bloated on an aeroplane.
If you do the same route I did, you'll arrive in Bangkok at night. The multicoloured lights of the skyscrapers are kind of beautiful. It's like an enormous arcade.
Note to those who are penny pinching: The free shuttle between the international airport and Don Muang airport is only for transfer passengers. But if you're taking an early flight out of Don Muang the next day, as I did, you might want to consider getting a cab straight to the Amari Hotel for a night there, so you can wake up leisurely and walk to the airport in 5 minutes. The taxi is around 460 baht, including the tolls, and the system at the airport for getting one is foolproof.
Travel tip no.3: There's a 7/11 just around the corner from the Amari selling international chargers for a couple of quid if you, like me, failed at the first hurdle.
Now, I'm not a food blogger, but the Amari breakfast is blog worthy (apologies for the lack of pictures; you'll just have to use your imagination):
I stumbled down into the Zeppelin restaurant in dire need of a coffee after a restorative 9 hours intended to put me back on an even keel, jet lag-less, but which needed a shot of caffeine just to pull me through, and of course to 'fill my boots' since breakfast was included in the cost of the room.
I filled my boots. And several other people's boots too.
It was like the Olympic Games of breakfast buffets with particularly strong performances from Great Britain (the classic English breakfast, complete with bacon, baked beans, grilled tomatoes and something masquerading as sausage), France (cereals, bread, yoghurt, salami and 'plastic' cheese) and the Continent in general (some Danish pastries, cinnamon rolls, croissant, pain au chocolate), Japan (an assortment of sushi), India (dal makhani and roti), China (fried noodles, beef rendang); plus wildcard appearances from different mealtimes and courses such as mini veal sausages, pork burgers, salad, nuts and dried fruit, and cake.
They had catered for every nation. And I ate from every nation, doing my best impression of a cross between Joey from Friends 'winning back' his Vegas spending in the consumption of scrambled eggs alone, and Howard from Fresh Meat at the all-you-can-eat buffet with Vod ("there's a strategy"), kicking off with a starter of sushi, a full English main, a palate cleanser of juice, then pastries and cake for dessert. Followed by round 2, which took in the offerings from India and China.
The gold medal in this Olympic medley of fodder goes to Great Britain for their superb scrambled egg performance: Just the right balance of sloppiness and saltiness.
I finished it all off with some fresh pineapple chunks. Apparently they help prevent bloating...