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To Vietnam On A Tiger & The Singapore Girl (Pics)  
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2113 posts, RR: 10
Posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 22656 times:

This trip was a quick getaway with my family who was visiting from the US. We all decided to get a flavor of Vietnam by taking a trip there and visiting a few cities going from South to North. This is Part I of a two part report. This part will focus on the flights taken to get to Vietnam and Part II will focus on the flights taken domestically within Vietnam.

Airline: Tiger Airways (TR)
Flight: TR 328
Sector: SIN-SGN
Dep: 11:25AM
Arr:12:20PM

After going to the office for an emergency meeting with my boss, I took a cab to Changi Airport's Budget Terminal to meet my family. The Budget Terminal is quite simple, and it houses mostly Tiger Airways plus a few Cebu Pacific flights to the Philippines.

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Budget Terminal

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TR Check In

I needed a lock for one of our suitcases and I had to take a shuttle to T2, as the BT has no shops outside the security area. However, this feat took a long time as the bus to T2 was painfully slow.

After checking in, we went through to security and hung around the duty free area before heading over to Gate 6 for our flight to SGN.

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Duty Free Area

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Gate Area

As we got to the gate, our flight was being called. We got in line and headed to the ramp to board the plane via stairs.

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SIN's Budget Terminal ramp

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Singapore AF 707

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Boarding TR 328

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Another TR A/C

Boarding was soon finalized and we sat comfortably on seats 20 A, B, and C.

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Legroom

The seats were quite tight, much tighter than on other LCCs, such as JQ or B6. It was ok for the 1+hr flight. Boarding was complete pretty soon, so we pushed back and headed for Rwy 02L.

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Roll out

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En route to SGN

The flight itself was uneventful. There was a BOB service, so we got a can of diet coke and some snacks. After a quick flight spent reading the travel guide to Vietnam, the flight was soon coming to an end with our descent into HCMC.

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Part of the Mekong Delta?

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Moments from touchdown at SGN

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SGN's new international terminal

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Arriving at the gate

After an uneventful flight, we disembarked into a sparkling new terminal. I believe it's been in use for no more than a month. After a brisk stop at immigration, we collected our bags and took a cab into the city.

Here are some pics of Vietnam:

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HCMC Opera

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The view from the Saigon Saigon bar at the Caravelle Hotel


Tasty ech (frogs)!

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The first character of my Chinese Given name

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Vietnam is Honda 50 land

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On the road from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay

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Workers in the rice fields

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Magnificent Ha Long Bay

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HCM Mausoleum

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Hanoi Opera House

We spent about one day in HCMC, two days in Hue in central Vietnam, two days in Hanoi, and one day trip in Ha Long bay. After these fantastic 6 days in Vietnam, it was time to go back to the grind in Singapore.

In Hanoi, we stayed at the Sofitel Plaza, self-proclaimed Hanoi's most scenic hotel (erm... not quite) and also Hanoi's tallest building (23 floors - possibly). I do not recommend anyone stay at this hotel. Whether by accident or on purpose, I was charged USD1,500 for two nights, whereas the closing balance was USD611. I was and still am infuriated about this, but so far I seem to have managed to get back all my money. This nearly made us miss our fight back, but again, I do not recommend anyone staying at this hotel.

Airline: Singapore Airlines (SQ)
Flight: SQ 175
Sector: HAN-SIN
Dep: 1:35PM
Arr: 5:45PM

We drove over 30kms to get to HAN and when we got there, a computer glitch met us at the SQ Raffles class counter. However, the staff were quick to give out hand written boarding cards. I asked for the agents for the possibility of a free upgrade (being PPS Clubber, I felt entitled to one  wink  Wink, but they said I would have to pay for it, so I declined. I also asked for a third invitation to the lounge, but they were stern in their response that only one other person could go in with the PPS Club member. I gave the invites to my family and wandered around the airport to take some pics.

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HAN check in area


Cool hand dryer machine. Just dip your hands (and they may be chopped off?)

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Airport lounge. This is used by all airlines operating into HAN except for VN and CX, which have a sepparate lounge

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SU IL86 (or 96? I cannot tell the difference)

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USAF 707 with SQ 772 just arriving from SIN

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Duty free area

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BR MD-90

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A Vietnamese guard keeping close watch over the worker, a job that seems quite popular in Vietnam!

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SQ 772

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Archrival MH tries to fight with a measly 734  tongue 

After meeting with my family again an hour after they went to the lounge, we went to the gate area, where boarding had already commenced.

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The eerily empty area of the HAN terminal

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Gate for our flight

The three of us boarded through the premium line, and were kindly greeted by the SQ girls. We made our way all the way to the back, to row 53 seats A, B, and C. SQ have three different hieriarchical levels for their female (and I guess male too) F/A's: The ones wearing the Red/Purple dress are the regular F/A's, superseeded by those wearing the Green one, superseeded by the chief purser wearing the Red dress.

The beautiful Malay girl in green welcomed us to our seat and offered us blankets as well as newspapers and magazines.

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Thai Air Asia viewed from seat 53A

The load on this flight was about 30%, so the cabin felt very empty, but quite airy. Boarding was done very quickly because of this, and we were on our way on time.

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Taxiing to the active

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Air Decan 727 next to the active runway

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Watching The Office USA on Krisworld

To my surprise, this a/c had the non-regional business class seats, also known as the Spacebeds, which was unsual on such a short flight within SE Asia. However, this plane must've otherwise be sitting on the ground at SIN waiting for its next flight. I noticed several copies of Kris Flyer magazine and KrisShop in Japanese, so I reckon it is used for the longer Intra-Asia routes, such as those to Japan.

Soon after take off, the chief purser (dressed in Red) came over to my seat to personally welcome me on board and to offer her assistance should anything be wrong. She chatted with us for a while and asked us about our holiday in Vietnam. I assumed this was given my Kris Flyer status, which was a very nice touch by her.

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On our way back to SIN-city

The F/A in green came by and offered us a choice of water, OJ, or white wine, plus anything else we wanted. My two family members opted for the wine and I went for a Tiger beer. Menus were distributed along with hot linen towels. The three of us chose the Thai pork

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Amazing meal (even for Economy) on this short flight

My mom was particularly amazed by the service and the food, and she said that save for the Economy seats, this was even better than AA's Business or First Class product (she flies them almost exclusively). My response: See? That's why I try to only fly SQ.

Close to the end of our flight, we did a quick 360 just off Johor State, in Malaysia, before coming in from the North to land on Rwy 20L at SIN.

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Approaching the Malay penninsula

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Taxiing to gate F60

Another great flight with SQ and my first one in Economy on their 772 (second time in Economy overall - still "A Great Way to Fly!").

Part II will focus on the trips intra-Vietnam we took on VN from SGN to HUI and from HUI to HAN. I will write that one up tomorrow.

Hope you enjoyed and please leave a comment for future reports  Smile Coming up next week we take Silk Air, the little SQ that could, to the land of the Khmer. Stay tuned.

Cheers
Coal


Nxt Flts: VA SYD-LAX | VX LAX-FLL | B6 FLL-BOG-FLL | VX FLL-LAX | VA LAX-SYD | VA SYD-PER-SYD
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User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17786 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 22659 times:

Great trip report! I've only been to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay--which did you like better between HAN and SGN (the cities, not the airports Wink )?


E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 22657 times:

Great trip report of your recent flights. The seat pitch on the 320 did indeed look tight! Thanks for the pics as well. The SU aircraft was an IL96 - they are distinct from the 86 notably due to their large winglets which the 86 does not have.


Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 9202 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 22294 times:

I enjoyed the pictures and thanks for the tour.


It is better to die on your feet, than live on your knees.
User currently offlineSQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1642 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 22293 times:

Great report, funny that the load on your flight was only 30% - each time I've flown SQ into HAN, its always been absolutley chock full in Econ, though near empty in Raffles. SQ usually sends the SV- series to HAN mainly because it is a day turnaround, which gives enough time for the plane to come in during the early morning hours from Europe/Japan then do the flight, and get back to SIN in the early evening, ready for the slew of late evening long haul departures.

As for the ranking of SQ's F/As, just a small correction: Blue = Flight Stewardess, Green = Leading Stewardess, Red = Chief Stewardess, Brown/Purple = Inflight Supervisor (out of over ten years of flying with SQ, I've only seen a female Inflight Supervisor twice, and it was the same woman both times!)

Again, great report, look forward to hearing your experiences with VN - mine weren't so good at all!



Keep Discovering
User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 22295 times:

Nice photos! You really made som nice ones in Vietnam.

User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7617 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 22126 times:

Wow, cool report and photos, as always Steve! Thanks for sharing.

How come every time I read one of your trip reports I feel so jealous?



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2113 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 22067 times:

Thanks for all the kind comments  Smile

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 1):
Great trip report! I've only been to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay--which did you like better between HAN and SGN (the cities, not the airports )?

Thanks! At first I thought HCMC was nicer, especially the area around the Opera House and the Caravelle Hotel. But the last day in Hanoi I managed to wander around the area where all the embassies are, in which all the buildings are of beautiful French architecture. I think I would choose Hanoi over HCMC.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 2):
Great trip report of your recent flights. The seat pitch on the 320 did indeed look tight! Thanks for the pics as well. The SU aircraft was an IL96 - they are distinct from the 86 notably due to their large winglets which the 86 does not have.

Ahhh thanks for clearing that up!

Quoting WarRI1 (Reply 3):
enjoyed the pictures and thanks for the tour.

You're welcome!

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Reply 4):
Great report, funny that the load on your flight was only 30% - each time I've flown SQ into HAN, its always been absolutley chock full in Econ, though near empty in Raffles. SQ usually sends the SV- series to HAN mainly because it is a day turnaround, which gives enough time for the plane to come in during the early morning hours from Europe/Japan then do the flight, and get back to SIN in the early evening, ready for the slew of late evening long haul departures.

Interesting. Yes, I counted roughly 100 seats in the rear Econ area and only about 27 seats occupied.

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Reply 4):
As for the ranking of SQ's F/As, just a small correction: Blue = Flight Stewardess, Green = Leading Stewardess, Red = Chief Stewardess, Brown/Purple = Inflight Supervisor (out of over ten years of flying with SQ, I've only seen a female Inflight Supervisor twice, and it was the same woman both times!)

I will need to write this down  wink  Thanks for clarifying.

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Reply 4):
Again, great report, look forward to hearing your experiences with VN - mine weren't so good at all!

Thanks! VN was quite good. Nothing special, but some of the F/A's were gorgeous!

Quoting Bofredrik (Reply 5):
Nice photos! You really made som nice ones in Vietnam.

Thanks!

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 6):
Wow, cool report and photos, as always Steve! Thanks for sharing.

How come every time I read one of your trip reports I feel so jealous?

Thanks Eddie! So when are you joining me on one of my random treks around the world?  wink 

Cheers
Coal



Nxt Flts: VA SYD-LAX | VX LAX-FLL | B6 FLL-BOG-FLL | VX FLL-LAX | VA LAX-SYD | VA SYD-PER-SYD
User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7617 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 22067 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 7):
Thanks! VN was quite good. Nothing special, but some of the F/A's were gorgeous!

Fellow user Macc always raves about VN and its F/A's. He also praises the catering of VN. I can only talk about their livery, which is fantastic, but based upon these comments, I am very eager to try them one day!

Quoting Coal (Reply 7):
So when are you joining me on one of my random treks around the world?

Well, could be 2008 if you are up for it and no unforseen events take place. As soon as you know whether you will stay in Singapore longer or if you will move to China, the Netherlands, Brazil or wherever, we can start outlining a plan.



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineDa man From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 887 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 22067 times:

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
SU IL86 (or 96? I cannot tell the difference)



Quoting Palmjet (Reply 2):
The SU aircraft was an IL96 - they are distinct from the 86 notably due to their large winglets which the 86 does not have.

Plus, none of the 86s that SU still have are in the new livery. (Aren't the 86s on the way out if not already?)



War Eagle!
User currently offlineBigTom From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2006, 597 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 21281 times:

Nice pics Coal, brings back memories of my visit there when I used to live in your part of the world. I did prefer Hanoi to HCMC, especially as it still has a period feel to it, while it's southern counterpart is quickly becoming like just another Asian boomtown. Thanks again for sharing.

Cheers


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 21099 times:

Fantastic TR, Steve !!!

Plan to visit Vietnam myself in December, so these pictures give me some inside view of what to expect  Smile

The 727-200 looks more like "Air Dream" to me...



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineFuffla From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 20944 times:

The Caravelle is a very nice hotel. I stayed there when we went to Vietnam for the second time and were very pleased at its quality.

User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 20944 times:

Hi Coal,

I will do exactly the same thing in reverse in a few weeks time. So excited i cannot wait! SIN-HAN-SGN-SIN. I so wanted to squeeze in Da Lat but I think it would be quite a challenge for a 7 day journey.

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
Singapore AF 707

It is a KC135 tanker. I had the pleasure of riding one all the way to Cambrai, France back in 2003. Not a comfortable ride at all I have to say...

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
Boarding was soon finalized and we sat comfortably on seats 20 A, B, and C.

Did you get your seats pre-assigned for an extra SGD20.00? I know I did for my up-coming journey. I wonder how are they going to achieve this with boarding line that does not differentiate? Advanced boarding, perhaps?

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
The seats were quite tight, much tighter than on other LCCs, such as JQ or B6.

Strange observation of mine. I have been on 9V-TAB and 9V-TAD, and those 2 planes were configured differently. Different pitch and different upholstery. Refer to my Phuket trip report and you will know what I mean.

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
After an uneventful flight, we disembarked into a sparkling new terminal. I believe it's been in use for no more than a month.

It has been in use for the last 2 months already. And about time too! The old terminal was really bursting at the seams and struggling to cope when you have a few widebodies unloading passengers at the same time.

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
The view from the Saigon Saigon bar at the Caravelle Hotel

I still cannot get over how expensive the Caravelle Hotel is. Not only accomodation, but the restaurants they have there are really up there in terms of pricing! All in USD too! I know it is an iconic hotel but to charge those prices I think it is simply not worth the trouble at all. Somehow I feel like one spending for a meal is someone's monthly salary in HCMC. But my dad paid so I shall not complain further... hehehe...

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
Archrival MH tries to fight with a measly 734

C'mon now... you know how much I like MH. Back in the day, SQ used to fly A310s to HAN/SGN but now do they have a choice?

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
The eerily empty area of the HAN terminal

Gawd... the terminal's airside look terribly gloomy. Is it really like that or is that your camera making it seem so?



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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2113 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 20777 times:

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 8):
Fellow user Macc always raves about VN and its F/A's. He also praises the catering of VN. I can only talk about their livery, which is fantastic, but based upon these comments, I am very eager to try them one day!

I cannot comment much about their catering, but the service was good for such short flights. That one F/A was a beauty!

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 8):
Well, could be 2008 if you are up for it and no unforseen events take place. As soon as you know whether you will stay in Singapore longer or if you will move to China, the Netherlands, Brazil or wherever, we can start outlining a plan.

I'm nearly all sorted out now! Seems I will stay in Singapore for most of 2008, with a possible 3 month stint in Santiago. Have you ever been to Chile?

Quoting BigTom (Reply 10):
Nice pics Coal, brings back memories of my visit there when I used to live in your part of the world. I did prefer Hanoi to HCMC, especially as it still has a period feel to it, while it's southern counterpart is quickly becoming like just another Asian boomtown. Thanks again for sharing.

Thanks! Glad to share the adventure. I too think Hanoi and surroundings are much nicer than HCMC.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 11):
Fantastic TR, Steve !!!

Plan to visit Vietnam myself in December, so these pictures give me some inside view of what to expect

The 727-200 looks more like "Air Dream" to me...

Haha, it does look like Air Dream. Maybe it flies in its dreams?  wink  The plane did look in pretty bad shape, but I'm pretty sure I saw Air Decan with my own eyes.

Quoting Fuffla (Reply 12):
The Caravelle is a very nice hotel. I stayed there when we went to Vietnam for the second time and were very pleased at its quality.

It is quite nice, but I prefer the bar at the Sheraton (23rd floor) to the one at the Caravelle (9th floor).

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 13):
I so wanted to squeeze in Da Lat but I think it would be quite a challenge for a 7 day journey.

Yes, my friend did recommend Da Lat and the Mekong Delta, but alas, not enough time.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 13):
Did you get your seats pre-assigned for an extra SGD20.00? I know I did for my up-coming journey. I wonder how are they going to achieve this with boarding line that does not differentiate? Advanced boarding, perhaps?

So that's why there were two lines for boarding? We did have pre-assigned seats, but no one explained to us which line to use.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 13):
I still cannot get over how expensive the Caravelle Hotel is. Not only accomodation, but the restaurants they have there are really up there in terms of pricing! All in USD too! I know it is an iconic hotel but to charge those prices I think it is simply not worth the trouble at all. Somehow I feel like one spending for a meal is someone's monthly salary in HCMC. But my dad paid so I shall not complain further... hehehe...

Yes, the Caravelle is indeed expensive. CWT quoted me over USD1,000 for one of their most premium rooms... a rip off! It's quite nice inside and it's also been renovated on the outside.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 13):
C'mon now... you know how much I like MH. Back in the day, SQ used to fly A310s to HAN/SGN but now do they have a choice?

Hahaha. Doesn't MH have 772s and 744s or what?  wink 

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 13):
Gawd... the terminal's airside look terribly gloomy. Is it really like that or is that your camera making it seem so?

It's as gloomy as it looks. My camera makes it look quite nice, actually!

Cheers
Coal



Nxt Flts: VA SYD-LAX | VX LAX-FLL | B6 FLL-BOG-FLL | VX FLL-LAX | VA LAX-SYD | VA SYD-PER-SYD
User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 20777 times:

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
The seats were quite tight, much tighter than on other LCCs, such as JQ or B6. It was ok for the 1+hr flight.

Yeah its VERY tight, and horrible on a night flight PER-SIN and SIN-PER which is 5 hours!!!! but i guess its pretty good for 19 bucks!


Good report and just having flown tiger, they were very professional and provided good service.

Cheers



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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7617 posts, RR: 42
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 20777 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 14):
Seems I will stay in Singapore for most of 2008, with a possible 3 month stint in Santiago. Have you ever been to Chile?

Never and can't wait. I'll shoot you an e-mail.



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 827 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 20777 times:

Fantastic TR, reminds me of my trip to Vietnam with SQ last year. A great country and a brilliant airline. I loved HAN, Ha Long Bay, Hue and Da Nang, wasnt such a big fan of SGN though. Great pictures though, well done


Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 20559 times:

Very interesting report with stunning pics! SQ's meal service on that short flight is really amazing.

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
The seats were quite tight, much tighter than on other LCCs, such as JQ or B6.

JQ's A320s are equipped with 177 seats vs 180 on TR - that doesn't make a difference, but JQ uses slimline seats. With only 150 seats on the A320, B6 is hard to beat.  Smile

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
Air Decan 727 next to the active runway

Quite a rare bird: XU-RKJ is Air Dream's one and only plane (32 years old), leased from Royal Khmer Airlines.

Quoting Da man (Reply 9):
(Aren't the 86s on the way out if not already?)

Definitely. It seems only two frames are still active.


PH



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 20367 times:
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Nice report and pic's Coal, really makes me want to visit one day.

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
Magnificent Ha Long Bay

- Stunning!

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2113 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 19940 times:

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 15):
Good report and just having flown tiger, they were very professional and provided good service.

Thanks, and indeed TR are quite good. Not sure if I'd fly them all the way to PER!

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 16):
Never and can't wait. I'll shoot you an e-mail.

Cool!

Quoting EIRules (Reply 17):
Fantastic TR, reminds me of my trip to Vietnam with SQ last year. A great country and a brilliant airline. I loved HAN, Ha Long Bay, Hue and Da Nang, wasnt such a big fan of SGN though. Great pictures though, well done

Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Quite a rare bird: XU-RKJ is Air Dream's one and only plane (32 years old), leased from Royal Khmer Airlines.

I guess it's a rare find then!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 19):
Nice report and pic's Coal, really makes me want to visit one day.

Thanks!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 19):
Stunning!

Indeed!

Cheers
Coal



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User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 19821 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 20):
Thanks, and indeed TR are quite good. Not sure if I'd fly them all the way to PER!

Defintley makes for a long long trip but the Airvod player helps that time fly. My legs dont fit under the seat, so only have that tiny tiny space to move!

But ill hijack the thread here for a second, just to add a comment, we actually had a medical emergency and they acted very well, and professional about it. And also we experienced some of the worst turbulence where things were flying everywhere and 2 people vomited in the aisle, they cleaned it up and were very courteous about it. Well done TR  Smile

Sorry about that, just thought id add to your comments about Tiger.



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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2113 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 19630 times:

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 21):
Defintley makes for a long long trip but the Airvod player helps that time fly. My legs dont fit under the seat, so only have that tiny tiny space to move!

How were the movie selections? My friend is the one actually renting the units to them. Seems as though TR are happy, although the company has not been able to rent the units to any other airline in APAC.

Cheers
Coal



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User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 19591 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 22):
How were the movie selections? My friend is the one actually renting the units to them. Seems as though TR are happy, although the company has not been able to rent the units to any other airline in APAC.

Pretty good actually, few docos, mythbusters, few new movies, older movies like forrest gump etc and tv shows like greys anatomy and a couple comedy shows. Also there was various music and music videos.

Pretty good really, kept me busy. Although the selections werent updated at the end of the month, so dunno when they are updated but i got the same selection on both flights but managed to watch a pretty good movie anyway!



Qantas, Still calling Australia Home.........
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2113 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 19204 times:

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 23):
Pretty good actually, few docos, mythbusters, few new movies, older movies like forrest gump etc and tv shows like greys anatomy and a couple comedy shows. Also there was various music and music videos.

Pretty good really, kept me busy. Although the selections werent updated at the end of the month, so dunno when they are updated but i got the same selection on both flights but managed to watch a pretty good movie anyway!

OK, good to hear that. I know Jetstar bought them, but they've had some issues with operating them. My friend is actually on her way to Aussie tomorrow to see if they can be fixed.

Sorry the pics are not showing up anymore. Is there anyway the mods could let me edit the post to link the pics to Picasa instead?

Cheers
Coal



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25 B747forever : Excellent TR. This part is at least as good as the second part. The pics are brilliant. Thank you for sharing. B747forever.
26 Coal : Thanks! But how did you manage to see the pics? Cheers Coal
27 Coal : UPDATE: Photobucket finally gave me this month's allowance of bandwith, so the pics are back on! Thanks again for reading. Cheers Coal
28 Zoom1018 : Wonderful report! Thanks for sharing! The pics are awesome! Have a great day!
29 Aleksandar : Hello Coal! Thanks for yet another great TR! Vietnam is high (if not on top) on my wish-list and I enjoy reading every trip reports about flights ther
30 Coal : Thanks! Thanks. Vietnam is very nice. I'm planning on going there again early next year. Cheers Coal
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