September 2nd & September 3rd 2016
Today is the day! We left for the airport at about 4 in the afternoon. Maaike and I met up at the trainstation in our hometown and Suphitcha joined us at the next one.
When we arrived at Brussels Airport, all of us felt strange. It was the first time we were at the airport since the attacks in March. The airport itself was clean, and the entrance hall was completely renewed, but there were still parts under construction or just covered with cardboard. Sadly, the big statue that was partly destroyed, wasn’t in the entrance hall anymore.
As per tradition, we took a selfie in front of the departures board and then made our way to the check-in desk.
Once we were checked in, it was time to check our bagage again (it was also checked before we entered the airport). Everything was fine, all of us were allowed through, and then we went to get our handluggage inspected. I got pulled aside and was tested with this kind of cotton swab thingy which actually kind of stung! Turns out they thought I was carrying drugs, but it was actually just my Lush powder deodorant.
We spent a few hours at the gate and when it was time to board the plane, we were all way too excited sleep. To avoid jetlag, we had to try to sleep on our first flight and stay awake on the second. That didn’t really go as planned, though. We flew with Etihad, and I must say, it was really nice! We got a little travel bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste, an eyemask and the softest sock you’ll ever touch.
After a 6 hour flight we arrived in Abu Dhabi. We had a 2 hour overlay there and decided to explore the airport a bit. It was smaller than I had expected!
Then it was time to hop on another 6 hour flight to Bangkok. By the end of it I couldn’t feel my butt anymore, but it was totally worth it. We had to fill in a very confusing document (which we obviously filled in wrong) regarding how long we’d stay there and where exactly we’d be staying. We got our bags and went to grab our first meal in Thailand.
TIP: On the lowest level of the airport, there’s a sort of market meant for the locals. You go in and buy a few tickets with which you can then pay at the multiple food stands. Don’t worry, you can return the tickets afterwards if you didn’t use all of them. It’s way cheaper than the little restaurants on higher levels of the airport, and the food is SOOOOO DELICIOUS!
We then hopped on a taxi to our Airbnb and ended our first ‘day’ in Thailand.