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PANAENG, Curry And PASTA… The TG WAY  
User currently offlineryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 13998 times:

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DISCLAIMER: This trip was never meant to be a report since it was work related. However at the persuasion of several “a.netters”, it became one. Hence, the pictures aren’t exactly of stellar quality because all I had with me was a pocket camera. So here goes…

REASON FOR THE TRIP

Some work trips are never fun. There are deadlines to answer to, objectives to be met, clients breathing down your neck, and getting lost in translation when you are trying to manage a project which spans the region of multiple languages. What is normally a “Yes, I understand.” to you really means “I think I understand.”, something as minute as this could result in a lot of difference towards the end.

My role was such that I was the go-to guy between my partners in USA and the branches of my offices in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Jakarta.

It is no secret I love Bangkok. My numerous trip reports on this sector, perhaps – can provide an insight into my almost incestuous relationship with this city which has spanned more than 30 years. My mum always loves to tell me “You have been going to Bangkok ever since you were swimming in daddy’s balls”. I won’t argue with that…

The resilience of the Thai economy has never failed to marvel. I have lost count of how many riots and coups that have come and gone, perhaps a financial crisis or two and maybe a bomb or grenade attack once in a while… and still the Thais fight on.

Unfortunately, the riots of recent time have hit my project bad. There were times we almost abandoned the Bangkok-portion of it altogether. Perhaps just like the Thais, my partners decided to soldier on but the handicap was obvious. Deadline was not going to be met. And thus, the reason for me being activated was to go up there and quickly tie up the loose ends, bandage whatever bleeding wound to be found and perhaps deliver the end result of something close to presentable to our clients… On a crutch or in a wheelchair, just get the job done.

In short, I was supposed to pull off – in SQ employee lingo, a “DAPO” (do all possible). Nice…

Toiling on this for over 8 weeks, it is forgivable why I didn’t document much of my out-going flight up to Bangkok because by the time I left Singapore, I was mentally drained.

I only have a few photos to share which consist of mainly departure, meal and arrival pictures.

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Outbound ride on HS-TJU.

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Awesome view on takeoff from 20C.

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Reading materials from TG.

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I love the colours of TG’s YCL cabin.

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Beef Panaeng, an aromatic blend of spices come together in this dried curry which is a Thai staple. Definitely a thumbs up!

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Approach into Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok.

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Gate E8


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User currently offlineryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 14079 times:

TRIP REPORT PROPER

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport – Singapore Changi Airport T1
TG 401
Airbus A330-321 (HS-TEC) “Bang Rajan”
Seat 69K
1940 – 2320H
Duration 2hr 40min

24 August 2010


Work done; now I can properly soak in the experience of flying again. Or could I?

There was only that much I could realistically accomplish given the nature of the project. I chose the last possible TG flight out of Bangkok in order to maximize my time at the office. Bad choice…

Luggage was left with the concierge. Walking back to the hotel from my office, the dark skies looked like it was about to bless me with a tropical downpour so I made the walk a very brisk one along Surawong Road in a heavy drizzle. I hate the wet feeling in parts of your body where the sun doesn’t shine but I had already checked out of my room so a quick shower was out of the question.

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It was almost 5pm by the time I managed to hop into a cab – I should’ve known better. We immediately got ourselves entangled into weekday evening rush hour traffic. Things were not looking good. Trying to get to the airport highway seemed to take an eternity as we slowly inched forward in the heavy rain.

In a moment of epiphany, “God, please… The last thing I need is for the canals to overflow and streets to flood. I have been a very good boy and didn’t venture into any seedy go-go bars or have a happy ending massage this trip… Please bring me to the airport in one piece without any mayhem and foolishness.”

And like a prayer answered, I suddenly remembered Bangkok’s first ever railway line to the airport opened just yesterday on 23rd August 2010– AIRPORT LINK. An immediate re-direction of the driver towards the train station in Makkasan followed, which is located within the city. Makkasan train station has a concept rather similar to KL Sentral.

Perhaps like any other taxi driver who suddenly had his expected fare reduced to bits, I was promptly given a verbal lashing like no other and was even threatened to be kicked out into the relentless downpour with my luggage. My loins stirred… Saying he was absolutely seething with anger was an understatement. I was almost on my knees begging for him to go towards Makkasan and this close to pleading.

“I will do ANYTHING!” almost formed those erotic words at the tip of my tongue when…

… thankfully the bonnet of his Toyota Altis started turning towards the direction of the train station in question. Meanwhile, in the midst of never moving traffic the rain continued to patter down in torrents.

It rained like it had never rained before that evening. I tried to break the ice by asking the taxi driver about his life. Perhaps he did soften his stance towards me in the end. The traffic jam saw that I never made it to Makkasan. One hour later, on the taxi driver’s advice, I alighted one station before as this train line would get me a direct routing to the airport. Ever so grateful, I tipped him generously.

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There is something about Thailand’s rail system which sees that handicapped people aren’t allowed access. There are no ramps, no elevators, and not even escalators at the part where I alighted. Eventually I managed to heave myself with luggage in tow all the way up the stairs to the ticketing concourse, not fun in 100% humidity utilizing a sheltered stairway which doesn’t really shelter in a monsoonal downpour.

The 8-station 25 min journey was a mere THB15. At first I misheard the counter guy and paid him with aTHB200 note. When I saw the amount of change I was about to receive, I had to re-confirm that THB15 was indeed the fare all the way to the airport. Wait, wait, wait… Here is THB20 in coins.

My goodness, THB15… USD0.50? There are condoms more expensive than that.

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Finally settled into the train, I realized I had been up at 7am (when I had my last shower) and hadn’t eaten anything since lunch. So there I was perspiring buckets with sweat stains at embarrassing spots on my t-shirt, absolutely tired, seriously hungry, very stinky… I was well marinated from head to toe in pollution, sweat and perhaps a generous dose of acid rain. Mould would have started forming in my armpits if I stood still any longer.

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The air-conditioned train ride was smooth and the scream of an approaching Hong Kong Airlines A330-200 passing overhead was a welcome indication I had finally arrived at the airport. Finally, my journey was almost halfway complete.

SUVARNABHUMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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Train arrival concourse is pretty much similar to KLIA – location is amongst the underbelly of Suvarnabhumi’s main terminal building. Thank God there was no need to walk out into the open again. Time was tight as I had to quickly scan the upper levels for my check in desk.

Thankfully Suvarnabhumi being TG’s hub, the concept of a common check in row for all flights was easy to find. After my challenging journey to the airport, the beckoning smile of the check in agent welcomed me with a “wai” as if to say I was safe in their hands now.

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“Welcome, Sir. Where are you off to?” enquired Pranee.
“Sing… Err… Singapore…” I stammered while rummaging my man-bag for the e-ticket.
“I just need your passport, Sir. Frequent flyer card?”
“Krisflyer…”

TG has since not only done away with paper / e- tickets printouts, but apparently it was now ok to check in with just your passport. My travel agent in Singapore had informed me of this but printed an e-ticket anyway just in case. It looked like this method of check in was fully implemented as this was the case flying from Singapore as well.

“Sir, a window seat at the back of the plane?” she smiled.

Not only was she the epitome of how a check in agent should be, suggesting my profiled seating preference was definitely a plus point in my book.

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I was seriously exhausted at this point and made a conscious note to dump my laptop into the check in luggage because I didn’t want to take a second look at it. Now relieved of it, I could finally breathe a momentary sigh of relief before the madness started in my office the next morning. But until then, I told myself to at least enjoy whatever was left of this journey.

Evening peak hour rush was evident at every nook. Both immigration areas were filled to the brim so it didn’t matter where you went, standing in line was inevitable. The immigration officer was obviously having a bad day and hollered at a family of 3 holding Indian passports to go fill up their departure cards. It was anything but a land of smiles.

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I do not remember ever departing Suvarnabhumi after sun set so I managed to observe the surroundings in a different light. Enough has been said about how gloomy the airport looks so I will just let the pictures do the talking.

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I don’t think I have ever been to an airport that had so much of nothing in it. Sure there were eateries and shops, but nothing was calling out my name. Is it just me? What happened to a tranquil flower garden? No water features? How about quiet serene-corners for transit passengers? I guess asking for an open air viewing gallery would be too much. It was stark, clinical and sterile; almost like a hospital. Because my gate was situated at a far end of the C concourse, a trek through the entire retail and F&B area was required. It sure took me a while to get to where I was going – Gate C6.

According to my itinerary, an A330 was the ride home this evening. If only I could see it through those dirty windows! Damn Suvarnabhumi…

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BOARDING

1930H: Boarding commenced with very strict adherence to status, class and row numbers. It was announced in both Thai and English but seeing how we also had a lot of Japanese and Indian passengers (plus a ship load of clueless passengers from Singapore); a lot of them got up and flooded the gate entrance anyway only to be rejected.

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Perhaps it is nostalgia, but I feel there is something special about boarding a TG flight every single time. The beaming smile, the “wai”, or maybe it is the elaborate uniform they have on complete with a fresh orchid brooch on their colourful silk sash…

Door 2L: “*wai* Dee-khaaa… Welcome on board… Mr. Soh? 69K is down that way…” coo-ed Suthee in crisp, pitch perfect English as she gently touched my elbow and pointed towards the inner aisle after glancing at my boarding stub.

Didn’t matter if I was a lowly paying economy passenger, my welcome was fit for a royal. Ever since TG refurbished their cabin into this cheery looking multi-coloured kaleidoscope of candy like fabric, I thought things have never looked better. Compare this to the nightmarish over-ripened fruit salad that is Malaysia Airlines’ economy cabin, I think TG tops the game here. Obviously I cannot resist a token swipe at poor old MH.

Stationed along the aisle were more smiling crew ever-ready with a “wai”.

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HS-TEC was manufactured in Aug 1994 which makes it rather “aged” by an Asian airline’s standard. Come to think of it, it is TG’s 3rd oldest A330 on its inventory. However being newly upholstered, it looked well kept if it wasn’t for that strange streak of yellow lighting from beneath the middle luggage bins.

Somehow, I thought commencing the boarding process at 1930H for a 1940H flight was a tad too tight time-wise. True enough, we were still sitting at the gate pass departure time with a nary of an update from flight deck. No one seemed to be in a rush to go anywhere that evening. Didn’t matter if we were delayed, but passengers were still leisurely strolling in, crews were still gently “wai-ing” without any urgency to get everyone settled. An interesting observation though, the bunch of crew serving my area all had very heavy American accents. If I closed my eyes, this PTV-less A330 could very well be a domestic hop between DTW and ORD.

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Perfumed hot towels followed by little packets of ear phones were distributed. I wonder what took the airlines so long to figure out these i-Pod kinds were the best to be used because older versions which looped over your head never really fit me well. Ear phones versus head phones, no surprise which one got my vote!

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Similar headphones were distributed on the outbound flight from Singapore.

1950H: Cabin crew, doors armed!

Pushback occurred and finally the flight deck came on to inform us of traffic congestion that evening in the airspace above the airport. As a result, there was a long line of departing aircraft and we were number nth. I didn’t care if we were the 200th plane in line, I was just glad to be going home.

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The TG safety video has to be one of the BEST I have ever seen. It puts you so at ease like watching a video at a spa that I noticed myself dozing off. Those swooshing sounds accompanied by soft music made it all very hypnotic somewhat. Wait, maybe I was just fatigued.

Take your time to view TG’s full safety video here.

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Cabin was finally darkened; we stayed that way for a while as we slowly crawled along the taxi way. The constant roar of departing planes seemed to go on forever. One TG plane after another, perhaps a Bangkok Airways A320 plus another Malaysia Airlines 737-400 joined in the fun… One by one off they shot off into the dark skies.

When it was our turn to take off, a look back behind us saw a whole line of purple TG tails which seemed to stretch into the horizon. It was surely a busy time at the airport.

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DEPARTURE

2015H: Take off Runway 19L.

The lights beneath us glittered with Bangkok in a distance slowly fading away as we journeyed towards the coastline.

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As soon as the seat belt sign turned off past FL100, perhaps one of the very rare occasions I opted to switch to an aisle seat. I had an overwhelming urge to be by myself and not to be sandwiched between my seat mate and the window. My seat mate looked every bit like a stressed out Japanese corporate person in a crumpled suit, crooked spectacles perched on his greasy nose bridge, and from a fat travel wallet he was brandishing about on his lap – I managed to gather he boarded a TG flight from Kansai and was on transit in Bangkok on his way to Singapore. He would probably burst a blood vessel from my incessant photo taking.

Thankfully there were a handful of empty seats available in the middle block.

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2040H: No time to waste, these hostesses with the mostest together with their male colleagues bowed and excused themselves as they hurriedly meandered meal carts out from the aft galley amongst a sea of elbows, heads and feet jutting out into the aisle. The last few rows (i.e. me) were served directly from the galley.

From out of nowhere, Tosapol - a marooned suited steward leaned over from behind and almost breathed into my ear…

“Sir, we have prawn curry with rice or beef pasta. What would you like?” he pouted.

He collectively went to several seats in the vicinity and memorized the orders before appearing with our choices. The way he spoke made the food seemed strangely seductive. In fact, for a moment it seemed ok to smear the prawn curry all over my torso like a go-go boy. Instead, they ended up on a spoon which headed straight into my mouth.

Drinks followed closely from the cart which was making its way aft.

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If there is an in-flight catering benchmark, this was it. Bangkok’s catering has never disappointed and tonight was no exception. Prawns were as fresh as they could be, nicely chewy and sweet. And the curry… Oh my god… It was absolutely ORGASMIC! Bear in mind my judgments could have been impaired by hunger pangs at that point cow dung would have been a Gordon Ramsay delicacy.

But still, I wolfed the whole spread down in record time. I wasn’t done. I flagged down a passing flight attendant and asked if they had any extra meals because I seriously famished still. Looks of sympathy immediately washed over Pom’s face as she gently bent over and said “Ok Sir, let me see what I can gather…”.

No more than a minute later, Pom appeared from the front with a casserole dish on a tray and handed it to me, “Sorry Sir, all we have is the beef, not a popular choice tonight. Do you mind?”

How’s that for service?

“Let me know if you want more, we have lots of beef pasta left over.” With a smile which could only come from someone who genuinely cared, Pom sashayed aft into the galley.

When I arrived at check in earlier looking all disheveled and smelly, I knew I was going to be well taken care of. What just happened proved my instincts right. Tucking into my second main dish with a satisfied smile, the spread was a rather boring mix of beef with a red wine sauce and pasta. Make no mistake; the dish was of superb quality although I would not have turned down another helping of prawn curry!

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Gosh, I was really hungry. If I continued eating, I would probably be gnawing at the trays. Pom walked by and cheekily asked if I wanted some more to eat. Tempting… Would it have been too much to ask if I wanted some ad-hoc meal fashioned out of Business Class leftovers? I decided to be an easy passenger and just smiled.

“I am very full now, thank you.” yours truly lied.

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As much as I wanted to document more of this flight… I did what I seldom do on planes. I actually dozed off. When I was awakened for landing, I was leaning so far left if there was a passenger on that seat, my face would have been on his crotch. I do not even recall Pom or Tosapol clearing my tray.

“Seat upright please! Sir, seats upright please! Sir, upright…”

Not only did they have an American accent, they were yelling like one too.

I decided to go back to my original seat for arrival. My Japanese seat mate seemed strangely jovial now as he stood up and gave me a gentle bow to allow me back in. He even cracked a smile and attempted small talk.

“Shing-ka-po… hai hai hai….”

Our conversation attempts never progressed pass strange sounds and gurgles because I didn’t speak Japanese (other than vulgarities) and of course, he spoke no English (probably other than vulgarities as well). If this was a Charlie Brown cartoon, perhaps all you could hear from us was gwo-gwo-gwo-gwo-gwo. I am sure - like me, he has had one heck of a day leading up to this point and we silently shared a common platform of one tired traveler finding an oasis on board this wonderful flight.

ARRIVAL

As the both of us smiled and rested our tired eyes, the A330 gently kissed the runway on 02L.

It was a warm welcome over the PA by the lead stewardess and for once, I was glad to be home after a particularly stressful few days in Bangkok.

2220H: Gate C18, local time is now 2320H.

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AFTER THOUGHTS

Growing up, I had a constant and consistent travel diet of SQ, TG, MH, CX and GA. And thus, having a feeling of nostalgia holds very true for me especially when this airline is concerned. In fact, my very first flight as a screaming toddler was on a DC8 of TG’s. Over the years, from the days of black and white photographs of smoky jets in Don Muang to present day’s multi-coloured nonstop editing using Photo Editor – my love for airlines remained constant (although wavering through varying degrees).

TG has always remained special in my heart and while they might have gone through several phases of service decline by design, the warmth of the crew in my opinion has so far remained intact. My patronage of TG has slowly declined over the years but each visit still brings back fond memories of stories of me crawling around naked down the aisle into the arms of an amused stewardess – this is according to my parents, how true is this I do not know.

These two batches of crew I had on both flights are testament that time doesn’t need to dilute what the airline holds true - service from the heart. Nothing is too much of a request and everything can be accomplished not by a nervous Apple-compatible robotic smile, but with sincere empathy – even in economy class on a short hop between Bangkok and Singapore.

THAILAND IN TURMOIL

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Thailand is still officially under “emergency rule”, although not enforced – apparently it is against the law to have a public gathering of 5 or more people. Bombs and grenade attacks seemed to be going off at regular intervals before my trip but it was strangely peaceful during the few days I was there. After my return on Tuesday, another bomb was set off on Thursday. My office facade, being located in the heart of town – was also vandalized in the chaos which occurred during the May riots.

I fear whatever resolution the Thais are seeking at the moment, it would be a long time before these two polarized sides would come together for a compromise. The elites versus the poor and marginalized, where do you even start to bridge this gap? The divide is too wide for a consensus at present so it remains to be seen what else is there to be done to solve the present stale mate.

Until that happens, travel advisories against travel to Thailand have been put in place for many countries. As much as I would like to say it is still safe to venture there, who knows what would erupt next? But until then, life goes on for the millions who are caught in between this political feud. I met up with a friend over lunch while I was there and she had an attitude of just “rolling with the punches”.

Her condominium along Sathorn had a bullet whizz into the living room, shattering a glass window in the process. The bullet hole on the wall is now a morbid exhibit of sorts. Moments like these, it makes you wonder how lucky we are surfing airliners.net in the confines of our comfortable and safe surroundings.

Thank you for reading!

Please feel free to look at a selection of my other trip reports:

1. Sore! Sore! Sore! Ryanair Does Lionair
2. S'pore Gerr, You A Gate Way To Fry... To Adelaide
3. Final Piece Of The Puzzle: Indonesia Air Asia!
4. Ryanair Does Emirates: G'day Melbourne & Adelaide!
5. Bienvenue à La Xanadu: Air Asia X PER-KUL
6. Now Everyone Can Fly Xtra Long! Air Asia X KUL-PER
7. MH Is NOT Malaysian Hospitality. The Return.
8. MH: More Than An Airline Code... SIN-BKI



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User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 13888 times:

Wonderful report there ryan! Tried TG SIN-BKK-PVG-BKK-SIN and their catering never once let me down for all the 4 flights. However, the catering out of BKK has ought to be the best! Their A333 definitely needs some fixing up if they were to use them for a longer period of time. Have not travelled on their new A333 yet but the old ones looks quite run down although the J seats are wonderful.


One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 13734 times:

Definitely just the right TR for your come-back  

I almost forgot who you were to be honest, but i am now regaining that part of my memory back!


I don't recall hearing or knowing about any bad TG flight. Everyone i know seems to have that emotional bond with this airline; and i can only begin to wonder which boat have i missed?

There are some airlines who wouldn't even offer second meal portions in Business Class, yet it seemed like such a natural affair on TG's Y class. Very impressive indeed!

Quoting ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
My role was such that I was the go-to guy

You are everyone's go-to guy!  
Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
And like a prayer answered, I suddenly remembered Bangkok’s first ever railway line to the airport opened just yesterday on 23rd August 2010– AIRPORT LINK

FINALLY!!!! ....So is this train linked to the city's underground and also to the skytrain?

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Bangkok’s catering has never disappointed and tonight was no exception.

I completely agree with you! I have never ever had a bad meal catered out of Bangkok. Not only is the food good, but it is simply delicious and needs to be served at a five star restaurant somewhere!



Thanks a lot for sharing, and welcome back!  


Cheers,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6334 posts, RR: 39
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 13631 times:

Great to see another report of yours up here, Ryan! Thanks for another humourous (expected), yet informing TR!

It sounds like some lottery as to whether you'd get a plane with PTVs or not.. I presume for the evening flight that a bit of rest is good and there's not really much need for a TV in front of you. I gotta try TG out someday.. Who knows when I'll reach Asia in my travels as I'm still stuck with flying to Australia..

That food looks wonderful. I've just watched a bit of Rick Stein (British chef living in Australia) who did a programme through SE Asia and it was great getting a look of the food and differences between cultures too.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
In a moment of epiphany, “God, please… The last thing I need is for the canals to overflow and streets to flood. I have been a very good boy and didn’t venture into any seedy go-go bars or have a happy ending massage this trip… Please bring me to the airport in one piece without any mayhem and foolishness.”

LOL. I guess I don't get enough of this humour! Must mean you aren't writing enough TRs  
Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
The 8-station 25 min journey was a mere THB15. At first I misheard the counter guy and paid him with aTHB200 note. When I saw the amount of change I was about to receive, I had to re-confirm that THB15 was indeed the fare all the way to the airport. Wait, wait, wait… Here is THB20 in coins

That's dirt cheap! A terminal transfer at BNE or SYD costs A$5. A special price however? That's what my friend says.. How I'd love to get public transport down here which is so cheap. And wouldn't that be nice, going home with an extra 185 baht of loose change!


Cheers,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 1864 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 13501 times:

At last! I've missed your trip reports Ryan!

Also, "at last" with regards to the airport train. I'd much rather catch a train with a young kid than take a taxi without an infant seat. It was one reason I wasn't so keen on the Bangkok leg we booked for June this year (before the troubles made us cancel and catch a taxi from Shanghai Pudong to the city anyway...).

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Compare this to the nightmarish over-ripened fruit salad that is Malaysia Airlines’ economy cabin, I think TG tops the game here.

At least MH's cabin (737-400)



is more lively than this...



QF 737-400! (And at least your work flights are longer than 35 minute hops between Sydney and Canberra!)  



Applying insanity to normality
User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2919 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 13226 times:

Hi Ryanair!!!
An excellent TR as usual! very entertaining   

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
In a moment of epiphany, “God, please… The last thing I need is for the canals to overflow and streets to flood. I have been a very good boy and didn’t venture into any seedy go-go bars or have a happy ending massage this trip… Please bring me to the airport in one piece without any mayhem and foolishness.”

LOL!!!

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
My goodness, THB15… USD0.50? There are condoms more expensive than that.

LOL, I guess you will enjoy the local trains in Mumbai then :P

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
It was stark, clinical and sterile; almost like a hospital. Because my gate was situated at a far end of the C concourse, a trek through the entire retail and F&B area was required. It sure took me a while to get to where I was going – Gate C6.

I agree, I expected a lot of suvarnabhoomi.

Thanks for sharing.



A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of the sheep
User currently offlineairpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 943 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 12662 times:

Welcome back Sir.   Your irreverent, ever so politically incorrect TRs have been sorely missed here. And what a great, hilarious return. You still are the true expert in squeezing out the most out of the shortest flights! Enjoyed enormously...

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
The 8-station 25 min journey was a mere THB15. At first I misheard the counter guy and paid him with aTHB200 note. When I saw the amount of change I was about to receive, I had to re-confirm that THB15 was indeed the fare all the way to the airport. Wait, wait, wait… Here is THB20 in coins.

My goodness, THB15… USD0.50? There are condoms more expensive than that.

Hahaha. Almost the same exact thing happened a week+ ago when I took the City Line for the first time. I was all prepared with large notes when the ticket agent said 15 baht in English, I was stunned for a moment at how cheap it was. Because I hesitated, the agent thought I was Thai, just trying to show off speaking English, so she repeated to be sure: "sip-har baht na-kah!"  
Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
I don’t think I have ever been to an airport that had so much of nothing in it. Sure there were eateries and shops, but nothing was calling out my name. Is it just me?

No it isn't. It seems to be an airport filled with unnecessary infrastructure and having almost nothing - whether for comfort or convenience and let alone for spotters - that is of any use. Oops, was that too harsh?

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Perhaps it is nostalgia, but I feel there is something special about boarding a TG flight every single time. The beaming smile, the “wai”, or maybe it is the elaborate uniform they have on complete with a fresh orchid brooch on their colourful silk sash…

Interesting that the crew still wear their silks on the SIN run. There seems to have been a change on the KUL run recently where it's ground uniforms only, like on the domestics. But I agree though, the Thai wai welcome is always special.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Ever since TG refurbished their cabin into this cheery looking multi-coloured kaleidoscope of candy like fabric, I thought things have never looked better. Compare this to the nightmarish over-ripened fruit salad that is Malaysia Airlines’ economy cabin, I think TG tops the game here. Obviously I cannot resist a token swipe at poor old MH.

Amazing isn't it how 2 airlines can adopt 'similar' multi-color cabin styles and one can look classy, and the other ghastly. Sometimes I wonder if it's just me being extra critical on MH, but I don't think so.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs426.snc4/46938_151977744827399_100000455241224_351700_8232734_n.jpg
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Excellent legroom on the A333. The older planes have much better legroom than the newer ones on TG - the new A333s somehow also have the least comfortable seats in the entire TG fleet, I think.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
These two batches of crew I had on both flights are testament that time doesn’t need to dilute what the airline holds true - service from the heart. Nothing is too much of a request and everything can be accomplished not by a nervous Apple-compatible robotic smile, but with sincere empathy – even in economy class on a short hop between Bangkok and Singapore.

What a nice heart-felt ending.  

Thanks again for this report. And look forward to more.

Cheers
airpearl


User currently offlinesq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1626 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 12221 times:

Glad to read you had a great trip with TG! I agree that the food on TG is always great, especially ex BKK. My best economy meal ever on an aircraft bar none was on a TG 777 from KTM to BKK (I believe those flights do a double uplift ex// BKK). I also so happened to have the best TG crew I've ever encountered on that flight. That said, over the years I've had a real mixed bag of TG crew, both on long hauls to the US and short hauls around Asia. So I don't know if I'd agree that TG has consistently warm crews...

Great report as usual, your sense of humor is definitely makes you one of the best TR writes on a.net  



Keep Discovering
User currently offlinechepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6176 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 11984 times:

As usual another interesting read from you Ryanair!!!!.
We missed reading you amusing accounts of travel in Southeast Asia and how enjoyable they seem to be. I'm surprised the Japanese were standing up and boarding out of zone, they are usually the best behaved when it comes to boarding an aircraft. It's funny how you describe the Thai flight attendants screaming like Americans, you've got American flight attendants all figured out- they love to scream and holler at passengers. Bangkok remains high on my list of places to visit but I have decided to make Tokyo my first Asian city to visit this upcoming November. Hopefully, I don't get a stressed freaked out seatmate on my long Transpacific crossing.

Thank you for sharing.

Regards,

Chepos



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User currently offlineryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 11853 times:

Hello all,

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
Their A333 definitely needs some fixing up if they were to use them for a longer period of time. Have not travelled on their new A333 yet but the old ones looks quite run down although the J seats are wonderful.

I would not call HS-TEC "run down", really. It was rather well kept and even the exterior of the plane was factory fresh shining.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
I almost forgot who you were to be honest, but i am now regaining that part of my memory back!

LOL! You need a slap from me mister, that will be the day you will forget who I am when your brain is scattered all over Abu Dhabi. Hahahahaha... Never thought I was capable of carrying a "curry" title?  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
There are some airlines who wouldn't even offer second meal portions in Business Class, yet it seemed like such a natural affair on TG's Y class. Very impressive indeed!

If anything, I thought it was rather wasteful. If what Pom mentioned was right, they had a lot of leftovers. I am not familiar with how the airlines portion their meal selection with every flight so maybe someone with more insight can comment. But you are right, it seems like norm on TG.

Anecdotally, on my flight up, I had a lady across the aisle who didn't have her "special meal" uploaded (I am assuming it was a vegeterian meal). The steward in charge of my aisle was sincerely apologetic and I heard him mutter "Business Class" and next thing I knew, a tray was presented to her with different bread rolls / danish pastries and a bowl of salad.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
You are everyone's go-to guy!

You are too kind.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
So is this train linked to the city's underground and also to the skytrain?

It is linked to the BTS at Phaya Thai, which is the beginning of CITY LINE which goes to the airport. Phaya Thai is one station before Ratchaprarop - where I was.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 4):
Who knows when I'll reach Asia in my travels as I'm still stuck with flying to Australia..

As much as I love Australia, it is far too clean. You need a little dirt and grime for excellent trip report material. What are you waiting for? All that miles and money spent hopping trans Tasman and Australia domestic, you could have had a journey of a lifetime with TG to Asia.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 4):
LOL. I guess I don't get enough of this humour! Must mean you aren't writing enough TRs

Only KL and Jakarta lined up next. Not exactly TR-worthy.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 4):
A terminal transfer at BNE or SYD costs A$5.

Australia, darling. Oxy-moronic PUBLIC transport owned PRIVATELY. AUD11.00 for a train ride from SYD to Circular Quay. Sigh...

Quoting allrite (Reply 5):
Also, "at last" with regards to the airport train. I'd much rather catch a train with a young kid than take a taxi without an infant seat.

The train line is really God sent especially in a city like Bangkok. The traffic, oh my gosh. I was this close to texting my boss that I would not make it back to work tomorrow morning.

Quoting ojas (Reply 6):
LOL, I guess you will enjoy the local trains in Mumbai then

You mean being squashed between Indian men? Sure... Bring it on.

Quoting ojas (Reply 6):
I agree, I expected a lot of suvarnabhoomi.

I think a lot of us did. I just wish they would make good use of what they have but it doesn't seem to be the case here.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 7):
Because I hesitated, the agent thought I was Thai, just trying to show off speaking English, so she repeated to be sure: "sip-har baht na-kah!"

Hahahahaha... For me, it was more like I thought it was "roy-sip-har-baht" (THB 115, I wondered what a strange fare!) and I thought I missed out the "roy" bit. When he counted my change, I stopped him and asked again "pai su-wa-na-poom tao rai na?". That was when I gave him my THB20 in coins. I think this fare won't last because I saw the ticket gantries but they weren't in use yet. After full implementation (scan card tickets), I believe the fare will definitely go up.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 7):
No it isn't. It seems to be an airport filled with unnecessary infrastructure and having almost nothing - whether for comfort or convenience and let alone for spotters - that is of any use. Oops, was that too harsh?

No you aren't. Suvarnabhumi is a perfect example of a structure with form but little function. It reminds me of someone's egoistic vision and it was built just because. I do miss Don Mueang heaps.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 7):
Sometimes I wonder if it's just me being extra critical on MH, but I don't think so.

I believe a lot of us, the ex-MH frequent flyers - are feeling this way. One let down after another we have more or less given up on that old lady. Glossed over and over again but when it peels, it reveals nothing more than a 1984 generation re-engined Mitsubishi Lancer. Ok, now I am too harsh.

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 8):
That said, over the years I've had a real mixed bag of TG crew, both on long hauls to the US and short hauls around Asia. So I don't know if I'd agree that TG has consistently warm crews...

As more of Asia becomes increasingly affluent, excellent cabin crew from before become harder to find. These new-generation ones probably hail from priviledged families and have maids to run after them. On the flip side, they are more exposed to other cultures and have probably been educated overseas as well (which explained their heavy, heavy American accents - I cannot emphasise that more). This makes them more outgoing then their reserved seniors who maintain a dignified and royal stance from passengers. However, I realise that if you make the effort to be nice, it will be reciprocated.



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User currently offlinebeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 730 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 11792 times:

Great trip report. I think even the short, "boring runs" become interesting when they are told well.

I find TG's A330 fine in Economy. In Business Class, you can sense the "outdatedness". And I think TG's Economy Class food is better than Business Class.


User currently offlineconcordechild From Italy, joined Aug 2009, 44 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 11723 times:

great report, very entertaining...

User currently offlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 527 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11535 times:

Great trip report, ryanair! It was a thoroughly enjoying read spiced up with your trademark humour.  

Its great news that the Airport Link railway line has finally opened. Bangkok traffic is really a nightmare.

Good to see the warmth of the crew on TG. Have to fly on TG soon.

Looking forward to your next TR.

- Vivek


User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11498 times:

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 10):
Never thought I was capable of carrying a "curry" title?

It was oozing with spice! I couldn't resist  
Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 10):
If anything, I thought it was rather wasteful. If what Pom mentioned was right, they had a lot of leftovers. I am not familiar with how the airlines portion their meal selection with every flight so maybe someone with more insight can comment. But you are right, it seems like norm on TG.

From what i've seen, there is so much meal wastage after a flight; especially in the premium classes where most of it is really just for show. Anything not consumed on board becomes trash on the ground!

Airlines -and for common sense reasons- always have a struggle with maintaining the right ratio of meal choices. How can you predict a ratio based on historic reference when you are a large network carrier for example? It's almost impossible i would think. .. Actually, i bet SQ gets it right on each and every flight  


Cheers,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 11457 times:

Quoting ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
“You have been going to Bangkok ever since you were swimming in daddy’s balls”

Woah....and in what language did your Mom use to tell you that in? But I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
or have a happy ending massage this trip

Funny how the last two little words in that sentence change the WHOLE meaning...So on the trips that you DID have a happy ending massage did you NOT make it to the airport on time? If that was the case AMS would NEVER have a plane leave on time!

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
There are condoms more expensive than that.

Only the really fancy kind that glow in the dark or have ribs or are battery operated...(don't judge!)

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
conscious note to dump my laptop into the check in luggage

WOAH...seriously? You trust your electronics in your CHECKED bag? I'd NEVER trust anything more valuable than my dirty underwear to my checked bags...(and yes my dirty underwear IS worth more than the clean ones...you've seen those vending machines in Japan!)

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
. In fact, for a moment it seemed ok to smear the prawn curry all over my torso like a go-go boy

Asian gays must be kinda freaky if their go-go boys are smearing PRAWN CURRY on themselves....I mean wouldn't that get kinda sticky and smelly and wouldn't even wash off too easily? I can just imagine Asians going to gay clubs in America and being all bitter that American go-go boys just stick to whipped cream and baby oil... Hmm..maybe there is a market for prawn curry flavored whipped cream?


ALL JOKING ASIDE....thanks for your awesome trip report....was highly entertaining....

[Edited 2010-09-22 23:05:33]

[Edited 2010-09-22 23:07:03]

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6334 posts, RR: 39
Reply 16, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11207 times:

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 10):
As much as I love Australia, it is far too clean. You need a little dirt and grime for excellent trip report material. What are you waiting for? All that miles and money spent hopping trans Tasman and Australia domestic, you could have had a journey of a lifetime with TG to Asia.

That day will come, in due course. It's great being able to try out many different aircraft from short hops across the Tasman but my time for Asia will come, especially when I have more money..

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 10):
Oxy-moronic PUBLIC transport owned PRIVATELY. AUD11.00 for a train ride from SYD to Circular Quay. Sigh...

It makes me wonder what the usual price will be for that line in BKK.. But compare anything to Auckland and it'd be $100 for the taxi or maybe $15-20 for the bus and there's no train!



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 11160 times:

Hello all...

Quoting chepos (Reply 9):
We missed reading you amusing accounts of travel in Southeast Asia and how enjoyable they seem to be.

I missed posting in here too. Work has really been consuming most of my time lately, very unfortunate.

Quoting chepos (Reply 9):
I'm surprised the Japanese were standing up and boarding out of zone, they are usually the best behaved when it comes to boarding an aircraft.

The well behaved ones I noticed tend to be the older and more experienced travellers. The younger ones tend to be slightly clueless.

Quoting chepos (Reply 9):
I have decided to make Tokyo my first Asian city to visit this upcoming November.

I am looking forward to the day I welcome you at Changi Airport with very wide open arms.

Quoting beowulf (Reply 11):
And I think TG's Economy Class food is better than Business Class.

I am not sure about TG's JCL but it is sure better than some shit I have eatened on SQ's JCL!

Quoting concordechild (Reply 12):
great report, very entertaining...

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Reply 13):
Its great news that the Airport Link railway line has finally opened. Bangkok traffic is really a nightmare.

Tell me about it. There was a time I thought it was never going to be completed. This project has been dated quite a few years already.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 14):
Actually, i bet SQ gets it right on each and every flight

SQ isn't God. Although I am itching for some SQ-mamas to come forward and tell us if they do indeed get it right as you claimed.

Quoting burj (Reply 15):
But I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...

I should bring you along the next time I have a family reunion.

Quoting burj (Reply 15):
If that was the case AMS would NEVER have a plane leave on time!

LOL... You seem to be privy to a lot of insider info in Amsterdam. We should have an a.netter's meet one on one at Schipol next time. Do show me around town...

Quoting burj (Reply 15):

Only the really fancy kind that glow in the dark or have ribs or are battery operated...(don't judge!)

And why would you... err... Ok never mind. To each his own. Hahahahaha...

Quoting burj (Reply 15):
You trust your electronics in your CHECKED bag?

If you had the kind of trip I have had... You too would dump everything into your checked bag. I was seriously beat.

Quoting burj (Reply 15):
ALL JOKING ASIDE....thanks for your awesome trip report....was highly entertaining....

Glad you liked it.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 16):

That day will come, in due course. It's great being able to try out many different aircraft from short hops across the Tasman but my time for Asia will come, especially when I have more money..

Bangkok is calling your name, really.



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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 11028 times:

TG crew seemed to have a habit of getting rid of all their food onboard. From my previous flights with them, they always come around with extra breadrolls after meals (once, the stewardess was even offering biz class leftover garlic bread in economy on sin-bkk flight!) as well as offering wine top-ups very generously.

I am going to have a flight with TG next month on SIN-BKK-ICN and returning on SQ. Gonna see how the 2 airlines fare against each other!



My past and future travels - http://www.ba97.com/ba97/calendar/report.asp?handle=ycp81
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10547 times:

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 17):
To each his own. Hahahahaha...

Glad I could make you laugh...seems like the least I could do after you entertained with your trip report!

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 17):
I should bring you along the next time I have a family reunion.

I'd love that...I'd try to record it and then sell the idea to American TV networks to build a reality tv show around your family!


OH..have you tried the new slide at Changi?


User currently offlinekretek From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 10164 times:

Your TR are so ever hilarious. I thought you had retired from A.net. The moment I saw your name as the author of a TR, there was a huge sigh of relief. I have a few TR up my sleeves over the past year but just do not have the time to write one up. Perhaps this TR should inspire me to do so.....

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6639 posts, RR: 78
Reply 21, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 10087 times:

Hi Ryan,

great report with nice pictures, good to see you posting a thread again after a while.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
I love the colours of TG’s YCL cabin.

These cabins are really nice, can't wait to try one of TG's 777s next week.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Beef Panaeng, an aromatic blend of spices come together in this dried curry which is a Thai staple. Definitely a thumbs up!

Very impressive, that looks very tasty.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1736 posts, RR: 39
Reply 22, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 10017 times:

Ryan, what can I say! Simply superb with that ever so witty humor thrown in for good measure. You truly can take a dull boring trip and "spice" it up.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
My goodness, THB... USD0.50? There are condoms more expensive than that.

There's the humor I remember!

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Finally settled into the train, I realized I had been up at 7am (when I had my last shower) and hadn't eaten anything since lunch. So there I was perspiring buckets with sweat stains at embarrassing spots on my t-shirt, absolutely tired, seriously hungry, very stinky' I was well marinated from head to toe in pollution, sweat and perhaps a generous dose of acid rain. Mould would have started forming in my armpits if I stood still any longer.

A bit dramatic don't you think!

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
TG has since not only done away with paper / e- tickets printouts, but apparently it was now ok to check in with just your passport.

You know, over the last few years I took this little paperless thing for granted. It made traveling so much easier without carrying stacks of paper.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Enough has been said about how gloomy the airport looks so I will just let the pictures do the talking.

I still have yet to venture out there and try the new airport out. Looks a bit like a unfinished CDG T2 to me.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
I don't think I have ever been to an airport that had so much of nothing in it.

Wait, wait. What happened to insulting the "white elephant up north?" Are you actually saying KUL is not the worst airport you have been to? What will you ever say next, MH is a decent carrier?!?!?

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Ever since TG refurbished their cabin into this cheery looking multi-coloured kaleidoscope of candy like fabric, I thought things have never looked better. Compare this to the nightmarish over-ripened fruit salad that is Malaysia Airlines economy cabin, I think TG tops the game here. Obviously I cannot resist a token swipe at poor old MH.

Call me boring, but its too much for me. I like uniformity and want simple dark shades of blue or grey strewn across my cabin.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Growing up, I had a constant and consistent travel diet of SQ, TG, MH, CX and GA.

Thats an interesting diet and its a pretty good one too. To think you mostly fly LCC's now!

Looking forward to more dramatic and colorful reports from you, it really has been too long.


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1151 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 9811 times:
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Quoting kretek (Reply 20):
Your TR are so ever hilarious. I thought you had retired from A.net. The moment I saw your name as the author of a TR, there was a huge sigh of relief.

My very sentiments. Believe it or not, I was actually going to put up a thread that stated "Where is Ryanair???". There are tons of classic trip reports here on Airliners.net, but only you Sir have the distinct honour of being the comedian and bring me to tears of laughter. So glad to have you back!!!

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Airbus A330-321 (HS-TEC) “Bang Rajan”

That would sound very nasty to someone named Rajan! LOL

Quoting ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
My mum always loves to tell me “You have been going to Bangkok ever since you were swimming in daddy’s balls”. I won’t argue with that…
Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
I hate the wet feeling in parts of your body where the sun doesn’t shine but I had already checked out of my room so a quick shower was out of the question.
Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
I have been a very good boy and didn’t venture into any seedy go-go bars or have a happy ending massage this trip… Please bring me to the airport in one piece without any mayhem and foolishness.”
Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
My goodness, THB15… USD0.50? There are condoms more expensive than that.
Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Mould would have started forming in my armpits if I stood still any longer.

Classic Ryanair humour! Okay some might find it offensive, but then which stand up comedian doesn't make jokes such as the ones above and gets the crowds roaring with laughter LOL

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
An interesting observation though, the bunch of crew serving my area all had very heavy American accents. If I closed my eyes, this PTV-less A330 could very well be a domestic hop between DTW and ORD.

Very interesting to hear about the heavy American accents.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
The TG safety video has to be one of the BEST I have ever seen. It puts you so at ease like watching a video at a spa that I noticed myself dozing off. Those swooshing sounds accompanied by soft music made it all very hypnotic somewhat. Wait, maybe I was just fatigued.

You have no idea I have watched that video sometimes late at night, and it's actually helped me to fall off to sleep. Seems kind of strange a safety video having that effect on you, when you should actually be alert when watching it!!

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
In fact, for a moment it seemed ok to smear the prawn curry all over my torso like a go-go boy. Instead, they ended up on a spoon which headed straight into my mouth.
Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
It was absolutely ORGASMIC! Bear in mind my judgments could have been impaired by hunger pangs at that point cow dung would have been a Gordon Ramsay delicacy.

Gordon Ramsay would not approve LOL. Isn't he one of SQ's appointed chefs??

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
I actually dozed off. When I was awakened for landing, I was leaning so far left if there was a passenger on that seat, my face would have been on his crotch. I do not even recall Pom or Tosapol clearing my tray.
Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
If this was a Charlie Brown cartoon, perhaps all you could hear from us was gwo-gwo-gwo-gwo-gwo.

Some more classic Ryanair humour!

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
Moments like these, it makes you wonder how lucky we are surfing airliners.net in the confines of our comfortable and safe surroundings.

Yes we have so much to be thankful for.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
I don't recall hearing or knowing about any bad TG flight. Everyone i know seems to have that emotional bond with this airline; and i can only begin to wonder which boat have i missed?

Seems to me you haven't flown TG as yet? I need to review your list of trip reports.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 17):
I should bring you along the next time I have a family reunion.

Your family reunions are probably a riot!


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2429 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9658 times:

Hi Ryan,

How I miss the belly work-out generating by your hilarious and excellently written trip report. Simply a great start of the day! Many thanks for it!

Keep the reports coming. I cannot wait for your installment of KUL and CGK.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
25 Post contains images ryanair!!! : Hello all... These are two great airlines with different strengths. Yes a comparison would be a good reason for a TR. Slide? Is there a slide? What sl
26 PlaneHunter : I'll fly MUC-BKK-BNE on TG 744 and 777 (hopefully -200ER) as part of a RTW trip. Numerous reports to follow...someday. PH
27 akhmad : Yes, I do. It has been twenty one years since I did Singapore-Kuala Lumpur on the road.[Edited 2010-09-26 08:21:44]
28 triple7man : Thank u for the TR. I live in Bangkok and when it rains, it pours. Taxi's are plentiful and an easy way to get around, and in my opinion, cheap compar
29 Post contains links and images burj : Wait? WHAT?! You don't know about the slide! What kinda of S'porian are you! Am I going to have to call up my good friend Kumar to come to your place
30 abrelosojos : Hello there. Greetings from my current MH flight between NRT and KUL. Just wanted to join the praise club by saying how awesome the report is. I am gl
31 Post contains images ryanair!!! : Hello all... Yaay... TG on long haul, it cant get any better than that! Dearie, a lot has changed in 21 years. Back then there wasn't even the express
32 SIN7 : Hey Man, It’s been a long time you wrote a TR. Very nice to see the pics and your humorous twist again. Another awesome TR. Thanks for the time shar
33 Post contains images burj : WHY am I *not* surprise?
34 ycp81 : Yep, TG catered their SIN-BKK leg from BKK too. Cuz I guess it is cheaper to cater from BKK, plus BKK almost always have better food than SIN!
35 Post contains images ryanair!!! : Hi all... Definitely. The salad dressing packaging is too "obiang". Hahahaha... And they were great meals! I have done both the JCL and YCL meals and
36 BA319-131 : Great read and pictures, thanks for sharing. The food offerings on TG do look good, though the beef option is not as good looking as the curry from a
37 ryanair!!! : Mark, Panaeng, in its purest form is a dry curry although in recent times variations of it produced sauce. It is a sweet curry and heavily basil based
38 JL418 : Ryanair, I've read this TR and, since I've guiltily missed all your previous ones, I spent my dinner reading as many as I phisically could. Judging up
39 ryanair!!! : JL418, Hahahaha... I am glad you enjoyed the rest of my reports. Thank you for your kind words. It wasn't too long ago we were all flying without PTVs
40 JL418 : Sorry, it seems we've got a little misunderstaning here! I'm Italian indeed, living in Northwestern Italy. About 600 kms from where I live lies the f
41 christao17 : Glad you had a chance to try the airport line, Ryan. The express is more comfortable but Makkasan station is near impossible to reach until they finis
42 ryanair!!! : Hi all, I guess that's true. Same could be said when the riots in Jakarta erupted while a lot of us Singaporeans were pretty clueless or was unable to
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