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My ordeal at Bangkok airport

Marisha, flying on Thai Airways from Mumbai to Beijing via Bangkok that left Mumbai at 11pm on Tuesday, narrates the difficulties she faced.

world Updated: Nov 26, 2008 23:21 IST

I enjoyed the entire flight from Mumbai to Bangkok and landed at the scheduled time 5 am (local Bangkok time). However, I didn't land at the international airport rather at the domestic airport as protesters had taken it over.

So, I was stranded at the domestic airport (Don Muang), which the protesters had forced shut since Monday. However, as at least four international flights landed at the domestic terminal, immigration staff had to be called in.

Until immigration staff arrived, passengers in all the four flights stayed inside the plane. I stayed put for four hours apart from the duration of flight.

The passengers had a tough time inside the plane. Let me add that there was no food, very little water and the toilets were stinking.

Anyway, once I disembarked, I saw the longest queue ever for 'visa on arrival' (bigger than ration ki dukan queue in Mumbai). I am forced to stay in Bangkok because protesters are not allowing any plane to take off.

It took me five hours to get visa and then I went to pick my luggage. And guess what, the baggage claim area was as densely packed as apna virar local.

About half-an-hour after I picked my bag, I hopped on to a bus that brought us to this nice hotel (Rama Gardens) where I had to queue up again. Mercifully, I have a nice, cosy room now.

First Published: Nov 26, 2008 20:33 IST