RamerinianAir From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4519 times:
I was wondering which is the best way to get to HKT - I am looking to vacation there. I live in NYC...
I have travel benefits on NW/DL so that is preferred (I can go J class). Zone fares the rest of the way...
Debonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2439 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4451 times:
What do you think about HongKong?! Either non-stop from there with AIR ASIA to Phuket or via BKK with ORIENT THAI B747classic, EMIRATES, ETHIOPIAN, RoyalJordanian (A310!), SriLankan etc. - (1-2-days stop-over BKK ) and onwards with NOK AIR, 1-2-go! or AIR ASIA.
SLCPilot From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 589 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4408 times:
Just got back from a 2 week trip to Thailand. Flew Nok Air (Nok is bird in Thai it seems), and has a good experience. I was afraid of a Ryan Air type operation of unheard or fine print charges, but can reccomend the airline based on my three flights with them.
I am US based and paid with a credit card and feel they were a very good value.
PS> Phuket city was VERY unremarkable, you're braver than I if you rent a moped, and Ko Phi Phi was amazing! It's worth it! the NW/DL flights were fairly full, but I had the United option and flew F/J for 3/4 long flights...
I don't like to be fueled by anger, I don't like to be fooled by lust...
Copter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1105 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4206 times:
If you arrive in HKT without a hotel reservation, the shuttle van driver--if you use one--will likely tell you that all the hotels are full and attempt to get you into a hotel they sell for. I highly doubt that ALL the hotels have been full during the last few years! The van usually stops at a travel agency on the way into town and spends anywhee from 10-30 or more minutes there, so you might be better with a taxi. If you use the van, make sure the driver knows you DON'T need a hotel and that you don't want to stop at the travel agency.
I have no idea what your hotel expectations are, but you should be able to find rooms from $30 US to more than $1,000 US. There are several small hotels located a block or two from the beach that will probably cost around $30-$40 or less. Best solution might be to book a room through the internet for the first night, then find a better room the following day for the rest of your stay.
Main tourist area is Patong Beach, but if you're not into the night life scene, better accommodations can be found in some of the quieter areas, like Kata beach.
FWIW, in Patong there is a bakery (Khun Woody's Bakery) and sandwich shop (The Sandwich Shoppe) owned in part by Woody Leonhard. Woody is the author of the 9-in-1 book "Windows Vista for Dummies" Although I haven't personally met Woody yet, I believe his longtime girlfriend was the best friend of a girl I dated during my earlier trips to Thailand! I hope to be able to get down to see them during one of my trips next year.
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5724 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4155 times:
Quoting SLCPilot (Reply 3): Flew Nok Air (Nok is bird in Thai it seems), and has a good experience. I was afraid of a Ryan Air type operation of unheard or fine print charges, but can reccomend the airline based on my three flights with them.
I love their awesome livery and I think their product is much better than Air Asia!