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All Asia Pass YVR-HKG-NRT-SGN-BKK-TPE-KHH (Part 1)  
User currently offlineGmex23 From Canada, joined May 2006, 14 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8337 times:

Hello all - this is my second try at a trip report - the first is inrntransit I guess, so please be kind... So after a year of studies combo'drnwith full time employment - I decided to whisk myself off to Asia torncatch up with old friends and see some sights. I decided to go with arnCathay All Asia Pass - as one can't beat the price and quality ofrnservice that it offers.rnThe first flight was at the horrendous time of 2:50 AM - I was hopingrnto maybe catch a few sights - but the traffic to YVR at that time wasrnpretty slow to say the least. After a great check-in (the ground crewrnfor Cathay seem to be some of the friendliest I have had to deal with)rnmy window seat was secured, I headed over to the Milestones pub in therndomestic terminal to have one last Canadian beer - then everythingrnseems to shut down at YVR - by 11pm everything was closed except onernduty free store... snooze... but oh wellrn

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YVR-HKG Board

I noticed the EVA flight and wandered over to see it - was surprisedrnto see that they offer refreshments to their passengers - I thoughtrnthat was a nice touch - I spent most of my time wandering from theirrngate to mine listening to my ipod trying to pass the time, I did see an Air Tansat flight come in and the EVA depart, watched Jay Leno on the in terminal telly - then CX889 from JFK came in to take me to HKG. Now maybe it was because the flight from JFK was rough, but the FAs for this leg of the journey seemed to be in snippy moods - BOO! - that's the last thing I need at 3 in the morning is a PO'ed FA - so I decided to sleep most of the flight away - I had the Stir-fried noodle with pork and mushrooms with an average Cab Sauv called 'Camelot' - I decided against snapping pics as most of the people were asleep when it was served. Here are the flight details:
YVR-HKG
CX889
May 4 02:55am
Seat 65K
B-747
Awakening I watched the BBC show Top Gear which I love, played some Yatzeernon the inflight entertainment unit, and had the scrambled egg breakfastrnthat was served. As we were about to arrive I snapped this out of myrnwindow:
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Hong Kong Harbour
The landing wasrnfine and soon enough I had arrived
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CX889 in HKG
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HKG Transit

I stayed at the CosmopolitanrnHotel next to the Happy Valley race course - I was a little bummed tornfind out they only race there once a week which was the previous nightrn
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Cosmo Hotel
The service at the hotel wasrna bit stuffy and probably won't stay there again. I then went up tornGuangzhou in China, this was exciting as I had never been to thernmainland before -
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Guangzhou Station
myrnoverall impression of China was positive and would love to travel itrnmore extensively in the future! My dinner on the train back to HKG wasrnsomething like this:
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What a great dinner on the train!

My last day was spent in HKG at the Victoria Peak
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Peak View

the Po Lin monastery to see the 'Big Buddah' and some shopping in Wan Chai - while strolling the streets I saw there was a HerpaWings Cafe - so being the plane geek I am I had to have dinner there, surprisingly they serve a decent meal at a low price and this is the view you get
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Herpa Cafe View

My next leg of the journey was to see a friend in Tokyo
HKG - NRT
CX504
May 8 9:10am
Seat 48B
B-747
Afterrnanother smooth check-in I decided to do some spotting at this busyrnairport:
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Singapore waits
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I loved seeing the Asia World City CX and a few others that don't make it to YVR. by 9 o'clock we had pushed off ahead of schedule and this Quantas flight was mirroring our taxi out
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After take off the FA handed out menus and to my suprise - Cathay is serving some select menus from various restaurants in the HK area on all outbound flights to celebrate their 60th anniversaryrn- this was a nice touch - but I really didn't feel like having thernChicken and mushrooms from the Lei Garden this early in the morning -rnso I had the omelette with braised beans, streaky bacon, pork sausage and potato wedges
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The FA were much better on this flight and soon enough we were descending into Narita - The weather was a bit crappy
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Naritarnis doing extensive searches for narcotics which make for longer ques -rnbut the policeman was friendly enough and soon I was on the train en-route to Shinjuku station
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I was staying at the Hilton Shinjuku and the service here is much better that that I received in HKG
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Japan - was great as always, partied a bit with my friend in Shibuya, had an amazing dinner at a restaurant called Chibou in the Evisu Garden Tower 38F - its a teppenyaki/onomiyaki restaurant with a spectacular view
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Went on the Hatobus tour of Hakkonernand Mt. Fuji
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then on tornthe next leg of the journey to Vietnam, but first of course, up to thernobservation deck for a wet round of spotting - I did manage to see arnVirgin Atlantic Miss Behavin'
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and this Finnair bound for Helsinki was next to us at the gate
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NRT-HKG
CX501
10 May 11:00am
Seat 43A
A-330
Lunch was pasta with chicken and some of the best side-dishes - The Soba Noodles are some of my favorite to get on the Asian flights and a staple on JALrn
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Descent to HKG was clearrnso I snapped a pic from abovern
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My flight to Ho Chi Minh wasn't for a few hours so I grabbed a starbucksrnthen on to do some spotting
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a treat to see the football nose on the Luftansa and the Sakura China Airlines livery.
HKG - SGN
CX765
10 May 16:20
Seat 37H
A-333
Early dinner was Pad-thai which was delicious
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Now apart from my stop in mainland China - Ho Chi Minh was the only port of call that I have never been to before on this trip.
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Sornin my idiocy I didn't think that I needed to get a visa, just pay thernmoney when I arrived - boy, was I wrong, after the third degree fromrnthe comm-andante explainingrnhow stupid I am to think I can land in a country and just get a visa -rnhe sent me away to discuss it with who-ever they discuss these thingsrnwith - but I thought - to heck with it , I will see if I can get onrnthis flight back to HKG so I don't have to spend the night locked inrnsome holding tank. I asked another officer if this could be arrangedrnwith Cathay - and he went off - luckily the cheery Cathay rep came andrnsaid they would get me on the flight back to HKG and deal with thernflights to BKK when I got in. She said I should come back and visit herrncity in the future when I get the visa worked out - and I probably willrnnext year if Cathay offers the Asiapass again. So here is my only picture of Ho Chi Minh City
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ThernFA I had was so shocked to see me get back on the flight - she chattedrnme up and served me a beer just after take off - what service!!
SGN-HKG
CX764
10May20:05
Seat66A
A-333
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Now I had all my meals on airplanesrn- this one was actually quite tasty despite the color of it. Uponrnarrival at HKG I was greeted by Cody another cheery Cathay service rep,rnwho led me through the transit area and booked me on the next flight tornBKK in the morning - again I must say that they went out of their wayrnto help me - so I thank them again - I stayed at the Accorrnhotel next to the airport - if you have a chance and want to stay at anrnexcellent hotel for a great price try this one - the morning flightrncame soon enough and I didn't have a chance to do any spotting
HKG-BKK
CX713
11 May 08:55
Seat 48J
Irndecided to try the Pan-friend Fillet of Chicken with Onion Sauce fromrnthe Grand Hyatt in Hong Kongrn
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I must say that thesernfeature menus are quite delicious for Y-class travel.rn
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Man I would love to playrnthat golf course before the new airport opens up this year...rn
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I stayed at the Prince Palace Hotel in the BoBae tower - it was supposed to be a 4 star hotel but I'd say it was a 3 at best
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My hotel was also host to a flight crew from the Russian carrier Transaero and a UN Buddhist conferencern- and the first 7 floors are some of the cheapest clothing you findrnanywhere - T-shirts form 70 Baht!! - I then went to the beach with myrnold roommate who lives in BKK now -
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Last bit in another report if this one goes through.....

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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1942 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8280 times:
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Nice report! Good pics of HKG. I would like to go and visit the city very much.

User currently offlineChiawei From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 944 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8227 times:

that is not sakura. It orchid.

User currently offlineSeaMeFly From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 317 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8214 times:

re: Vietnamese visa... a small part of it was CX's fault. They should never let you board the plane without a proper document for the country you're visiting. I bet that was the reason why they went above and beyond assisting you for the flight back to HKG and onto BKK.

Little did you know that the Vietnamese government has already charged CX (typically around USD10,000,-/passenger. The fine is a normal procedure for the airlines for transporting passenger without proper documents).

Well, consider yourself lucky that they had empty seats to accomodate you back to HKG. I hope you learned your lesson the next time you plan an overseas journey.

Other than that, I really enjoyed the pictures and the report. Thanks for sharing.


User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 8117 times:

Superb trip report! I was shocked about you going back to HKG and not visiting SGN. I would definately be depressed by that!

Looking forward for the next part!!



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User currently offlineGmex23 From Canada, joined May 2006, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 8044 times:

Thanks for the kudo's I apologize for the rn's in my report I have no idea where those came from, and hopefully won't be in my next report - cheers!

User currently offlineThai747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 1999, 814 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 7956 times:

Have done a read through of both your reports - great reads! Hope you've enjoyed your stopover in Bangkok. Regarding your hotel, from what I can remember, the name Bobae is actually associated with the "stack 'em high, sell 'em cheap mentality" - but I'm glad to hear that the whole complex has been completed since my last visit to the Kingdom!

Cheers again!

J


User currently offlineArdian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 544 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 7936 times:

Wow, great pictures from Hong Kong!

User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 7824 times:
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Very good trip report and visas. On your visa situation into Vietnam: I am a retired AA reservations supervisor (now living in Japan as a missionary but still getting to travel)..
The airlines are required to advise passengers the requirements for visiting a foreign country at the time they ticket their reservations. We would ask the passenger their country of citizenship and advise them based on that (I had one instance where a passenger would not give out his country of citizenship. I advised him he will need his passport when he travels, and because he would not give us his country of citizenship, AA would not be responsible if he does not have the proper documents at checkin).
We would advise the passengers and it would be their responsibility to have the required documents at checkin. If they do not have them, we will not board them..period.
As someone above stated if we do board a passenger without the proper documents, we can be fined, and the passenger will not be allowed to enter the country upon arrival. Normally we will put them on the next available flight back to their country of origin.



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User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 905 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 7804 times:

hey-
nice report amazing pictures!
I use to get the whole rn thing going on but mine had a few slashes in them as well, for me it came from "check spelling, " if you used that then that could be your problem. next time copy it into Word and do your editing from there... it works out a whole heap easier!
can't wait for the rest!
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.
p.s. just be glad that you didn't have drugs on you (no offense to Asia) but in asia they are really strict about that.
I remember back in december (I thinkit was december or maybe late november) when the auzy man was cought with drugs, he was hung. YOu know in some countries they still stone people to death... the government does that. opps sorry to get off topic  blush , but nice work!
AND, WELCOME TO A.net



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User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 7710 times:

Good report and photos and sorry about your wonderful Vietnam experience, but no offense, your typos sometimes made parts hard to understand...

User currently offlineGmex23 From Canada, joined May 2006, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 7691 times:

Hey Airbus - thanks for the comments - I think the typos are from actually using the spell checker on Anet - so Im sorry about it on this report - I am not THAT bad of a speller - Cheers!

User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 7572 times:

Great report and pictures and sorry to hear about the whole Vietnam experience. Its a country I would love to visit one day....

P.S: Funny no one spotted the "Quantas"  Big grin



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