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Avoiding Crash On Twin Otter; Thai 737-400 To Laos  
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40011 posts, RR: 74
Posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 12442 times:


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***Having technical issues so the story about the crash is in reply #1***
Can't post link in my report so it's in the first reply.



Last month I took a flight to Vientiane, Laos on Thai Airways. It was first time in Laos. Initially I was going to fly on Laos Central Airlines but their discounted fares didn’t work with my schedule. They were running roundtrip fares for only 2900 baht ($85USD) but that rate would mean taking extra days off work. I ended up on Thai Airways again since their fare was the same as Laos Central Airlines. Mine as well get the miles.




Ride to the airport here in Bangkok is always interesting. This taxi driver had his car all decked out with all sorts of stuffed animal characters.


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Get to Suvarnumbhumi and check in for flight. No lines at all. Check in, security and customs was a breeze.

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Since we’re not allowed to bring fluids onboard, I chose to buy deodorant, tooth paste & mouthwash at the airport. The store in the departure terminal only had women’s deodorant. No men’s deodorant of any kind! Luckily it was Secret deodorant – strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.
Since Suvarnumbhumi is a shopping mall that just so happens to have airplanes with passengers coming & going, I would expect to find men’s deodorant in one of their stores.

In the departure terminal, we were entertained with traditional Thai performers. These are called chud-hoon(sp) the dancers that carries the doll. This went on for about 15 minutes before it was time for me to catch my flight.

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We board on time and off we went.


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The aircraft was again a Thai Airways 737-400 (HS-TDD). We take off in to the rain and service begins once we get above the rain clouds.

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Service begins. I was glad to see that Thai Airways has upgraded their meals on short-haul flights. For the longest time, it was processed tuna sandwiches. Now they serve a fried pork salad fusion with som tom. It was a much needed improvement for their short-haul product.

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I washed it down with a few Heinekens.
The guy next to me was a friendly guy from Sweden. He was a photographer taking a trip around the world. He was 7 months in to his journey and this was his 9th country. He was pretty hardcore and a modern day Jacques Cousteau.

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This was a 1 hour flight but the last 20 minutes of flight was very turbulent. It was partially cloudy with a few scattered showers. The final approach was very choppy. We hit the ground hard. We taxi to the gate. The airport in Vientiane was almost completely empty with two Laos Central Airlines 737-400s and one Lao Airlines A320.

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I did see one Lao Air Twin Otter depart that would crash just one day later in the Huaphan province of Laos. Luckily everyone survived but still scary knowing that I flying on them to Huaphan was one of the things I wanted to do while in Laos. I’ve never flown on a Twin Otter and they are the closest and cheapest opportunity to fly on a Twin Otter.

Going through customs in Laos is similar to entering Cambodia. Filling out an entry form, attaching two photos and paying $30 to enter. The hotel I stayed at was the same as the guy on the flight so we split a taxi to the hotel.


I wanted to take a flight on Lao Air on their Twin Otter because I never been on one. The first day I wanted to do some sightseeing and do my flight to Huaphan on the 2nd day. Luckily I slept late on the 2nd day thanks to the Lao Lao I drank the previous night.   
More on that later...


I did a lot of sight seeing around Vientiane. It’s a charming little town and what I imagine what Bangkok was probably like 80 years ago. Lot’s of temples, tuk-tuks and street vendors. Vientiane is a popular place for hippies as well. Tons of backpackers there. Most were friendly and adventurous with all sorts of stories.


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I met a Laotian guy visiting from the US at the hotel I was crashing at. I ended up hanging out with him and family most of the time there. He turned me on to a local drink called Lao lao. It’s a rice based whiskey made by poor villagers up in the hills. This stuff is strong and can rip you face off!
It taste awful and leaves you with an awful hangover. If you’re already drunk, it doesn’t taste so bad but the problem is the next morning….

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I wasn't able to get up early enough to catch a flight on the Lao Air Twin Otter to Huaphan. That ended up being a good thing. I ended up going on a mini road trip with that gay for a few hours outside of Vientiane to the more rural parts of Laos. This area is near Paksee. Beautiful countryside.

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Rode around town on the back of a friend’s motorbike.

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Visited some temples and took photos - the usual touristy stuff. I wanted to rent a bicycle to ride around since most of Vientiane is flat. The problem is that the bike rental shops had bikes that were beat up and rusted out. I rode one bike for less than one block and the brake cable snapped. So I just walked around instead.


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Walked past their Communist news outlet.

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Communist photo shop. Images of Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh proudly on display.

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Laos answer to Superfly – LaoFly.  
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Found a vendor selling my favorite Asian dish of all – Laotian sausage (sai ua in Thailand).

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Beer Lao Gold.
I've never seen this outside of Laos. It's not as strong as the lager and the dark they export.
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This place has safe food because they have a sign that says so.

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Outdoor aerobics – always a good place to meet girls.

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Old Vietnam era Jeep still running.

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Tried a local a beer call Namkhong. I’ve never had it before. It was OK but I prefer Beer Lao much better. I drank lots of Beer Lao with a bunch of hippies one night.

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Superfly getting drunk with the hippies that came to Laos to volunteer and save Laos…..

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Passed out in the back of a tuk-tuk on the way back to the hotel.

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Watching Communist TV back at the hotel lobby.

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The next morning I read about the flight that had crashed in Laos in the newspaper.



The trip back to Bangkok was very pleasant.
Had a friendly tuk-tuk driver take me to the airport. I like cities that still allow tuk-tuk service directly to the airport.


Waving at two cute girls on a motorbike as I pass by in back of a tuk-tuk They were laughing at me for some funny reason so I waved and took a photo.

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Arrive at Wattay Vientiane International Airport via tuk-tuk.

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I had some time to kill because I arrived early. I stopped by a gift shop and saw some toys that were not correct but had to share on Airliners.net.  
A Bangkok Airways Boeing 747 and Air Asia Boeing 747.

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I was tempted to buy some Laos coffee but I remember an ex-girlfriend from Laos back in San Francisco gave me a bag and it gave me the runs every time I drank it. It’s too bad because it’s really good coffee.

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I find it hilarious that there was a Windows error message on the departure screen for Laos Airlines. It’s even funnier when you see these on the large, obnoxious electronic billboards downtown Bangkok at shopping malls.

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I ended up eating at a snack shop near the observation deck. The ladies there were friendly and shared their meal with me. It was a spicy crab salad and I brought the beer – Bear Lao Dark. We had our own little party. No need for some damn fancy, new-fangled business class lounge!
I grabbed a beer from the cooler, cracked open the bottle of beer on the edge of the table and partied out just like the country folk do right there at the airport. Made two new friends in the process. 
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Then it came closer to boarding time. I go through security and to the gate to wait for our flight.


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Vientiane’s airport has a smoker’s box for those that need to smoke before their flight. This reminded me of the crybaby room at the Catholic Church I attended as a kid back in Gary, Indiana. Complete with glass window and intercom.

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Our flight is called and down the ramp we go.


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I like how Vientiane Wattay has open air jet ways to the aircraft.


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Get onboard and greeted by friendly Thai Airways air hostess. Got my seat and once again, my seat karma strikes again! I had an entire row to myself. It was like I had my own office.

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We push back on time and depart in to the night time sky.

In-flight service immediately begins.

Thai Airways really have upgraded their service on their short-haul flights in coach. The return flight meals were different. This time it was a spicy tuna salad. Usually I avoid fish on flights but this tuna tasted really good. It was a familiar taste I’ve had on the ground many times. I washed it all down with a few Heinekens.

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I regret not getting a photo of this but the Thai Airways flight attendants passed out free orchid petals to the passengers. It was like the commercials they used to air in Los Angeles back in the 1980s. It was a nice personal touch.

We began our descent in to Bangkok. The entire flight was smooth, no turbulence at all. The city lights were spectacular on this clear night in Bangkok.

We touchdown right on time and taxi to a proper gate – no more shuttle buses to the gate like it was when all the low-cost carriers were clogging up traffic. They’ve been moved to Don Mueang.

Walking through a futuristic looking hallway at BKK.

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Waiting for Ms Pinkie.

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Overall, a great experience and will probably return to Laos on Thai Airways but will discover more of Laos the next time.


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Bring back the Concorde
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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40011 posts, RR: 74
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 12438 times:

The story on the crash.

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Lao_air.htm




Crash scene.
Luckily everyone survived.




Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6157 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 11949 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Ride to the airport here in Bangkok is always interesting. This taxi driver had his car all decked out with all sorts of stuffed animal characters.

I like the cowboy with one eye

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
No men’s deodorant of any kind! Luckily it was Secret deodorant – strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.

I have done that before too

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
we were entertained with traditional Thai performers. These are called chud-hoon(sp) the dancers that carries the doll.

Very cool.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Now they serve a fried pork salad fusion with som tom

Looking good! Pork is king!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Vientiane is a popular place for hippies

nowhere is perfect.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
It’s a rice based whiskey made by poor villagers up in the hills. This stuff is strong and can rip you face off!

not unlike the poor villagers in Kentucky and West Virginia

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Rode around town on the back of a friend’s motorbike.

looks like a girl friend

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Communist photo shop. Images of Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh proudly on display.

Just what everyone needs

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Found a vendor selling my favorite Asian dish of all – Laotian sausage (sai ua in Thailand).

Looks good to me

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I rode one bike for less than one block and the brake cable snapped

pitiful

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Beer Lao Gold.

I'd drink it. But then again I'll drink any beer

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
This place has safe food because they have a sign that says so.

Just like the beer I drink; it says premium right on the label.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Superfly getting drunk with the hippies that came to Laos to volunteer and save Laos…..

Superfly with Hippies? I hope you didn't talk politics.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Outdoor aerobics – always a good place to meet girls.

oh yea!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Passed out in the back of a tuk-tuk on the way back to the hotel.

Not too many Americans can say they ever did that.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Arrive at Wattay Vientiane International Airport via tuk-tuk.

With a beer I see

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Watching Communist TV back at the hotel lobby.

I would like to watch it just to see how sad it is.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Vientiane’s airport has a smoker’s box for those that need to smoke before their flight. This reminded me of the crybaby room at the Catholic Church I attended as a kid back in Gary, Indiana. Complete with glass window and intercom.

They had those for years at STL. I always thought they were funny.



My mug slaketh over on Falstaff N503
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40011 posts, RR: 74
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 11693 times:

Oh my God!
I made a few typos but I must correct this one!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I ended up going on a mini road trip with that gay for a few hours outside of Vientiane to the more rural parts of Laos.

That is to say guy! ;O
My apologies everyone.

I am having a lot of editing issues. I posted this report a few days ago and had to delete it due to technical issues. Now none of my corrections were saved. This is the pre-proof read version of the report.
I don't want readers to think that was posting while drinking Lao lao whiskey.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 2):
Looking good! Pork is king!

  

Quoting falstaff (Reply 2):
not unlike the poor villagers in Kentucky and West Virginia

Some call this Thai Moonshine or Lao Moonshine.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 2):
looks like a girl friend

Friend I made while in Laos. Very kind of her to give me a ride downtown on her motorbike.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 2):
Looks good to me

It's delicious!   

Quoting falstaff (Reply 2):
Just like the beer I drink; it says premium right on the label.

A lot of the affordable vodka I drink is award winning....

Quoting falstaff (Reply 2):
Superfly with Hippies? I hope you didn't talk politics.

Haha!  
Quoting falstaff (Reply 2):
Not too many Americans can say they ever did that.

That is true.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 2):
With a beer I see

Yep! A 24 ounce bottle of Beer Lao dark.
Only the 12 ounce bottle is exported to Thailand.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 11167 times:

Hey Superfly, looks like you had a really good time in Laos. What an interesting place. Also glad you avoided the Otter and of course that nobody got killed in the incident.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
No men’s deodorant of any kind! Luckily it was Secret deodorant – strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.

Don't tell anyone but for the last year I've been using a women's deodorant and I didn't find out until last week. I'm still using it.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
He was a photographer taking a trip around the world. He was 7 months in to his journey and this was his 9th country.

Sweet. But he's taking it very easy. I know some guys in here that cover 9 countries in a day, lol.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I drank lots of Beer Lao with a bunch of hippies one night.

My best friend is obsessed with Beer Lao. He had some when he was in Laos and ever since he's been trying to find a place in Portugal that sells it (apparently nobody does).

Anyway, thanks for sharing this with us. Vientiane looks like a cool place, not as spoiled from commercial tourism. I'd love to get to visit such a place before tourism catches up with it.

Stojan



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User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2189 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 11147 times:

Love the local colour in your trip report and very fortunate indeed that you weren't on the flight.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Waiting for Ms Pinkie.

Pinky and perky as well! Local or international porn actress?

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):

I find it hilarious that there was a Windows error message on the departure screen for Laos Airlines. It’s even funnier when you see these on the large, obnoxious electronic billboards downtown Bangkok at shopping malls.

Gates closed in 10 minutes? You can't Bill them anymore, he doesn't work there now.



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 11000 times:

I've done the short haul domestics on TG mainly to CNX and HKT. Hahahah I always loved those boxes containing a surprise. It was never anything healthy but damn tasty! Yikes, thank god you didn't end up on that Twin Otter, that would have been a nasty experience.

Lol @ Pinky and Perky! Hahahahaha....



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1325 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 10580 times:
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Hey there Superfly!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Luckily it was Secret deodorant – strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.

Nice!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Since Suvarnumbhumi is a shopping mall

So are the prices reasonable. Can one do a bit of shopping there while in transit, without feeling a drain on the wallet?

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Passed out in the back of a tuk-tuk on the way back to the hotel.

OMG! This photo totally cracked me up....You are funny...really funny!!! LOL ..Classic with just the toes showing LOL

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
saw some toys that were not correct but had to share on Airliners.net.  

Well these seem to be the low end types, but there others out there that are not toy but collectors items!! Most look at my collection and think I collect toys!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
No need for some damn fancy, new-fangled business class lounge!

Sometimes I think these lounges are just too hyped.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
This reminded me of the crybaby room at the Catholic Church I attended as a kid back in Gary, Indiana. Complete with glass window and intercom.

You come up with the funniest things ever lol

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I like how Vientiane Wattay has open air jet ways to the aircraft.

Not very efficient when a tropical storm is passing by

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I regret not getting a photo of this but the Thai Airways flight attendants passed out free orchid petals to the passengers. It was like the commercials they used to air in Los Angeles back in the 1980s. It was a nice personal touch.

I really wish you had. Despite being portrayed in commercials it is such a "Thai Airways" thing! In fact I think they are the only airline in the world that does this and is so as I said above, so distinctly "Thai Airways"...Oh wait did you say petals, I thought you meant handing out Orchids to the female passengers only...Still very Thai Airways with just the petals I guess.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40011 posts, RR: 74
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10448 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Also glad you avoided the Otter and of course that nobody got killed in the incident.

Thanks. I read that Lao Air has lost 50% of it's fleet within the last 5 years due to crashes.
The sick & twisted part of me still wants to fly on them but only knowing that I will survive.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Don't tell anyone but for the last year I've been using a women's deodorant and I didn't find out until last week. I'm still using it.

I'm telling EVERYONE!  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Sweet. But he's taking it very easy. I know some guys in here that cover 9 countries in a day, lol.

LOL!
That's the truth!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
My best friend is obsessed with Beer Lao. He had some when he was in Laos and ever since he's been trying to find a place in Portugal that sells it (apparently nobody does).

It's a decent beer. My favorite being Beer Laos Dark. That's hard to get even here in Bangkok.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Anyway, thanks for sharing this with us. Vientiane looks like a cool place, not as spoiled from commercial tourism. I'd love to get to visit such a place before tourism catches up with it.

In a way it already has. The place is full of western backpackers. Dreadlocks, sandals, hairy armpits and tattoos everywhere! Kind of disgusting actually. Many are there under the false pretense of 'saving the world' working with some useless NGO that claims to be helping the children or something. Most are just there because it's cheap and they can smoke weed there. Seems like the only Laotians there were working at restaurants, hotels and taxi drivers. I was glad the Lao-American guy I met took me out on a road trip outside of town to see the real Laos.

Quoting allrite (Reply 5):
Love the local colour in your trip report

Thanks. Trip reports just about the flights are boring.  
Quoting allrite (Reply 5):
Pinky and perky as well! Local or international porn actress?

When I saw Pinky was coming, I was expecting a ghost from Pac-Man to come down the hall. I hadn't eaten any cherries recently so I wouldn't have been able to get 100 points if I got Pinky.
So it was best that I run away.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 6):
It was never anything healthy but damn tasty!

The cucumbers, onions and tomatoes are healthy, right?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 6):
Yikes, thank god you didn't end up on that Twin Otter, that would have been a nasty experience.

Yes but would have been one hell of a trip report!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 6):
Lol @ Pinky and Perky! Hahahahaha....

I should have stuck around to meet them.  
I'm sure I can find them here in Bangkok. Next time you come to town, we're gonna party out with Pinky & Perkie.
BTW, I haven't forgot about you. I've just been so bogged down with work. My SQ trip report is coming up next.   

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):
So are the prices reasonable. Can one do a bit of shopping there while in transit, without feeling a drain on the wallet?

No. They're a rip off and not reflective of Bangkok at all. On any given occasion, there are about 5 - 6 staff members standing around doing nothing. The only stores that do ok are the duty free liquor stores. The ONLY reason those do OK is passengers in transit going to strict Muslim countries that do not sell alcohol.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):
OMG! This photo totally cracked me up....You are funny...really funny!!! LOL ..Classic with just the toes showing LOL

I didn't realize that until you pointed that out.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):
Well these seem to be the low end types, but there others out there that are not toy but collectors items!! Most look at my collection and think I collect toys!

Are there serious collector model planes that are inaccurate? If so, I'd like to have a Continental Airlines meatball livery (1970s to early 1990s) on an A340-300.
I also think the Delta widget livery would look great on a TU-154.


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):
Sometimes I think these lounges are just too hyped.

I do appreciate a nice First Class or Business class lounge but it's neat to make up our own lounge on the spot. We ate & drank like the country folk up in the hills do.  
Bangkok Airways offers a Coach lounge at BKK. No booze, instead they serve popcorn, Kellogg rice crispy treats and Tang.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):
You come up with the funniest things ever lol

It was the first thing that came to mind. I don't know why.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):
Not very efficient when a tropical storm is passing by

It's fine if the rain is falling vertically but if the rain is coming down diagonally, forget about it.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):
I really wish you had. Despite being portrayed in commercials it is such a "Thai Airways" thing! In fact I think they are the only airline in the world that does this and is so as I said above, so distinctly "Thai Airways"...Oh wait did you say petals, I thought you meant handing out Orchids to the female passengers only...Still very Thai Airways with just the petals I guess.

Maybe it was orchids. I'm not good when it comes to flowers & stuff. I always avoid Valentine's Day.



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User currently offlineSaloth Sar From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 8903 times:

Great report! Glad you avoided the crash. I've been on a Twin Otter many years ago in Canada. They are harder to find these days.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Communist photo shop. Images of Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh proudly on display.

We're there any photos of Pol Pot?

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
In the departure terminal, we were entertained with traditional Thai performers. These are called chud-hoon(sp) the dancers that carries the doll. This went on for about 15 minutes before it was time for me to catch my flight.

Those ladies are gorgeous.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I find it hilarious that there was a Windows error message on the departure screen for Laos Airlines.

LOL!

Thanks for sharing. Good thing you were not in that crash.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40011 posts, RR: 74
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8110 times:

Quoting Saloth Sar (Reply 9):
Great report! Glad you avoided the crash. I've been on a Twin Otter many years ago in Canada. They are harder to find these days.

I think there is a carrier down in Indonesia that flies out of Singapore. Not really sure of the name of that airline.

Quoting Saloth Sar (Reply 9):
We're there any photos of Pol Pot?

Possibly.

Quoting Saloth Sar (Reply 9):
Those ladies are gorgeous.

Yes. It was a nice touch prior to boarding our flight.



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5903 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6761 times:

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Arrive at Wattay Vientiane International Airport via tuk-tuk.

With a beer! Good man, that deserves enormous respect 
Quoting falstaff (Reply 2):
not unlike the poor villagers in Kentucky and West Virginia

      

Sorry Superfly, this comment is the star of the Trip Report   

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
A lot of the affordable vodka I drink is award winning

   hehehe

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Found a vendor selling my favorite Asian dish of all – Laotian sausage

That looks really tasty

Laos looks really nice, I've only ever heard good things about. Maybe one day!



Worked Hard, Flew Right
User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7242 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6651 times:

Great Report.

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Ride to the airport here in Bangkok is always interesting. This taxi driver had his car all decked out with all sorts of stuffed animal characters.

What is with the blue light on the cab? Is he a taxi driver and police detective?



"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40011 posts, RR: 74
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6402 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 11):
With a beer! Good man, that deserves enormous respect

No prudish open container laws in Laos.   

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 11):
Sorry Superfly, this comment is the star of the Trip Report

I'd love to tray Moonshine some day. Perhaps on my next trip back to the US, I should visit coal country.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 11):
That looks really tasty

It is. It's a bit spicy as well.

Quoting flymia (Reply 12):
What is with the blue light on the cab? Is he a taxi driver and police detective?

I think it's just for decoration. I can ask someone to find out. He may pretend to be a cop at times to shake down unsuspecting tourist.  



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