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Binge In Bangkok By 3K And FD  
User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 450 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 8197 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
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6089/6069756294_07f44ed6e7_b.jpg

Grilled cod fish
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6069/6069756574_3e157afe71_b.jpg

Sashimi
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6064/6069209959_8531ca33a7_b.jpg

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
Jetstar Asia
3K 513
Singapore (SIN) - Bangkok (BKK)
A320
9V-JSC
Economy Class


Yep, Jetstar do issue proper boarding passes.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6204/6069210647_35533b514c_b.jpg

My 3rd flight on 9V-JSC, having just flown on her a month earlier from KL.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6185/6069210963_9a9b1684cb_b.jpg

Couple of SQ A333s departing.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6204/6069211155_ebcaf7024c_b.jpg

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.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6203/6069758682_6dddb8902e_b.jpg

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.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6204/6069759184_9a1c0d7fc7_b.jpg

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.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6074/6069212703_d3cf19aaf0_b.jpg

Jet Airways A332.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6074/6069213089_98ff94ac41_b.jpg

Another A330, this time a Qantas A333.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6087/6069213595_5c115df9ca_b.jpg

After holding for more about 10min, we finally took off from Rwy20C.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwY7fJbQ37s


Making a turn back towards the airport.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6069/6069762842_1a54cc087d_b.jpg

Dusk over Singapore. You can spot T3 at the bottom right corner.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6069/6069760858_5455c51727_b.jpg

The sky is on fire!
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6077/6069214609_d6b1938428_b.jpg

Stuff in seat pocket.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6197/6069214873_aee73d9aeb_b.jpg

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.

Crew conducting BOB service.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhPsapcu1xE


Final few minutes of sunlight.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6071/6069216395_18c0958bb6_b.jpg

Cabin view
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6206/6069761696_8fe95233af_b.jpg

All too soon, we started our descent into Bangkok. Somewhere over Pattaya, I think.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6201/6069761840_6e50fa4332_b.jpg

Final approach to Rwy19R.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6084/6069762330_c78a60eed9_b.jpg

We landed 10min ahead of schedule. Not bad!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeDarR42M1I


Another smooth flight on Jetstar, just don't sit near the rear of the plane in the future.


Binging time!!

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User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2189 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7801 times:

Thanks for the report! I'm hungry now. Gee those Asian cities are very pretty at night from the air.


Applying insanity to normality
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7549 times:

Hahahaha... we Singaporeans sure love Bangkok! I was there a week before you?


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User currently offlineamax1977 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7502 times:

Hi Terry,
Great TR! Thanks for sharing.

BTW, where in BKK did you go for such great food? I'll be there on a business trip early September and have no idea where to go for the great food and some nice massage!

Cheers,
Alan


User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7020 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.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6196/6069247675_5e076cd151_b.jpg

We were assigned seats 21A and B. Proceeded through immigration and security right after.

20 August 2011
Thai Air Asia
FD 3505
Bangkok (BKK) - Singapore
A320
HS-ABH
Budget Class


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!
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6067/6069793966_d316488085_b.jpg

Thai A333 parked beside.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6076/6069794522_9f8da7e39e_b.jpg

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.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6197/6069794928_9d6c8306ae_b.jpg

At the gate.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6196/6069795562_ed55a9c806_b.jpg

Seat pitch was tight as usual on a budget flight. Seat 21C was also taken up.


Doors closed on time and we pushed back with safety demo.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbo5Bdf0_XU


Ethiopian B763, departing for HKG?
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6193/6069250687_e9a5f245b6_b.jpg

Emirates A380 that was parked beside us. Preparing for the short hop to HKG.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6199/6069797024_992555a382_b.jpg

Taxi to the runway. Visible are 4 airlines which had pulled out of SIN (SK, LX, OS and GF).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHKalOeq4M8


Wing reflecting the sunlight.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6074/6069797588_d9c0796b24_b.jpg

Takeoff from Rwy19L for the 2hrs flight to SIN.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyZfg3dQ_t0


Climbing to 36000ft.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6197/6069252065_82bd23e821_b.jpg

Post takeoff announcement.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csB7c6JaH8o


Blue skies.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6071/6069798144_463479de22_b.jpg

Really lots of stuff in the seat pocket (not including the food crumbs).
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6089/6069801104_af5822bc42_b.jpg

Meal service started. A set of crew first handed out pre-ordered meals while another set followed behind with the sales cart.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6068/6069252681_65c1b87d0d_b.jpg

We had pre-ordered a meal each for 120Baht including a cup of water.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6073/6069799126_d9d90d80d1_b.jpg

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??
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6187/6069799988_503d10da5a_b.jpg

Green curry chicken with rice. A much better option.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6084/6069254495_5bd5f86fef_b.jpg

We also tried the monthly special, Grilled chicken with sticky rice, for 160Baht (comes with a can of root beer). Tasted ok.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6084/6069254495_5bd5f86fef_b.jpg

After dinner and gazing out the window.


Cabin view.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6197/6069801536_cf691464dc_b.jpg

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!
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6079/6069801814_a9f3a0a3f6_b.jpg

Sunset.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6185/6069256061_60564cfb91_b.jpg

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.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6069/6069802648_a249a6dc5a_b.jpg

Pilots only announced for the crew to be strapped for landing when the gears are down, which was less than 5mins to touchdown?

Along East Coast beach.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6199/6069256923_37480862ce_b.jpg

Landed on Rwy02L 10minutes early.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnKeIS1fXt4


Parked beside another Jetstar-Valuair plane.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6087/6069803156_07fdfbbee1_b.jpg

On time, no delays, reasonable prices for onboard meals. Overall a comfortable flight on Thai Air Asia.

Comments very much welcomed. My next trip would be in 2 months to BKK and TPE via Tiger, KLM and SQ (with the SQ flight in Business)!

My previous trip reports:

Jetstar Long-Haul To Auckland! (by ycp81 Aug 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
Budget Weekend Trips To Phuket & KL (by ycp81 Jul 19 2011 in Trip Reports)
Budget Vs Business To Boracay (TR, 5J, 2P, SQ) (by ycp81 May 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
Bonjour Paris On SQ A380 (by ycp81 Feb 14 2011 in Trip Reports)
To The Cape With SQ (Pics And Vids) (by ycp81 Jan 29 2011 in Trip Reports)
Another Short Hop To KL On Firefly And Air Asia (by ycp81 Nov 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
TG Vs SQ To Incheon (Lots Of Pics And Vids) (by ycp81 Nov 8 2010 in Trip Reports)
Lazing In Lombok By Silkair (by ycp81 Aug 12 2010 in Trip Reports)
A Mix Of Both Worlds (Budget Vs 5-Stars To KCH) (by ycp81 Jul 3 2010 in Trip Reports)
Tigering To Vietnam (and VN Domestic) With Videos (by ycp81 May 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Flying With Malaysian Hospitality To Tokyo (by ycp81 Apr 17 2010 in Trip Reports)
Silkair To Siem Reap : A Wonderful Way To Fly! (by Ycp81 Feb 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
36hrs In KL By Firefly And Air Asia (by Ycp81 Oct 30 2009 in Trip Reports)
Invasion Of The LCCs (Penang On Tiger And Jetstar) (by Ycp81 Aug 31 2009 in Trip Reports)
10 Flights On 6 Airlines In 11 Days! (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Way To Taipei (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
SIN-DPS-SIN On Lionair And SQ (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
SIN-SYD-MEL-SYD-SIN On SQ & QF (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
SIN-SGN-SIN On SQ In 2008 (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7018 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 2):
Hahahaha... we Singaporeans sure love Bangkok! I was there a week before you?

Yeah, BKK is great! Another trip to BKK combined with TPE for me 2 months later!



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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6926 times:

The Grilled chicken with sticky rice should be this.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/6069800700_847e0636b5_b.jpg



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User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6543 times:

Hi ycp81!

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)

Quoting ycp81 (Thread starter):
Purpose of trip: Food, massages, and more food!

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!

Cheers,
RvXKaz



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User currently offlinejoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 814 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6440 times:

hehe anything to make an extra dollar and commission!! - even if it includes serving coffee 10 minutes before landing!

Overall great report


User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1343 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6240 times:

Hey, thank you for the report.

Thai Air Asia meals looks better and cheaper then those overpriced restaurants in BKK airport.

Great pics, thx for shearing.



"In Israel, on order to be a realist, one's must believe in miracles" - David Ben Gurion.
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 22 hours ago) and read 6136 times:

Hi

Nice trip report, especially like the food pics in BKK
Is it me, or do I always find it entertaining to read a narrow body trip report in asia.


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5603 times:

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 7):
(I must admit I still look forward to your inflight meals most! haha)

Lol, so you are one of the airplane meals fanatic!

Quoting joffie (Reply 8):
hehe anything to make an extra dollar and commission!! - even if it includes serving coffee 10 minutes before landing!

Not too surprised since they can serve a pre-ordered meal on a 30min SIN-KUL hop! Still remembered gulping down the hot meal in 5 minutes!!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 9):
Thai Air Asia meals looks better and cheaper then those overpriced restaurants in BKK airport.

Yep, inflight meals on Air Asia are very decently priced indeed.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
s it me, or do I always find it entertaining to read a narrow body trip report in asia.

With the influx of budget airlines, narrow body aircraft are getting increasingly common over asia's skies.



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