My 48 hours Meandering Journey Dwelling

Hey everybody. I’m again within the USA! Final week, I complained in regards to the lengthy and tough journey again house. Nonetheless, it turned out significantly better than I believed. At present, I’ll share what occurred.

Fast recap

Here’s a fast recap of the journey.

6:30 am – Drive to Chiang Mai airport and examine in (2 hours)

8:30 am – Flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok (1.5 hours)

9 am – 12 hours layover in Bangkok (12 hours)

9 pm – 5 hours Flight from Bangkok to Incheon (5 hours)

4 am – 12 hours layover in Incheon (12.5 hours)

4 pm – 10 hours flight from Incheon to San Francisco (10 hours)

9 am – 2 hours layover in San Francisco (3 hours)

Midday – 1.5 hours flight from SF to Portland (1.5 hours)

2 pm – Drive again house from Portland airport (.5 hours)

Whole = about 48 hours

Failure to interrupt up the journey ($30)

After complaining in regards to the journey, I noticed I ought to attempt to break it up a bit. I booked a flight to Bangkok a day early so I can get a very good evening of sleep earlier than the lengthy flights. Sadly, I screwed up the ticket. On the check-in, the agent informed me I booked the unsuitable month. Jeez, what a dummy! Really, this typically occurs each time I attempt to change one thing on the final minute. So I wasted $30 on this flight I’ll by no means use. No less than it wasn’t too costly.

The lengthy meandering journey house was again on.

Chiangmai to Bangkok ($20)

The journey from Chiangmai to Bangkok was good. I booked this flight months in the past. It was tremendous low-cost at $20! Again then, flights weren’t working at full capability as a result of pandemic. Anyway, I’ve a number of suggestions for you. Thai Smile is one of the best native operator in Thailand. They’ve free baggage check-in! Different low cost airways cost round $30 simply to examine your baggage. Thai Smile additionally serves complimentary snacks and a drink. I bought an excellent deal for $20.

Oh, one of the best factor about this flight was I bought a window seat within the exit row. The center seat was empty so I had good area. It was an excellent portent for the journey house. Because it turned out, I bought a window seat with the center seat empty for the remainder of the flights house! So fortunate.

Bangkok ($81)

We arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport on time and I put my baggage in storage ($3). Then, I took the prepare to city ($1.50 every means). I went straight to the resort and checked in early ($40). After that, I went to have lunch with my aunt ($2).

Thai oyster pancake and Pad Thai

After lunch, I went procuring at Terminal 21. I picked up 2 shirts ($15) and a brand new belt ($13). This shopping center is nice as a result of they’ve native outlets with high quality stuff. Then I went again to the resort and took a protracted nap. Subsequent, showered, modified, and took the prepare again to the airport.

Oh, I went out to eat earlier than having a shower.

Pad Kra Pao is a basic Thai dish. It’s meat stir-fried with chili, seasoning, and basil. Over the previous few years, some younger cooks have been making an attempt to raise it. This dish used 4 sorts of chili peppers, 2 varieties of basils, and topped it off with fried duck egg. You may even order it with 45 days dry-aged beef. I ordered the conventional beef and it value round $5. Usually, you will get it for round $1 at a avenue meals stall. Total, I actually loved this dish. It’s means higher than the cheaper model. It’s good to have extra selections.

The resort room in Bangkok was an excellent concept. I had an opportunity to recharge and prepare for the remainder of the journey. It was price $40.

Flight to Incheon (factors)

The flight to Incheon was fairly uneventful. They served a meal and I watched Black Adam. The film was enjoyable, however the Rock was fairly dour. I like Shazam! extra. That was extra enjoyable.

Korean Airways bibimbap

After I ate, I took a nap. I additionally watched a Korean film “6/45”. It was a reasonably good comedy. A South Korean soldier misplaced a profitable lotto ticket. The wind blew it over the DMZ and a North Korean soldier discovered it. From there, excessive jinx ensues as they attempt to work out a deal and redeem the profitable.

This flight was fairly good. I used to be in a position to nap greater than traditional. The empty center seats made an enormous distinction. I used to be in a position to transfer round a bit with out having to fret about bumping into one other individual.

Free Transit Tour in Seoul ($11)

The Incheon airport has an excellent free transit tour program. When you have sufficient time, you possibly can be a part of the one in all a number of excursions. I realized about this from earlier visits to the Incheon airport. So this time, I signed up on-line and bought the Okay-ETA forward of time. ($8)

After we landed, I went to the departure space and took a nap within the transit lounge. The tour began at 8 am and we landed round 4:30 am. I had time to lie down for some time. After the nap, I dropped by the Transit tour desk and an agent escorted me again by means of safety to undergo immigration. Every little thing went easily and I made it in time to hitch the tour.

The tour’s max capability was 16 individuals, however solely 5 vacationers went. Different individuals had been , however they didn’t get the Okay-ETA forward of time. These excursions will probably be much more in style as soon as the border opens totally. Oh, this palace had an entrance payment of $3.

Changdeokgung palace

The primary cease was Changdeokgung palace. It’s fairly cool. I like their structure and historical past. It’s additionally neat to see the king and queen’s working and dwelling areas. It’s fairly small! Some McMansions are larger than this palace. Oh, the Transit tour lent me a jacket. It was 0 levels out and I didn’t have the appropriate garments. It was scorching and humid in Thailand.

Insadong ($10)

Subsequent was Insadong avenue.

This can be a neat space to eat and discover souvenirs. Nonetheless, I didn’t need to purchase something as a result of my bag was already full. I needed to eat! The information beneficial beef rib soup on the Gangnam Myeonok Insadong. It was nice. I want we had extra time right here so I may strive extra dishes. Subsequent time, we’ll keep for not less than per week.

Flight to SF

The flight to SF was uneventful. Once more, I had the window seat with an empty center seat. I watched a number of motion pictures, ate, and took naps.

At SF airport, I bought by means of immigration and customized shortly. One agent was actually grilling the everlasting residences. Every individual took nearly 10 minutes to get by means of. It was loopy. I’ve by no means seen something like that. Normally, they simply wave everybody by means of. This agent was asking all kinds of questions. Anyway, I bought waved by means of by a straightforward agent. Perhaps it was a very good cop, unhealthy cop act.

I bought my baggage and rechecked it.

Flight to Portland

The flight to Portland was brief and candy. Fortunately, I had the identical seating setup! Wow, I haven’t had an empty seat subsequent to me on a home flight for years. It was a pleasant shock.

Sadly, my baggage didn’t present up on the baggage declare. I went to file a report and Mrs. RB40 took me house.


Whew! It was a protracted day, however I bought by means of it fairly nicely. The empty center seat made an enormous distinction, IMO. The flights had been a lot extra stress-free when you might have just a bit extra room. My baggage was delivered to the door round 8 pm. Every little thing turned out nicely.

Whole value = $152

Alright, that’s it for my lengthy journey house. Subsequent time, we’ll break it up into segments. Have you ever ever had a protracted journey like this?

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