The RV9A has proven to be reliable and capable as it has now flown over a lot of Thailand; around Isaan, down to U Tapao, and south to Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phuket.
|It's been a good
journey but all things pass with time so I did a final
few flights in the RV9A before departing for Canada.
Daren called me to say
that he saw this Thai Airways A330
Last two days
On Saturday evening we met up at the September Restaurant for a final meal before I left.
Then Sunday was for three short local flights before I caught the afternoon flight to Hong Kong on Cathay Dragon.
NaRuk, Koi, and Pakorn joined me for three short flights in the RV9A, and then we left (San Kamphaeng) Nok Airfield at just after 14:00 to go and pack my bags to be at the airport in time for the 18:20 departure.
--Many people buy houses in "Moo ban" gated villages. I thought this one looked quite nice.
Takeoff from Chiang
Mai was at 11:50 GMT
Immigration quickly, went though Customs with my backpack
and small roller bag only. My big bag was checked through
At Chiang Mai
my one checked bag was 2kg too heavy and so I was asked
to take something out of it.
No hurry, I like
this night stop in Hong Kong, up early, 08:00 local
(07:00 in Thailand), had breakfast, checked out and went
back to the MTR station to take a train into Hong Kong. I
added another HK$100 to my Octopus Card.
Although the flight
departed 1 hour 24 minutes late, it was only 20 minutes
late landing at Vancouver.
In the morning I
received an e-mail to tell me my flight was delayed an
I was through Immigration
and waited a while for my checked bag before going through
Customs to meet Alice in her Mini outside... Then to Boundary Bay
Airport where the Mazda sits without the insurance to move on the
roads, and back here to Langley.
Many places are closed here on Mondays and so we ended up having a late lunch of Sushi... Then I was driven into Vancouver for a meeting.
My day had begun on the Hong Kong MTR into town, and here I was leaving town at 22:30 on the Vancouver Skytrain, to Surrey Centre, and then onto a bus back to Langley.
There are few public loos in the Vancouver area and it was painful! I was accosted by the down and outs asking for spare change, and a drunk sat next to me on a bus full of smelly people.
The driver, (Transit Operator), was heavy on the throttle and so each stop was followed by a jerky jumpy start.
I had left 'genteel' Chiang Mai, I went to busy but polite Hong Kong, and now I was in lewd and crude Greater Vancouver.
'Went to bed at 00:30 PDT and was up at 06:00.
This morning I opened my
phone bill, $95 CAD, because though I did not use it for six
weeks, I did turn it on in Hong Kong for one day on the outward
My Thai phone had roamed too, in Saigon, but for three days, and this increased the bill to 545.89 Baht or $22 Canadian... Somewhat cheaper and with more features.
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