I just got back from a week-long conference in Thailand. I’m not going to lie… I was a wreck before I went. I’ve never been to Asia and it was never really on my list. Plus, I was doing it by myself… plus the 13 hour flight from Chicago to Seoul was the longest I’ve ever been on a plane.
Turns out that the flight was a piece of cake - by the time you eat, read a book, watch some movies and take a nap it’s time to touch down.
I flew business class on Korean Air. The seats along each side are staggered so they are pretty private. If you sit in the middle then you can be next to your companion, but there’s a window if you get tired of talking to them. Just press the button and they leave you alone.
The service level was beyond – they hover over you all the time and get you anything you need. The food was good… I decided to be Korean and order a Korean dish, which led them to ask “do you know what you’re doing?” It was odd - some meat thingamajig that was cold… well, what I didn’t know was that they’d bring the steamed rice about 15 minutes later, so it ended up being alright.
Anyway, I arrived at Seoul airport, which was amazing! Very easy to get through - I was on the other side in a matter of minutes. After a three hour layover I boarded my flight to Phuket. Upon arrival I was met by Destination Asia, who got me through security, airport control, got my luggage and took me to the hotel. I always encourage my clients to do a meet-and-greet like this – it costs extra money but it takes the stress out of it all.
The trip began with a conference at the Dream Beach Club in Phuket. The people running it come from luxury resorts, and all of our meetings included activities. For example, at one meeting we made Papaya Salad, and at another we did Thai boxing on the beach. I didn’t knock anyone out, but I stayed on my feet so I really didn’t lose either. It was amazing to try all these things that I never thought I’d do. Well, I never thought I’d go to Thailand… or Asia for that matter, or go on such a long flight.