The Solo Series
Hyatt's slick elevators shot up quickly and slid open to cloud 9. A cool and classy entry after the swelter of touring Shanghai's Hangpu river north side, and spectating porcelain artefacts at the Aurora museum. Arriving shortly before sunset was the right decision. I was escorted from the lounge to the tea room to enjoy a selection of cakes before its evening bar conversion.
I was glad to discover the convenience of Maeklong Railway Station and Amphamwa in one route. My hotel in Silom didn't allow check-ins before 3pm, leaving hours to spare. Instead of hanging around the area, I decided to start tackling my Bangkok itinerary, looked up the route to reach Maeklong *or* Amphawa and realised they were possible together.
I'll admit, I didn't really plan Sichuan (四川). Chengdu (成都) was definite but Chongqing (重慶) was tentative depending on time. I also wasn't clear about what I'd do besides seeing pandas and booked an extra night’s stay on my checkout day due to wanting to see more. As disorderly as it sounds, it's one of the most adrenaline rushing things about travelling alone without a rigid plan.