Getting to the airport to leave for Thailand was a bit tricky as there was traffic and road work. We did; however, leave early and made it in plenty of time. Joel and I both got chair massages at the airport, waited in the lounge for our flight to be called, and had some odd Air New Zealand snacky things and white whine.
Our plane was AMAZING! It was a Thai Air A340-600 - brand new with these seats what were like pods. They did a full lie down or sit up or anything in between. They had on demand movies, on demand CD's where you could build your own play list, video games, an interactive language learning service, on demand TV and radio, maps. The food was great. The first serving was a pork curry, the second serving was a cheese and Thai pickle sandwich and the third serving was veggie lasagna accompanied by a smoked duck and beetroot salad. All of this served with endless Champagne, White Wine, and Water, what ever you wanted. I actually watched a movie [I know, hard to believe] - Walk the Line with Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix. Excellent!
All of this; however, could not mask the fact that we were on a 12 hour long flight that left at 3:30 in the afternoon and arrived in Bangkok at 9:30 PM [biologically for some of us, that was more like 3:30 AM]. Needless to say we just wanted to go home and go to bed.
The nightmarish stories about Bangkok Airport we had heard about for weeks turned out to not be true. Perhaps it was just the time we arrived. From the time we got off the plane to the moment our chauffer collected us was around 15 minutes [that included asking questions, going through immigration and a pee stop]. Event he ride to the hotel seem suspiciously smooth, with a door to door time of 20 minutes. I don't expect that to be the case most of the time in Bangkok. So we got to the hotel checked in, went to our room and, after playing with all of the normal fancy hotel gadgets, went to bed. Full description and pictures of the room and hotel tomorrow.