LHR - BKK- HKT - URT - BKK- CNX - BKK - LHR
This was a 5 week trip to Thailand, Just for a holiday. Although takig the train to these places would have been
cheaper, flying was more fun!
I've forgotten some of the details, flight times and numbers and things (I have most of the tickets somewhere,
but I thought the pics would make up for it.)
LHR - BKK
Airline: Thai International
Departure: 12:30 27/06/06
Arrival: approx 6:30 28/06/06
Cost: £410/$820 (RTN)
is about 25 mins from my home, but traffic was slow as usual because of the permanent lane widening roadworks (by the time they finish,they decide they need to build another lane, and start all over again!). We arrived at around 9.30 at T3
, which left plently of time to get through security. We needed it! Check in was quick, but the security que took around 30mins. It wasn't especially heavy security, just that they had a lot of people and few machines. Inside the departure area, T3
was packed, there weren't many places to stand let alone sit! I have only been twice before, and remember it as much smaller, but also much less busy. The central area is badly designed the open plan shops very confusing, like a hall of mirrors, you could imagine someone getting lost in there for years, unable to find the way out. There was little room to stand, let alone sit. I went outside to the new A380 gates to see if there were any windows (not really) and the corridors were totally empty, except for a few passengers running for an Emirates flight just about to leave. Our flight didn't appear on the board until about 20mins before deperature, and the gate, was of course, the furthest away. I think it was gate 43 or 45, anyway it was the furthest possible gate away from T3
, which is miles to walk. Actually it was probably about half a mile, but it felt like a long way. After going into the waiting area, we had about 15mins before we started to board. The flight was totally full, and we didn't get the best seats - in the middle so I couldn't take any photos or see much. Taxing was quickbut there was a huge que for the runway, I could see an A320 and others waiting onthe parallel taxi way. The wait was around 25mins, I wouldn't have minded if I had had a window though! I hadn't been on a widebody plane for years, and never on any 747, so I didn't know what take off would be like. Considering how much fuel it must have been carrying, it accelerated pretty quickly, and climbed fast too. The information screen keep dissppearing (more in a minute on that) so wasn't very helpful. The 747 was impressively queit, but that might just because i'm used to 737's. I was really dissapointed to see that we didn't get personal Tv's. I expected that Thai would have installed them on a busy route like this, even on an old aircraft. I guess they don't have many new planes (except the A340's but they are on the USA routes I think only). That was bad enough, but then they decided to show the worst possible films, which i believe were Saint ralph (or something like that), a weird film about a dog in the artic (but it was hard to tell as it appartenly was german only), and Harry potter, which wasn't really that interesting. I know airlines hav to show family films, but could they really not afford to show something recent?
The food was nice, and the seats ok (but nothing special) but the flight seemed to go on forever with little entertainment (I read all my magazines and books in the first 4 hours). It got dark about half way, and sunrise as we approached BKK
. As we landed, it was really misty, but by the time we got off the plane the mist was all gone! (you can see that in the picture below).
Immigration took about half an hour, which was about average I suppose, and we got the bus to the domestic terminal. We weren't sure where we were going, and intended to go to Samui, but Bangkok airways wanted a cazy 5000Baht for a one way flight. So instead we went to the Nok air desk and got a flight to Phuket for 1750B!!!
BKK - HKT
Airline: Nok air
Departure: 10:00 28/06/06
Arrival: approx 11.20 28/06/06
Cost: 1750 baht (one way)
Getting the shuttle bus to the domestic terminal was easy enough, and we went through from the busy terminal to the small domestic departure area. After x-ray, every airline has it's own ticket checking desk, which was very confusing, especilly as they are sort of staggered. Just past that is a model of the new airport, which although very impressive, doesn't look a lot bigger than the existing one. The picture below is what we thought was our aircraft, actually they chnaged it at the last minute - that plane was gonig to CNX
, but it was an identical 734. I hadn't been on a 734 for a long time, very few seem to be flying in europe now. The plane looked well used, but for the cost of the flight, I wasn't bothered. The flight was quick, and the scenery descending into HKT
was spectacular (see photos).
We spent a week or so here, and went to Phi-Phi and Krabi. I wanted to fly KBV-USM
so I could get to 1) go to samui airport which looked....interesting and 2) Go on an ATR 72, but they don't yet fly that route. Admittedly, it's a bit pointless, as it's only 80 miles or so by coach to surat thani, although flying is more convient because you don't have to get a boat obviously.
Part two in a few minutes testing ot make sure all the pics work!