Friday, March 27, Day 52 - Yangon to Bangkok
We enjoy a slow morning with a late breakfast. The Eggs Benedict are wonderful. There is a great shopping arcade attached to the hotel and it includes a nice little museum. We enjoy a relaxing hour or so shopping and looking at the treasures. We find a set of lacquer coasters and a few other little handmade items. Back in the room we pack up our new treasures and get the porter to take the growing luggage pile downstairs. Our driver is waiting at noon to take us to the airport.
We arrive in Bangkok on time and are asked to wait to debark the plane as a wheelchair is coming. This time a truck with a lift platform pulls up on the right side of the plane and we walk out onto this platform and into an enclosed area. The raised platform is lowered and we are driven to the bus debarkation area where a wheelchair awaits and are at the luggage pickup area even before the people who walked off the plane before us. The man with us grabs a trolly and our luggage and we proceed thorough all the immigration and customs stuff in record time and are in our Shangri-La Mercedez Benz and moving at 5:30PM.
The driver says the traffic is bad and the trip will take an hour. Wishful thinking! It takes exactly two hours to make the 16 mile trip to the hotel! Ridiculous!
We are met at the door like royalty returning and the manager, Mr. Chompoo, is among our greeters. Happy hour is just ending but he invites us to sit, relax a few minutes, and enjoy a drink and some food before it is all cleared away; then we will get checked in. That is a welcome treat as we can and do make dinner out of their dim sum treats during the daily happy hour.
Our new room is #1561 and similar to the one we had last week. We order some satay and spring rolls for supper and get settled. It does seem a little warm but we are tired, the shower calls and we are not long for this world.