Pawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 10 Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 9625 times:
If you’ve read part one and two of this trip report, welcome back!
If you’ve just joined us here, you can read Part 1 (LHR-SIN) here and Part 2 (SIN-BKK-HKT) here
After a fantastic 10 days in Phuket, our holiday came to an end. Sad but true. I’ll always have the memories. The last day was spent doing some hurried last minute souvenir shopping and taking those all important final photos.
Here’s some photos from around the Island, and also some tours we did through the weeks.
The Pool as viewed from our balcony
Prawn Phad Thai by the Pool
Fountains Fountains Everywhere!
I had to feign an English accent passing by here in case I was noticed
Sawadee Ka – Ronald McDonald style
Patong Beach Posing
Stone Elephant in the hotel
James Bond Island
Days Spent Lounging by the pool were bliss
Coral Reef Snorkelling
Phi Phi Don Island
On Thursday, October 1st it was time to go. We packed our luggage and made our way to the front desk to check out, and pay the room service bill.
As we had 3 hours before we were being picked up, it was time for a walk around the beach area and Bangla Road, before taking up our complimentary full body massages in the Burasari Spa.
Lobby of the Burasari Resort, Patong
Patong Beach Plaque
Every trip needs a jumping photo
At 3pm we were picked up by the hotel driver, or one of them anyway. This time it was a trip to the airport in the dark, and the drive over was really nice. Decent music and air conditioning made the drive all the better. I will never take A/C for granted again!
Before entering the terminal at Phuket, every bag is security screened and receives a sticker saying “HKT Security Checked”. After that, which was only a five minute wait, it was time to head over to the Royal Silk check in desks. My bag was checked straight through to Edinburgh no problem, but I still had to pick up boarding cards in Bangkok and London.
Once again, when we had passed security, we made our way to the Thai domestic lounge at HKT. It’s a decently sized lounge, with the same offerings as the one in Bangkok. This time I tried the tuna sandwiches as I was fairly hungry. They’re proper lush.
After two hours or so in the lounge, having spent half of that time on our own in the lounge, we made our way out to the gate where our 747 sat awaiting departure. We’d seen it taxi in from the lounge and wanted to be first on board. En route to the gate, we saw a group who’d been on the trip to the Phi Phi Islands with us.
Again, like the 221, Business Class passengers were called forward first to board. Trent and I settled in our seats (23A and B) and watched as only about 15 J passengers sat in both our section and in the nose. The upper deck had been closed off due to a lack of passengers (as we’d found out at check-in) and there was a very low load on the main deck.
HS-TGW sitting at the gate
Business Class cradle seats
Decent Size PTV, showing the route
When the door shut, I moved into 22A, as there was no one in that row at all. This is the exit row and has much more legroom over the normal business class seat.
We pushed back a little late and made our way, slowly, to the active runway; 27, where we had to hold for about 10 minutes for an arriving Malaysian 737. At 1853 we turned onto the runway, held for a couple of seconds and the throttles opened, launching us down and into the dark skies over the Andaman sea. About two minutes after takeoff, HS-TGW turned to the right and brought us on to the track, heading directly for BKK.
Dinner was served around 15 minutes into the flight, tonight’s dish was chicken wrapped in an omelette infused with herbs and peppers and rice on the side. Again, a simple but delicious meal from Thai. I settled back and read some of my book after dinner as I waited for Trent to finish. We were going on a little trip to see the Upper Deck as I’d never been up before, apart from to see the cockpit on my flight from LGW-EWR on VS in 1997, but I was too young to remember that, and even then it was a 747-200.
Route Map showing our progress
Empty Upper Deck
For the remainder of the flight I read the rest of my book. Soon enough the ground began to get closer and closer. At first it was just lights, then streets could be made out and finally moving objects like cars. I assumed we were coming in on one of the 19s but there was no turns to bring us north of the airport and back around, and when we eventually landed (after a rather lengthy float), the terminal was at the far end of the runway on the left hand side, we’d come in on runway 01R. Taxiing to the terminal was quick and we were brought in on Gate B5, the same we’d left from.
Rather tatty footrest
Not quite 180 degrees, but still comfy
Reading my book and watching the information screen
After arrival we walked through baggage reclaim and onto the Qantas/BA check in on the main departures level. Although we could have just gone to flight connections, I wanted to see landside in the airport I’d heard so much about.
Next Up: Destination Paradise! Part 4; Qantas Flagship and Supermodels
First Class passengers are my favourites. They can't get any further forward without an ATPL.
I hope to make it to Thailand in 2010, and I have a question: Can one fairly easily navigate Thailand speaking only English? Did you have any difficulty with the language barrier? And how long was your flight? Great photos of Thailand and the big, beautiful 747!
Allrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2323 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9117 times:
Now I've seen photographic evidence of local cuisine, I forgive your eating fast food in Singapore! Great photos and text!
Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 1): I hope to make it to Thailand in 2010, and I have a question: Can one fairly easily navigate Thailand speaking only English?
I've only been to Bangkok and I'm sure others know more on a.net, but I found English quite sufficient, as I'm sure it is in most tourist areas. The country is quite well geared to western tourists (from what I've heard, too well geared in some areas). To me, Thai seems a difficult language for English speakers as it is quite tonal and many sounds do not correspond. Plus they have their own writing script. Of course, that shouldn't stop you if you really want to get to know the country.
BNEFlyer From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8474 times:
I have been reading your reports and am loving them, they're bringing back great memories for me!
I was in Edinburgh earlier this month for the first time and fell in love with your city! I was in Singapore again last week and am going to Bangkok and Phuket again next year! I'll be booking a TG J flight HKT-BKK again as they usually either assign an F seat or allow you to sit there once on board. Good to see that the TG Domestic lounge in HKT has finally been refurbished as well.
Your QF A380 flight looked quite good, I was on BA to/from LHR from Australia and they were very hit and miss (miss to LHR, hit from LHR!)
Looking forward to reading the final installment of your trip, looks like you and Trent had a fantastic time in some wonderful Asian destinations!
Rdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 905 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7347 times:
Your reports just OOOOZ enthusisiam and I am most impressed with the piccy's.
You are very luck to have travelled in such luxery at such a young age.
I had to wait till I was 45 before I turned left on entry to aircraft.That is except when I flew on a British Eagle Britannia and then , of course , the First Class was at the back!
Anyway thanks for such great reports. Maybe you should be a writer instead of a salesman. I am sure if you have the enthusiasm for your sales as much as flying then God help the customers!
Gardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6950 times:
Hi, nice report.
I actually was in Phuket a few days ago and wish I was back there and not in the office back home (
Cool pics - particularly liked the one from the simon cabaret show - I wish I took my camera along, but they said no pics so I left it back in the hotel