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Low-Cost And Boutique In Asia: DMK-PEN-HKT-BKK  
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Posted (1 year 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 9348 times:

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Hello again fellow a.netters!

Welcome to part 2 of my report series covering my travels to and around Thailand and Malaysia:

Part 1: Vietnam Airlines To Crazy Bangkok: FRA-SGN-BKK
Part 2: Low-Cost And Boutique in Asia: DMK-PEN-HKT-BKK
Part 3: Norwegian Inaugural op by HiFly: BKK-OSL

Introduction and Planning

Alright, a few days in South-East-Asia, of course an opportunity to do a bit of regional flying. So many interesting and exotic destinations in the area, like Pnom Penh, Vientiane, Angkor, Kuala Lumpur, Chiang Mai, just to name a few. Not easy to choose. With time and budget taken into consideration I finally booked another three flights. First from Bangkok Don Mueang to Penang in Malaysia with AirAsia, then from there to Phuket with Firefly and finally back to Bangkok with Bangkok Airways. Three new airports for me, three new airlines, and one new country, with at least a little time to visit the destinations, all in all not bad me thinks.

On the map my route looks like this:


Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.


Bangkok Don Muaeng Airport

After two exciting days in Bangkok it was time to hit the road again. An early afternoon allowed my to sleep in a little to fight the jetlag (and the aftereffects of the Singha beer from the night before). After an interesting chicken-with-rice-breakfast I took a taxi to the old Bangkok airport, to Don Muaeng. Being much closer to the city than Suvarnabhumi also means a smaller taxi bill, just around 200 baht (ca. 5 Euro), not bad.

Having done online check-in for my flight no need to go to the counter. Let's have a look at the FIDS, my flight was easy to find, being almost the only one written in Latin script   :

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The main hall of the airport, the age shows:

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They had some statue replicas of the ones found at the Grand Palace in Bangkok here:

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And they even have a small indoor viewing gallery upstairs. Not that much to see, there are basically three airlines that serve DMK these days. AirAsia is certainly the biggest player here:

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Then there is Nokair with its funny livery (I actually thought of booking a flight with them just because of the livery, even though there are probably just your basic low-cost airline):

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And Orient Thai, here with a B737-300:

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Flight 3 (30.05.2013)
DMK-PEN (Thai AirAsia FD2901)
Bangkok Don Mueang – Penang
Distance: 954 km / 515 nm
Airbus A320 (HS-ABX)
Seat 25A
scheduled 13:55 – 16:35
actual 14:10 – 16:47
flight-time: 14:20 – 16:43 (1 hour 23 minutes)

Time to head through passport control and security and on to the gate for my flight. Bus boarding from a pretty crowded and dark gate area. Boarding started a few minutes late, but nothing serious. A very long bus ride, we got a tour over the whole airport, but unfortunately not much to see. Our plane today, HS-ABX, only about 2 years old, flying shortly for Air Berlin, then for AirAsia:

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Boarding only from the front stairs, even though they had rear stairs deployed. Well, at least I could get a nice picture of the engine:

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And one more shortly before entering the plane:

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A nice greeting by the FAs and I folded myself into my seat 25A. Seat pitch was extremely tight here:

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Boarding took a while through only one door and with a pretty good load factor (the plane was almost full):

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Let's look into the seat pocket, the safety card:



And the 3sixty inflight magazine, which was in quite a bad shape:



So let's rather look outside, a lonely ramp worker guarding our wing:

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With a delay of around 15 minutes push back started and we began to taxi to runway 21R:

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And up we go. Interesting here with a golf course between the two runways, if you look closely you can see people and golfcarts crossing the active taxiway, I hope that planes have the right of way here   :

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Turning over the city:

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And BKK seen in the haze in the distance:

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The flight was rather uneventful, just some minor turbulences. A short welcome from the First Officer, route was straight south directly to Penang on flight level 390. I relaxed during the flight and just enjoyed the views outside:

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A red wingtip, always nice:

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And a first view of the island of Penang, already during descent:

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Descending even more south of the island:

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On final:

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Moments before touchdown on runway 04:

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A few minutes later we were parked at the gate, however without airbridge. Deboarding this time through both stairs, I took the rear exit and interestingly they allowed people to walk underneath the wing, seemed to be no problem here. Too bad I missed the opportunity to take an under-the-wing picture. Inside the terminal on the way to immigration:

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Almost no wait at passport control, just a little annoying that they take your fingerprints there. Anyway, a stamp in the passport and welcome to my 45th country, to Malaysia.


Georgetown, Penang

I had planned to take the bus from the airport to Georgetown, and I didn't have to wait very long for bus. The driver however just stopped for around half a second, didn't even bother to open the doors and then took off again. Well, it was an express bus, but hey, I think that was a bit too much express. There were two other guys at the bus stop, expats from Thailand on a visa run, we talked a little and then decided to share a taxi into town instead of waiting for the next bus.

I had booked a room here in a place named Noordin Mews, a little boutique hotel in a historic building. Turned out to be one of the nicest hotels I ever stayed at, exceptionally friendly staff, great service and a nice and big room, with lovely details:

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Highly sophisticated modern locking mechanism at my room door:

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A refreshing welcome drink with fresh fruits was delivered into my room immediately after my arrival:

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Even though the hotel was so nice, there was still a city outside to explore, and that's what I did next. The whole old town of Georgetown is a Unesco World Heritage sight, and rightfully so, really a wonderful place. Shophouses from the colonial times:

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A minaret of the Kapitan Keling Mosque in the evening light:



But first I had to find something to eat. The staff at the hotel recommended me a small Chinese restaurant and that's where I went. That was an interesting experience, by the time I arrived they were officially already closed, but the owner told me to stay, his mother would prepare something for me. Ok, I was quite hungry by now, so let's give it a try. Menu only in Chinese, so I went with the recommendation of the owner, one dish with chicken and one with vegetables. And that's what I got:

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It was a truly delicious meal, a little spicy, with a multitude of different and exciting tastes. I chatted with the Chinese owner of the restaurant and he told me quite a lot about their tradition and history and about Georgetown, it was really interesting. Later I had a couple of Tiger beers in the hotel bar before calling it a night.

Next morning, isn't this a great way to start a new day:



Freshly squeezed juice and fruits, followed by something more hearty in form of bacon, eggs and toast, everything enjoyed next to the pool:



Unfortunately I didn't have a lot of time before I had to go back to the airport, but at least enough for another walk through this city. Just some more impressions of the historic city center:

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While Malaysia is a Muslim country, here in Georgetown there is also a big Chinese and Indian population, which makes this place a melting pot of different cultures and religions. One of the many Hindu temples:



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Or rather Chinese style:

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The temple's bird seller is relaxing in the shadow:

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Komtar tower, the highest building in Penang:

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Nice sidewalks here, just sometimes difficult to walk because of all the motorbikes and other stuff parked there:



I took again a taxi back to the airport, on the way we got stuck in a little jam, caused by a truck driver who thought he had to unload his truck in the middle of the road:

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This caused my Indian driver to start a big tirade about the Chinese people, but besides he was a nice guy and we had a good talk on the way to the airport.


Penang airport

Despite this little traffic jam it took us only around 25 minutes to the airport so I was quite early for my flight. The landside drop-off area:



A quick look to the FIDS:

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And into a still very empty check-in area:

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No online check-in for Firefly, so to a check-in counter I went next. “Can I have a window seat, please?”, “Sure, no problem”. And I was given a supermarket strip like boarding pass, together with the immigration card for Thailand:



Still enough time for a quick lunch (something with chicken and curry, nothing special, but ok) to get rid of my last ringgit:

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Flight 4 (31.05.2013)
PEN-HKT (Firefly FY3604)
Penang – Phuket
Distance: 379 km / 205 nm
ATR 72 (9M-FYD)
Seat 15F
scheduled 14:05 – 14:20
actual 14:10 – 14:18
flight-time: 14:15 – 14:15 (1 hour)

Into the gate area next, security and passport control was easy and fast. Not much traffic at the airport at the moment unfortunately, but I saw this Silkair airbus bound for SIN:

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And a little later an arriving classic 737-400 from Malaysia Airlines:

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Besides there wasn't much to see so I settled down at my gate and relaxed until I saw this little Firefly in its nice livery coming in:

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So 9M-FYD would be my first ATR, built in 2008 and flying for Firefly since then. Boarding started by row numbers, front rows first, strictly enforced, so I had to wait a few minutes before I was allowed outside as well:

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A very friendly welcome by a cute young flight attendant on board. Seat pitch was also adequate for a short flight like this:

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Maklumat Keselamatan:



Or would you rather be going to places?



After a nice good day by the Captain the engines were started and we began our journey to Phuket. The still empty apron:

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Only a short taxi and we took off from an intersection on runway 04. The plane was quite loud during take-off roll, but after that the noise level was ok.

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One of the two bridges that connect Penang with the mainland, this is the newly built “Second Penang Bridge”:

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And here is the older first bridge:

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The town of Butterworth on the mainland, just opposite of Georgetown:

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And the Butterworth Airbase:

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Pretty soon thereafter the crew started with their service:

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They distributed packets of Firefly branded peanuts, followed by a cup of a tasty fruit juice (which was nice, I couldn't identify however what it was):

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Later there was a duty free run, but that wasn't of much interest to me. Instead I just enjoyed my time on board and the hazy, but still beautiful views over the Andaman sea with its thousands of islands. This looks like a nice beach:

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Or would you rather like a heart-shaped private island:

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Route of flight took us from Penang over Langkawi island and Krabi in Thailand. All at an altitude of 18000 ft. During approach we had this view over a lot of these small rocky islands. One of them must be the famous so-called James-Bond island, where the movie 'The Man With the Golden Gun' was made:

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And my first sight of Phuket island:

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On final, we were coming in from the East:

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Touching down on runway 27 after a flight time of exactly one hour:

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And finally we came to a halt next to this beautiful Bangkok Airways bird:

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Ok, back in Thailand now. This time there was only a short line at immigration. I was a little worried since this was my second entry into Thailand within three days, but no problem at all, the officer just quickly looked at the papers and then stamped my passport again.


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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9324 times:

Phuket

According to my guide book public transportation from the airport is quite limited here, so it had to be a taxi again. Like in Bangkok there is a meter-taxi booth to make sure you get a reasonable price. The main tourist hot-spot on Phuket is the town of Patong. However after my stay in Bangkok and in Georgetown I figured something more quiet would be better now, so I booked a room in the village of Kamala Beach. My hotel was interestingly named Ice Hotel (wonder who came up with this idea, given the fact that temperatures rarely drop below 25°C here). The first impression of my room was quite positive:

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This was however only the first impression, besides the hotel left a little to be desired, the room could have been cleaner, water in the shower was only lukewarm and breakfast was average at best. The view from my room, well, this really is the tropics:



Time now to explore the surroundings. As this was in the off-season for beach holiday everything was really quiet here, there were only a handful of tourists at all. Just a few impressions of the village:

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The main road:

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Kamala (as the whole western coast of Phuket) was hit quite hard by the 2004 tsunami, they had built a monument for it here:



The main attraction here is of course the beach, which indeed is pretty nice:

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Well, let's say most of it is nice, this part doesn't look too inviting for a sun bath:

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At the evening I had another lovely Thai dinner and after that, as usual on a holiday, I wanted to try out some of the local pubs to have one (or maybe two) Singha beers. However, since this wasn't the main season, all of the pubs and bars were open, but deserted, actually pretty dead. Quite a depressive feeling, walking through the empty streets, seeing all the bars with no one inside besides the bored staff.

But just as I was about to give up I discovered the only pub in town with some action inside, the 'Aussie Pub Kamala'. Well, you can always count on the Aussies when it comes to beer drinking and partying   . And I really had an great evening here, the place was filled with probably the whole expat community of the area, I met a few interesting and quite crazy people there.


Phuket airport

The next morning I slept in and after a late breakfast and another walk along the beach I headed back to the airport. Let's check out the FIDS, as expected most of the flights go to one of the Bangkok airports:

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The main hall of the airport:

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To the Bangkok Airways check-in counter next, no problem again with a window seat and I was handed my boarding pass:

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Since I was still early for my flight and it was about time for lunch I went to the Thai Airways restaurant at the airport. Unfortunately there weren't any seats at the window left but the views from there weren't that good anyway. Still nice here with the Thai branded glasses and cutlery:



And the food was tasty too, I had a plate of glass noodles with beef and veggies, with a healthy dose of hot chilies on it:

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Flight 5 (01.06.2013)
HKT-BKK (Bangkok Airways PG 909)
Phuket – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
Distance: 671 km / 362 nm
Airbus A320 (HS-PPD)
Seat 18A
scheduled 16:10 – 17:35
actual 16:07 – 17:35
flight-time: 16:19 – 17:23 (1 hour 4 minutes)

After lunch I headed through security to check out if the rumors are true that Bangkok Airways allow even economy passengers into their lounge in Phuket. And indeed, on the back side of the boarding pass was written, in small letters: 'We welcome all our passengers in our boutique lounge'. Very nice. So into the lounge next. No one at the reception so I just entered, this guy here guarded the door:



Not too busy here yet:



A small, but nicely stocked buffet here, with fresh fruits, croissants, chocolate muffins, small sandwichs and different sorts of cookies:

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I helped myself to some nibbles and a cup of tea:



Well, the lounge wasn't really big and certainly not comparable with the business lounges at major airports, but still nice. There were also two internet computers available. Anyway it sure beats seating there:

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The only downside was that there weren't any views outside from the lounge, so I got a glimpse of the plane that would take me to Bangkok only shortly before boarding:

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I couldn't get the registration but was a little disappointed to see that it was a plain white plane, and not one in one of the beautiful Bangkok Airways liveries. A nice welcome on board by the crew with a traditional Thai wai. I settled down, seats were comfortable and the legroom was ok as well:

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During boarding the crew distributed refreshing towels:

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Next to us was an airbus from AirAsia, with a Thai Fight livery:

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Let's have a look into the seat pocket. There was an onboard shopping guide:



The inflight magazine 'Fahthai':



And something for your safety:



Boarding was completed soon, the load was around 80% with an empty middle seat next to me. There was a nice short welcome from the First Officer, actually he apologized for a delay, even though departure was on time, even a few minutes early. No route or flightlevel info however.

During pushback we saw this Thai A330, also on the way to Bangkok. I could have flown this one as well for about the same price and it was really tempting to get on a widebody for such a short flight, but after all I am glad to have chosen Bangkok Airways.

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Lining up on runway 27 after a landing Thai Smile plane:

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And a good view over the apron and terminal building right after take-off:

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The beaches next to airport, certainly a nice spotting location:

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After reaching a safe altitude the crew started with the service run:

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And handed out trays with a complete meal:

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There were pieces of cold chicken with salad, fruits, a piece of almond cake and a bread roll. Food was ok, the chicken was a bit dry but the salad tasted really fresh with a nice sauce on it. Later the crew came around with a drink run, tea, coffee or soft drinks. All in all service was very good on board and the crew very friendly.

No views to the ground today during the flight, as often in these latitudes some massive clouds were building up:

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That also meant quite a few turbulences, nothing serious, but still enough to keep the seat belt sign on most of the flight.

I browsed a bit through the inflight magazine later, the fleet page of course quite interesting showing their colorful liveries. Also interesting to note that their A319 is bigger than the A320   :



As descent started the weather had cleared again a little, giving us nice views over the fields south of Bangkok. I really like how this picture came out:

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Already on final, flaps extended:

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And chasing our shadow shortly before touchdown on runway 01L:

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Welcome back to Thai Land:

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It was quite a long way to the gate. There were a few shouts from the crew through the cabin 'Sit down please!'. However I didn't notice anybody who stood up during taxiing, but then I guess the crew had a better overview.

Another Bangkok Airways plane:

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And finally we parked at the gate next to a Thai Smile airbus:

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Deboarding was quite fast, farewell and thank you to the crew for the pleasant flight and again in Suvarnabhumi. From the airbridge I finally had a chance to get the registration of the plane, it was HS-PPD, built in 2005 and flying a while for Kingfisher airlines, before it started service for PG only last year. On arrival level the airport here doesn't look too inviting with the long and dark walkways:

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I had chosen to go to a hotel near the airport for the night since I had an early departure the next morning. Pick-up from the airport was included in the price, and indeed, as I left the baggage claim area there was a lady holding a sign with my name on it. Nice, it was the first time I was picked up at an airport like this. The hotel itself, called Lilac Residence, was also pretty good, friendly staff, a big and comfortable room, only the colors on the walls weren't exactly to my taste:

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The hotel was in the middle of a residential area, I had a walk and discovered an interesting temple area next to a small canal. Really interesting, and quite different then the more touristy temples in central Bangkok:

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There also was local market on the temple grounds, with basically everything to sell, from food, household stuff, clothing, DVDs with the newest blockbusters (all originals of course   ), up to the omnipresent fake Rolex watches. Seafood anyone:



That wasn't however what I wanted for dinner tonight. I just couldn't get myself to eat at one of the many street food stalls, even though the food there is probably fine mostly. And since there weren't any restaurants around I just went into a 7-11 and got myself some snacks there. So this was my last dinner in Thailand. Chili-squid crisps, pineapple pie, and a big bottle of Singha:



Conclusion

And that concludes the second part of my South-East-Asian trip report series. I hope you enjoyed it so far.

I had three interesting flights, with three very different airlines. First AirAsia, your basic low-cost airline with cramped seats and buy-on-board-service only, but besides no problems and a cheap way to get you from A to B.

Then Firefly, I had a comfy short flight with them, good service and a little snack. Special for me since it was my first ride on an ATR.

The highlight this time certainly was Bangkok Airways. Truly a boutique airline, with very friendly service, attention to details, a full meal even on a short flight, and, what really makes it special, lounge access in Phuket even for economy passengers. Well done here.

I was quite impressed by Georgetown in Malaysia, a wonderful and very interesting city with its old town and a very special atmosphere. The lovely hotel I had there added to the experience, I really felt a bit sad that I had to leave after only one night there.

Phuket on the other hand was a bit of a disappointment, mainly because it was off-season and therefore not much going on. The beaches are certainly nice, but since I am not really a beach holiday type guy there wasn't much to do there for me. At least I had a fun evening at the Aussie Pub.

Now in the third and last part of this series you will read about the flight that actually was the main reason to go on this trip, the inaugural Norwegian long-haul flight from Bangkok to Oslo. Just to tell you that much, it was a terrible experience, but more on that later.

Of course if you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop a line here, I would be happy to read and answer it   ...


CaptainRed

[Edited 2013-07-03 13:55:18]

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5131 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9100 times:

Hi, Captain M.,

that was for sure a great read this Wednesday evening together with supber local pictures.
Penang and Georgetown looks like really nice.
You should go more often to Asia, definitely!.
Looking for the final part now.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineB707MT From Australia, joined Apr 2013, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8972 times:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
As descent started the weather had cleared again a little, giving us nice views over the fields south of Bangkok. I really like how this picture came out:

Yep, the light in the tropics can give you some beautiful images, especially afternoons and early evening. Nice read, and good balance and choice of pictures. Impressive meal tray on the short PG sector too.


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2731 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8444 times:

Hello! very good TR with some very interesting carriers / Destinations.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Nokair with its funny livery

Yeah very cute and most of them have different colours as well  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And Orient Thai

That´s one carrier that does not inspire me much confidence really.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
my seat 25A. Seat pitch was extremely tight here:

WOW that´s very tight! and I thought Vueling was bad! I feel pain just by looking at the picture.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Interesting here with a golf course between the two runways

Imagine if a golf ball hits a plane windshield... ¨who was the funny man who did this?¨ wasn´t me   

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Firefly in its nice livery

Indeed, suits the ATR well  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
followed by a cup of a tasty fruit juice (which was nice, I couldn't identify however what it was):

Guava juice perhaps.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
During approach we had this view over a lot of these small rocky islands


Impressive! Asia certainly has some breathtaking scenery.

I enjoyed reading it, I also have an upcoming Firefly flight from SIN to Subang Airport, they look like a nice little airline and look forward to my experience. There´s also a Tiger Airways flight so it will be interesting to compare it with AirAsia.

As for Bangkok Airways, shame about the white plane but their service seems pretty good and would not hesitate to try them out someday  

Phuket doesn´t really do it for me, but Penang could be interesting and it´s on my bucket list.

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39685 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8385 times:

Another great trip report from CaptainRed!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Then there is Nokair with its funny livery (I actually thought of booking a flight with them just because of the livery, even though there are probably just your basic low-cost airline):

Nok Air is a hell of a lot better than Air Asia.
Yes it's a low-cost carrier but I wouldn't say "basic". Unlike Air Asia, Nok Air offers free snacks and beverages at no extra cost. Their fares are consistently cheaper than Air Asia on routes they both fly on. I find their service a lot friendlier too.


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And they even have a small indoor viewing gallery upstairs. Not that much to see, there are basically three airlines that serve DMK these days.

Don Meung can get some interesting traffic as well. Mostly cargo and private jets. There I've seen the Bahrain 747SP, Volga Dnpr IL-76 and a cargo AN-12 that comes in daily.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
if you look closely you can see people and golfcarts crossing the active taxiway, I hope that planes have the right of way here

Depending on which day that was, you can also see me down there playing golf.  
Yes, the aircraft do have the right of way.

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/DMK040_zps04c5535c.jpg

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Turning over the city:

Hey that's my neighborhood!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
After lunch I headed through security to check out if the rumors are true that Bangkok Airways allow even economy passengers into their lounge in Phuket. And indeed, on the back side of the boarding pass was written, in small letters: 'We welcome all our passengers in our boutique lounge'. Very nice. So into the lounge next. No one at the reception so I just entered, this guy here guarded the door:

BKK also has a lounge for Bangkok Airways. There I had popcorn and Tang.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
During pushback we saw this Thai A330, also on the way to Bangkok. I could have flown this one as well for about the same price and it was really tempting to get on a widebody for such a short flight,

Thai Airways also operates a 747-400 daily to Phuket. I think they send 3 a day as well as an A300.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
And handed out trays with a complete meal:

Nice! Your chicken looks good!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
The hotel was in the middle of a residential area, I had a walk and discovered an interesting temple area next to a small canal. Really interesting, and quite different then the more touristy temples in central Bangkok:

Smart. Now you see the real Bangkok. Not the touristy part of town.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
DVDs with the newest blockbusters (all originals of course ), up to the omnipresent fake Rolex watches.

Haha!  



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8288 times:

Hi there captain - great second part of the series on a destination I visited not so long ago - just a shame I didn't get as long as I had planned in Phuket!

The Bangkok airways lounge in HKT amused me slightly on my visit - I could see through the windows it was absolutely packed in there - yet I was about the only person in the general departure lounge!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Thai Airways also operates a 747-400 daily to Phuket. I think they send 3 a day as well as an A300

They do - the 747 I went on was one of the newly refurbed ones - stay tuned for a report featuring both in the coming weeks!

Shame the A300 wouldn't play ball on my trip... Although I did eventually end up on another so not a total disaster!



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1221 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8023 times:

Nice report CR - lovely pics of your flights in the region and also I particularly enjoyed the segment on Penang. Your hotel there looked especially great.

Thanks again Palmjet



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7911 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):

that was for sure a great read this Wednesday evening together with supber local pictures.

Hi Markus, thanks a lot.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Penang and Georgetown looks like really nice.
You should go more often to Asia, definitely!.

Georgetown was definitely nice. And you are right, would certainly like to go to Asia more often, it is just not exactly around the corner from here   ...

Quoting B707MT (Reply 3):

Yep, the light in the tropics can give you some beautiful images, especially afternoons and early evening. Nice read, and good balance and choice of pictures. Impressive meal tray on the short PG sector too.

Hi B707MT, thank you, glad you liked my report. And that meal for sure was pretty good.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 4):
Hello! very good TR with some very interesting carriers / Destinations.

Hola Christian, thank you.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 4):
That´s one carrier that does not inspire me much confidence really.

Yep, same here, their livery looks somehow "cheap". Haven't heard a lot of good things about them actually.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 4):
WOW that´s very tight! and I thought Vueling was bad! I feel pain just by looking at the picture.

Indeed it was tight. Never been on Vueling, but from I have heard it is probably about the same seatpitch.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 4):
Indeed, suits the ATR well

  

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 4):
Guava juice perhaps.

Probably yes, actually I liked it.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 4):
Impressive! Asia certainly has some breathtaking scenery.

That's for sure, a shame that it was so hazy, but still impressive.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 4):
I enjoyed reading it, I also have an upcoming Firefly flight from SIN to Subang Airport, they look like a nice little airline and look forward to my experience.

Cool, I am sure you will enjoy that flight.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 4):
Phuket doesn´t really do it for me, but Penang could be interesting and it´s on my bucket list.

Penang is great, go there and see for yourself if you have a chance to do so. And make sure to have a bit more time there than I had.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Another great trip report from CaptainRed!

Hey Superfly, thanks a lot for your reply.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Nok Air is a hell of a lot better than Air Asia.
Yes it's a low-cost carrier but I wouldn't say "basic". Unlike Air Asia, Nok Air offers free snacks and beverages at no extra cost. Their fares are consistently cheaper than Air Asia on routes they both fly on. I find their service a lot friendlier too.

Good to know, next time when I am in the area I will try them out for sure.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):

Don Meung can get some interesting traffic as well. Mostly cargo and private jets. There I've seen the Bahrain 747SP, Volga Dnpr IL-76 and a cargo AN-12 that comes in daily.

Sounds interesting, too bad I haven't seen any of these.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Depending on which day that was, you can also see me down there playing golf.
Yes, the aircraft do have the right of way.

Wow, must be cool to play golf there and at the same time watching planes. Nice picture as well, looks really close to the runway, nice.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Thai Airways also operates a 747-400 daily to Phuket. I think they send 3 a day as well as an A300.

Yeah, the 747-400 would have been great to fly on, it wasn't scheduled at the time I wanted to fly though. Otherwise I think I would have taken it instead of PG.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Nice! Your chicken looks good!

Looks good for sure, the meat was a bit dry however.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 6):
Hi there captain - great second part of the series on a destination I visited not so long ago

Hello James, thank you. Good to know you have been there as well.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 6):
The Bangkok airways lounge in HKT amused me slightly on my visit - I could see through the windows it was absolutely packed in there - yet I was about the only person in the general departure lounge!

True, the lounge isn't very big. Definitely not enough for the all the pax of a fully loaded A320. In my case it was actually pretty empty there. I think a lot of people don't even know that they can go into the lounge.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 6):
They do - the 747 I went on was one of the newly refurbed ones - stay tuned for a report featuring both in the coming weeks!

Looking forward to read about your experience there   ...

Quoting palmjet (Reply 7):
Nice report CR - lovely pics of your flights in the region and also I particularly enjoyed the segment on Penang. Your hotel there looked especially great.

Hi Palmjet, thanks a lot. And true, the hotel in Penang was really exceptional.


CaptainRed


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7738 times:

Hello CaptainRed

Thanks for the nice report.

DMK is really not the most pleasant place to be (except maybe on the golf course...), I think they could upgrade it a bit. But then again with only LCC's there, I guess that's not the most important thing.

I have used Nok Air and actually it was a quite pleasant flight from DMK to HKT (no detour via PEN, unfortunately...) with free (and nice) catering.

Best regarrds, LXM83


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39685 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7704 times:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 8):
Good to know, next time when I am in the area I will try them out for sure.

Yes, for sure. Nok Air is more popular with the local Thais. Air Asia is popular with foreign tourist.
Nok Air gives a more authentic Thai experience than Air Asia.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 8):
Sounds interesting, too bad I haven't seen any of these.

They're not on any schedule except the AN-12. I hear it depart every morning at 8:30AM. It's my cue to leave the house and head off to work.
It must come in under the cloak of darkness the night before because I've never seen it land.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 8):
Wow, must be cool to play golf there and at the same time watching planes. Nice picture as well, looks really close to the runway, nice.

We actually drive ON the runway to get to the other side.
Imagine how cool it was just 12 years ago. Then Don Mueang had Vietnam TU-134, Aeroflot IL-62, IL-86, IL-96, Cambodian 727 along with Iberia 747-200s, Olympic Airways 747-200s, tons of 747-300s and many other airlines with classic cheatlines.



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7338 times:

Hello Captain

Another nice report, thanks for sharing
Intereting to see some intra-asia flying.
Bangkok airways looks pretty nice, with great service on a short haul.
Looking forward to the next part!


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 960 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7248 times:

Danke Schon for your trip report. An interesting trip, and making me excited for my own in September, with AirAsia and Firefly flights. Also interesting to compare your shots of Georgetown (where I haven't visted) with Melaka.

Kent


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7214 times:

Hey Captain! Thanks for the entertaining second part of your southeast Asian adventure. It seems like you had a very good time out there!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
First from Bangkok Don Mueang to Penang in Malaysia with AirAsia, then from there to Phuket with Firefly and finally back to Bangkok with Bangkok Airways. Three new airports for me, three new airlines, and one new country, with at least a little time to visit the destinations, all in all not bad me thinks.

That's splendid. I love trips where you can combine new destinations, new airlines and even new aircraft types...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Then there is Nokair with its funny livery (I actually thought of booking a flight with them just because of the livery, even though there probably just your basic low-cost airline):

That livery is hilarious. I wonder whether it was designed with this intention or it just so happened to be so.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And Orient Thai, here with a B737-300:

That's the cheapest titles patch I have seen since Donavia used to do something similar to some of their 737s.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And up we go. Interesting here with a golf course between the two runways, if you look closely you can see people and golfcarts crossing the active taxiway, I hope that planes have the right of way here

How interesting. I wonder whether the golfers have to go through airport security in order to get access to the course given that it is technically within the airport grounds (and in fact "airside"...)

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Ihad booked a room here in a place named Noordin Mews, a little boutique hotel in a historic building. Turned out to be one of the nicest hotels I ever stayed at, exceptionally friendly staff, great service and a nice and big room, with lovely details:

I'm disappointed that there is no "creepy" chair, like in Superfly's hotel

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
But first I had to find something to eat. The staff at the hotel recommended me a small Chinese restaurant and that's where I went. That was an interesting experience, by the time I arrived they were officially already closed, but the owner told me to stay, his mother would prepare something for me.

I wonder, do they offer "Penang Curry" in Penang? It's one of my favorite kinds of curry and in fact I had it the other night. I wonder if it goes by another name there.

Let me thank you again for this fun read. I'm now looking forward to hear what exactly happened in the next segment of this adventure of yours.

Stojan



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6729 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 10):
Imagine how cool it was just 12 years ago. Then Don Mueang had Vietnam TU-134, Aeroflot IL-62, IL-86, IL-96, Cambodian 727 along with Iberia 747-200s, Olympic Airways 747-200s, tons of 747-300s and many other airlines with classic cheatlines.

Hey Superfly, I can only imagine how cool that must have been to get so close to all these airliners.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Another nice report, thanks for sharing
Intereting to see some intra-asia flying.
Bangkok airways looks pretty nice, with great service on a short haul.

Hi Marc, thank you. And indeed, Bangkok Airways was pretty good, for sure a great little airline.

Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 12):
Danke Schon for your trip report. An interesting trip, and making me excited for my own in September, with AirAsia and Firefly flights. Also interesting to compare your shots of Georgetown (where I haven't visted) with Melaka.

Hi Kent, thanks for stopping by. From what I heard from the locals in Penang the town of Malaka should be quite nice as well. Anyway have a good trip in September!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 13):
Thanks for the entertaining second part of your southeast Asian adventure. It seems like you had a very good time out there!

Hey Stojan, thanks a lot, and yeah, really had a great time on this trip.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 13):
That's splendid. I love trips where you can combine new destinations, new airlines and even new aircraft types...

Well, that's what our hobby is all about, isn't it? Plus add a new country to the list and everything is perfect   ...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 13):
That's the cheapest titles patch I have seen since Donavia used to do something similar to some of their 737s.

Indeed, looks very cheap, but that was nothing compared to a 747 I saw at BKK from Orient Thai. You could still see the Saudia logo on the tail, besides that plain white with just a small title with their name. Too bad I wasn't fast enough to take a picture of it. Anyway doesn't give you much confidence to fly with them.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 13):
How interesting. I wonder whether the golfers have to go through airport security in order to get access to the course given that it is technically within the airport grounds (and in fact "airside"...)

I wonder as well, probably yes. But maybe Superfly can give us some insight here?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 13):
I'm disappointed that there is no "creepy" chair, like in Superfly's hotel

Well, no, it wasn't that sort of hotel  ...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 13):
I wonder, do they offer "Penang Curry" in Penang? It's one of my favorite kinds of curry and in fact I had it the other night. I wonder if it goes by another name there.

I have absolutely no idea, but then as Georgetown is also considered the food capital of Malaysia it wouldn't surprise me if they have their own sort of curry dish.


CaptainRed


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6364 times:

Hi CaptainRed,

very good report with many nice pictures! Good to see you tried these three airlines, I can only agree that Bangkok Air is a great carrier.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Then there is Nokair with its funny livery (I actually thought of booking a flight with them just because of the livery, even though there are probably just your basic low-cost airline):

The livery alone would be worth it to try Nok!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Our plane today, HS-ABX, only about 2 years old, flying shortly for Air Berlin, then for AirAsia:

As far as I know, the plane has never flown for AB. It's one of various birds sold by AB directly after delivery.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Almost no wait at passport control, just a little annoying that they take your fingerprints there. Anyway, a stamp in the passport and welcome to my 45th country, to Malaysia.

Fingerprints in Malaysia? Must be rather new.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Since I was still early for my flight and it was about time for lunch I went to the Thai Airways restaurant at the airport. Unfortunately there weren't any seats at the window left but the views from there weren't that good anyway. Still nice here with the Thai branded glasses and cutlery:

Ah, I really liked that restaurant.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
A small, but nicely stocked buffet here, with fresh fruits, croissants, chocolate muffins, small sandwichs and different sorts of cookies:

Interesting, there wasn't so much stuff on offer back in 2011.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I couldn't get the registration but was a little disappointed to see that it was a plain white plane, and not one in one of the beautiful Bangkok Airways liveries.

That's really bad luck. Bangkok Air has introduced a few used planes with an interim livery - I really hope they will paint them properly.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
There were pieces of cold chicken with salad, fruits, a piece of almond cake and a bread roll. Food was ok, the chicken was a bit dry but the salad tasted really fresh with a nice sauce on it. Later the crew came around with a drink run, tea, coffee or soft drinks.

Impressive meal!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I browsed a bit through the inflight magazine later, the fleet page of course quite interesting showing their colorful liveries. Also interesting to note that their A319 is bigger than the A320

And the A320 should be equipped with an IAE engine!


PH



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6329 times:
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Hi there Captain!

Great continuation to your little series here! What a great idea to try these 3 carriers out. Overall Bangkok Airways looks very impressive.. From the lounge to the meal you got on board this short flight, shame you didn't catch one of those beautiful liveries!
Nice pictures of Georgetown, that sure looks like a nice hotel you stayed at. Shame Phuket disappointed, but as you put it correctly it was off season.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Three new airports for me, three new airlines, and one new country, with at least a little time to visit the destinations, all in all not bad me thinks.

Very impressive!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Then there is Nokair with its funny livery

Love their livery! Asia sure has a lot of beautiful liveries compared to Europe  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And up we go. Interesting here with a golf course between the two runways, if you look closely you can see people and golfcarts crossing the active taxiway

Wouldn't mind playing some golf there 
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Seafood anyone

No thank you 

Definetely looking forward to the next part!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5745 times:

Great report! Brings back some memories from my travels to Asia and Thailand in particular. Nice photos from Penang, never knew it has such a historic center. And you gotta love Bangkok Airways!  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
That was an interesting experience, by the time I arrived they were officially already closed, but the owner told me to stay, his mother would prepare something for me. Ok, I was quite hungry by now, so let's give it a try. Menu only in Chinese, so I went with the recommendation of the owner, one dish with chicken and one with vegetables

And experiences like that is why I love Southeast Asia!


User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 960 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5518 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
Fingerprints in Malaysia? Must be rather new.

I was there 12 months ago and fingerprinting on entry was in place at KLIA, although I've no idea when it was introduced.


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5330 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
very good report with many nice pictures!

Hello PH, thanks a lot. Glad you liked my report.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
The livery alone would be worth it to try Nok!

Indeed, next time I am in the area I will for sure try to book a flight with them.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
As far as I know, the plane has never flown for AB. It's one of various birds sold by AB directly after delivery.

Ah, interesting to know. I wondered why it had been with AB only such a short time.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
Ah, I really liked that restaurant.

True, really a nice restaurant, good food, also very reasonable prices for an airport restaurant.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
Bangkok Air has introduced a few used planes with an interim livery - I really hope they will paint them properly.

Yes, hope so as well, their liveries are truly beautiful.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 17):
Great report! Brings back some memories from my travels to Asia and Thailand in particular. Nice photos from Penang, never knew it has such a historic center. And you gotta love Bangkok Airways!

Hi Robert, thanks for stopping by. Yeah, Penang, well, Georgetown to be precise, is actually a Unesco world heritage site, really a wonderful place.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 17):
And experiences like that is why I love Southeast Asia!

  


User currently onlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1291 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (1 year 4 days ago) and read 5269 times:

Hey CR,

Thank you for this report from a part of the world I like very much. Your asia tour reports are very well made.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The main hall of the airport, the age shows:

Well, when I was there in jan 2011 it was all empty as only Orient Thai and Nok flew from there.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
After an interesting chicken-with-rice-breakfast I took a taxi to the old Bangkok airport, to Don Muaeng. Being much closer to the city than Suvarnabhumi also means a smaller taxi bill, just around 200 baht (ca. 5 Euro), not bad.

There is even a cheaper way: public bus number 26 goes from the city center to the airport 24/7 for just 26 THB.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
A small, but nicely stocked buffet here, with fresh fruits, croissants, chocolate muffins, small sandwichs and different sorts of cookies:

Very generous as it is free for all passengers. I sneaked to Bangkok airways lounge in Luang Prabang and it was very nice too.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
And the food was tasty too, I had a plate of glass noodles with beef and veggies, with a healthy dose of hot chilies on it:

Tasty food at an airport?!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
That wasn't however what I wanted for dinner tonight. I just couldn't get myself to eat at one of the many street food stalls, even though the food there is probably fine mostly. And since there weren't any restaurants around I just went into a 7-11 and got myself some snacks there. So this was my last dinner in Thailand. Chili-squid crisps, pineapple pie, and a big bottle of Singha:

What?! why?! the best food in Thailand is the food sold on the street. I wouldn't mind avoiding all restaurants, in particular those in Bangkok!

Thank you for shearing, Jonathan



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1653 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (1 year 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5112 times:
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Hello Cpt,

Thanks for this nice and entertaining story featuring your SE Asian getaway, and accompanied by some really good destination pics. Excellent and varied choice of carriers, all new to the log I presume? I really like the Bangkok Airways livery which I find to be modern and stylish. Air Asia is too screamish for my liking and Firefly's coat looked much better on the B738. I hope to be able to do such a cool itinerary like this in the near or far future!
Anyways, looking out for your conclusion featuring the missed B787  

Sultanils



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 hours ago) and read 4903 times:

Nice continutation report - you have some nice flgihts around a nice part of the world. I'm glad you liked Penang, one of my ancestral homes!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Route of flight took us from Penang over Langkawi island and Krabi in Thailand. All at an altitude of 18000 ft. During approach we had this view over a lot of these small rocky islands. One of them must be the famous so-called James-Bond island, where the movie 'The Man With the Golden Gun' was made:

I went to James Bond Island when I was younger - so gorgeous!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Well, the lounge wasn't really big and certainly not comparable with the business lounges at major airports, but still nice. There were also two internet computers available. Anyway it sure beats seating there:

Definately, a nice little perk.



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (12 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4673 times:

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 20):
Thank you for this report from a part of the world I like very much. Your asia tour reports are very well made.

Hi Jonathan, thanks a lot, glad you liked my reports.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 20):
Well, when I was there in jan 2011 it was all empty as only Orient Thai and Nok flew from there.

Oh dear, must have been really empty then, AirAsia makes quite some business there.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 20):

There is even a cheaper way: public bus number 26 goes from the city center to the airport 24/7 for just 26 THB.

Ah, good to know, that's indeed cheap, but then again the taxi was also not too expensive and certainly more convenient, and easier to find than the bus stop   ...

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 20):
Tasty food at an airport?!

Yes, amazing, isn't it? But this restaurant really had nice food. And for reasonable prices as well.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 20):
What?! why?! the best food in Thailand is the food sold on the street. I wouldn't mind avoiding all restaurants, in particular those in Bangkok!

Yes, I know, the food there is probably pretty good (it certainly was tempting sometimes). But still I have heard a few stories of people having problems after eating food at the street so I just couldn't get myself to eat something there. Probably missed a great experience.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 21):
Thanks for this nice and entertaining story featuring your SE Asian getaway, and accompanied by some really good destination pics. Excellent and varied choice of carriers, all new to the log I presume?

Hi Nils, thank you. And yes, the three airlines were all new to my log. Not too difficult yet for me to find new things in this corner of the world   ...

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 21):
I really like the Bangkok Airways livery which I find to be modern and stylish.

Indeed a pretty livery (with the exception of that dull plain white one on the plane I had), I really like the different colorful schemes they have.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 22):
Nice continutation report - you have some nice flgihts around a nice part of the world. I'm glad you liked Penang, one of my ancestral homes!

Hi Gabriel, thanks again. And yes, I really enjoyed Penang, definitely a very interesting place.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 22):
I went to James Bond Island when I was younger - so gorgeous!

Yeah, I guess that must be a very cool experience. I have seen a lot of pictures of it, there were also tours offered to it, but I couldn't fit it in my schedule.

CaptainRed


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1327 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (11 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

Thanks for sharing. DMK really looks old and deserted  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
According to my guide book public transportation from the airport is quite limited here, so it had to be a taxi again. Like in Bangkok there is a meter-taxi booth to make sure you get a reasonable price.

Actually there are little vans which will take you all around Phuket for a few baths only. They all will make a stop however at their owner's travel agency and try to sell you almost everyhting travel related imaginable. But if you remain firm and do not purchase anyhting, this is very good value for money.

PG is really a nice carrier. Flew them the other way round and we also got an excellent meal, and the lounge access is nice.


25 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Captain, Not sure how I missed this one first time round…sorry! You did well logging these 3 new carriers during your short stay. At least AB won
26 Post contains images CaptainRed : Hi reifel, thanks for stopping by. Fully agree with you on DMK. Didn't know about this possibility. Sounds a bit like a hassle, but why not if you ha
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