I’m happy to finally get back home, a bit longer stay than I expected, but not planned. It had been an interest vacation for me, I visited Laos and Thailand with my dad, and we were scheduled to return back on November 26, 2008. If these photos look familiar to you, I was there at 5:00 AM, expected to fly out at 6:40 AM from the Suvarnabhumi Airport, but as if faith had played trick on us, we were stranded there for the rest of the day.
In the afternoon around 2 PM, they started to evacuate the stranded passengers to hotels, my dad and I were amongst these passengers.
It was one of the most hectic moves, our luggage were heavy and people seemed to be in order at the very beginning, but after we got out from the Suvarnabhumi Airport, people fought for the best spot, but there were none. They moved us to the front lawn of Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel to wait for buses to take us to hotels.
We finally got to our room at 6 PM, I do have to say that I was glad because our plan was to stay and sleep at the airport that night. Our group were a smaller group, only about 67 passengers, we stayed at the Regent Suvarnabhumi. My dad and I were in the same shoes as most stranded passengers, we were on our way back home from a nice vacation and left with very little money, not enough to live on.
We met some of the nicest people, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) paid for our rooms, which I believed are reimbursed by the government, and they provided us with 3 hot meals, the person in charge of our group was Pichaya Saisaengchan, an exceptionally nice person and if you were ever get stranded in Thailand, don’t forget to look him up, and the TAT team were exceptionally nice and helpful.
It was a nice stay, but I’m glad to get back and have many photos of Laos to share.