It was time to say goodbye to Ayutthaya our home base for a few days. We were only one hour away from Bangkok, but prices in Ayutthaya were a lot cheaper than in Bangkok. We explored North Thailand and were returning to Bangkok to meet my highschool friend Patty and her boyfriend Mark. I was very excited!
We took the train to Bangkok, and then a taxi to our hostel. but the taxi driver dropped us off at a near by mall, because he didn’t really know the hostel location. So we had to drag our bags around town until we found it. We stayed at Lub-D Hostel near National Stadium. The Hostel and it’s location were great; check out my review on tripadvisor.
After checking in and freshening up, we went to pick up Patty and Mark at the Airport link station. Patty told me that they were arriving at a certain time, but they didn’t show up until 2 hours later. I was really worried and even called the hostel to check online if the airplane had arrived. Once Patty arrived, she confessed that she gave me the wrong arrival time. I was too happy to see her to get upset.
We decided to go for dinner and my first idea was… of course Hard Rock Cafe Bangkok, located walking distance from our hostel. Mark was so nice… he treated us to dinner!
We arrived to Bangkok around 4pm after a short flight from Hong Kong. We decided right there to leave to Chiang Mai right away rather than spending a night in Bangkok. Ryan went looking for internet to research trains, while I went up one floor to departures to get prices for flights. I couldn’t find the tickets counters, so I asked an airline employee for the counter location.
The employee was very accommodating and called somebody on his cellphone, which seemed a little bit weird, but I thought he might be calling the ticket counter. He told me someone was going to help me get the tickets in a minute. He let me in the check-in area, where only people with tickets could enter, and walked me all the way to the back, where another employee met us and took me to an inmigration office. That’s when my radar starting to go off… I was thinking how I get out of this situation. It was obvious at that point, that the employee was trying to get a commission of my purchase or I was going to be scammed… all I wanted was him to point out the airline ticket counter. The worst part was that I was dealing now with inmigration officers… You don’t want to mess with inmigration officers. They could accuse me of whatever they wanted to, they could take my passport, if I refuse to buy the tickets or whatever… I was really scared.
Once inside the office, I saw 3 more male officers. They asked me where I wanted to fly to. I just played dumb and told them I had to look for my husband before I bought the tickets and that I was coming back once I found him. I got out of the office as quickly as I could. I was so upset that an airline employee did that, and I thought of reporting the whole incident, but I really didn’t want to waste time or energy.
Once I left the Check-in area I realized that the ticket counters where right beside me. I got prices but I was really expensive so we decided to go to the train station and tried to catch a train to Chiang Mai that night.
We arrived at the train station and fortunately there was a sleeper train leaving later that day to Chiang Mai, but they did not take credit card or US dollars. At the airport, we only exchanged about 20 dollars, because the exchange rate was really bad. The train station had an exchange rate worse than the airport one, so we had to get money out of an ATM. With money at hand, we returned to the window and finally bought our train tickets! We were rushed to the train… we didn’t realized that the train was waiting for us. As soon as we boarded, the train departed.
We were impressed with the sleeper train in Thailand, they had only 4 berths per cabin and each berth had a privacy curtain you could close to make it more private. They also served warm meals and the food although really overpriced for Thailand was still cheap and tasty.