Thailand 2012, The Last Day

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Suddenly, I realized that I’ve taken so long to publish these installments, that it’s been over a year since the events happened!  I owe you, Dear Reader, one more installment in this series, so here it is, finally!

Thailand 2012, Last Day

I had the morning to myself so after relaxing in my room, I went out in search of some food.  Across the street, I spied this meat grilling….

Thailand 2012, Last Day

And because you just can’t have too many photos of grilling meat, here is a closer view!

Thailand 2012, Last Day

I’ve been to this little place across the street from the Tamarind Residences many times before.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

There is no menu.  You just have to look at what they have and try to communicate what you want.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

The boss lady’s very cute little girl took a keen interest in what I was doing.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

I tried to get her to return the “Asian Sign of Picture Taking” but I was unable to.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

After exhausting my limited repertoire of Thai, the boss lady went to work preparing the food that she thinks I ordered.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Thailand 2012, Last Day

First course, some delicious grilled Thai sausage.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Next up, an omelette with basil

Thailand 2012, Last Day

The little girl took a seat right next to me and intently watched everything I was eating.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Kale and garlic with Thai spices, a dish that I’ve had many times and in many places, but never tire of.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

This is the Khonkaen airport terminal.  When traveling, I always make sure I arrive plenty of time before my departure.  Once I arrived several hours early at an airport for an international flight, only to find that there was a problem with my ticket that required almost the entire block of extra time to correct!  After that, I make sure I arrive early for every flight.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Thailand 2012, Last Day

When I arrived, the place was deserted.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Not a soul at the gate, either.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Thailand 2012, Last Day

I wasn’t kidding when I said the place was deserted.  With the exception of perhaps 2 people, the entire terminal building was devoid of waiting passengers, and this was only an hour before departure time.  It seems that everyone in Thailand is on “Thai Time” because the place began to fill up about 15 minutes before boarding time.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

One departing shot before I put my camera away until I arrived in Bangkok.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

We’ve covered the “new” airport before.  It always looks interesting, like the inside of a caterpillar.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Structural details always interest me.  Hope they didn’t bore you.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

After snapping too many photos (but hey, it’s digital so who cares?), it was time to board.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

But when I got to my seat, I found that I couldn’t fit in it because of the box that was installed in the left armrest (shown on the right in this view).  All I could do was stand and wait for a flight attendant to notice me.  I was moved to another seat.  They put a skinny Thai girl in this seat and she had no problems.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

If you’ve never flown on Thai Airways, you really should give them a try.  The appointments are nice.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Little things like a cup holder make your flight more enjoyable (and easier in some respects).

Thailand 2012, Last Day

And….   we’re off!

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Each seat has a monitor for the entertainment system, which also includes a navigation display.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

At this point in my trip back home, I was approaching a place that I’ve tried to see on many trips from Thailand back to Taiwan: Pratas Island.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Although this looks like a black image, there is an extremely faint ring visible.  That is the famous coral reef of Pratas Island.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

All too soon my trip was over and I was back home in Taiwan.  The older terminal was being rebuilt and the path to and from the gates has changed completely.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Taiwanese never miss and opportunity to sell something.

Thailand 2012, Last Day

Thailand 2012, Last Day

 

My trip to Thailand was sweet, but way too short.  I find myself wanting to go back there again already, only this time I want to take Phoenix with me and show her everything I like about Thailand.  But that will have to wait until she is old enough to appreciate it.  The good news is that the business reason that I went there for is already bearing fruit, so it was well worth it.

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8 comments

  1. Great pictures and post!! I love Thailand and Thai food!! And I totally agree with you about arriving at the airport early. One time I slept in and arrived at the airport very late and the plane ended up waiting for me. As I ran through the airport, my name and gate number was announced at least 4 times. When I finally boarded the plane, the flight attendant announced ‘Now that our last passenger has FINALLY boarded the plane…..” I was embarrassed (to say the least) because all eyes were on me!!
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    1. hi Constance. for some reason your comment was flagged as SPAM and it almost got deleted! i also have a “last passenger on board” story, but i won’t bore you with it. i know just what you mean though! take care and thanks for your comment.

        1. hi Constance. i’m not sure why either. i have one other reader who’s comments are consistently marked as SPAM no matter what i do. if that happens again, please drop me a quick email to let me know that i have to rescue your comment! thanks.

  2. Enjoyed seeing the Thai airport as it is very different from the airports I have seen here. I have not flown since end of 2010 and miss going somewhere. I have a ticket to Boise, Idaho, for April to clothes shop for a few days.
    Take care.

    1. hi Carolyn, i hope you enjoy your trip to Boise. i’ve never been there. i know what you mean because i also get that restless feeling when i haven’t traveled anywhere in a long time. thanks and take care.

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