Alila Cha-Am Resort, Thailand : Getting There
Spoilt from our 1-night only stay at Mulan Motel in Taipei, it was not long before we started planning for our next luxury getaway.
After shortlisting some properties, we performed our due diligence in online research and scoured reviews before finally deciding on Alila Cha-Am in Thailand.
We had a morning flight, which meant waking up at 5:30am in the morning, and reaching Changi Airport by 7:30am. Nothing interesting to cover here on Changi Airport, apart from the fact that it still provides the best airport experience for me.
Checked in early, and went to have our breakfast. Saw this poster in Burger King – sure is a happy morning for Shan and myself!
One thing about checking in early – seems like the earlier you check in, the later you’ll get your luggage when you arrive at your destination! Perhaps the luggage gets loaded first, and into the back of the cargo area, resulting in the first-in, last-out effect.
Flying on Singapore Airlines is nice as usual, no hiccups here. The thing is, when something is not perfect, it becomes painfully obvious because Singapore Airlines sets such a high standard for itself. Will explain more on that during our return flight.
Snapped a couple of shots prior to taking off, and of the in-flight meal. We were deliberately wearing white and avoiding yellow or red clothings, considering we’re visiting Thailand. Never know when the situation might get dicey!
Ice-cream! No Häagen-Dazs this time though.
From Singapore to Bangkok, it was a relatively short trip at a little over two hours. Didn’t even manage to finish the in-flight movie I was watching.
Touched down at Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport – went through immigration, and endured a long wait for our luggage as we were among the last to retrieve our luggage bags.
Entering the main hall, we had a little difficulty locating the Alila representative who was supposed to meet us. You can see from the picture below, those people who were standing and milling around the railings are all representatives from various hotels and resorts. Each of them would be holding a piece of paper or placard with the name of the guests on it.
Walked around a little bit before spotting our Alila contact – the poor guy must have waited at least 45 minutes for us due to the delay. We exited the airport and were greeted with this massive, multi-storey carpark. Nope, not heading into it.
We walked along the roadside for a couple of minutes, with the helpful Alila staff pushing our luggage trolley. Thankfully, there was no rain!
Our ride for the day – a silver van just for the two of us. Limousine it is not, but it is sufficiently equipped. Powerful air-conditioning to cool us down, bottles of water to quench our thirst, and an in-built DVD system for our 2.5 hours road trip to Cha-Am.
Passed by a couple of these toll booths as we travelled across states. These were quite similar to the ones we saw in Malaysia.
Spotted these funky pink cabs on the roads on Bangkok. Definitely a first for me!
From the tall skyscrapers in Bangkok, the buildings gradually decreased in height as we headed into the more rural and rustic Cha-Am area.
Finally, we arrive at the marble courtyard of Alila Cha-Am.
Alila : Surprisingly Different