The journey begins – Thursday 3 January

9 Jan

Having left London at 10:05 GMT on the upstairs floor of the flying bar (aka Quantas 3502), I arrive in Bangkok 11 hours later.
Unfortunately the stopover in Bangkok airport (scheduled to be 5 hours) ends up being 6 hours.
Despite the great snacks in the waiting lounge (sticky rice cooked in banana leaves; banana, taro (dasheen) and pumpkin cooked in butter – yep, slightly weird but tasty, see below) this is an inauspicious start to my travels.

Sticky rice cooked in banana leaves

Sticky rice cooked in banana leaves

Banana, Taro and Pumpkin cooked in butter

Banana, Taro and Pumpkin cooked in butter

I finally arrive at ChiangMai at 11:00 pm (Thai time), 18 hours after I started – excited but exhausted.

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