By the time I arrived in Bangkok, I didn't have a ticket for an onward journey to Chiang Mai, let alone hotel accommodation! I could now list various reasons, one of which was due to the fact that I wasn't sure until the last moment whether I would celebrate Loy Krathong in Bangkok or Chiang Mai. A possible trip by train to Chiang Mai would definitely not have been possible. On the one hand, I arrived in Bangkok the day before Loy Krathong, taking the train the next day would have been too late for me, and I couldn't get to the evening train the day before. After the long flight, taking a bus was definitely out of the question, the only chance was to try to get a plane ticket.
It was clear to me beforehand that not only would it be adventurous to even get a ticket and hotel accommodation in Chiang Mai, and I also had to accept significantly higher expenses, but in the end I tried it when I arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport to get a ticket. I was also quite confident, because even if the most famous airline Thai Airways was out of the question with their departure time, there were other small airlines at the airport that still had a few tickets to Chiang Mai days before I started my trip. At the Vietjet ticket counter, I definitely thought I would get a ticket, but they were completely occupied for all flights. But without any complications, they gave me the tip to try Bangkok Airways. My hope of getting a ticket was very small at the time.
In order not to make it too exciting, I was successful! I was very lucky, I actually got the very last ticket, no lie. There was no ticket at another time, and with the departure time at 6:45 a.m. the following morning, a flight time of 1 hour and 20 minutes, I would be in Chiang Mai in time to find a hotel room with enough time. Of course, the fun had its price, the ticket was significantly more expensive than if I had booked it online weeks beforehand. It gets even more exciting / crazier, I only bought a ticket for the outward flight because on the one hand I wanted to keep an open mind about when I would fly back and on the other hand whether there would be an inexpensive option for the return journey and I would then with the bus or train, but more on that later :-)
The travel day to Chiang Mai was a bit exhausting. After buying my ticket yesterday I arrived at my condo late in the evening, among other things because the taxi driver hadn't found the way, but that's Bangkok, you have to expect surprises. I slept relatively little, so I was at the airport very early to check in. Then the security check was a bit picky and I had to dispose of my hand cream. Only 100ml are allowed and my hand cream jar would hold 200ml. The fact that the can was only half full and that I would not exceed the limit was not accepted.
For me it was the first domestic flight in Thailand. Suvarnabhumi Airport is very well signposted and it is very easy to find your gate. The great thing about the service from Bangkok Airways was shown in the "Passenger Lounge". Even before the flight there was free breakfast with an extensive selection of pastries, croissants, muffins and drinks. When you consider that you have to pay 100 Baht for a bottle of water not far from the lounge, I think that's a fantastic service that Bangkok Airways offers its passengers! With a very good feeling I finally went to the gate and could hardly wait for the departure.