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Arabia & Thailand 2013 1: LHR-DXB-BKK EK A380/77W  
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1306 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 21961 times:


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Welcome all to trip report number 25 already.

Videos related to this report:

Departure from LHR: http://youtu.be/1ibBHynGKtY
Arrival into DXB: http://youtu.be/kqhkVk3No2o

Departure from DXB: http://youtu.be/sk8EvmafG4E
Arrival in BKK: http://youtu.be/VthJahp7jho

No sooner had I returned from my trip to the USA, I was in holiday mode again – except this time I would be heading East for the first time - thanks to a bit of light persuasion from AirbusEric on Facebook!

Due to the fact that this trip was taking place just three weeks after my fortnight in the USA (where I’d bagged the Easter weekend), and that this trip would also take place over a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK meant I was taking a bit of a gamble as to weather I would be able to get the time off work. The first day back after Christmas I made sure I was the first to hand both of my holiday forms in and luckily they were both approved.

This trip initially was planned as three nights in Dubai, however things ended up getting more elaborate as the weeks and months went on. First off, I decided to tag on a trip to Bangkok at the beginning – bringing the total length of the trip to seven days. Despite both VS and BA having far cheaper fares to Dubai, there was only ever on way I wanted to get there – with Emirates so I could log an A380 for the first time. Further investigation showed that for around £50 more than the LHR-DXB-LHR sector, I could fly LHR-DXB-BKK-DXB-LHR with stopovers in Dubai on both legs. Booking was made through the Emirates website – and there were plenty of flight options to choose from. Not being a fan of night flights. I chose all daytime sectors.

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Following payment, the next most important part of the process was selecting seats!

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As I had four sectors with EK, I basically selected seats in each corner of the economy cabin. Best of all was that EK operate their A380’s with an all economy lower deck, therefore being able to grab a seat in front of the wing for the initial sector.

Later on, I added a daytrip to Muscat in Oman and just a few weeks prior to departure another daytrip to Phuket in Thailand was added – more about those in future parts though! So the final journey looked like this:



This series will be split into five parts, basically following the same template as my USA series – Each destination having its own part.

Arabia & Thailand 2013 1: LHR-DXB-BKK EK A380/77W (this part)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 2: Two TG Classic's to Phuket – BKK-HKT-BKK A300/744
Arabia & Thailand 2013 3: BKK-DXB-MCT with EK/WY - 77W/738
Arabia & Thailand 2013 4: Across the desert with WY – MCT-DXB E175
Arabia & Thailand 2013 5: Catching a whale to LHR DXB-LHR EK A380

This part will cover my journey to Bangkok on an Emirates A380 from London to Dubai, following on to Bangkok on an Emirates 777-300ER the following morning. I’ll apologize now for there being quite a few pictures.

Just prior to departure, I took a look at Gabriel’s report to Bangkok, ( Part 11: Thai First BKK-FRA B77W, LH C FRA-DUS (by gabrielchew May 12 2012 in Trip Reports) ) and the following line really stuck in my mind:

Quoting GabrielChew:

I couldn’t imagine being so new to Asia…I did envy her I must say, it must be so amazing your first time out here with all the sights and sounds and smells and food and shopping….

I guess the same logic can apply to me, as the furthest East I had been was my trip to Larnaca back in December. But would it really be any different to going to any other new country for the first time? That’s something I’ve had the privilege of quite a bit over the last eighteen months. Lets find out…

Due to the National Express coach not getting me into Heathrow until 07:00, that meant things were a bit too tight for my liking as my flight departed at 08:30. Therefore I enlisted the help of a friend to get me to the airport. We set off at 05:45 arriving just twenty-five minutes later, some ten minutes before the first coach of the day even set off!


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Once at terminal 3 I headed off to the Emirates check in to grab my boarding passes.


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After which, I headed upstairs to grab some breakfast from the pub.



Once finished, it was security.


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Despite being second in the queue the family in front didn't seem to want to wake their child up in order to put the pushchair through the X-ray, therefore holding things up. Even once they made it through they still had to be searched. They were still faffing once I had been processed.

Once on my way it was a brief wonder through the departure lounge, grabbing a bottle of water from Boots, before heading to the window near gate 23, although there wasn't much of a view to be had as something was blocking most of it out.



Not being able to see an awful lot, took a slow walk down to the A380 pier. Interestingly, there were quite a few pianos around.


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Upon arriving at gate 7, I found A6-EDG waiting, one of the older examples in the EK fleet having entered service in May 2009 and having an MSN of just 23.


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The gate wasn't open, but a few moments later after the crew had finished their briefing, I was called forward - before boarding had even been announced on the displays. Upon having my boarding pass scanned, it beeped. I was hoping (but not too much as I have no status with EK) it would be an upgrade but it just meant they had to check I had no baggage – the second time in as many flights this had happened.

Upon entering the gate, I grabbed a newspaper and headed down to the cafe style seating, followed by watching what was going on outside.


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Better view from inside the holding pen



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One of the newer additions to the VS fleet, having entered service in Nov. 2012



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Boarding was called at 08:10, and unusually it was pretty organized. Due to being in the forward cabin, I was one of the few directed to door A and also one of the last to board. Must admit boarding by zones seems to make the whole process a lot more organized than by seat number.


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1306 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 22447 times:


EK008
LHR-DXB
4th May 2013
A380-861 / A6-EDG
Seat: 50A / Economy
Scheduled: 08:40/18:45
Off Stand: 08:38
On Stand: 18:42



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Once on board, I found the A380 to be pretty much as expected - very roomy.

Bad view while the jet bridge was attached.


Generous legroom





Once everybody was on board, the captain welcomed everybody and gave a very detailed speech about the flight, the route and much more. Unfortunately, the PA wasn't too loud so it was difficult to hear most of it although I managed to just about hear that our flight time would be six hours thirty minutes, cruising altitude would be 39,000ft. And that we would be flying over Dover.

Looks good to me!




Once boarding had been completed, the hot towels were handed out – not experienced this in economy for many years!



Pushback was actually a couple of minutes ahead of schedule. There was somebody sat in the aisle seat, however the middle seat remained free. Great! The safety video was played during this time.


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We then made the taxi out to 27R.


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It started raining along the way


Something a little smaller blocking our path



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Waiting for something ahead to move, then it’s our turn.



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Passing the BA farm



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Annoyingly, the person sat in front was the type of passenger who just didn't care for the rules of the air. As soon as he sat down, he put his seat into recline, then he was up fiddling with something in his bag in the overhead locker during taxi and then finally taking on his phone during the takeoff roll. He also spent almost the entire flight snorting and clearing his throat - lovely.

Better legroom shot now I have some light.




After departure the menus were handed out. Being neither a fan of lamb or anything curry related, I was slightly out of luck today.

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Busy in the Channel today!




Once we had reached our cruising altitude, breakfast was served. It consisted of a croissant, fresh fruit and a Danish pastry. Also much better than previous flights that I’ve been on at this time of day where they just dish up lunch at 10:30am – yes I’m talking about you VS!


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Can I have some tea with this milk?


Very good it was too. Much better than any of the breakfast offerings I had been given in Y in a very long time!

After this, I explored the ICE IFE system. The system itself wasn't too bad, however the very poor headsets let the system down a bit. Due to the two-pronged type of plug there wasn't any option to use my own either. I later asked if there was an adaptor available however. The crew said there was although I never actually got it.



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Once again I put the latest Bond movie on - as the last time I watched it on the way back from Atlanta, I fell asleep half way through!


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Window detail




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About the only thing that interests me in inflight mags.



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Not much of a view today


The crew were pretty good with the juice runs – coming through the cabin a good few times throughout the flight.


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Later on I went for a wander down to the back.

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Rear cabin overview


The forbidden stairway





On the way back, I felt the crew let themselves down a bit. The drinks run was in progress, and despite them being at the front of the rear cabin, I had to wait until they had served the entire section. I did ask twice if I could pass, but it was met with "can you wait until we've finished". After waiting in the galley for a good fifteen minutes, one of the other crew members mentioned to them that I had been waiting for quite a while, and yet it was still met with "we're nearly done". I was eventually allowed to pass after about twenty or so minutes. Luckily I didn't have anywhere important to be.

I arrived back at my seat just in time to catch the drink service for my section.


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Around thirty minutes later lunch was served.


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It was ok, however as I mentioned earlier I'm not a huge fan of lamb so didn't enjoy it too much.

The rest of the flight was spent watching Top Gear on the IFE and then following the sky map for the final hour.


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And finally, the stars came out.



Descent started at just before 6pm local. As had been the case for most of the flight, the conditions were quite cloudy and hazy so there wasn't much to be seen until at a relatively low altitude. During the descent Mr. 49A was told no less than four times to put his seat upright. He made the movements as if he was going to, waited until the crew walked off and then didn't bother on each occasion.


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Morning came around pretty quickly again



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Passing Sharjah


Descent was made out over the desert, turning 180 degrees to the right and then back in the direction of DXB


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Touchdown was made as just before 18:40 - with a reasonable bump and quite a long rollout.



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We made our way over to the new A380 terminal, however we were the only A380 around.


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As usual, as soon as the parking brakes were applied everybody was eager to disembark. And as usual, there was a bit of a wait. However moment later we were off and I was into a new continent.


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Impressive!





Transfer over to immigration in the main terminal was via an underground transit. It was a bit of a queue for the train, so I logged on to the Wi-Fi just long enough to receive and reply to an email from a friend who had just arrived in the Cayman Islands. Once at the main terminal, there was around a twenty-minute wait at passport control. It wasn't too busy, just badly organized. A few others and myself were moved into different queues at least three times, yet the queue we were in originally ended up clearing long before us.


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Oh well. Eventually I was processed by one of the officers, who were dressed in the traditional Arab attire.



Once through security (again?) I could bypass baggage claim and head out to find the shuttle bus over to the Premier Inn for the night. Not all that well signposted and I had to double back on myself a couple of times but I found it in the end.


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I was checked in quickly and made my way up to my comfortable room.



I grabbed some room service, used the free Wi-Fi, took a walk up to the roof, listened to some music and then got an early night after popping a couple of sleeping pills (due to it being around 7:30PM in the UK) as I had to be up early in the morning.


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1306 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 22215 times:

The following morning, my wake up call came at 6am - or 3am UK time. I made my way down stairs and waited for the busy shuttle to the airport at 06:30. Most passengers seemed to get off at the Emirates HQ.


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Once at the airport, I went for a bit of a wonder as I arrived a little earlier than anticipated.


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I eventually headed to grab my boarding pass.


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Looks good to me




It was then through security.



I was stamped out of the UAE a little over twelve hours after arriving. It was then a bite to eat at Costa and a wonder through the B gates.



Upon checking the fids, I noticed there was a gate change, so caught the train over to the much quieter A gates.


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Upon arriving, I brought an adapter so I didn't have to use Emirates' awful headphones again and then waited at gate A2. I attempted to use DXB's free Wi-Fi, but it didn't work all that well.

I sat and watched the various arrivals in front of me, but due to the design of the terminal, taking photos was impossible. I saw the VS and BA flights arrive plus many EK 777's including the 1000th delivered.

The gate opened at just after 08:30. I made my way downstairs and grabbed a paper.


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I flicked through the paper and boarding was called at 08:55. Again there wasn’t the mass stampede towards the gate and at 09:10, I made my way on board.


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Impressive size


I was soon aboard my second 777, and my first 777-300ER in the log.



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1306 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 22237 times:


EK372
DXB-BKK
5th May 2013
777-300ER / A6-EBC
Seat: 32K / Economy
Scheduled: 09:40 /19:05
Off Stand: 09:55
On Stand: 18:43


I was welcomed on board by the crew all along the aisle and asked how I was doing by all. The crew seemed a lot more welcoming and friendly than yesterdays.



I settled in to my assigned seat of 32K.



Not bad legroom, but not as good as yesterday



Plus the IFE box was slightly in the way.


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This jet had the older ICE system. Still served its purpose well though.


As boarding was completed, it was obvious this flight would be pretty empty - as I had the whole of row 32 to myself. Can’t say I've ever had 10 seats to myself before!



Most of the passengers that were onboard seemed to be French

Menus and landing cards were handed out, shortly followed by the hot towels. Glad that they had something I liked on the flight today.

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The British captain came over the PA shortly before departure and again gave a very detailed description of the route and flight info. We were given a reasonable flying time of five and a half hours. He also mentioned a slight delay to departure as five passengers hadn't turned up.



Push back was made behind schedule and after a quick taxi out to the runway, we took off at around 10:10. After departure we made two right hand turns to fly back past DXB and head for Bangkok.

Testing…



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Around thirty minutes after departure the crew started their service however it was stopped soon after due to hitting some turbulence as we passed Muscat.


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Not long after, the drinks service resumed.



I also watched a bit of family guy. Annoyingly the headphone adaptor I brought made everything sound like it was underwater - so back to the cheap airline stock it was.



Almost as soon as the drinks service had finished, the lunch service began. I chose the Chicken – and very good it was too!


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Followed by Curb Your Enthusiasm


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After this all the window shades were asked to be shut and the stars came out.



Never really understand why the crew feel the need to do this on a daytime flight. Especially as it was the morning in both Dubai and Bangkok.

I then decided to watch a film, the guilt trip. And true to form, I fell asleep before I got to see the end due to being in complete darkness and my body clock not quite knowing which time zone it was in. Although due to only missing around fifteen minutes I was able to rewind and catch the end.


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Overflying India. About as close as I want to get to it!



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After this, there wasn't a huge amount of time left.



I decided to head to the rear galley - and once again ended up being stranded due to the drinks service commencing - although at least this time they offered me one!

Upon arriving back at my seat there was just over an hour to go.



Around ten minutes before descent, the American first officer came on with a very brief update - saying it was a beautiful evening in Bangkok and welcoming everybody to Thailand.

Shortly before descent, it got pretty cloudy outside - didn't look like a beautiful evening from where I was sat...




As we neared Bangkok though, the weather cleared up and we were treated to a great sunset. There were quite a few turns and the speed brakes were deployed for most of it – so guessing we were a little fast.


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Passing Don Muang



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Touchdown was at around 18:40 and we made a speedy taxi over to the terminal, passing the TG A380 along the way.


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Once on stand, it was quite a long walk to immigration. I stopped to pick up a Wi-Fi card along the way, but it didn't work.


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Once at immigration, there was hardly anybody there and I was handled with no fuss or barely a word said in a minute or two. Why can't everywhere be this easy?!



After that it was out to the train station to the city, stopping at Subway for a bite to eat along the way.


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It took a little longer than expected due to the train breaking down along the way and having to wait for another in a very bland looking Makkasan station.



Upon finally reaching the Phaya Thai station, staring up at the Baiyoke building , down at the endless traffic, in unforgiving heat, looking at an unfamiliar alphabet whilst getting the odd waft of the street food with only Asian faces around, Gabriel’s quote finally hit home. Yes, this was a true culture shock! Never experienced anything quite like it.



I made the short journey on the busy, but welcome air-conditioned skytrain to the Asok station.



Upon arrival at the Asok station, there was a reminder of home. Mad after travelling 6000odd miles, taking 36 hours and the first thing you see upon arrival is this:



The final leg of my journey was made on foot.



I eventually arrived at my hotel, the Ramada suites at around 21:15 and was welcomed in with a friendly bow. Again, something I wasn’t used to.


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I spent the rest of the evening down by the pool making an update to the trip report, although this didn’t last all that long due to the uncomfortable heat.



I went back upstairs, grabbed a cool shower, sat in the aircon and watched a bit of HBO – just for a bit of familiarity in this seemingly crazy city.



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Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 22096 times:



The following morning I headed down for some breakfast by the pool.


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After which, I went for a walk around the local area for a bit. Once again the heat took a little getting used to – within about 30 seconds of being out, I had an unhealthy shine going on! After around thirty minutes, I headed back to check in for tomorrows flight.


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After this, I went to check out the reclining Buddha. As I didn’t want to burn myself out too early, I hopped on the hotels complimentary tuktuk to the end of the road, although it didn’t help all that much.



Bangkok is the sort of place where you break out into a sweat standing still!

I went via the river, as had been recommended by a few people.


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Wat Arun

Upon arrival, it was out through an interesting marketplace – so much different to anywhere else!


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Before long though, it got just a little bit too hot for my liking, so I headed back into town along the river to check out some of the shopping malls.


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The MBK Centre especially was very interesting. Much like a giant flea market, full of questionable goods!


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I spent a good couple of hours wondering around, and trying to see how low one of the vendors would go on a set of Bose headphones – around £50 in the end. If they sell for £250+ in the shops how on earth can they be genuine?! On the way out, I did see a shop that sold some more genuine articles however – and the prices reflected that.


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At around 16:00, I headed back to the hotel to cool off and shower.



Later that evening I met up with local a.netter win1290, and we had a very good meal at the new Terminal 21 shopping Centre, which is themed like an airport.



Followed up with some ice cream - great to meet you and have a chat Win!



Following this, we walked back to the hotel, I bid farewell to Win, and headed off to bed, as I had an early start the following morning - but that will have to wait for part 2!

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Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 21308 times:

Hello and thank you for sharing this story with us.

I love reading TRs about Asia since it's a part of the world I'm always interested.

Throw an A380 in the mix and I'm sold!

EK seems to maintain a decent standard of service, I have yet to fly with them but I'm pretty sure the time will come, only ME carrier I have flown is QR which I did not find it particularly worthy of their acclaimed 5 star rating.

DXB looks impressive but I have heard it can get quite packed.

Can you pick those EK tags on the SSK? me wantee!

I totally agree with you about the first time being in Asia, I had the same revelation in 2011 stepping out of Mong Kok MTR in Hong Kong at 7 pm after a 23 hr flight and being greeted by masses of people and not knowing where to go.

But hey! that's what travelling its all about right?

As for the BKK Heat... looks similar to Singapore, walk 1 block and you become a sweaty mess. pufff puff

BKK looks crazy, not on my high list but eventually, next time visit Singapore, much more organized and less caothic.

LOL at the iPad mini... very dodgy, but that plane model shop looks nice! I went to a similar one in HK and almost fainted!

Look forward for the next installments  

MIAspotter



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Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 21195 times:

Thank you for sharing this trip report. It was a great read, and I loved the amazing photos you so kindly shared with us. Looking forward to more =)

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Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 21104 times:

MIAspotter,

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
Hello and thank you for sharing this story with us.

No problem,

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
I love reading TRs about Asia since it's a part of the world I'm always interested.

Throw an A380 in the mix and I'm sold!

Glad I could please!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
EK seems to maintain a decent standard of service, I have yet to fly with them but I'm pretty sure the time will come, only ME carrier I have flown is QR which I did not find it particularly worthy of their acclaimed 5 star rating.

EK was very good and I'd have no problems flying with them again. Interesting to see how my MH flights stack up in a couple of months.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
DXB looks impressive but I have heard it can get quite packed.

The main B gates were pretty busy but the A gates weren't too bad.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
Can you pick those EK tags on the SSK? me wantee!

They were dotted around in racks at the check in area.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
I totally agree with you about the first time being in Asia, I had the same revelation in 2011 stepping out of Mong Kok MTR in Hong Kong at 7 pm after a 23 hr flight and being greeted by masses of people and not knowing where to go.

But hey! that's what travelling its all about right?

As for the BKK Heat... looks similar to Singapore, walk 1 block and you become a sweaty mess. pufff puff

Cant say I'd experienced anything like it on a constant basis before - I'd been pretty warm in Florida a few years back but nothing quite like that!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
BKK looks crazy, not on my high list

It was pretty busy - cant say I would rush back there without reason to either.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
next time visit Singapore, much more organized and less caothic.

Its on the list for 2014!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
LOL at the iPad mini... very dodgy

Thats what I thought.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
that plane model shop looks nice! I went to a similar one in HK and almost fainted!

Yeah had plenty in there for a small place, but wasn't all that cheap. I'm aware of the one in HK - I'll have to look out for it when I go.

directorguy,

Quoting directorguy (Reply 6):
Thank you for sharing this trip report. It was a great read, and I loved the amazing photos you so kindly shared with us

Thanks,



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 20859 times:

Hi James !

Very nice report with very nice pictures !

It seems you had some great flights with EK although they had you wait to get back to your seat on one flight. Food looks good and I do like lamb  

I just got back from Dubai a few days ago and stayed at the Holiday Inn Airport Express right next door to the Premier Inn.

Nice to see your first impressions from Asia; I first visited Asia in Feb 1994 when I arrived in Manila and then went on to visit Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. It's been a while but I remember it being very different than what Iwas used to. I've been back almost every year since.

Very much looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1939 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 20506 times:
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Great report, and thanks for sharing your flights with Emirates. As usual, they look to be very good, and I think their Economy product must be on the best out there. Food looks great, and the little touches such as the hot towels and menus go a long way ...

I like your photos from Thailand - what a great country, and place I'd love to visit sometime soon! The Ramada Inn also looks really nice, and much better in my mind than some I've seen in the US!

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 19991 times:
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Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Upon finally reaching the Phaya Thai station, staring up at the Baiyoke building , down at the endless traffic, in unforgiving heat, looking at an unfamiliar alphabet whilst getting the odd waft of the street food with only Asian faces around, Gabriel’s quote finally hit home. Yes, this was a true culture shock! Never experienced anything quite like it.

Yes, this is quite a culture shock if you've never been here before. I lived just outside Tokyo for 4 years before moving here, and it is much different than Tokyo. You put it very well in your description. Unfortunately, the heat does not let up much here, and here you get to use your a/c all year round. The traffic can be horrendous as it is a status symbol to have a car here.

But this is a popular place for tourists, and many Europeans come here. There is a lot to see and do.

EK is really a great airline. They do fly A380 DXB-BKK as well. Their service is great, even in economy class and I love their ICE on the A380. I have never been to DXB before.

Thank you for your trip report. I enjoyed reading it



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User currently offlineCaliAtenza From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 19714 times:

Hi James, lovely report here; thoroughly enjoyed it and i am looking forward to the rest of it  . Its been a while since i have flown EK but i do miss them. Food looked pretty good...you should have had the Chicken Tikka instead of Lamb on your first leg. Interesting to see the wood trim around the windows in the A380..on their other aircraft, its only found in biz and first class. I thought all the ER's had the new ICE system?; or maybe this is a regional bird. Be lucky you didnt fly their A330s; its old seats and even older ICE systems. I always feel cramped in their 330s for some reason, much more than their 77W's. Love the shots of Bangkok; i have been dying to visit that city again and spend more time there. The plane model shop looks awsome...man if MH had kept that old livery on the A380...would have looked great.

User currently offlineLYSflyer From France, joined May 2013, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks ago) and read 19625 times:

Hello,

nice report, thank you for sharing with us! EK products looks very nice and Bangkok seems to be a pleasant city!


Regards


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 19337 times:

Hi James,

very nice report, good to hear you had enjoyable flights on EK. The Y Class product looks fine as usual, especially the catering. EK still has the best Y Class catering IMO.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
About the only thing that interests me in inflight mags.

The A330 should have proper RR engines!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):

Plus the IFE box was slightly in the way.

The IFE boxes are gone on the newer 777s and A380s.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
This jet had the older ICE system. Still served its purpose well though.

Yes, even the old ICE version beats most other IFE systems out there.


PH



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User currently offlineTheAviator380 From UK - England, joined Feb 2013, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 19182 times:

Hi James,

Wonderful TR as usual.

EK are brilliant carrier to fly with (in any class to be honest). HD quality ICE on their A380 is brilliant. Unfortunately you had older 77W to take you from DXB to BKK but you can see the difference in their newer 77W. I have been on EK A380 twice and on their 77W atleast 12 times and it's wonderful service.

Thailand seems so wonderful place, I never been to but certainly on my wish list to do.

I can imagine how frustrating it can be when guy sitting in front of you behaves uncivilized. I remember on one of my trips, couple of people started walking away from sits when plane touched down, plane wasn't even reached the gate...lol..can be so annoying from crew point of view.

Zone wise boarding is really efficient and works well, I always prefer that way. Did you notice DXB and BKK terminal building atleast exterior is so similar..  

Is there any reason you took overnight stop at DXB? I am sure they must have connecting flight like LHR-DXB-BKK with a gap of 2-4 hours. As both cities get served by EK atleast 3-4 times a day?

Brill report, looking forward to see more TR's.

Cheers.


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 686 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 19145 times:

Hi James,

excellent report, I was looking forward to read this, especially in the light of my own recent Thailand adventure. Looks like you had two very enjoyable flights here with Emirates, especially the food looks truly good. But also the interior of the A380 looks pretty nice. Love the little details like the wood-like window frame.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
As soon as he sat down, he put his seat into recline, then he was up fiddling with something in his bag in the overhead locker during taxi and then finally taking on his phone during the takeoff roll.

Oh great, some people. I wonder did the crew react in any way to this or did they just let him get along with it?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Never really understand why the crew feel the need to do this on a daytime flight. Especially as it was the morning in both Dubai and Bangkok.

I really hate it when this happens. Don't really understand it during a day flight. Maybe they wanted to show of their star light ceiling?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Once at immigration, there was hardly anybody there and I was handled with no fuss or barely a word said in a minute or two. Why can't everywhere be this easy?!

Lucky you, I had to wait around 30 minutes there. But true, immigration is really easy in Thailand, just show your papers and get a stamp in the passport.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Upon finally reaching the Phaya Thai station, staring up at the Baiyoke building , down at the endless traffic, in unforgiving heat, looking at an unfamiliar alphabet whilst getting the odd waft of the street food with only Asian faces around, Gabriel’s quote finally hit home. Yes, this was a true culture shock! Never experienced anything quite like it.

Yes, it is indeed quite a shock (but a positive one) when you experience this the first time. I felt the same on my first visit to Bangkok a few years ago. Really a crazy city.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I went via the river, as had been recommended by a few people.

Certainly, a boat ride on the river is a cool experience in itself. And it also seems that the heat is a lot more bearable on the river. Good idea that you went to see the reclining Buddha, this one is certainly impressive.

Now looking forward to the next parts, especially the ones about your Thai flights to Phuket.

CaptainRed


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1202 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 18664 times:

I agree.

UNITED serve a lunch at 10 AM from Europe and it's pathetic.

In addition to being disgusting.


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1306 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 18619 times:

Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Very nice report with very nice pictures !

Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
It seems you had some great flights with EK

They were very good, although I had heard so many good things I would have been disappointed with anything but,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
I just got back from Dubai a few days ago and stayed at the Holiday Inn Airport Express right next door to the Premier Inn.

I also looked at that one... Not sure why I didn't go for it now actually?

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
I remember it being very different than what Iwas used to.

Indeed!

767747,

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
Great report, and thanks for sharing your flights with Emirates

Thanks,

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
s usual, they look to be very good, and I think their Economy product must be on the best out there.

Must agree they're a step above what I'm used to from the UK carriers

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
Food looks great, and the little touches such as the hot towels and menus go a long way ...

Thats another thing that impressed me.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
I like your photos from Thailand - what a great country, and place I'd love to visit sometime soon!

Thanks, although I found Bangkok so different from my very limited time in Phuket.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
The Ramada Inn also looks really nice, and much better in my mind than some I've seen in the US!

Been a good few years since I stayed in one in the US. Didn't even think they still existed until I saw this one online. It was a very good hotel indeed - and at around £45 a night, a real bargain!

triple7man,

Quoting triple7man (Reply 10):
I lived just outside Tokyo for 4 years before moving here, and it is much different than Tokyo.

Another place I'll experience for the first time in the coming months,

Quoting triple7man (Reply 10):
here you get to use your a/c all year round.

I can see why! Much needed.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 10):
EK is really a great airline. They do fly A380 DXB-BKK as well.

I did see that option, but that service left DXB around 3AM if I remember correctly - too early!

Quoting triple7man (Reply 10):
I have never been to DXB before.

Great city! Infact one of the highlights of this trip.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 10):
Thank you for your trip report.

No problem!

CaliAtenza,

Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 11):
lovely report here; thoroughly enjoyed it

Thanks,

Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 11):
Food looked pretty good...you should have had the Chicken Tikka instead of Lamb on your first leg.

I figured at least with the Lamb option I could eat the Veg, where as with the chicken tikka it would have been a pile of slop!

Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 11):
Interesting to see the wood trim around the windows in the A380..on their other aircraft, its only found in biz and first class.

I did notice this on the way out of the 77W

Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 11):
thought all the ER's had the new ICE system?

Guess a few of the older examples are yet to be upgraded

Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 11):
if MH had kept that old livery on the A380...would have looked great.

I'm one of the few that thinks the current A380 livery looks alright. If they had gone with the other livery it would have been a bit bland.

LYSflyer,

Quoting LYSflyer (Reply 12):
nice report, thank you for sharing with us!

Thanks, no problem

Quoting LYSflyer (Reply 12):
EK products looks very nice and Bangkok seems to be a pleasant city!

Agreed - although as I mentioned Bangkok was maybe a little too warm for my liking.

Udo,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
very nice report,

Thanks,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
The Y Class product looks fine as usual, especially the catering. EK still has the best Y Class catering IMO.

Both quantity and quality - also very consistent across all 4 flights.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
The A330 should have proper RR engines!

Did wonder if there would be something you would pic up on!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
The IFE boxes are gone on the newer 777s and A380s.

I did come back on a newer 777 and must admit I didn't notice if it was there or not. I did notice the lack of it on the A380's though.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
Yes, even the old ICE version beats most other IFE systems out there.

Found both pretty similar actually - only difference I noticed was the screen and the interface. Film/TV selection was pretty identical as far as I could see.

TheAviator380,

Quoting TheAviator380 (Reply 14):
Wonderful TR as usual.

Thanks,

Quoting TheAviator380 (Reply 14):
you can see the difference in their newer 77W.

I did on the return from BKK

Quoting TheAviator380 (Reply 14):
I remember on one of my trips, couple of people started walking away from sits when plane touched down, plane wasn't even reached the gate...lol..can be so annoying from crew point of view.

Experienced similar on IB last year - except it was most of the cabin!

Quoting TheAviator380 (Reply 14):
Did you notice DXB and BKK terminal building atleast exterior is so similar..

Hadn't noticed, but now that you mention it...

Quoting TheAviator380 (Reply 14):
Is there any reason you took overnight stop at DXB? I am sure they must have connecting flight like LHR-DXB-BKK with a gap of 2-4 hours. As both cities get served by EK atleast 3-4 times a day?

I didn't fancy a 7 odd hour flight and then another straight away! Felt much more refreshed after a decent nights sleep in a bed.

Marco,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
excellent report

Thanks,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
Looks like you had two very enjoyable flights here with Emirates, especially the food looks truly good. But also the interior of the A380 looks pretty nice.

Agreed with all points,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
Oh great, some people. I wonder did the crew react in any way to this or did they just let him get along with it?

Not sure they even noticed actually. It was a different crew member on each occasion when we were coming into land.

One thing I noticed across all my flights with EK and the couple I did with WY was that the locals didn't seem to comply with the rules all that much... although I was using my camera on take off / landing so cant complain too much!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
I really hate it when this happens. Don't really understand it during a day flight. Maybe they wanted to show of their star light ceiling?

The only reasoning I could think of was that maybe most of the passengers just got off an overnight from Europe so figured they wanted to rest?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
Lucky you, I had to wait around 30 minutes there.

I took a pretty slow walk down whilst the rest of the aircraft charged straight there, so by the time I arrived, I was the only person there!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
Yes, it is indeed quite a shock (but a positive one) when you experience this the first time. I felt the same on my first visit to Bangkok a few years ago. Really a crazy city.

Only thing that came close was in NYC last year, but that was only really the fact it was busy and there was a lot of traffic.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
Certainly, a boat ride on the river is a cool experience in itself. And it also seems that the heat is a lot more bearable on the river.

It was quite pleasant - just a shame I got herded on to the tourist boat - I wanted to go on the local one!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
Good idea that you went to see the reclining Buddha, this one is certainly impressive.

It was... also pretty busy!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
Now looking forward to the next parts, especially the ones about your Thai flights to Phuket.

That was one of my now trademark reports where things went slightly wrong!



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User currently offline817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2391 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 18551 times:

Hi James

Great report, really enjoyed reading this. I saw that EK A380 model while on the coach to LGW from my trip, too bad it was a bit dark for me to take a a pic of it.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
This series will be split into five parts, basically following the same template as my USA series – Each destination having its own part.

Arabia & Thailand 2013 1: LHR-DXB-BKK EK A380/77W (this part)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 2: Two TG Classic's to Phuket – BKK-HKT-BKK A300/744
Arabia & Thailand 2013 3: BKK-DXB-MCT with EK/WY - 77W/738
Arabia & Thailand 2013 4: Across the desert with WY – MCT-DXB E175
Arabia & Thailand 2013 5: Catching a whale to LHR DXB-LHR EK A380

Hopefully, I wont miss any in this series!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
After which, I headed upstairs to grab some breakfast from the pub.

Did they run out of plates? 
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Interestingly, there were quite a few pianos around.

Interesting indeed, I wonder if anyone has stopped and played one...   

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
Annoyingly, the person sat in front was the type of passenger who just didn't care for the rules of the air. As soon as he sat down, he put his seat into recline, then he was up fiddling with something in his bag in the overhead locker during taxi and then finally taking on his phone during the takeoff roll. He also spent almost the entire flight snorting and clearing his throat - lovely.

There will always be one of those...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
Once again I put the latest Bond movie on - as the last time I watched it on the way back from Atlanta, I fell asleep half way through!

I hope you managed to stay awake this time! Its quite good, watched it on my down to ANU

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
Window detail

Very nice

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
About the only thing that interests me in inflight mags.

Same here, its a shame some airlines take this part out of their magazines, though it seems like AA is bringing back their's.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 2):
plus many EK 777's including the 1000th

The elusive one... Ive never been able to spot this one an MAN yet.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
Annoyingly the headphone adaptor I brought made everything sound like it was underwater - so back to the cheap airline stock it was.

Reminds me of the headphones I got from virgin on my flight down to ANU

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
Stolen from…

Lol,

They have lots of plane models! I would have been very tempted to buy a few.

Looking forward to Part 2!



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1306 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 18369 times:

lychemsa,

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 16):
UNITED serve a lunch at 10 AM from Europe and it's pathetic.

Guess its a common thing with Trans Atlantic flights - cost cutting no doubt.

Yvan,

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 18):
Great report, really enjoyed reading this.

Thanks,

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 18):
I saw that EK A380 model while on the coach to LGW from my trip, too bad it was a bit dark for me to take a a pic of it.

Still think Concorde should be there - or at least a BA A380 now. Although I guess EK paid the most.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 18):
Did they run out of plates?

Not even sure they have any?! Had a meal in there again a few weeks back and was served on a similar thing.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 18):
I wonder if anyone has stopped and played one...

Just before I took the pic, there were some Japanese tourists playing one.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 18):
I hope you managed to stay awake this time!

I did - not bad, but not the best Bond film.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 18):
Same here, its a shame some airlines take this part out of their magazines

Seems to be pretty common.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 18):
The elusive one... Ive never been able to spot this one an MAN yet.

Shame I couldn't get a pic.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 18):
Reminds me of the headphones I got from virgin on my flight down to ANU

Airline stock in general is a bit rubbish - guess it stops people taking them - and keeps the costs down.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 18):
I would have been very tempted to buy a few.

So would I but the prices were pretty high - cheaper to get them in the UK, although I did pick up an EK A380 in DXB when I returned to the UK as a souvenir from my first A380 trip.



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5170 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 18293 times:

Hi, J.,

great pictures and story and perfect to see local A.net companion on the way.
EK looks like good, also interesting for me to follow DXB during daylight.
All of my visits are around nighttime.
Looking forward to the next part.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3271 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 18034 times:

Nice report James! EK looked pretty good. Will have to try them out myself one day.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I guess the same logic can apply to me, as the furthest East I had been was my trip to Larnaca back in December. But would it really be any different to going to any other new country for the first time? That’s something I’ve had the privilege of quite a bit over the last eighteen months. Lets find out…
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Upon finally reaching the Phaya Thai station, staring up at the Baiyoke building , down at the endless traffic, in unforgiving heat, looking at an unfamiliar alphabet whilst getting the odd waft of the street food with only Asian faces around, Gabriel’s quote finally hit home. Yes, this was a true culture shock! Never experienced anything quite like it.

I hope you enjoyed your culture shock!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Window detail

Oooh, fancy for Y

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
A few others and myself were moved into different queues at least three times, yet the queue we were in originally ended up clearing long before us.

Ah, the bane of my life. Why they can't have one queue, I don't know. One thing that does actually make sense at LHR immigration.



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1092 posts, RR: 31
Reply 22, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 17461 times:

Hi James,

This was an excellent report, and congratulations on starting the first of many journeys East. The service and airlines are always better in that direction!

Emirates showed why they are such excellent competition. Thought the meal amounts and times were all perfect. The food looked good, and was interested to see your first flight being loaded by Do&Co trucks... I thought they were only Ex-IST.

You showed there is still inconsistency with the flight attendants. 15 minutes waiting is totally unacceptable. Then again, I would have grabbed a whisky in the gallery and made the most of it!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Something a little smaller blocking our path

It looks like a stern parent from that sort of angle.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
During the descent Mr. 49A was told no less than four times to put his seat upright. He made the movements as if he was going to, waited until the crew walked off and then didn't bother on each occasion.

What a dickhead. Any clue to nationality?

Two things; the pianos around LHR - I am staying with a friend who sponsors a piano like this in Lviv, but it always has somebody playing it. The other was, sad not to see your traditional report National Express bus stop photo!

Thailand is the Asian Disneyland. You just have to keep your wits about you. Butter in packets on the plate is a bit cheap of Ramada.

Many thanks,

Luke



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 17225 times:

Hello James

Another interesting review about Emirates, thanks for sharing.
Glad you where able to log the Emirates 380. Still something for me to log.
Service on both flights look good and service is definatly better than most TATL runs I'm used to.
Glad the crew was better on the DXB-BKK sector.
Nice Bangkok pictures.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1306 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 16919 times:

Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 20):
great pictures and story

Thanks,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 20):
perfect to see local A.net companion on the way.

It was great to be able to go out for dinner with somebody on a trip!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 20):
interesting for me to follow DXB during daylight.
All of my visits are around nighttime.

Great city, both day and night.

Hi Gabriel, not see you around these parts for a while!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
Nice report James!

Thanks,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
Will have to try them out myself one day.

I'd recommend them. Although being the only Eastern carrier I've flown, a little hard to compare.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
I hope you enjoyed your culture shock!

It was that alright! There was a few moments where I thought to myself "What have I got myself into?! I'm sticking to Europe and the US..." Luckily by the following morning, it was a bit easier going - especially on foot and not having to figure out the trains, currency...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
Oooh, fancy for Y

Little things made all the difference

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
Ah, the bane of my life. Why they can't have one queue, I don't know. One thing that does actually make sense at LHR immigration.

Hmmm the queue's can be pretty bad at LHR too, although now I've got an E-Passport I can bypass the worst of them.

Luke,

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
This was an excellent report

Thanks,

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
The service and airlines are always better in that direction!

I've always thought the airlines go from average, to good to excellent as you head East across the world.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
The food looked good, and was interested to see your first flight being loaded by Do&Co trucks...

Seen them in a few places actually.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
I would have grabbed a whisky in the gallery and made the most of it!

Maybe, but the crew member in the galley didn't seem overly welcoming. In fact on all my flights none of them seemed all that keen to chat in the galley.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
What a dickhead. Any clue to nationality?

Cant say for sure - looked Middle Eastern though.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
sad not to see your traditional report National Express bus stop photo!

Ha! Although theres only so many pics of coaches you can take... and this trip didn't involve one.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
You just have to keep your wits about you.

Yeah a couple of guys from work had £150 stolen from him out there so knew to be a little careful in the crowds.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
Butter in packets on the plate is a bit cheap of Ramada.

It was free (or at least included in the price) so cant complain!

Hi Marc, thanks for taking time out of your trip to take a look!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 23):
Another interesting review about Emirates, thanks for sharing.

No problem,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 23):
Service on both flights look good and service is definatly better than most TATL runs I'm used to.

Agreed.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 23):
Glad the crew was better on the DXB-BKK sector.

Not that they were overly bad - just not all that warm. Almost like they just wanted to get home.



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25 Post contains images adamspotter : Hello James, Great beginning to another nice series of reports! Great pictures as always also Overall EK looks quite nice here, been looking to try th
26 jwhite9185 : Hi Brendan, Thanks, Yeah worth giving them a go - even if not to Dubai, they have connections to pretty much everywhere! Surprised you've not even man
27 palmjet : Great report JW! Nice to see you got to Asia for the first time. I remember arriving into Hong Kong in December 1990 which was my first time to Asia a
28 jwhite9185 : Cheers PJ! Somewhere else I'll be heading off to in the coming weeks. I was actually supposed to fly back from BKK on a Vanilla 777-300, but it got s
29 Post contains images OA260 : Nice report on EK . Great that they have so many A380s so plenty of chances to get on them. Food looks good as does the comfort inside. Nice pics from
30 jwhite9185 : Hi Philip, Thanks, Yeah, and plenty more to come too. Although there did seem to be quite a few sitting around every time I was at DXB. Makes you wond
31 roberts87 : Hello James, Nice report! Good to hear you are trying the East! Big fan of Thailand myself so I am pleased to hear you enjoyed it so far. Emirates see
32 jwhite9185 : Hi Robert, Thanks, Yeah, cant wait until September when I head back to that part of the world, They sure did. Very tasty - One of the better Y meals I
33 Post contains images Sultanils : Hiya J, Good stuff for sure mate, excellent writng and gorgeous pics. EK seems to have flown you in 'medium rare' spirits with the crew being apparent
34 jwhite9185 : Hi Nils, Thanks, Luckily the outbound flight was the only one of four that I had a minor issue with. I had read some poor reviews of the EK 77W, but t
35 ba319-131 : Finally found some time to play catch-up - nice stuff James! I'm not a huge EK fan, but they do look after you catering wise and of course with their
36 jwhite9185 : Hi Mark, Haha, glad you could take a look, Thanks, Really? Must admit they were one of the better airlines I've flown. Despite the minor hiccup on the
37 Post contains images win1290 : Hey James, Very nice trip report as always with plenty of nice photos. Thanks. Congratulation on your first visit to Asia. Hope you enjoyed Thailand a
38 jwhite9185 : Hi Win, glad you got the chance to take a look at this. Thanks, As I mentioned, it was unlike anything else I've ever experienced! Be interesting to c
39 Post contains images infodesk : Hi James, Sorry for the late reply on this one! Your first trip to Asia- I can understand that. Only ever been to Singapore myself, although that’s
40 jwhite9185 : Hi Hannah, Thats OK! Somewhere I'm hoping to visit next year. That was only the street food. It was generally fine in the restaurants. Quite a few wes
41 Post contains images akhmad : أهْل, สวัสดีครับ James, Very nice report! I will be flying with Emirates in less than five weeks and your report gets me real
42 jwhite9185 : Hi Suryo, Glad you liked it... although I took this trip such a long time ago now, I've forgotten most of it. Maybe I should go back and read it?! I'm
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