2010-06-21 -- Chaing Mai to Krabi/Railay

Finally, a local flight, no customs, no immigration, no international flight plans....just jump in the planes and go. And it was almost that simple. A few hoops to jump through -- or more precisely, a few hoops to put the baggage through.

To get from the entrance of the airport to the planes, we needed to:

  • Unload the bags from the van onto luggage carts.
  • Walk twenty feet, put bags through an X-ray machine, load them back onto the carts.
  • Walk twenty feet, put luggage carts on elevator.
  • Walk upstairs, pull carts out of elevator.
  • Walk a few hundred feet (through immigration, which we didn't need to do) put bags through Xray again. I think we lost the carts here; Dad and I have only a pair of rolling bags, a laptop case and a backpack, and losing the cart was no big deal.
  • Go down an esclator.
  • Walk fifty feet to a door, wait for security to let us out.
  • Load the bags onto a bus.
  • Take the bus to the planes.
  • Unload the bags from the bus, load them into the planes.
So: forward, left, unload, load, forward, up, left, left, unload, load, forward, down, right, forward, right, load, wait, unload, load. Way too much effort to have nobody actually care what we have in the bags.

After that, the flight was uneventful, I think. I didn't take any pictures, a good indication of nothing exciting happening.

I wasn't aware where the hotel was. After a fifteen minute van ride, we arrived at an empty parking lot with an unfinished building next to it. I had a moment of panic. This can't be the hotel! Then our escorts jumped out of the van, and started carrying luggage to a stone wall....with a pier on the other side. Ah ha! A boat ride! A twenty minute boat ride, specifically. The water was calm, and we docked with a trailer towed by a tractor -- there is no dock, and the water is quite shallow.

Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Dad and the handlers (sorry, I never heard your names).

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Royal Thai Air Force Base at Prachuap Khiri Khan (VTBP); 6500 foot runway, paved. This is home to the 5th Wing, a transport/observation wing. .picture="B0932.JPG" Synthetic Vision on the Garmin G1000. Here, it is showing us right before a sharp turn. We're also descending at 1950 feet per minute.

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The airport at Krabi.

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On final into Krabi.

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Airplane pilots, on a beach getting into a boat, huh?

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Limestone rocks on Railay, Thailand.

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Gai pad gra pow, I think. The small elephant came from the elephant ride in Chaing Mai a few days ago. I gave it to Renee to carry (in her sack) fearing I'd break it or lose it in my camera bag. Thanks.

Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/4 sec, f/2.7, ISO 800
Thai-style tiramisu.

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