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Page updated: 2018-09-20

Sawadee kha, Sawadee khrap


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Arriving in Bangkok, after sitting in an airplane for 10 to 12 hours, awesome. That feeling was there the first time we went to Thailand together, and it has never gone away.
In recent years we had a direct flight from Amsterdam, that arrived in Bangkok at half past five in the morning. It was still dark out there, so you could see all the lights of Bangkok, all roads, all traffic, impressive.
And when you walked out of the plane, the smell of Thailand, you came home.
That smell is hard to describe. It is a combination of Thai food, the heat in the concrete, fruit, decaying plants, gasoline. It may be hard to believe, but it is delicious.
And outside, taking a taxi, that smell again. You notice it only when you arrive, after an hour or so you're used to it.
But it's great!!

Now we arrive at daytime, the flight schedules have changed. Flying towards Bangkok has become less spectacular, but the feeling that you are back in Thailand, is unchanged. And so is the smell.
It is and remains great, even after over 25 visits to Thailand.


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