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Monday, October 9, 2000
Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand:
Latitude: 13° 46' 12" North
Longitude: 100° 30' 7" East
Altitude: 311 feet
From Seattle: 8558 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Shanti Lodge

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Today's Travel:
Country: Thailand
Region: Bangkok
Route: Emirates Airline Flight EK086: Dubai - Bangkok
Path:Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Bangkok, Thailand
Linear:3054 miles
Weather: Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1278
Linear Dist: 244618
Countries Visited: 71
Regions Visited: 270
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Hotels: 491
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 130
Hostels: 261
Transit: 80
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4292
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Journal Entry:
By the time the plane landed I was really starting to feel wrecked. I didn't sleep at all on the plane and didn't get that much sleep the night before either. I got through immigration and customs without any problems and by two P.M. was in a taxi. We were a good ten minutes down the road before I realized that he hadn't turned on his meter. He wanted to charge me way more than it should have cost and I had to demand he pull over immediately before he'd even negotiate. I ended up paying the upper edge of what I thought I should have paid.

Found the guest house that Danga (part of the diver crowd in Dahab) had recommended. As I walked in I realized that Stacy might be here, or if she's not she'll probably be showing up today. I hadn't been planning on being in Thailand so quickly so I don't remember when she was going to get here (we were going to overlap one day), but I know she was only going to be in Amsterdam two days. The room is costing me a little more than I thought it should but it's clean. Small (the bed fills up two thirds of it and if I lie down straight both my feet and head touch the walls), but it's also homily decorated and clean. I laid down for a nap and woke up a couple hours later still feeling tired. I realized that the airline office was probably already closed (getting my tickets changed and looking in to a flight to Cambodia were my goals for today) so I went back to sleep. The next time I woke up it was to the loudest thunder I've ever heard and it was dark outside. Sometime later I woke up still tired, but feeling much better and it was getting light outside. I checked my clock and it was just after six. I got up thinking I'd get a very early start on the day but when I checked the time again I realized that it was six P.M. - the earlier darkness must have been caused by the sudden storm. So I went back to sleep again. I was wide awake at midnight so I pulled out my journal to start getting caught up. When I went down stairs to wash up I noticed that the bar was still open. I ended up having a couple beers with an English wanker and a German guy.


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Bangkok
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Thailand
CIA - The World Factbook: Thailand

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