Toronto to Taipei - first of 2 flights today
09.11.2012 - 10.11.2012 29 °C
Our flight left YYZ on time at 12:50 AM on Friday on a nice Boeing 777W with EVA Air which is based out of Taiwan and off we headed for Taipei. Any flight that is just over 15 hours at one sitting is a true test for mind and body. David in his usual fashion slept like a baby for the first 7-8 hours of the trip and the rest of us (Hazel, Sue and Roy) tried to while away the time in addition to getting in a bit shut eye. Roy added a bit of excitement for the crew when he had a pretty significant nosebleed. We finally landed at Taipei airport around 5:20 am local time Saturday or 6:20 pm Friday home time.
We then had a wait of about 3.5 hours before we boarded our 3.5 hour flight to Bangkok again on Eva. This was our plane as it was being loaded for that flight.
Taipei airport is massive and nicely laid out with very pleasant departure lounges. Each lounge is decorated with a different theme. One is a water lily garden, another is a "Hello Kitty" display.
The retail space is dominated by electronics shops selling all manner of smart phones and tablets and shops selling an amazing variety of very expensive ladies purses.
We finally arrived in Bankok at noon after a 3 1/2 hour flight. Again we found a large modern airport with good facilities. The one notable feature of this airport was the long lines for passport control. It was handled well but the huge volume of people meant that we ended up waiting 45 minutes in lines to clear immigration. Once we got through and collected our luggage we quickly found the van we had arranged with the hotel and off we headed for downtown Bankok and our hotel, the Pantip suites.
The Pantip Suites Hotel is large and the suites are massive with a large kitchenette and eating area and a living room almost as big as our one at home.
and it has a very large balcony at one end overlooking our part of this city of 10 million souls. Below we can see the pool.
and the view from our balcony
The only negative side is that the hotel is probably 20-30 years old so everything is a bit on the tired side. We selected the Pantip as that is where our tour group will be meeting when they convene in several days before setting off to Vietnam.
Our restaurant in the hotel has particularly good breakfast and lunch and buffets with both Asian and Western food.
We headed for bed about 7pm that night getting ready to rise at dawn for our first city tour. Since this was our first day and we still adjusting to a 12 hour time change we elected a half day tour that we arranged via the internet from Toronto.
Stay tuned for the next blog about our 3 days of touring Bangkok before being joined by the rest of our group.