Initious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1071 posts, RR: 6 Posted (4 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19604 times:
There comes a time whereby you have to plan a trip out of the ordinary for yourself while also keeping in a set budget. Planning a trip out of the ordinary means a lot of things; flights, hotels, accommodation and most important of all, the destination. Choosing destination(s) for a trip can be based on certain factors like the culture, the food, the people and the scenery. However, in this trip, be amazed at how the destinations are chosen according to the flights that targeted at, mostly fifth freedom flights or with unique aircraft.
Planning the trip was not easy. The first step involved looking through fifth freedom flights throughout Asia and calculating the costs of the destination and whether it will be viable for a visit. In this trip, sit back and relax as I bring you to travel through the wonders of Asia. Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Dubai. These are familiar names in the world of aviation and the world in general. What unusual flights and aircrafts will we find in these parts of Asia?
The flights in general were chosen for a special reason; unique aircrafts, airlines and the adventure spirit in me looking for a whole new experience. After massive searching online on various websites for flights to the various destinations, I finally routed myself through SZB-SIN-BKK-HKG-BKK-DXB-BKK-SIN. The SZB-SIN and SIN-BKK leg will be covered in this report. The only airline that flies between SZB and SIN would be Firefly, who claims to be the first community airline in Malaysia.
By flying out of SZB, it provides their passengers the convenience of having an airport nearer to the city center with only turboprop services. That also means that the airport will be less busy hence security and immigration can be passed in a swift. Flying the Royal Orchid Service into Bangkok should be the best decision I have made as I will get to savour the Boeing 747-400 of Thai Airways International on the upper deck on a reconfigured aircraft, meaning there is PTV and flat bed seats in First Class, lie-flat seats in Business Class while Economy Class still maintains the old seats with no personal entertainment.
Getting to Kuala Lumpur
Residing in Singapore, it is natural that I will have to find some way to get into Kuala Lumpur. Before air travel is being open for competition in the 2008, the market was dominated by Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines, the national carrier of both countries. Fares were not cheap; it will cost you at least S$300 to S$400 to get a return ticket on either airline on this short 40 minute hop across Peninsular Malaysia. Traditionally, people turned to the express coaches that ply between the 2 cities and offering attractive fares of S$40 – S$90 round trip to Kuala Lumpur with a travel time of approximately 5 – 6 hours. Not to mention that passengers get plush recliner seats similar to that of airlines’ regional Business Class seats. The journey typically consisted of a stop at a food centre midway for lunch /supper, depending on the time of the day and around 2 – 3 restroom breaks.
However, one particular coach company decided to go against the tradition, offering a non-stop service (with just 1 toilet break) between the 2 major South East Asian cities with food served onboard, coupled with a 10.2 LCD personal television with a decent selection of AVOD movies and lie-flat seats with wifi and power ports available for each and every seat. They also decided to beat the traditional 1-2 layout of the coach and went for a 1-1 layout to provide more comfort and larger seats for the passengers.
The fares were reasonable at S$72 each way – Around 10-20% more than that of its competitors but the convenience and comfort is good enough the justify the price difference. Introducing the Transtar First Class Solitaire Coach, the most luxurious coach between Singapore and Malaysia.
First Class on the Ground
Check in for the coach was fast by just giving my printed itinerary to the agent and directed to the First Class Lounge for a rest. Although not comparable to airline lounges, the lounge offers comfortable leather sofas and drinks with 2 huge plasma televisions to entertain the passengers waiting to board the bus.
Each passenger gets 20kg of baggage allowance, although that is mostly ignored. Each bus comes with a bus attendant to serve the food and drinks while also providing information about the bus ride and answering queries. The bus arrived on time at the scheduled departure time of 9.30am. Once all passengers got onboard, we set off to the Singapore Customs located at Tuas, also known as Second Link.
Food is served onboard around 1 hour after crossing the customs and 2 drinks are served enroute, although the choices were limited to hot tea and coffee. Let the pictures take you through the journey from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.
Views of the First Class Lounge
PTV and movie selections
Our bus parked at the restroom stop
Biscuits served as snack
After a 6 hour bus journey, we finally reached Kuala Lumpur and hopped onto a taxi to our hotel, Novotel Kuala Lumpur.
Novotel Kuala Lumpur & Local Pictures
Novotel Kuala Lumpur is situated right at the city center of Kuala Lumpur which makes it convenient to go almost anywhere in the city. Pavillion Shopping Mall is right next to the hotel and that became our usual hangout. Going to landmarks in Kuala Lumpur like the Petronas Twin Towers takes around 15 minutes of walking time. As usual, let the pictures do the talking...
Esprit outlet at Pavillion
Petronas Twin Towers
Getting ready to go up to the Petronas Twin Towers!
Initious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19669 times:
Firefly - Your Community Airline
Firefly is an airline that is rarely heard of on this website. However, the bright orange branding of this 4 year old airline is sure to grow on you especially you see the marvellous livery on the fleet of ATR 72 owned by the airline – a rare breed in the region. For such a popular route like Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, various airlines used aircraft like the Airbus A320-200 to the Boeing 777-200ER for this 40 minute flight. Singapore Changi Airport has not had any propeller passenger services for a long time until Firefly decided to fly from Subang to Singapore. Sit back and relax as I bring you through my Firefly experience!
Subang Airport used to be the international airport of Kuala Lumpur till 1998 when Kuala Lumpur International Airport was established in Sepang. At its peak, it had 3 terminals. Terminal 1 was for international flights, terminal 2 for Singapore to Kuala Lumpur shuttle flights while terminal 3 for domestic flights. Terminal 1 and 2 has since been torn down while terminal 3 underwent a RM 300 million makeover and rebranded as Subang Airpark.
Views of Subang Airport Terminal 3
Flight monitoring system
Upon entering the terminal, I headed to the Firefly counter to check in for my flight. This is the flight I was most worried about as I only have 20kg of baggage allowance and I have 2 weeks worth of clothes and amenities packed in my luggage. Surprisingly, my baggage only weighed 17kg which was a relieve as Firefly charges RM 20 for each kg of overweight baggage. With over 2 hours to kill before my flight, I headed off to Starbucks to surf a.net and catch up with some friends on Facebook.
Chilling in Starbucks
Boarding Pass (or should I call it a receipt?)
Around 45 minutes before the ETD of my flight, I proceeded to my gate.
Firefly Flight FY 3515 - 16MAR11 Origin: Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB/WMSA) Destination: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN/WSSS) Registration: 9M-FYG (Delivered on 18JUN09) Aircraft: ATR 72-500 Time of Departure (Scheduled): 3.50pm (3.30pm) Time of Arrival (Scheduled): 4.55pm (4.40pm) Class of Travel: Economy Seat: 1F (bulkhead)
Immigration in Subang was a breeze. Even through there was only 1 counter open, I got cleared within 3 minutes as there were only 2 people in front of me. Entering the holding area of the airport, there was almost nothing to do except for watching the action on the tarmac, which I didn't mind. However, there was minimal movement and all I had to see was the ATR 72s taxiing in and shutting down their engines.
View of the holding area in SZB
My plane arriving!
"Firefly Flight FY 3515 to Singapore is now boarding"
That sentence was like music to my ears after staring at the aircraft that has been sitting there for the last 30 minutes. Eagerly, I queued up at the queue designated for passengers in rows 1 - 10 (the other for passengers in rows 11 - 19) and was one of the first to be on board. One thing I love about small airports is that you can take lots of pictures on the tarmac without the security barking at you.
My plane to Singapore
Passengers boarding the plane
Walking to my seat
I settled down into my seat at 1F and was amazed at the amount of legroom the bulkhead has to offer which is pretty good for this 1 hour flight. Another major plus was that I had no seatmate and there was no one behind me so I had lots of space to stretch out and I do not have to worry about eating into people's legroom when I recline my seat. Boarding took some time and we pushed back slightly behind schedule. Taxiing in the ATR 72 was fun as you feel more like you are travelling in a huge bus rather than an airplane as it is travelling so fast.
View to the cockpit
Another Firefly arrival upon pushback
It was a quick taxi to runway 15 for takeoff. We held short for another Firefly ATR to land and off we go! Takeoff in this aircraft was VERY noisy compared to the others I've been on, probably due to the close proximity of the engines. The first 2 minutes upon apply full thrust was the most unbearable and normal conversation would have not been possible. Thankfully, the engines quietened down after that. The climb was very bumpy due to turbulence and that resulted in me keeping the seatbelt on for the entire flight even when we are cruising as it gets real bumpy when we hit turbulence and I do not want to risk hitting my head on the ceiling which is just 10cm above my head. Light snacks were served on the flight. We had a choice of 2 snacks, peanuts and a small Malaysian bites which I am unsure of the name. My fellow passengers had peanuts while I asked if I could have both as I was absolutely famished since I did not have lunch. Mango juice came with the snacks served.
Around 20 minutes after the refreshment service, descend to SIN commenced and preparations were made in the cabin for landing. It was a bumpy approach into SIN and when we were on short finals, our aircraft actually pitched sharply nose down which made me sort of scared. Thunderstorms were approaching and I was glad we managed to land before the storms approached.
FA seat pulled out from the side cabinet
Seatbelt with the Firefly logo
Beautiful clouds on approach which I assumed to be a beautiful weather in SIN
But I was greeted with this on approach into SIN!
It started raining heavily shortly after landing
Disembarking was very slow as it was raining heavily so the ground staff passed the passengers umbrellas one by one. The rain was so heavy that even with the umbrellas, my bag was wet upon reaching the terminal. Thankfully it was waterproof so my laptop and camera was safe. It was a long trek to immigration and baggage claim after landing but I managed to clear both of them in 3 minutes, talk about efficiency! Not forgetting to mention that this was just the budget terminal.
Long trek to immigration
Arriving at the budget terminal and meeting a friend in Terminal 1 was not an easy feat. Since my approximate landing time was 4.40pm, I told my friend to meet me at 5pm at Terminal 1 but it turned out I only managed to get to Terminal 1 at 5.45pm! Oops! It involved taking the shuttle bus from the budget terminal to Terminal 2 and it only departed after 5-10 minutes at bus station. After arriving at Terminal 2, I had to do another long trek to the Skytrain station to take the train to Terminal 1. After that, I had to do another long trek to the Thai Airways counter where my friend was waiting for me. Thankfully I had agreed that dinner will be on me before he came so that lessened my guilt for making him wait. But hey, he made me wait for an even longer period last time before because he overslept, but more about that later! Also, it feels funny using SIN to transit as it has been my hometown airport for as long as I know.
We went straight to the SATS Premier Check-In for First and Business Class passengers and checked in for my flight to Bangkok before heading for dinner. After dinner, my second time with Thai Airways on Business Class begins...
This time, I have chosen Thai again for my trip to bring me on the epic journey from Singapore to Dubai via Bangkok. How did they fare? Join me as I bring you on my experience with Thai Airways on the short hop from Singapore to Bangkok.
Thai seems to be the carrier to go for when flying between Singapore and Bangkok. Unlike SQ and CX which flies the 772/773 on the route while LCCs like FD, TR and 3K flies A320, TG flies a variety of long haul aircrafts on the route like the A333, A345, A346, B744, B77E and B773. Almost a dream for any aviation enthusiastic! Luckily enough for me, the last flight out of Singapore to Bangkok today was operated by a newly configured Boeing 747-400. To add icing to the cake, I am flying on the upper deck for my flight today.
The exclusivity of the upper deck can only be provided by the Boeing 747. Why? The other double decker jet would be the Airbus A380-800 but it features a full length upper deck which lacks the exclusivity and charm of the Boeing 747 upper deck.
A Flight Too Short? SIN-BKK on Thai
Thai Airways International Flight TG 410 - 16MAR11 Origin: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN/WSSS) Destination: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK/VTBS) Registration:HS-TGK (Delivered on 31JAN91) Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 Time of Departure (Scheduled): 9.15pm (9.00pm) Time of Arrival (Scheduled): 10.30pm (10.20pm) Class of Travel: Business Seat: 14K (Upper Deck)
After an ultimately satisfying dinner, I was absolutely stuffed which made me wonder if I will still be able to savour the wonderful food on TG. I only headed airside at around 8.10pm, 50 minutes before the ETA for my flight. A quick pop into the lounge involved me sitting on the couch panting heavily and giving my girlfriend a call before leaving the lounge in a hurry to the boarding gate. A request to keep the lounge invitation was rejected by the lounge attendant as she needed to keep it for recoding purposes.
Lounge invitation and boarding pass
On the way to the gate
Terminal 1 still sparkling new after 23 years!
The gate was absolutely packed and from what I can see this is gonna be a full Boeing 747-400 flight. Didn't know a night flight could be so popular among Singaporeans and Thais! Boarding was supposed to commence at 8.20pm but there was no announcement till 9pm which was our ETD. Finally at around 9.02pm, boarding was announced. Even through Business Class and *A Gold were invited to board first, the agent just let everyone rush in but it is understandable as we are already running late.
Welcome drinks were served to all Business Class passengers. A very good improvement Thai has done was that noise cancelling headphones were provided to all premium passengers which was a great touch. I remember seeing on their website a few weeks before my Shanghai flight back in June that they were offering Phitek Noise Cancelling Headphones to all their premium passengers but was disappointed to see the cheap headphones being offered instead.
HS-TGK parked at the gate
My seat for the flight to Bangkok
Noise cancelling headphones
Storage bins. My bag fits in perfectly!
Welcome drink, lemon tea.
Since this flight is 100% full in Business, I fully expected a seatmate next to me. Sure enough, a gentlemen took the seat beside me shortly after. We started chatting and got to know that he's from Frankfurt and flew LH to Bangkok followed by TG to Singapore followed by SQ to Jakarta as he had business dealings in all the cities. I found it quite a cool itinerary to follow! We started a little talk about airplanes and the exclusivity of the Boeing 747 upper deck and comparing it to the Airbus A380 which he mentioned he has not been on before. He seemed impressed that I will be going on the Airbus A380 the next day when I told him so. I let him know that he could fly the LH Airbus A380 to JNB, NRT and JFK should he have any business dealings in those cities.
Shortly after that, we started pushback to runway 02C for takeoff. It was powerful since we had a light load and within minutes the seatbelt sign was off and a few more minutes we were on cruising altitude. While climbing, the cabin crew sprung into action and began the meal service.
Sunflower seeds for nibbling on
After takeoff drink, coke
I notice this is the case for both the B744 and A388 upper deck, having a smaller window outside while a bigger window at the inner frame. Is this the case for all the B744 and A388 upper decks?
Large flat surface for all my stuffs
Preparing for meal service
Table cloth laid
Watching "Morning Glory" on the PTV
The food is here!
Appetiser - Carpaccio of Smoked Duck topped with Capsicum and Mozzarella Pearls and Stuffed Tomato with Papaya Salad
Bloody Mary to go with the meal. Cheers Roni!
Main Course - Roast Lamb Fillet on Tomato Tarragon Sauce, Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary and Roasted Vegetables
Champagne to go with the wonderful food
Dessert - Tiramisu Mousse with Coffee Jelly and Vanilla Anglaise, Tea
Right after the meal service, the captain announced that we are commencing our descend to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. That got me thinking - Was the flight too short? Probably I was enjoying myself so much that I even forgot about the time passing by. Sure enough, it did not take long before I saw the Land of Smiles just beneath me which means that this wonderful flight is coming to an end.
Cabin after meal service
More views of the seat
A farewell shot to the wonderful HS-TGK! If only I could fly this all the way to LHR!
As premium passengers were allowed to use the fast track lane for immigration, it did not take long. Thereafter, I met up with fellow a.netter Sandeep (AI151), Ish (777ish) and Preet who is not an a.netter to begin our tour of Bangkok after a wonderful 5-day tour around Kuala Lumpur.
Next up: "Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love with Emirates"
vietsky From Vietnam, joined Nov 2008, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19406 times:
Great report btw. I especially like the part of Luxury Bus from SIN-KUL. It is pretty cool, sth I will consider to do in the future.
Regarding of ATR72, I live in VN where 6 months of the years is a rainy seasons and VNA has large ATR72 team fly domestic, and as my experience, It will get bumpy even in the perfect weather . For those who love turbulence and bumpy ride, ATR72 is the go....hehehe... not me though.
Initious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19304 times:
Quoting vietsky (Reply 3): Great report btw. I especially like the part of Luxury Bus from SIN-KUL. It is pretty cool, sth I will consider to do in the future.
Quoting vietsky (Reply 3): Regarding of ATR72, I live in VN where 6 months of the years is a rainy seasons and VNA has large ATR72 team fly domestic, and as my experience, It will get bumpy even in the perfect weather
That was what happened to me too. It was perfect weather in SZB but it was bumpy like hell! I think I made a good decision to keep my seatbelt on for the entire duration.
Quoting vietsky (Reply 3): For those who love turbulence and bumpy ride, ATR72 is the go....hehehe... not me though.
I love turbulence, but not on the ATR 72! It really feels like the plane is going to tear apart anytime. Give me a Boeing 747-400 or Airbus A380-800 to counter the turbulence any time.. It's the most welcomed!
RJtraveller From Indonesia, joined Feb 2011, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 19271 times:
Hi Initious !
Nice TR, thanks for sharing. Especially the luxury bus TR, a lot better and cheaper than flying on this route.
Interesting ATR trip, my first ATR trip report was with Bangkok air, I see that complimentary snacks are served during a budget airlines flight which is very nice and rare in nowadays budget airlines flight.
Looking forward for your EK trip report !
Initious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 19233 times:
Quoting RJtraveller (Reply 5): Nice TR, thanks for sharing. Especially the luxury bus TR, a lot better and cheaper than flying on this route.
Thanks! The Solitaire bus was really a nice catch. Would do it again if I were to go to KL.
Quoting RJtraveller (Reply 5): I see that complimentary snacks are served during a budget airlines flight which is very nice and rare in nowadays budget airlines flight.
I am not so sure if Firefly is actually a budget carrier or full service carrier. They seem to offer free baggage allowance and free snacks on their ATRs while you have to pay for those on their B738. Now talk about confusing...
Initious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 17122 times:
Quoting stipica (Reply 7): Great report with nice pictures ... the bus is certainly a great surprise.
Looking forward to next reports!
Thanks for the kind comments! I'm sure my next report won't disappoint you.
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 8): Loved the luxury bus to KL, brought back memories of my trip there in 2008, I took the Aerolines to KL and was impressed! very plush ride indeed, we only made 1 stop tho.
I have never travelled with them before, so I'm not really sure how are they like but I guess it's just a generic bus company? Normally the buses stop once to let passengers eat and another stop for them to visit the restroom. Was food served on your bus or did they skip the restroom stop?
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 8): Firefly looks like a nice convenient little airline to fly, I recommended it to a friend of mine who went there last year, she was most impressed.
It's a nice airline but nothing to write home about. Service and food was normal. The ATRs were nice though. However, fares can be pretty expensive sometimes.
Nope, not true at all! Berjaya Air is offering OUTSTANDING flights!
You can book via http://www.vayama.com
Flight J8 180
Depart 08:00a Kuala Lumpur (SZB) Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Apt, MY
Arrive 09:00a Tioman (TOD) Tioman, MY
Flight J8 308
Depart 12:40p Tioman (TOD) Tioman, MY
Arrive 01:25p Singapore (SIN) Singapore Changi Apt, SG
Aircraft De Havilland DHC-7 Dash 7
Unfortunately 231.11 USD (but a DASH7 is worth every penny!)
Initious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (4 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 14957 times:
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 16): No not at all, is similar to the one you took, Business class seats but on a 2-1 config, they have double decker buses and the lower deck is used as a lounge.
They depart from the Harbourfront centre.
Cool. The company I took also has another kind of bus that has the lower deck as lounge. It's wonderful!
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 16): Yes they did, they passed around a sealed tray with noodles and other stuff ( I am not totally familiar with Asian Cuisine so I did not know what it was, but it was tasty!)
We got a box of rice which was cold and did not taste too good, but acceptable. I guess you got fried noodles or something.
Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
Cheers Daniel .. With all the recent Bloody Mary cheers on a.net and Facebook, i should be drunk by now
Don't get drunk.. You need to drive from DXB-AUH everyday!
Quoting akhmad (Reply 18): The luxury first class bus caught my attention immediately on Facebook. Along with the wonderful experience with TG, it feels like I am about to make a great start of your Asia Trip! Well done!
Thanks for the kind comments!
Quoting akhmad (Reply 18): I love your Kuala Lumpur's local pictures. It reminds me of my own visit seven years ago!
Definitely worth visiting again. Do drop by SIN if you are coming to KUL!
LH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1721 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (4 years 6 days ago) and read 14808 times:
Hey Daniel, didn't expect to see a report up so quickly.
First of all, what a great report you've made. Having followed you and Ish's (& Co) adventures on Facebook, I'm really looking forward to the next parts. Looked like you guys had a trip of a lifetime!
It's really interesting how coach companies try introducing similar products to the airline's J class, with the lie-flat, meals and Lounge, etc. Here in Sweden we have similar coach concepts, although the seats look more like old-style J class recliners.
Your TG flight seemed very nice. For being such a short flight, the meal service looked very generous. I did not expect to see them serving a full three course dinner, but it's Asia after all. Btw what did they serve in Economy Class?
As mentioned above, I'm really looking forward to the next parts, hope to see them online soon.
initious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (4 years 6 days ago) and read 14751 times:
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 20): First of all, what a great report you've made. Having followed you and Ish's (& Co) adventures on Facebook, I'm really looking forward to the next parts. Looked like you guys had a trip of a lifetime!
Thanks! Yea we indeed had the trip of a lifetime!
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 20): It's really interesting how coach companies try introducing similar products to the airline's J class, with the lie-flat, meals and Lounge, etc. Here in Sweden we have similar coach concepts, although the seats look more like old-style J class recliners.
Cool! Any pictures to show?
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 20): Your TG flight seemed very nice. For being such a short flight, the meal service looked very generous. I did not expect to see them serving a full three course dinner, but it's Asia after all. Btw what did they serve in Economy Class?
TG had always been very generous with their international meals. Flew BKK-SIN just this afternoon and also got a full 3 course meal for lunch which was very nice. For TG, Business Class meals are sort of similar to Economy Class. In other words, take an Economy Class meal and add a starter and dessert and it becomes a Business Class meal. Check out the photos on my Facebook if you want, I have uploaded all my photos.
I guess in the viewpoint of SIN, it might be. But Australia still don't have ATRs - they'll be coming soon as DJ has ordered them. There are some SE Asian airlines do fly the AT7 as well.. I guess you might also start saying how rare the A300/A310 is to the region whereas none of them come down here!
Quoting Initious (Thread starter): Takeoff in this aircraft was VERY noisy compared to the others I've been on, probably due to the close proximity of the engines.
Yeah, try the back of the cabin if you get another chance on the AT7.
I'm still a little confused as why you chose TG again over trying LH! But TG is very good, even for these short hops around SE Asia.
initious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 13618 times:
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 23): Interesting report, nice start to the long awaited Great Asia Trip!
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 23): The bus trip is a real interesting one.. They've got a lounge as well!? I must say it does look very impressive.
Having a lounge for a bus between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is definitely a first for me. Pleasant for relaxing but nothing to write home about. Sadly, the meals served onboard the bus was in cheap plastic takeaway containers and drinks in Styrofoam cups. I'd have expected something better for presentation purposes. The tray table was very flimsy too.
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 23): KL is a place I hope to get to some day.. Along with Singapore and other SE Asian cities!
Sadly NZ doesn't fly to SIN! Hope to try NZ one day, either on HKG-LHR or PER-AKL should I be visiting New Zealand. Probably I could even fly BNE-AKL if I get into the Griffith University in Brisbane to study for my Aviation Degree. Do let me know if you are visiting Singapore, it's a wonderful place to be!
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 23): I guess in the viewpoint of SIN, it might be. But Australia still don't have ATRs - they'll be coming soon as DJ has ordered them. There are some SE Asian airlines do fly the AT7 as well.. I guess you might also start saying how rare the A300/A310 is to the region whereas none of them come down here!
I just noticed that - haha! The A300 and A310 is definitely very rare but thankfully I could still count on TG to fly the A300, but I'm not sure for how long more! The A310 is an aircraft I always wanted to fly but it seems like it has vanished from all of Asia!
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 23): Yeah, try the back of the cabin if you get another chance on the AT7.
I'd assume the back cabin is quieter? I requested for a seat at the front as I needed more legroom, not sure if I can stand the legroom in the standard seats...
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 23): I'm still a little confused as why you chose TG again over trying LH! But TG is very good, even for these short hops around SE Asia.
No wonder you were asking if I was flying LH.. Lol! If I had to book a BKK-DXB-BKK-SIN flight with TG it'd cost a lot more than flying SIN-BKK-DXB-BKK-SIN. I guess that's because I'm starting and ending in a different city for the former and in the same city for the latter, hence I decided to go for TG. I'd feel weird/special (not sure which word to use..) flying on an airline but not visiting their country.
One way I will fly around the world!
: Hey Daniel, I just wish to congratulate you on realising your dream trip and also, for this really interesting start to your flying adventure. Its amu
: Hey Gavin, Thanks! I found it quite interesting too, the 1 hour flight seemed longer than the 2 hour flight. The Thai cabin crew was wonderful as usua
: Hi Daniel, great first part of your series. While the TG premium product looks nice, I'm amazed by that luxury bus service. Never seen anything like t
: Hey PH, Thanks for your kind comments! =) Regards, Daniel
: Daniel, many thanks for making an effort to share this wonderfully detailed trip report with us. I enjoyed it throughout! I can only echo PH's amazeme
: Hey Marius! You are welcome and thanks for your kind comments! Well, older buses used to have a toilet onboard but you can imagine the smell on the bu
: Hi Daniel, very nice first part of your adventure. The bus leg also looks very good in this 1-1 layout, the comfort must be way better than on a regio
: Hey Johannes, Thanks! =) Definitely, do come to SIN next time and we shall try that out together! They were quite alright, although service is lacking