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DL/KE DTW-ICN-BKK, BKK-NRT-DTW 6-25/7-4 Part 2  
User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6088 posts, RR: 29
Posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5888 times:
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This is a continuation of this trip report

DL/KE DTW-ICN-BKK, BKK-NRT-DTW 6-25/7-4 (by falstaff Jul 5 2013 in Trip Reports)

The train took a nice elevated route through the city, giving us some great views.

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We arrived at BKK and then had to take the free shuttle to the hotel, which was easier said than done. We had to go upstairs to the shuttle bus area and that was a pain in the neck to find from where we got off the train at.

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We headed on over to the Novotel and I checked into my room.

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The room was just fine, but after looking online some airplane nerd web site said that room 1539 was the best room for plane spotting. I called the front desk and had the room switched to 1539 and Superfly and I watched planes coming in for landing for a good while. If the windows were cleaner I could have taken clearer photos.

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It was still early, but it was getting late for a guy who had to get up at 3am so the fly left and I went to take a dip in the pool and drink a glass of beer.

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I got up EARLY and grabbed the shuttle to BKK, there were five other passengers leaving at that terrible hour too.

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The shuttle dropped us off at the terminal and I went right in and dropped my baggage; there was no line. I then proceeded to security, where there was also no line at all. After not seeing any lines I knew I was due and when I got to passport control I found my line. There were plenty of customs desks, but only one line was open. After clearing passport control I made my way to the gates, passing may closed restaurants and shops along the way.

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I was hungry so I used the interactive airport directory to help me find something to eat.

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I stopped and had breakfast at Mister Donut. Mister Donut has been gone from the USA since 1990, but is very popular in Asia. I always enjoyed going to Mister Donut with my dad, when I was a kid

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After breakfast I headed to my gate where I waited in line and drank my coffee.

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I boarded my Delta flight to Tokyo Narita (NRT), Japan and found my seat. The 747-400 wasn’t full I switched my aisle seat to one where nobody would be sitting next to me. Breakfast was served, an omelet, as I watched the map of my flight pass over Da Nang, Vietnam.


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I wrote my trip report and just chilled out on the smooth flight to NRT. They served a great snack of ham and cheese about ¾ of the way through the flight. It was so good I asked seconds.

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We arrived at NRT about 25 minutes early, which eased my fears about having only an hour connection time

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The walk over to security wasn’t far and the line was not very long. I got through the line in no time and was able to head over to the duty free store for some beer to take home.

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The flight began boarding just as I was buying beer, but I still had plenty of time.

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The flight, DL 276 NRT-DTW, was operated by a 747-400. Some say the 744 is getting a bit long in the tooth, but I still love them, especially since they have the new seats and IFE. It is a good day when you can fly on a 747 twice.

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This flight was more crowded than the BKK-NRT flight, but not 100% full. We were served a great dinner!

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Midflight we were served more ham and cheese sandwiches, which were good, but not as good as those on the BKK-NRT flight. I watched some more great movies; Argo, letters from Iwo Jima and English Vinglish. We were also served breakfast, which was similar to the breakfast I had earlier in the day.


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We arrived at DTW right on time and I headed right down to customs. The line for US nationals wasn’t very long so I was able to proceed rather quickly to the baggage claim. My baggage came rather quickly and I was selected for a more rigorous customs check (I am sure it was because I came from BKK alone), but they claimed it was random. The customs agents were very friendly as they searched my baggage, finding nothing but the items listed on my entry form. The one guy distracted me with conversation while the second searched my bag. The guy did seem genuinely interested in the boat story I mentioned here. Since the guys didn’t find anything they sent me on my way and I grabbed a taxi cab and headed home. When I got home I put down my stuff, took a shower and went to bed! I had a great trip and saw a lot of neat stuff. I plan on returning to Asia again in the future, so hopefully this will be the first of many trip reports from across the Pacific.


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User currently offlinewroord From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5092 times:

Quoting falstaff (Thread starter):
I called the front desk and had the room switched to 1539 and Superfly and I watched planes coming in for landing for a good while

Cool view despite windows being smaged.

Quoting falstaff (Thread starter):
I went to take a dip in the pool and drink a glass of beer.

That pool looks very relaxing. I usually head for the pool after a long flight to relax and get the blood flowing.

Quoting falstaff (Thread starter):
I stopped and had breakfast at Mister Donut. Mister Donut has been gone from the USA since 1990, but is very popular in Asia. I always enjoyed going to Mister Donut with my dad, when I was a kid

I haven't seen them anywhere else in Asia, but I was not particularly looking either. Was the tase of their food a reminder of your childhood?

Quoting falstaff (Thread starter):
The walk over to security wasn’t far and the line was not very long. I got through the line in no time and was able to head over to the duty free store for some beer to take home.

This is one of the reasons I lover NRT. I hope you went for Yebisu as Asahi you can buy here in US.

Quoting falstaff (Thread starter):
The flight, DL 276 NRT-DTW, was operated by a 747-400. Some say the 744 is getting a bit long in the tooth, but I still love them, especially since they have the new seats and IFE.

I was wondering how NWA 747s look like under DL. I love 747 myself they look so majestic.


User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6088 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4991 times:
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Quoting wroord (Reply 1):
I hope you went for Yebisu

I did. I have had almost 1100 different beers since I was 18 (brew pubs not included) and I had not had Yebisu before.

Quoting wroord (Reply 1):
I haven't seen them anywhere else in Asia, but I was not particularly looking either. Was the tase of their food a reminder of your childhood?

They are based in Japan now. Yes, the taste did bring back some good memories.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39854 posts, RR: 74
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4221 times:

Quoting falstaff (Thread starter):
I got up EARLY and grabbed the shuttle to BKK, there were five other passengers leaving at that terrible hour too.

I really hate the departure and arrival times for United and Delta out of Bangkok.

Quoting falstaff (Thread starter):
may closed restaurants and shops along the way.

Even the first class and business class lounges are closed when the United and Delta flights depart.

Quoting falstaff (Thread starter):
Some say the 744 is getting a bit long in the tooth, but I still love them, especially since they have the new seats and IFE.

Those 744s can fly forever.
The new seats look small. Not a fan of the tapered seat backs. It allows too much light from the PTVs of the people in front of you to shine through.



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User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3792 times:
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The Novotel at Suvarnabhumi is really nice, but expensive. I stayed there once when I didn't make a JL BKK-NRT flight at 8AM. The next flight wasn't until 10PM. This was before I moved here.
I have taken that DL flight twice and it was an A330. I did not know they used a 747-400. It is early, isn't it?
Suvarnabhumi is pretty much a 24 hour operation, unlike NRT. You have flights arriving and departing at 5AM. I have flown HND-BKK several times, and they are like that. And you have a lot of flights departing around midnite. Although it does quiet down around 3 or 4AM.
It sounds like you had a really great time here. I enjoyed both your trip reports



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6088 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3311 times:
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Quoting triple7man (Reply 4):
It is early, isn't it?

Too early for me, I like the sun to be up so I can at least see the airplanes.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 4):
The Novotel at Suvarnabhumi is really nice, but expensive.

I didn't think it was that bad, compared to similar hotels in Europe. I have paid as much and got far less in the EU.



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