“Bangkok, Oriental Setting…”

“…and the city don’t know what the city is getting.”

One Night in Bangkok by British actor Murray Head has been playing in my head since I arrived, except that it’s morning, and a rather gloomy one at that. Plus, I’ll be staying here for three more nights. (Sometimes I wish my brain came up with less literal mental soundtracks.) The climate here is no different from home, to be sure. Our send-off from Manila was heavy downpour; our Thai welcome was a slight drizzle.

We touched down in Suvarnabhumi Airport a little past midnight. But because of the prolonged immigration queue and a mix-up in transportation arrangements, we managed to enter the city in the wee hours of the morning. This means I have to wait 12 more hours until I imbibe the infamously glitzy nightlife.

Still, it’s good to finally make it to Thailand after several false fits and starts. I can’t wait to see the rest of the capital. But for now, some catch-up shuteye. Later!

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TOP ROW: The gloomy morning skyline, as seen from our hotel room; BOTTOM ROW: Glimpses of Chateau de Bangkok in Pathum Wan district, where we’ll be staying within the next three days
Welcome leis courtesy of Chateau de Bangkok front desk
Phuang Malai: Jasmine garlands that are, in effect, the Thai equivalent of the sampaguita leis sold ubiquitously in the streets of Manila: our welcome token c/o of Chateau de Bangkok’s front desk

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