Late last night, we arrived into Bangkok and stayed at ThongTa Resort. Not a bad place for an overnight stop.
This morning, bright and early, we had breakfast and took an early morning stroll just outside the resort to take in the morning air before we got on the plane.
We got ourselves check in to our flight and had a leisurely lunch and explore the airport as it seemed to stretch for miles.
The flight finally took off after about 30 minutes delay and we landed in Dhaka after about 2 hours travel.
We arrived at Dhaka and was greeted by our host, John. John had arranged for 2 vans to take us to our first stop. He told us that it was about 13 km from the airport and it would take us about 2 hours on the road.
As we got out of the airport car park, we were greeted by great crowds of people all over and the roads packed with vehicles. The highway was supposed to be 3 lanes but the vehicles traveling on it was definitely not 3 by any accounting standard. The road were jam packed and crawling all the way to our destination.
Here are samples of what we were going through.
One of the van took the ‘official’ route and they arrived at the destination after being on the road for 2 hours and 5 minutes.
However, the other driver seemed to know the back roads well and took us on a scenic drive through back roads that we would have otherwise not had the opportunity to experience. Here is a video clip of the back roads that we managed to catch a glimpse of.
When we arrived at our destination, John briefed us on the work and what they were doing.
We were hosted to an afternoon tea of local savouries and ‘çhai’. We were shown around the various work areas and given a running commentaries of what work each areas were doing. One of the items that this business was doing was the production of customised connectors for hydraulic hoses as seen here.
Beside the production of these connectors, the business also rent and serviced generators.
After the tour of the business premises, we were hosted to a sumptuous dinner of curry chicken, dahl and vegetables. We were also treated with dessert and mango lassi.
Our ride to our accommodation for the night took us another drive for about an hour.