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Nok Air, Bangkok To Chiang Mai  
User currently offlineThai744 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 20867 times:
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Two weeks ago I had to head to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand for business. Being a regular flyer on Thai, I decided to try Nok Air again as I hadn't flown them for over 2 years.

I made the booking easily on the internet, and the total fare was about $40USD one-way between the two cities.

My thoughts on the new airport in BKK were made in another trip report (BKK-REP), so I won't go into my dislike for the place again in this report. However, I have included some photos of the airport and the gate lounge area. (Note the ridiculous seating arrangements in one of the gate lounge shots where they have placed 2 rows of seats facing each other with about 4 inches of room between the two rows! Madness!)

The "A" concourse gates are for domestic flights. I did find a nice food-court area with a lovely outdoor seating area which is fine for smokers to use. (But no free WIFI!)















The flight was delayed 30 minutes, and the aircraft was HS-TDB, (formerly operated by TG), named "Phuket", and sponsored inside-and-out by TOT (The Telecommuncations Authority of Thailand).

Nok Air features "Nok Plus" which is the equivalent of TG's domestic business class seat, and includes a free newspaper and snack. Unfortunately when I booked Nok Plus was full, so I was in regular economy. (It's about an extra $20USD to go Nok Plus - a bargain!)

The flight was 100% full, so I made my way to my aisle seat, half-way down the aircraft.

As stated before, everything inside-and-out of the aircraft was sponsored by the TOT.









We pushed back and taxiied to 19L, and waited while a Thai Air Asia 737, a TG A330 and a TG 744 bound for Sydney took-off ahead of us.
We were airborne 49 minutes after scheduled ETD, and proceeded to make a series of left-hand turns to get us heading north and on track for CNX.

The crew were casual and friendly, yet professional, and really seemed to enjoy their jobs. The came around with the food-and-drink-for-purchase trolley, and I purchased as sandwich and a drink. The sandwich was very fresh and actually quite tasty. Cost was about $2USD.

The crew then came around with the merchandising trolley, which contained a wide range of Nok Air souvenirs at pretty cheap prices.
The F/O made an announcement 20 minutes into the flight containing all the standard stuff such as flight time, weather, routing etc.
During the flight I went to the bathroom which was spotlessly clean.

For an old aircraft, it was certainly in very good condition and the cabin had been well-maintained.
http://images9.fotki.com/v183/photos/4/42209/393245/NokAirSmiles-vi.jpg?1162132315





Flight time BKK-CNX is about exactly an hour, and we began our decent from FL340 and just seemed to drift into CNX without any fuss at all.
We deplaned 46 minutes after the scheduled arrival time, and were bussed to the terminal in Chiang Mai. I only had cabin baggage, so was off the aircraft and into a taxi in about 5 minutes flat.

Nok Air is fine for the cost-concious traveller, and the staff are friendly and efficient. I like the fact that they have seat allocation, (unlike other local LCC's Air Asia and Tiger Airways where boarding is a complete disaster), and I would definitely fly them on a regular basis.

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User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 20802 times:

wow, that boarding pass looks like a receipt from a fast food place  Smile
he he...


User currently offlineSv2008 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 20690 times:

I flew BKK-CNX in July, I still have those boarding passes!

All 3 flights I took were great, going back to BKK we had to circle for ages but thats not the airlines fault.

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Nok Air is fine for the cost-concious traveller(unlike other local LCC's Air Asia and Tiger Airways where boarding is a complete disaster), and I would definitely fly them on a regular basis.

Have you ever flown Ryanair? If not your in for a shock.......I flew Air Asia too (USM-BKK) and they were ok.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 20680 times:
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Nice report, many thanks.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 942 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 20413 times:

Interesting report, haven't flown Nok so was nice to see what it looks like. The airport is such a mess. Please, AOT, get it fixed!

Lots of pictures of Thai women. Just a coincidence? Ha ha...



Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8467 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 20361 times:

The seats at Utapo are really close like that.

User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 20297 times:

Nice report. You sure like the ladies don't you? Big grin

User currently offlineCXtra From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 20161 times:

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 4):
Lots of pictures of Thai women. Just a coincidence? Ha ha...

hmm.. i was thinking the same thing. i see a whole new battle series in this..battle of the (asian) crews. something tells me we may find the winner before we even begin.. *cough* SQ!!

anyway, an interesting report.. i thought Nok's advertising was pretty tasteful as lcc ads go. hint for ryanair here..

also interesting to see some more pictures of suvarnabhumi - i would echo comments of others that it's too cold and hard. the design is great, but they need to get the balance like at ICN, HKG and SIN.

thanks again..  Smile



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