Articulatexpat From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2006, 155 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2986 times:
ICN - BKK is more like 4 1/2 - 5 hours. If the delays, poor service, and tattered cabins on that airline are anything like what a couple of my Korean friends experienced on a trip to Phuket with them last year, may the Force be with you.
Captain.MD-11 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 704 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2890 times:
I've had a look at a few other options between HKG-BKK but the schedules are terrible, unless you pay full fare Thai or Cathay. I'm lucky and have ID90 on CX already, but with confirmed seats going for as little as 130 GPB RTN on other carriers it is tempting.
EK in J is only 240GBP, but is it really worth the extra for a 2:45min flight?
Twins,twins, everywhere.... but where are the three holers?
AFGMEL From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2803 times:
This sounds silly, but have you checked you spam Captain.MD-11? When we went on holiday to India last year, I was really angry that some places couldn't be bothered replying only to find that there were indeed replies in my spam inbox.
Fly2YYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1001 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2787 times:
Can anyone get me something dirt cheap like the HKG-BKK EK route..... anything in South-East Asia for that matter. I was trying to get on Orient Thai's 741/2 or 3 for the sake of travelling on them but now its just more so to get from ICN anywhere down south in November *shivers*
AirlineBrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 640 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2769 times:
You can always visit one of the 1,258,695,893 travel agents after you get to Thailand. There are usually a dozen or two travel agents every block in neighborhoods, cities and towns where foreign tourists congregate. If you see an internet cafe, look to the left or right and you will see a couple of travel agencies. I would also check out airport travel agents as well. I found them to be pretty trustworthy on the most part.
I tried purchasing a triangle BKK-USM-HKT-BKK on the PG website before I left the US for Asia two years ago but was unsuccessful. The website wouldn't let me make the purchase. I ended up going through a travel agent here in California and didn't get as good of an airfare as I found online but still $250 for the triangle route was reasonable. I really liked traveling on Bangkok Air. Comfortable planes, good food, great service and a nice lounge with complementary food, drinks and internet near the gate.
Now that I know what I know now, next trip I will wait until I get to Thailand then hit up a travel agent on Kao San Road or wherever I am staying and make reservations for subsequent flights, hotels and airport minivans. Travel agencies usually have binders with advertisements full of resorts with 'doctored' up pictures of each place. There is lots of competition for the tourist dollar/Euro so you will find some pretty good deals in Thailand than you would on the handful of websites you find on the internet while surfing from home. You'll see airfares from the local airport to cities throughout Thailand and other parts of Asia posted outside of most travel agencies so you can window shop until you see a good bargain.
Have fun!! Thailand was the most amazing country I have ever visited and I am definitely going back.
I'm leavin on a jet plane. Don't know when I'll be back again....
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39448 posts, RR: 76 Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2769 times:
Quoting AirlineBrat (Reply 15): You can always visit one of the 1,258,695,893 travel agents after you get to Thailand.
That is the best way to buy a ticket in Thailand.
I bought my Cathay Pacific flight to Singapore for only $77 two days before the flight at a Travel Agency/Cleaners/Massage Palor/restaurant/florist in Bangkok.
My ticket was cheaper than anything I found at any of the travel sites or discount airlines.
Air Asia was actually more than Cathay Pacific.
I got to fly on a 747 and got bumped up to business class.
The route HKG-BKK-HKG has cost me around 220 Euros, that was December 2007 and included all fares & taxes.
Be aware that One-Two-Go is a subsidary of Orient Thai Airlines. You can book tickets online through One-Two-Go, but not the international HKG / ICN flights. The Orient Thai website did not have any information whatsoever.
Here is the info I received from their Hong Kong sales office:
Quote: HKG/BKK/HKG (round trip):
- Fare applicable for outbound: 30 Aug ~ 25 Sep 2007
- Ticket is not applicable for outbound: 13 Jul ~ 29Aug 2007
- Tax is subjected to changes from 01 Aug 2007
- Each Adult: HKD1650 + HKD353 (TAX) + ***THB700 (TAX)
- Booking Class: B
- 30 days validity
- Date can be changed without any surcharges but subjected to ticket validity, flight availability and blackout dates.
*** THB700 is the Thailand airport passenger service charge, will be collected in Hong Kong currency and is subjected to the exchange rate.
*** For the above fare, tickets must be issued, paid and collected at Hong Kong Office only.
*** Payment by CASH only.
If you will be travelling within 21days, we will suggest you to contact the travel agencies in Hong Kong later on when our fare and schedule are published since they noramlly provide special fare for travelling within 21days but subject to different ticket conditions.
Initially it took me a while to gelt hold of them, but I have to say they always responded nicely and answered all my questions. I ended up purchasing the ticket on spot in Hong Kong the day before I travelled. The office in Kowloon looked ok, I was positively impressed. The lady could even confirm that a 747-100 was scheduled on the route. It ended up being HS-UTM - 747-164B(SR/SUD). The aircraft was in very good condition, staff was nice and I have to say it was a very pleasant flight. Both landings on the flights were the smoothest I ever experienced, but I know this doesn't mean anything.
This view surely paid off:
Loran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 487 posts, RR: 2 Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2398 times:
Welcome! I think I started with the email given on their homepage. How I got the Hong Kong email - I cant remember, but the Hong Kong office replied to my mails within hours. Only the question after the aircraft type always gave me the same repsonse "747 SR". On the day I was in the Kowloon office to buy the ticket, I asked the sales lady if she can find out for me if it is going to be a 747-100 or MD-82. After leaving the office, I met the office manager of OX in the elevator and we had a quick chat. I said I wanted to fly on the 747-100's, and he goes "they are very comfortable aircraft" lol! But then he said they are already retired and they use the 747-300 on that route
Two hours later, when I picked up the ticket, the lady told me it will be a 747-100 the next day (the aircraft must have been on the way to Hong Kong already at that time). The next morning I only found out which aircraft it is going to be after the bus took us to the remote stand, and it was HS-UTM.
The flight itself was good, on time, smooth and good service. I asked if I could see the upper deck, but the flight attendands responded that upstairs looks like the main cabin - good joke. She also asked the captian if I could see the cockpit, but he said no.
Costastic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2123 times:
Also got a quick reply from their HKG office, as below, based on flying HKG-BKK on the 25th July:
Thank you for your reply.
Please check the below details:
HKG/BKK (ONE WAY):
- Booking Class: YOW
- Validity: One Way
- Applicable period: Traveling outbound from 11July to 23Aug2008
- Adult per person: HKD1650(FARE)+324(TAX)
1. Advised the below passenger(s) details by email:
- The passenger name(s) with surname first and should be identical to the passport(s)
- The passenger title(s) respectively
- The contact number(s)
2. Await for our reservation reference (either confirmed or on waiting list) and reservation deadline which will be sent by email.
3. Come to our Tsim Sha Tsui (Hong Kong) Office to collect the tickets and settle the payment (CASH only) before the deadline during our ticketing hours.
You may also contact the travel agencies in Hong Kong for fare quote and reservation.