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Thai Trip I: SIN-BKK-SIN LX Business/Economy PIX!  
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2113 posts, RR: 10
Posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 11074 times:

Background
The holidays were coming around, and many options were on the table for me. I could a) Take no days off and come in to the office for a few hours in the days between xmas and new year's, b) Go back home to Florida, spending a total of 4 days just on travel, or c) Pick a point in the South East Asian map and head over there to do some exploring. I decided that Thailand, with all the hooplah heard about it, should be the place to spend a week getting to know a new culture and, of course, seeing the gazillion wats, or Buddha temples. I found incredible bargains for both flights and hotels. For SGD340 I could fly Swiss Business going out and Economy on return, earning my firts KrisFlyer miles! I decided I also wanted to head over to Chiang Mai to see Wat Doi Suthep and the hill tribes (neither of which I did), so I booked myself on Thai Royal Silk class for just over 7,000 Bhat, which was just 1,500 Bhat more than flying in economy, and thus also getting some more miles for my KrisFlyer account. I also got great deals at the Holiday Inn Silom Bangkok and at the Sheraton Chiang Mai.

Pre-Flight
The cab picked me up at 19:00 sharp in the lobby of my svcd appartment. There was a lot of traffic for Saturday evening, and it took us well over the usual 30mins to get to the airport. My flight would be leaving from Terminal 1. I wondered why not all of the Star Alliance are in the same terminal as SQ?

Check-In
There were four Swiss counters open. One for First class, one for Business class, and two for Economy. There were about 3 people in line for First, one for Economy, and no one for Business. However, I realized this was due to the fact that there was no check-in agent for Business! Finally one of the agents sat down in the Business counter and checked me in. Priority tag on the bag and boarding pass and lounge invitation in hand, I made my way past immigration and towards the SATS Premier lounge.


Terminal 1 Check-In Area


Terminal 1 Check-In Area


Several airlines use the SATS Premier lounge in Terminal 1. Most (if not all) of the Star Alliance carriers use it, plus JL and a few other non-alliance airlines. The lounge is really nice. It has a modern, trendy look, and it's quite spacious. There were about 8 internet terminals as well as different food selections. Warm food included noodles, curry chicken, and some kind of chili red beans. There were also some veggie sandwhiches, but these were not all that good. Drink selection was standard, which included soft drinks, beers, coffee, etc.


SATS Premier Lounge


SATS Premier Lounge


Gate
As I entered the gate my boarding pass was checked. The boarding lounge was not very nice. I hear people boasting on A.net of how lovely SIN is, but I take it they must be refering to Terminal 2. Terminal 1 is ok, but definitely nothing to write home about. It reminds me of most US airports. But there was nothing I could compare the boarding lounge to. Even in Third World country airports I find the boarding areas relatively spacious and more airy. This one (Gate 22) felt very cramped and quite tired. I didn't have to wait there long.


Boarding Pass

Flight: LX 183
Route: SIN-BKK
Aircraft: A340-300
Schd (Act) Time: 21:20 (21:45) - 22:45 (23:00)
Seat: 9A


The flight itself was good. The flight attendants did their job efficiently, without being too nice or with too many smiles. They reminded me of my Swiss grandma  wink 

As I sat down I wondered if the seat next to me would be empty. Soon enough, three beautiful women sat in 9B, C, and D. Wow! I thought I'd talk to the hottest one, seated right next to me in B. As I was going to utter the first word, they started talking among themselves in a manly, deep voice! Egads! Ladyboys! Damn... But I must say, though, better looking than some of the women! And the one seated next to me had the shortest skirt I have ever seen. At some point I did get a glimpse of her thong, but couldn't quite make out with kind of package s/he had in her undercarriage. I'm not too sure I wanted to know whether s/he was pre-op or post-op.

We were offered orange juice and water before push back, followed by newspapers (FT, WSJ, etc), and a steamy hot towel.

Pushback was slightly delayed but we were soon on our way to the rwy.


Boarding


Boarding


Legroom


The flight was uneventful. There was no menu for dinner - at least not for this sector. The meal was a small prawn salad as an appetizer, curry chicken on yellow rice, and a regular salad. Warm rolls were offered along with little plates with olive oil, salt, and pepper to dip in (yummy!). This was washed down with an Australian white and a coffee at the end. Not quite what you'd expect in Business on a European airline, but I guess this had to do with it being the initial (and short!) sector. As a matter of fact, I would say over 80% of the pax in C got off in BKK.

For the duration of the flight I browsed the IFE, which consisted of On-Demand movies, short programs, and music. I watched most of "You, Me, and Dupree," but got bored of it at the end.

Out of all the places in the world, we had to do a holding pattern over Bangkok, which meant I would be arriving much later than planned. This was a first for me, as even coming into LHR I had never before been in a holding pattern. I guess this was exciting being my first time? It wasn't for long, so that was good.

After deplaning, my first impression of the new Suvarnabhumi airport was a cold, dark place. The walls are all bare concrete, and the lighting is not very good either. However, the bldg would redeem itself on the return (more on that later).


Suvarnabhumi Airport Impression

Immigration was a bit on the slow side, but soon enough I went through to the baggage area, where I spotted some idiot wearing a Univ of Miami tshirt (GO NOLES!)  wink 


Baggage Claim

Having the Star Priority tag, my bag came out very quick. I got it off the carousel and went outside were the limo driver was waiting for me. It was nearly midnight and I couldn't wait to get to a bed!


Baggage Claim


Baggage Claim


My Ride to the Hotel


Room at the Holiday Inn Silom


After a few days in Bangkok I was off to Chiang Mai. See Part II of this series for the trip report on TG's Royal Silk class

Overall, I was not impressed with Thailand. I had heard sooo many great things about the country. The highlights of the trip were the Reclining Buddha Temple and the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, and Doi Suthep and the Monk Chat in Chiang Mai. But, IMHO, the whole experience was hindered by the hecklers telling me the temple was closed because of xmas, and how I should go with them on a "special" tour of the city (puh-leeeease!). It would've been ok if it was only once, or twice, but every time I got my Lonely Planet book out, I was approached by men, tuk-tuks, and taxis. Also, Bangkok itself is a horrible city. It is the ugliest city I've been to in the world, and, mind you, I've been to some ugly cities (Barranquilla, for example, in Colombia is quite ugly, except for El Prado). Chiang Mai was better, but it did remind me of the many small towns in rural Colombia I've been to: Junky, junky, junky. The pollution was just unbearable. At first I thought it would compare to Bogota, but Bogota now felt like paradise next to Bangkok's polluted sky. And the tourists! Luckily after the second day in Bangkok I decided to go to more off the beaten path places. And the other good thing was the weather! Very mild, much better than humid Singapore!

Anyway, now that I'm done with the rant, let's get back to the flights!

Check-In
After being dropped off by the taxi, I made my way to the G check-in area. Unfortunately, although there was a line, no one was at the LX or LH counters. I decided then to go to get my VAT refund and get some pics from the Sky Lounge restaurant.


Check-In Area


Check-In Area


LH's check-in desks opened just after 1pm for the 4:05pm flight to Ho Chi Minh city. However, the counter's for LX's flight to Singapore wouldn't open until after 2pm.

At the desk, I asked the check-in agent if he could block the seat next to me. He told me this was not possible as the flight was overbooked (not true). He also told me that the seat I had pre-reserved had been given away to someone else (reminded me of Seinfeld's episode in which his reserved rental car is not available). I did manage to get a window seat, 32A, just behind the wing, so I was still a happy camper.


LX and LH Check-In Counters

After immigration, I strolled along the duty free area. Now, I must say: BKK's new airport really redeemed itself! This part of the airport is really, really nice. Quite airy, a lot of natural light, and none of that bare concrete.


Departures Area D


Duty Free


Departures Area C


Lower Gate Area


Gate D2


Gate D2


By this time I was getting hungry since I hadn't had lunch. And since I wouldn't be allowed into any lounges this time, I ventured for a last taste of local food




Better than lounge food!


The view from the restaurant


After that I went for my cash refund of the VAT taxes, for which I was charged a 100 Baht service fee! I was really getting pissed off at all these "fees" and "service charges" in Thailand. I was by now dying to get back to Singapore!

After I got my 300 bhat, I went to TMB to exchange the last couple thousand Bhat I had with me for Singdollars. Got my money and went to the gate.

Gate

Gate D4


The Empty Gate D4


Our flight arrived about 30mins late from Zurich. After waiting for about 40mins, boarding was finally called. I was eager to get home by now!

Flight: LX 182
Route: BKK-SIN
Aircraft: A340-300
Schd (Act) Time: 16:05 (16:40) - 19:10 (19:45)
Seat: 32A



Boarding Pass


LX Economy


My seat


Legroom


PTV


The View out the Window


IFE Controls


LX Economy


The flight was again uneventful. We departed from rwy 01L and turned South over the South China Sea towards Singapore. The IFE was the same in Business and Economy, except the choices were different. I enjoyed an episode of The Office (American version) and started watching Pirates of the Caribbean 2, although the cabin was too bright and I didn't really enjoy the movie. So I whipped out my book, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and read most of the way.

The food on this sector for Economy was rice and fish, fruit salad, and a bun. A Bloody Mary was served, but the tomato juice was sweet and no tabasco was provided, so I never finished it.

Soon enough we landed in Singapore.


Parking Close to an AF 773


Deboarding


Immigration was lighting fast, as there was no one in the Singaporean/Resident lines. I went down to baggage claim to get my bag, got a taxi, and was on my way home, listening to the driver tell me that he likes Bangkok so much because of how cheap the women are there. Maybe he doesn't mind the ladyboys?


Baggage Claim

If you've reached this far, please leave a comment on how you loved or loathed my report (and my rant!).

And please check out Part II!


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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 11007 times:
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Hi Coal, great report & pic's, thanks.

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
Bangkok itself is a horrible city. It is the ugliest city I've been to in the world

- Agreed, it's dirty & ugly, a real lack of historic vibe about most of the city.

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
three beautiful women sat in 9B, C, and D. Wow! I thought I'd talk to the hottest one, seated right next to me in B. As I was going to utter the first word, they started talking among themselves in a manly, deep voice! Egads! Ladyboys! Damn... But I must say, though, better looking than some of the women! And the one seated next to me had the shortest skirt I have ever seen. At some point I did get a glimpse of her thong, but couldn't quite make out with kind of package s/he had in her undercarriage

- A most amusing section!

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineMack8994 From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 10978 times:

Hi Coal, interesting report. I too have heard wonderful things about Thailand... however, it seems you did not have a good experience at all. I'd be curious to know a bit more details on what you liked and did not like. I would have expected that Bangkok has a lot of history and cultural places other than the budhas.

BTW, great pics!

Mack8994
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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2113 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10846 times:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 1):
- Agreed, it's dirty & ugly, a real lack of historic vibe about most of the city.

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Quoting Mack8994 (Reply 2):
I too have heard wonderful things about Thailand... however, it seems you did not have a good experience at all. I'd be curious to know a bit more details on what you liked and did not like. I would have expected that Bangkok has a lot of history and cultural places other than the budhas.

I too thought there would be more historic gems to be explored in this city, other than the Buddhism stuff. I was expecting the Rome of the East, no less. Alas, I was very dissapointed. I think that most of the people find some kind of charm in the ugliness and lack of organization in Bangkok. However, having lived in a Third World country for many years, I do not find these qualities appealing.

I have spoken to some of my friends who have been to Thailand. They say they love it because of the beach resorts, like Phuket, Koh Samui, and Krabi. However, I'm not very keen on the whole beach resort tourism. I always like to go to places that have some historical value and that might teach me something new.

Cheers,
Coal



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User currently offlineVTBDflyer From Thailand, joined Aug 2006, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10720 times:

There are lots of historical places here in Bangkok, but its hard to find them. But for the most part, I'm with you, it is dirty, noisy, and all of the above. But there aren't many places where you get all of those, right?  Wink Hope you return, can't wait for part 2.

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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 10675 times:

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
but Bogota now felt like paradise next to Bangkok's polluted sky. And the tourists!

I must say I can't stand the masses of package tourists/backpackers at all these days. Pollution definitely is a problem, I live next to a major road and it's unbearable at times with all the piece of junk buses and trucks especially evenings.

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
lounge invitation in hand, I made my way past immigration and towards the SATS Premier lounge.

SQ SilverKris lounge is well worth the skytrain ride to T2 even if only for the champagne.



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User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3517 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10589 times:
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After that I went for my cash refund of the VAT taxes, for which I was charged a 100 Baht service fee! I was really getting pissed off at all these "fees" and "service charges" in Thailand. I was by now dying to get back to Singapore

In Singapore you also payservice fee on your VAT refund  Angry



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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12148 posts, RR: 49
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 10476 times:
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Good read made me laugh at loud. Thanks.


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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 10384 times:

I have done this with LX too in JCL and I was very very disappointed with the service and the whole flight in general. I found LX lacking in terms of customer service and the presentation of the JCL product was rather sloppy; from sub par check in counters, to a lounge that was dodgy (no fault of LX), FA's that looked like they just got out of bed with crumpled uniforms and attitude to match... If you go into the archives, the report about my flight is still there.

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
Several airlines use the SATS Premier lounge in Terminal 1.

I have never been impressed with this lounge. However, it was recently renovated so things might have imporved?

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
This one (Gate 22) felt very cramped and quite tired. I didn't have to wait there long.

C20-something are gates that LX operate out from. These holding areas and those around them are indeed old. However, in terms of space, it does not differ much from T2.

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
As I was going to utter the first word, they started talking among themselves in a manly, deep voice! Egads! Ladyboys!

Hmm... these ladyboys must be pretty loaded huh to be able to fly up front. Perhaps relatives of Tingtong Macadangdang? Wonder if Mr Dudley is lurking round the corner?? (Little Britain anyone?)

I am sorry you didn't like BKK one bit. I guess BKK is like a city that either u love it or hate it. For me, I love it. I come from a city that is so organised and sterile that a bit of grime sometimes gets me out of my routine. I love haggling with these touts and when they give me some shitty tale about how this place is closed coz of a holiday, I will reply in Thai. I like holding back that bit about me speaking Thai till the last minute when it catches them off guard.

I also like the food and shopping. I guess for us Singaporeans, Thailand (esp Bangkok) is like a 2nd home to us. Just look at the amount of flights per day between the 2 cities would be a good indication.

That being said, for someone from a western world, Bangkok would be quite a shocker of an introduction to Asia. I once brought my friend form Chicago to Bangkok on his first trip to Asia, and boy was he so frightened to step out of his hotel room after one day.

One BIG MISTAKE you must never ever do in whatever circumstances you are in, is to whip out your Lonely Planet guidebook in public. Not just in Bangkok, but anywhere in the world! You might as well place a target board on your head and with a sign that says "OK, ATTACK ME". Refer to the guide book discreetly, and not in full view of people along the streets. If all else fails, walk into a McDonalds, a shopping mall or a cafe and open your book there.



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 10363 times:

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
As I sat down I wondered if the seat next to me would be empty. Soon enough, three beautiful women sat in 9B, C, and D. Wow! I thought I'd talk to the hottest one, seated right next to me in B. As I was going to utter the first word, they started talking among themselves in a manly, deep voice! Egads! Ladyboys! Damn... But I must say, though, better looking than some of the women! And the one seated next to me had the shortest skirt I have ever seen. At some point I did get a glimpse of her thong, but couldn't quite make out with kind of package s/he had in her undercarriage. I'm not too sure I wanted to know whether s/he was pre-op or post-op.

 rotfl 

Haha omg thats one of the funniest comments i've seen in ages on here!

Great trip report, and pics too.

Yes I agree, Bangkok is pretty ugly, I prefer Pattaya  Smile


Lee



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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 942 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 10333 times:

Interesting report. I've been curious about the LX service between SIN and BKK since they offer pretty good fares from time to time.

Sorry you didn't like Bangkok. It is one of those "love it or hate it" type of cities.

Quoting Mack8994 (Reply 2):
I would have expected that Bangkok has a lot of history and cultural places other than the budhas.

Bangkok is filled with history outside of Buddhist temples. It's here; you just won't find it listed in the Lonely Planet guide. For example, there's a great self-guided audio tour you can take in part of the old city that takes you down small canals and alleyways, providing great detail about the historical significance of that part of the city. It's fascinating and it is all of ten minutes from the Grand Palace. Sadly, most tourists will never find it.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 8):
One BIG MISTAKE you must never ever do in whatever circumstances you are in, is to whip out your Lonely Planet guidebook in public. Not just in Bangkok, but anywhere in the world! You might as well place a target board on your head and with a sign that says "OK, ATTACK ME".

There's the joke that says if you're ever lonely when you're travelling, whip out your Lonely Planet guide and you'll instantly attract new friends!



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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2113 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 10320 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 8):
I come from a city that is so organised and sterile that a bit of grime sometimes gets me out of my routine.

Know what I do? I go to Little India on Sundays for about an hour, maybe even go into Mustafa Center to lurk around a bit... then I go back to my svcd apt  wink 

Well, I must say, though, that there was an area in Bangkok which felt actually nice. The area around Phra Nakhon and Dusit was mostly tourist-free, at least on the day I went there. Wat Benchambophit was practically empty!

As far as LX's service, I found it it was much better in Y on the return than in C. One question that arose was how do they schedule the crews? I noticed a new crew took over from BKK onwards to ZRH as well as from BKK onwards to SIN. How do they work around this? Clearly they can't have a dedicated crew b/w BKK and SIN, can they?

Part II coming right up!

Cheers,
Coal



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 10288 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 11):
I noticed a new crew took over from BKK onwards to ZRH as well as from BKK onwards to SIN. How do they work around this? Clearly they can't have a dedicated crew b/w BKK and SIN, can they?

The crew pattern goes like this...

ZRH-BKK (overnight stay)
BKK-SIN-BKK (turnaround, then stay in BKK again)
BKK-ZRH

I guess they lay down in the beds in the premium cabin for a rest during the a/c's stop in SIN. I am not sure as I have not seen LX's crew much around the duty free area. Maybe this might explain the crumpled uniforms? Come to think of it, when I flew Swissair (SR) in YCL, the service was miles better than when I flew LX in JCL.



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User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9974 times:

Great trip report and the pictures were excellent. I am with you on the whole Bangkok thing, my personal preference is for places such as Phuket. However living in Florida now kind of makes me miss living in Asia. I have to head back to the States in three days.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 12):
Come to think of it, when I flew Swissair (SR) in YCL, the service was miles better than when I flew LX in JCL.

Comparing SR to LX is like comparing apples to tomatoes. Swissair was in a league of its own. If you had such a wonderful experience in Y, I assure you it only got better as you moved up front. Swiss sadly falls short of Swissair in many ways. I fear they have become a Lufthansa number II.

SR 103


User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day ago) and read 9831 times:

Great report. Your room at the Holiday Inn was quite nice compared to what I would expect. The airport did indeed look depressing at night, but in the morning I thought the check in area look very airy and nice. Interesting contrast.

User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2113 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 20 hours ago) and read 9764 times:

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 13):
my personal preference is for places such as Phuket

How is Phuket? Isn't it a bit overrated and touristy? As I said I'm not too much into going to beach resorts for holidays, but I've been thinking of going to Ko Samui, since PG has a non-stop flight from Singapore

Quoting Airbus3801 (Reply 14):
Great report. Your room at the Holiday Inn was quite nice compared to what I would expect.

Thanks. Yes, I was also pleasantly surprised. Actually, I found the Holiday Inn much nicer than the Sheraton (!!!). The check-in area was beautifully done. The Holiday Inn Atrium in Singapore also looks quite nice from the outside, nothing like the Holiday Inns in the US.

Cheers,
Coal



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User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 9711 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 15):
How is Phuket? Isn't it a bit overrated and touristy?

Well I have not been there in years to tell you the truth. However it is a bit overcomercialized, I agree.

Quoting Coal (Reply 15):
I've been thinking of going to Ko Samui, since PG has a non-stop flight from Singapore

I have not been to Ko Samui though I hear great things. However if I make it to that part of the world for a holiday, I am more inclined to visit Malaysia than anything else. Maybe you should think about doing that. Get a few more countries down on your list rather than visiting the same ones.

SR 103


User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2113 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 17 hours ago) and read 9685 times:

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 16):
I have not been to Ko Samui though I hear great things. However if I make it to that part of the world for a holiday, I am more inclined to visit Malaysia than anything else. Maybe you should think about doing that. Get a few more countries down on your list rather than visiting the same ones.

Oh, I wouldn't bother with Malaysia. I went to Malacca a few weeks ago, and that was nothing special either. I plan on going up to KL for a weekend to do some shopping and get a pic of the Petronas towers, although most people in SG tell me not to bother going.

I'm considering Cambodia and Viet Nam for my next personal trip, which might be in mid Feb or March.

Cheers,
Coal



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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2113 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9154 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 12):
I guess they lay down in the beds in the premium cabin for a rest during the a/c's stop in SIN. I am not sure as I have not seen LX's crew much around the duty free area. Maybe this might explain the crumpled uniforms?

Quite possibly, but I didn't find their uniforms to be crumpled at all. And, if I recall correctly, the whole crew boarded the a/c before pax were allowed to board, so they did not remind in the a/c.

Cheers,
Coal



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User currently offlineBAW076 From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2006, 750 posts, RR: 26
Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 9110 times:

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
As I sat down I wondered if the seat next to me would be empty. Soon enough, three beautiful women sat in 9B, C, and D. Wow! I thought I'd talk to the hottest one, seated right next to me in B. As I was going to utter the first word, they started talking among themselves in a manly, deep voice! Egads! Ladyboys! Damn... But I must say, though, better looking than some of the women! And the one seated next to me had the shortest skirt I have ever seen. At some point I did get a glimpse of her thong, but couldn't quite make out with kind of package s/he had in her undercarriage. I'm not too sure I wanted to know whether s/he was pre-op or post-op.

              

I can always rely on you for a laugh!!

On to part II now.............

Chris   

[Edited 2007-01-05 18:16:32]


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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7616 posts, RR: 42
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 9087 times:

I have really enjoyed reading your report Coal. It is very entertaining. I was in Bangkok in 2002 and I loved the fact that I was with a nice group of friends and that we had an awesome tour guide who showed us a lot of incredible places. However, I concur with you that the city is not very beautiful. I too found it to be polluted and chaotic (you'll say "look who's talking, you're from Mexico City", but really); nevertheless it was a great vacation. If you decide to go to Kuala Lumpur, hopefully you will find the time to write a report; I myself have always wanted to visit the city and find it a bit surprising that your acquaintances in Singapore would suggest against it.

Anyway, on to Part II as well!!! Thanks for the cool report!



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2113 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8869 times:

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 20):
I have really enjoyed reading your report Coal. It is very entertaining. I was in Bangkok in 2002 and I loved the fact that I was with a nice group of friends and that we had an awesome tour guide who showed us a lot of incredible places. However, I concur with you that the city is not very beautiful. I too found it to be polluted and chaotic (you'll say "look who's talking, you're from Mexico City", but really); nevertheless it was a great vacation. If you decide to go to Kuala Lumpur, hopefully you will find the time to write a report; I myself have always wanted to visit the city and find it a bit surprising that your acquaintances in Singapore would suggest against it.

Anyway, on to Part II as well!!! Thanks for the cool report!

Thanks Eddie. I just sent you an email with my views on Bangkok. As far as Malaysia, it's not surprising that Singaporeans would suggest against it. After all, Singapore used to be part of Malaysia, and it has evolved to be quite different that it's neighbor to the North. I spent two days in Malacca, and must say I was also not impressed at all. Although, I had already been told by some expats that it was nothing special, not worth more than a weekend trip.

We'll see what it's like once I head there some time in late January or February.

My next trip reports will be:

SIN-MEL on SQ C
MEL-SYD on DJ Y
SYD-SIN on SQ C

Cheers,
Coal



Nxt Flts: VA SYD-LAX | VX LAX-FLL | B6 FLL-BOG-FLL | VX FLL-LAX | VA LAX-SYD | VA SYD-PER-SYD
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