ycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 470 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 8932 times:
Barely a week after my trip to Auckland, it was yet another short trip to the neighbouring city of Bangkok. Purpose of trip: Food, massages, and more food! With so many reports on the SIN-BKK sectors around, it will mainly be a pictorial report. Outbound is on Jetstar while inbound was booked on Thai AirAsia (Jetstar's evening return flight is too late for my liking even though prices are slightly cheaper).
Checked in about 2hrs before departure for the evening flight and proceeded to The Green Market in Terminal 2 for a free set meal compliments of my credit card. Priority Pass holders will get the same set meal too! Lets take a look at the set meal offering:
Japanese appetisers buffet
Grilled cod fish
Steamed egg. There was also a bowl of garlic rice and a lime juice drink.
After dinner, we proceeded to the gate. Flight had just started boarding. It seems that quite a number of passengers were connecting from the Jetstar MEL & AKL flights.
17 August 2011
Singapore (SIN) - Bangkok (BKK)
Yep, Jetstar do issue proper boarding passes.
My 3rd flight on 9V-JSC, having just flown on her a month earlier from KL.
Couple of SQ A333s departing.
This plane has the Valuair titles too!
Crew preparing the plane for departure. Flight time was 2hrs. Load was about 60-70%, not too full.
Myth: All seats on 3K's A320 are 29" pitch.
Truth: Only the seats in front have 29" pitch. Those in the rear have horrible seat pitch!
I was seated in row 29 (2nd last row) and the legroom is so much less than when I was seated in row 10 on this exact same aircraft!
Row 29 legroom
Row 10 legroom (from previous flight)
Note to myself: Try not to get seats towards the rear of the plane if possible on the next 3K A320 flight.
We pushed back on-time.
Some plane spotting during the short taxi to the active runway 20C. We were number 6 for takeoff. Busy evening at Changi!
Good to see you again! Jetstar's A332 VH-EBE preparing for her flight to Auckland. Flew her just a week before this trip back from AKL.
Dusk over Singapore. You can spot T3 at the bottom right corner.
The sky is on fire!
Stuff in seat pocket.
Shortly after seat belt signs were switched off, crew came down with immigration forms followed by onboard food and beverage sales. Sales on this flight were not bad, and a number of passengers even ordered hot meals! Great commission for the cabin crew I guess. However as I had my meal earlier on, I did not order anything on this short flight.
ycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 470 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7755 times:
After all the cheap and good food, it was time to bade goodbye to Bangkok. No worries, I would be back in 2 month's time!
Flew on the last Thai Air Asia flight back to SIN, departing at 1645hrs, which is a descent timing as both Tiger and Jetstar flights depart much later and arrives in SIN after midnight (midnight = high taxi surcharges). Arrive at the airport about 1hr45min before departure and checked in at the desk. Self-check-in machines were also available but did not use them as there was no one at the counter check-in desks anyway. No wait for check-in.
We were assigned seats 21A and B. Proceeded through immigration and security right after.
20 August 2011
Thai Air Asia
Bangkok (BKK) - Singapore
Departure gate has an aerobridge and the plane was parked beside a EK A380 departing for Hong Kong.
HS-ABH being prepared for our flight. The windows at BKK were full of streaks!
Thai A333 parked beside.
Boarding. Crew were busier checking on the catering items rather than assisting passengers in the boarding process. Load around 60-70% full and boarding was completed rather swiftly.
At the gate.
Seat pitch was tight as usual on a budget flight. Seat 21C was also taken up.
Really lots of stuff in the seat pocket (not including the food crumbs).
Meal service started. A set of crew first handed out pre-ordered meals while another set followed behind with the sales cart.
We had pre-ordered a meal each for 120Baht including a cup of water.
Chicken satay. 5 big sticks but did not taste that great. Probably because it was catered in Thailand instead of Malaysia? And where are the rice cakes??
Green curry chicken with rice. A much better option.
We also tried the monthly special, Grilled chicken with sticky rice, for 160Baht (comes with a can of root beer). Tasted ok.
After dinner and gazing out the window.
Seeing that the last 2 rows of the plane was empty, we shifted to the rear. However, the legroom on row 29 on FD's A320 was equally horrible as on Jetstar! Notice: AVOID THE LAST FEW ROWS ON ALL BUDGET AIRLINE A320s!
Soon started descent. Interesting to note, even though descent has started (20min to landing), the crew still served a passenger a hot meal when he requested to purchase one! 15min to touchdown, another pax requested to purchase a coffee and the crew also served her! On any other Singapore based airline, all the crew would have prepared the cabin for landing and strapped up in their jumpseats by this time.
Approach over Batam.
Pilots only announced for the crew to be strapped for landing when the gears are down, which was less than 5mins to touchdown?
RvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7278 times:
Glad to see your TR on your short getaway to BKK so soon after your AKL holiday! I notice good food plays a big part of your travels and thanks so much for sharing with us the gastronomic delights you've sampled in your travels (I must admit I still look forward to your inflight meals most! haha)
Bangkok's really great and cheap for these, really blessed that this city is a mere 2.5 hours plane ride away for stressed-out Singaporeans. I'd love the massages over at BKK!
I loved your pictures and thanks for all the precious info on the do's and don'ts of budget travels (avoid last few rows of budget airlines A320 i shall!) Oh just to add, Tiger Airways' last row is painfully tiny as well! Actually the food on Air Asia looks quite good, especially the grilled chicken and sticky rice! The loads look pretty decent for both your flights!
Thanks once again for this TR and it was a really pleasant reading! I definately look forward to reading about your upcoming flights especially on KLM! Looking forward to hear that you've had some wonderful flights in 2 months!
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