If you have wired your full payment to your licensed tour company, secured a seat on one airline's tiny fleet and been granted visa clearance by the Royal Government after weeks of uncertainly, you may find yourself here on the tarmac of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, giddy with excitement.
The city sprawl of Bangkok and the symmetrical rice paddies of Thailand will side away below, as will the river deltas of Myanmar and the flat, open fields of India. Even though you expect to pass by Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks, it is still a shock to actually see them.
After three hours, you'll get a clear glimpse of your destination: one runway trapped between rocky slopes. At first, it seems as though you're passing right by the airstrip, since you get a full side view. This is because the pilot is preparing for three very hard banks and a steep decent. You will begin to marvel at how it is that this is the only place in the country flat enough to land a jet plane.
And so you descend with three steep rolls around the hills and a very quick straightening up.
You're here! You're really here!
Not only that, but you discover a rare thing: an airport that might be described as attractive.
But before you're even out of view of that charming mini airport, the plane that brought you in has turned around and taken off again. You're not sad to see it go because within minutes of your arrival, you already suspect that you never want to leave.