My first overseas solo trip was not a smooth ride at all. It started with bumps all the way from Bangalore Airport. To start with, I booked my tickets for Krabi one month after I booked my round trip to Bangkok. So my flight schedule looked something like
Banglore -> Bangkok -> Krabi -> Bangkok -> Bangalore
The thought of staying in Bangkok for 7 days kind of bugged me which made me book tickets for Krabi as well, after I found a wonderful place to stay in Krabi. I booked the Krabi flight which departs 3 hours after I land in Bangkok. As an Indian passport Holder I need to take Visa on Arrival before I can catch my domestic flight to Krabi. Going by the info that I found on other blogs, the Visa on Arrival process does not take more than 30 mins. So I felt like I would get enough time for getting my Visa and then have a good Thai breakfast at the airport.
So all excited for my trip, I missed my lunch and reached the Bangalore Airport 5 hours before departure only to find out that my flight was delayed by an hour. That left me with 6 hrs at the airport. Still the idea of having some food did not strike me, thanks to my inexperience in traveling. I was already dreaming about my Thai breakfast.
Finally I boarded and reached Bangkok airport with a 1 hour delay. That left me with 2 hrs for my Visa procedure. Still all cool.
Only when I entered the Visa on Arrival section, did my jaw drop on seeing the long queue. I snatched a Visa application form lying at the desk and filled it all off in seconds, the queue had doubled by the time I finished filling. Then I stood in the queue and changed the time on my watch and phone to the local Time Zone. To add to my woes, there was only one person at the counter for checking the documents. I was pretty sure by that time I will be missing my flight as the queue was moving at a snails pace. I then thought of ditching Krabi and staying in Bangkok as I was on a tight budget and didn’t want to book another ticket for Krabi. Then 2 more officials joined the counter and I got my hopes up as the queue started moving quick. Got my Visa after 90 mins in the queue, that left me with 30 mins left for departure and 25 mins before the gate closes. Mission Krabi was still ON.
Then came the queue for immigration. That was a breeze as there were 5 counters for that. Ran to the carousel to get my baggage. 15 mins left.
Ran to the domestic terminal which is the adjacent building. Another F-ing queue at the counter, the longest one for the day, hopes down again. Showed my ticket to a trainee attendant who was quite helpful and let me ahead of the queue. Checked in my baggage. Time check – 5 mins for gates to close.
Another queue at the security check. Done with that, 0 mins for gate closure. I still ran, hopes up for another flight delay. Gate no 78, the last gate at the farthest end of the terminal.
I Ran, my eyes searching for the number 78.
By the time I reached there, the gate doors where already closed, I ran and slid at the desk, the boarding pass slipped from hand and hit the attendants face. She looked at it and quickly opened the sliding doors and and pointed towards the bus. The bus with the passengers was still there outside, waiting for another bus at move forward. Mission Krabi was a success.
If you think that is where my misery ended, wait for it….
Finally relieved and tired, got into the bus. The next bump – Hunger. As you know, I did not have time for that Thai breakfast I was dreaming of. That never happened. I have never been more hungrier in my life.
As soon as we took off, I got some sort of sandwich and a bottle of water from the in-flight service. Gobbled it down. 30 mins into the flight, I felt an uneasiness in my tummy. Ran to the toilet and puked the whole thing out. Not sure if it was the sandwich or the water or if it was just part of my bad day. And no love lost with the airlines though, got a free upgrade for my flight from Krabi to Bangkok.
Landed in Krabi, still hungry. The driver was waiting there to pick me up. I didn’t want to eat anything funny from the airport anymore. So decided to hold it till I reached my resort. Another 1 hour drive, around 30+ kms from the airport.
Views I got on my solo bicycle trip through the beautiful village of #khaothong #krabi #paradise #thailand @bananasbungalows #travel #traveling #TFLers #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igtravels
The scenic drive along the way seemed to have made me feel better. The natural beauty of Krabi took my breath away. Finally checked in to the resort and gobbled a big juicy homemade chicken sandwich. Then I slept off and woke upto this view below.
The #sunset view from the pier @bananasbungalows #krabi #thailand #solotraveler #sunsetspot #travel #traveling #TFLers #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igtravels
This view was probably the best highlight of my day. Met some cool travelers, had a great communal dinner and made plans for kayaking the next day. Needless to say it was a perfect ending to a horrible day.
A lot of lessons learnt on Day 1 of my first overseas solo trip. And I am glad it went horrible, so that I will be a better traveler on my next solo trip.