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I am an avid traveller, but the dearth of travel in the last two years due to the pandemic has been a travail. And so when I got a corporate appreciation bonus, I knew nothing better than a trip to some tropical-balmy land to get some sunshine in my life. The French Riviera and Dubai are passe, while Florida is also not a novelty. Plus, the pandemic has drilled some thrift in me. I was confused, and then I talked to my friends who recommended I check with Ongoeazy. The choice they offered me was a trip to the Thai capital and coast: Pattaya, the beautiful beach town of Thailand. Sun-kissed beaches, throbbing nightlife and loads of food, with some spirituality thrown on the platter. And that is very reasonable.
The Thais offer huge gasping discounts during the lean July to September rainy season. November to February is a pleasant season to travel there. Still not exorbitant; my purse strings were ready to afford that. The most crucial factor for my choice was that British nationals have visa exemption from 1st October 2022 to 31st March 2023 to travel to Thailand. Plus, no document requirements like vaccination certificates and PCR reports. I could save time and energy for a short solo or friends-only trip; my office had granted me only a week-long off.
Ongoeazy agents suggested I take Thai Airways for such a long flight. Since British Airways has stopped flying there due to a lack of traffic and competition from the Middle East carriers that have a stopover in their native hubs. I wanted to fly direct without losing precious time, spend 4-5 valuable days at the destination, and come back rejuvenated. I bought a cheap business class ticket in the second fortnight of October, about six weeks before my intended early December vacation. And I wanted to spend Christmas time with my family. I wished to avoid last-minute hassle for bargaining or upgrading tickets having calculated the costs and played safe. Since Thai Airways are flying from 34 destinations from 30th October to 25th March, there have been plenty of choices for cheap flight ticket deals for the destination of departure. I chose the London to Bangkok route.
The flight from London to Pattaya took around 11 hours and 30 minutes to touch the Land of White Elephants. And I had a good time sleeping on its easily-relaxed business class seat and the rest of the time getting pampered by the attentive crew. They took good care of the guests flying halfway across the world. I opted for the London to Bangkok flight since there is no direct connection to U-Tapao Pattaya Airport at Chonburi.
The Royal Silk Class of Thai Airways is inspired by the heritage of Thailand. It is your cosy oyster in soothing pastel lavender shades. A warm welcome towel takes away your wrinkles, and a glass of champagne puts a smile on your face. Champagne, fruit juice, or plain water is entirely your choice. My long-haul intercontinental flight was an A350 with a fully flat bed. It provided me with a personal amenity kit like branded toiletries, socks, slippers, duvets, hand towels, moisturisers, and perfumes! Not wrong to say they have thought about everything that can put you at ease and sleep. The ultimate charm of a vacation. The meal was also good. Since I am not a very fastidious traveller, I was looking forward to a relaxing sleep than being on a gluttony spree.
The flight was uneventful and smooth, but my experience at the Suvarnabhumi Airport was an event. The Ongoeazy guys had tipped me off about their signature Royal Orchid Spa at the airport. I got my bones and muscles massaged into a supple dough before hitting off the road again. And I chose to see the countryside as I travelled by a private cab to Pattaya, as it lies on the east coast. Just about 120 km from Bangkok, at a two-hour drive. I reached my hotel and retired to bed with a vow to get up early and witness what my hotel offered.