Thursday, March 17th (Bangkok to Bali, Indonesia)

  • We arrived at Hua Lamphong Railway Station in Bangkok at 6am after spending 14 hours on the overnight commute from Vientiane, Laos.
  • Upon arrival, we realized (with much relief) that we were already familiar with the train station and surrounding area from our week in Bangkok nearly 6 months ago.
  • We crossed the street and treated ourselves to a big breakfast at a small travellers cafe.
  • From here we were able to relax for a bit and book a flight to Bali, Indonesia via Air Asia leaving at 11:50am that same morning.
  • At 8:16am we returned to the train station and bought a ticket to Don Mueang International Airport leaving at 8:20am.  This would have been stressful had we not done the exact same trip nearly 6 months ago to catch a flight to Cambodia.  The ticket cost 20 Thai Baht (60 cents!) for the 1 hour commute.
  • We walked onto the train casually in the remaining 4 minutes, feeling like veterans of Hua Lamphong, and arrived roughly an hour later at the airport.
  • It was the usual airport routine from here on out and 5 hours later we touched down in Bali.
  • We took a Bluebird Taxi (apparently the only legit metered taxi in Bali) to the Kuta Beach area, then spent the next hour trying to find accomodation.
  • Our first choice, Gong Corner Hostel, proved elusive so we settled on Zuk Hotel down a random back alley.
  • The room was clean and the dip in the pool was much needed after nearly 2 full days of travel.
  • The rest of the night was spent in our room trying to make it through a movie, but we were both too tired and ended up fast asleep less than an hour later.  
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