Sunday Jan 15th.
Finally arrived in Bangkok after what seems like an eternity of travelling! Saturday started early as we attempted to reset our body clocks by getting up at 4am - well at least one of us did. The first four hours of the day turned out to be very stressful as first my computer appeared to have a catastrophic failure, and then for no reason at all I suddenly had a severe lower back spasm which saw me on all fours and unable to move. Thankfully the computer seemed to right itself after about two hours of the dreaded "blue screen", and the back eased sufficiently for me to be able to get into Emily's car for the ride to the airport. It continued to improve as the day went on, although the security staff at the airport regretted asking me to take my boots off when he had to help me get them off. Eleven hours on a plane was a bit of a worry but thankfully it was a lot better as we got into Hong Kong, although still stiff. In a few days time we are to do three days trekking in the north of Thailand, so hoping for much improvement before then.
We had a three hour stop in Hong Kong airport while we waited for the next flight on to Bangkok, time to stretch the legs and get a coffee and try to adjust to the time difference. We moved on eight hours to Hong Kong and then we go back an hour as we go on to Thailand. Hong Kong - or what we saw of it from the terminal building - was wet and misty, but we're looking forward to coming back here for four days at the end of our trip to Thailand. We will also be in Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year on the 28th.
The flight to Bangkok soon passed, and the usual queues formed at immigration, and then it was out to find a driver with our names on a board for the transfer to the hotel. The hotel is OK for a couple of nights stay but it's at the intersection of several roads and motorways as well as on several metrolink lines. Our view is of a concrete wall about six foot from our window! We took a ride on the metro this afternoon to Lumphini park, an area of lakes and greenery in the city, and this was just what we needed after the journey. Chance to stretch the legs and enjoy the warmth and a bit of hazy sunshine. It's about 25-30oC and very pleasant. Warm but not too humid. As we wandered round, the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra was warming up for a free concert in the park, which we stayed for and enjoyed for a while.
Back to the hotel for a light meal and a beer, and it's now about 8pm local time and I reckon it's been 31 hours since we got up yesterday with only a few snatches of sleep on the plane. If we can last another couple of hours and get to sleep about 10pm then we should be fit to go tomorrow morning.