Leaving Bangkok for Lombok, Indonesia
11.09.2011 - 11.09.2011 29 °C
Bangkok, Thailand to Senggigi (Lombok), Indonesia
Departing the hotel at 4am Bangkok, was for just a few hours still asleep. Always bustling streets were deserted. No food vendors lined the small alleys. Tuk-tuk drivers were not jostling for passengers or position at the traffic lights. Even the roads were easily navigated without wild overtaking maneuvers or scooters flashing passed like scurrying ants.
On various recent airport trips we have had to swap taxi’s mid journey when extortionate fares were demanded. Fortuitously this, early morning ride, was without incident. Suvarnabhumi airport was reached in record time and for once without an argument about how much the fare should be.
Even at this early hour the airport was busy with fellow passengers yet we processed quickly through check-in, immigration and security. Departing our favorite city on time four hours later we were landing into Denpasar within touching distance of our destination – Lombok the next island in the Indonesian archipelago.
Unable to purchase a flight ticket on-line or over the telephone we were forced to wait until our arrival in Denpasar to purchase our onward flight to Lombok. This seemed crazy but we had no choice. Of course all the flights we wanted to take were full, leaving us no choice but to book with the more expensive national airline – Garuda Indonesia. Yet, whilst expensive their service on this 15 minute flight was excellent and the Boeing 737 essentially brand new. At least they would allow us to reach our island destination, today.
The journey from Bangkok had taken us 12 hours, with connection time. For such a relatively short journey this had been too long. However, at least we had arrived. Happily the airport taxis worked on a set fee and quoted a rate that agreed with what we had been told the cost would be, unlike Denpasar where taxi drivers dream up fares based on what they believe they can extort.
Arriving at our hotel in the early evening we were happy to check in and head straight out for supper. Finding a promising but ultimately disappointing restaurant on the road I had a poor excuse of a Nasi Goreng, which was disappointing. Yet, a cold beer helped as we returned back to our hotel along the beach spotting much better looking restaurants for future nights. After our early start and day of travel sleep came without issue. Tomorrow we would be able to take a better look at our new island home.