So, here's the part I didn't advertise too much, for fear of freaking my world out more:
Just before I left, the U.S. sent out this huge warning about a "real and credible" terrorist threat in Bangkok. But I knew that I wouldn't be there very long, and I stayed alert and up-to-date. I snagged some photos of the guys involved too, and kept them on my phone, like so:
|This is a sketch of the other terrorist. I kept his picture on my phone to check out anyone acting weird around me. But, as it turns out, Bangkok is absolutely massive, and it wasn't a problem at all. I am still explosion-free.|
In reality, what worried me more about my trip was all the mess with AirAsia, my airline. It had been described to me as an Asian Southwest of sorts, but, let me tell you... Southwest, they are not.
It all started with me trying to book my tickets. They apparently don't like American credit cards or Korean debit cards, so I went all out and got a Korean credit card, which worked... to book my first of three plane tickets. The latter two, I ended up having to call to book. The second one booked decently easily, minus having to sit on hold forever. But the third one... oh the third one. I spelled my name three times for the guy, and he still ended up book my ticket under the name:
"Ms. N Royster"
N? Who names their child N? That's right No one. By the time he realized the mistake (while entering my email address) he apparently had lost the ability to scroll up on the page and fix it, so then he went on about how I needed to call this other department and jump through all their hoops to fix it. I firmly told him that he would be the one having to waste the time on that, since he was the one who ignored my spelling. After some arguing back and forth, he eventually agreed to look into and call me back. However, it was not him who called me back, it was a woman who informed me that "We made this mistake, yes, but YOU'RE going to have to fix it." She also told me there would be a name change fee involved. Let me tell you, my firm tone had some volume behind it for that one. I paid no name change fee, although I was denied the discount I asked for.
In general, AirAsia was just a hassle. The seats were tiny with no leg room. The flight times were obscure, meaning I had to spend a night near the airport, effectively making up for the difference in cost between them and the next cheapest flight. The flight attendants and desk workers were generally rude, although there was one guy - Harry - who was delightful. The baggage scale in Surat Thani was, I'm pretty sure, rigged, as it weighed my EMPTY BAG in at 10 kg. They nickel and dimed you for everything. All in all, I felt like my booking on their flights was just seen as a huge inconvenience for them and they'd rather I booked elsewhere, which I will be doing next time. In fact, next to my flight, every time was an airline called Nok Air, which is a domestic Thai airline, running the same routes as AirAsia within Thailand. I haven't looked into their prices or anything, but your luggage flies free with them, and their attendants were very helpful. I will definitely be looking into them, should I return to Thailand.
|The Nok Air flight that left shortly before my own.|