So very, very sad to be leaving the 90 degree temperatures, white sand, and warm water not only of Koh Chang but all of Thailand. This particular trip encompassed a mad circus of sights and experiences– Bangkok – days in the River Kwai Area – Thailand’s “Three Historical Cities” of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai and Lampang – Chiang Mai – A Temple/Village tour – Hot Air Ballooning – Thai Cooking Class – and, a chance to vegetate on the beaches of Koh Chang. What a trip!
Instead of a public bus back to Bangkok from Koh Chang for one night only, Vieng Travel arranged a private transfer by car to a hotel in the vicinity of Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in the afternoon. The Great Residence Hotel was not only in the “vicinity” but a five-minute drive away from the airport.
It was back on the ferry from Koh Chang to the Thai mainland (Video) with a four-drive ahead of us. Just one stop along the way at one of Thailand’s wonderful gas/petrol stations. They have food stalls, restaurants, play areas for children and the cleanest bathrooms I’ve ever seen. But this Shell Station really took the cake. Their bathrooms won a Best Public Toilet of the Year 2006 award.
United Airlines flights to Chicago via Tokyo usually leave around 6:30 a.m. and Travels With Sheila’s opinion is it doesn’t pay to stay in the center of Bangkok when leaving that early. You would have to check out of a downtown Bangkok hotel by 4:00 a.m., jump in a taxi and make your way back to Suvarnabhumi International Airport. We’ve stayed at the gorgeous Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport several times and were going to make reservations there when Viengtravel suggested the Great Residence Hotel. Free airport transfers, and a rate of 1,000 Bahts a night compared to the Novotel’s 5,000+ Bahts. Hmmm…let me do the math…$30 or $146 for the night… The Great Residence Hotel it was. But do give the Novotel a try on one of your trips through Thailand. Fabulous service and the buffets are to die for….