I arrived into the airport at about 2:20 AM which was about 25 minutes late. No big deal when you consider it was over 20 hours of flight total. I made it through customs with no issues at all; there was a huge sign that said being caught with illegal drugs was punishable by death. Good thing I’m clean. One thing I thought was funny was that many people put their hands up when they go through the metal detector. I wonder exactly what that does…
They had some very strange things in the Duty Free area. I’m not exactly sure why someone would by a washer and dryer in an airport.
I ran the gauntlet of money exchange booths that literally yell at you as you go by. Then I found my driver amid a large group of sleepy eyed locals who would prefer to still be in bed at 3 AM obviously.
When I exited the terminal, I was hit with a wave of humidity and was instantly wet. We made our way to the car and off we went on a 45 minute ride. About 30 minutes in, he started drinking a mysterious liquid from a green glass bottle; I didn’t dare to ask what it might be. Shortly thereafter he decided to take a “short cut” through some back alleys that had me a little nervous but soon enough we popped out back on a major road.
Checking in at any hotel at 4 in the morning is guaranteed to be an odd experience. This one was no different; I just wanted to get to my room. The bellboy showed me the way to the elevator which required that we walk through a courtyard with a fountain. I arrive at my room #414 and find the door open. So I pretended to be James Bond as I systematically “cleared” each room to make sure there was no one hiding on me. Ok, so being up for way too long made me a little wacky.
Yes, another "table for one".
After breakfast I explored the property to see what was going on. I found a nice stretch of beach with some grass hut type restaurants that I guess open later in the day. There was a tower with a dining table on the top, I guess that is for VIP diners so they can look down on everyone else.