Re: [103attendees] Thanks, Bangkok !

Carsten Bormann <cabo@tzi.org> Fri, 09 November 2018 08:45 UTC

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On Nov 9, 2018, at 11:56, Alexander Pelov <a@ackl.io> wrote:
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> Hi all,
> 
> On my way out of the IETF, I’d like to thank the people that chose Bangkok as a meeting venue!

+1

An overly full calendar, and some illnesses (including a little bit of, er, travelers’ discomfort on my side) conspired that I didn’t do the touristy thing that might have added to that — but Bangkok was great as a meeting venue.

The biggest problem (relatively speaking, because it never was a big problem) was the slightly sloppy attitude of the AV people.  Oh well.  And the occasional packet losses in the afternoon.  The WiFi took some effort to stay associated.  (And the datatracker was even slower than usual, but that’s not up to the venue.)

But all that is complaining on a really high level.  The amazing food, in the hotel (from breakfast to the copious and delicious break food) as well as outside of the hotel, sure reduced the average grumpiness of the participants.  The rooms were functional, no bleeding over of next-door audio.  Rarely was the crowd outside the meeting room a noticeable distraction.  (I’ll shut up about the air conditioning — at least it was not worse than in US hotels.)  The elevators were busy, but there were no ridiculously long lines.

After some initial confusion, the Thailand visa issue was very manageable for this German citizen.  Travel is long from Europe, but there were a lot of people from China around this time where you’d normally hear “X didn’t get a visa” half of the time.

Wow, and the local people.  Amazing.

I think Singapore and Bangkok are now for Asia what Berlin and Prague are for Europe.

Grüße, Carsten