VIDEO: Flight from Chiang Mai to Macau

Today’s feature travel video is of us packing our belongings and moving out of our apartment in Chiang Mai, Thailand along with a flight en route to Macau, China with Air Asia.

I’m still in a state of shock that our time has expired in Chiang Mai. I can still vividly remember the day we arrived after a cumbersome combination of a flight from Hanoi to Bangkok followed by a lengthy wait and an overnight train ride to Chiang Mai.

Our intention was to stay for three months and technically we did keep that initial promise; however, a travel conference in Bangkok, an extended Visa run in Malaysia / holiday in Phuket and a surprise blogger trip to Finland ate away at our precious three months we had planned to base ourselves in this cultural hub located in Northwestern Thailand. Audrey ended up staying even less time given she went back to Canada for three weeks in August.

As we packed our belongings and cleared out resident apartment, we both started reminiscing about our favorite moments we had while staying in Chiang Mai along with all of the thing we’d miss the most.

Upon arriving at Chiang Mai International Airport we quickly cleared through security and had nearly two hours to kill before our flight. We each whipped out our Kindles and started to read; however, our plans were quickly interrupted by a Thai lady requesting us to complete a survey. After checking off X’s and completing the form we handed it back to her. In return she gave us a cute dangling elephant which we strapped on Audrey’s backpack. Less than a half an hour later we were approached to do a completely different survey. The end result was, once again, a small gift in return for our time.

As we boarded our Air Asia flight bound for Macau, we both marveled at how lucky we felt to be taking off with such picturesque weather; earlier on in the day, we noticed dark grey clouds in the sky.

Although we took off with ideal conditions it wasn’t long before things changed.

White cotton candy clouds soon gave way to dark stormy ones. It wasn’t long before we were surrounded in a gray haze.

Looking outside of the window our visibility was completely impaired.

It wasn’t long before the pilot issued a warning a turbulence for passengers to remain seated with the seat belt warning sign flashing.

Moments later the plane started to jolt violently from side to side. I grabbed onto the food tray for dear life.

It’s moments like these that morbid thoughts creep into my mind.

Is the plane going to snap in half? Are we going to suddenly crash.

If you pick a fight with Mother Nature seldom do you come out unscathed.

Suddenly we all witnessed a flash of lightening outside of the window.

My fears intensified.

The plane abruptly dropped violently downwards as passengers let out a throaty squak.

At this point my heart was beating as though it were inside a Tin Drum.

Fortunately we passed through the eye of the storm and things settled down.

The final test of my already dwindling courage meter, came during landing when the plane thumped down hard on the runway.

It was one of (if not the worst) landings I’ve ever experienced as the plane shook impetuously from side to side before it finally continued onward in a linear fashion.

We were just relieved to have arrived in Macau safe and sound. Feeling knackered beyond belief from the stress of moving, packing and flying we quickly retreated to our hotel for a good night of rest.

A photo of Audrey's new Canadian passport

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria September 2, 2013 at 12:51 am

Really well done. You guys get better with each video. Love the chemistry/camaraderie and the chuckles.


Samuel Jeffery September 2, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Thanks Maria :)

I think we’re just getting sillier 😉


Jeremy September 2, 2013 at 9:07 am

Yikes! I don’t envy you on that flight.

Let me know if you guys make it to Beijing–I’m here for another month. Cheers!


Samuel Jeffery September 2, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Thanks Jeremy,

I think we’ll only be going as far as Shanghai this time around; however, if our plans change I’ll definitely let you know.

Enjoy your month there!


Frank September 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Nice video, you guys are the masters at that ! And now I know why Canadian passports getting more expensive every time I have to renew.
Good job,
Frank (bbqboy)


Samuel Jeffery September 2, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Thanks Frank!

Yeah, I’d rather they’d go with a minimalist design in order to save a little money 😉


Beth September 4, 2013 at 1:29 am

Sounds like our flight from HK to Thailand! Glad you made it safe and sound. You guys should totally come visit Hong Kong while you’re here, would love to show you some good markets and street food! :)


Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Thanks Beth!

We felt soooooooo relieved after the flight was over…whew 😉


Mary @ Green Global Travel September 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm

It sounds as though you have had an extraordinary few months – and a very wild flight! I am looking forward to your posts and videos on your next destinations which sound amazing and will, without question, prove very exciting!


Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Thank you Mary!

Sometimes we’re reminded just how lucky we are to be alive and able to do what we love.


Craig Lewis September 5, 2013 at 6:09 am

What is it they say about the best part of a trip being the journey…?


Samuel Jeffery September 6, 2013 at 1:05 am

Well, we were sure living in the moment during that ride!


Kevin September 12, 2013 at 4:40 am

Next week, I too will move from Thailand to China, though I really hope my flight experience is a little more pleasurable. Glad you landed safely.


Samuel Jeffery September 13, 2013 at 12:34 am

Hope you have a smooth flight Kevin!


Abby September 26, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Obviously, this would change if I felt like I were in actual danger, but I sort of like turbulence. Keeps me from being bored, I like roller-coasters, and everyone starts sort of talking to each other, but not in an annoying way… Great video!


Samuel Jeffery September 27, 2013 at 12:23 am

Thanks Abby!

I wish I could adopt your mindset when it comes to turbulence :)


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