If you take a look at the New Year's Roll Call Trip Report you'll notice that the tradition of being out of the country for New Year's Eve began in 2000 in Cancun, Mexico. From there it increasingly improved, went stale for a couple of years, until rebounding.
Mike Lindell, the inventor and CEO of My Pillow, is a former drug addict with a fascinating story. He makes my autobiography look like a Disney movie. Before getting clean once and for all, he had one more alcohol, cocaine, and crack blowout party. 'Like Mike', I needed one more binge in Bangkok before saying goodbye to a city that swallows people whole and never spits them out.
It's hard to write about flying Malaysia Airlines without thinking about the tragedy of MH 370. Following my CNN interview, my new best friend, Richard Quest, was kind enough to send my father and sister an autographed copy of his book on the subject. Even with all the experts weighing in, the mystery remains unsolved.
Not every lounge is going to be Cathay Pacific's The Pier or The Wing. Some are going to be as extravagant as a Greyhound bus station. The Louis Tavern Bangkok is one of those misses.