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IST-BKK-HKG-IST On TK And EK W/pics (Part 2)

Thu Nov 16, 2006 6:04 pm

As I said in my previous report, I was supposed to stay in Pattaya for 6 days. I booked Hard Rock Hotel despite being expensive because it had a very large pool and I thought it would be fun to stay there. After a very long flight from IST, I had a loooong first night sleep and I was ready to head for the pool next morning after missing breakfast... I arrived at the pool just to find out there was entertainment going on and hundreds of children were screaming around me. There were competitions around the pool and children were running around playing their games. And surprise: Live music starts at the pool at 15:00 hrs !!! This was not why I came here.... I thought about going to the beach but they told me I couldn’t swim because it was dirty.

I said to myself, all right, you will go out, meet other travelers, find beaches where you will swim and night clubs to hang out. I went out to have dinner in town just to find out that I was the youngest tourist in town. The streets were full of young Thai boys and girls holding hands and making out with very very old European men. The only night life was go go bars. There was no such thing as night clubs or bars you can just enjoy a drink without being harassed by a Thai boy or an obese man.

I made up my mind on Saturday night, the day after I arrived, and changed my EK tickets on the phone to arrive in HKG 3 days before I scheduled. It was a very wise decision as HKG turned out to be an amazing experience although 6 days was a bit long... 4 days in HKG would definitely do it if you are not interested in the Ocean Park or Disneyland.

So I arranged a private pick up through a travel agency and headed for Bangkok on Monday morning.

06 November 2006
Route: BKKHKG
Airline: Emirates Airline (EK)
Flight: EK 384
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300 ER,
Seat: 19 K (actual 32 HJK)
Gate: E 1
STD: 13:20
ATD: 14:08
STA:17:10
ATA:17:16
Flight Length: 2 hrs 8 mins
Speed: 935 km/h
Altitude: 37000 ft
Weather: sunny and hazy BKK, fine en-route, sunny and hazy HKG

I arrived at the airport at around 10:00 because I needed to go to the EK ticket counter to change my ticket. I waited until 11:00 for it to open ad finally changed my ticket and went to check in. It went very fast at the desk but all emergency exit seats were occupied. So I took a random window seat as I wanted to take as many pictures as possible.

I walked around at the airport and took some pictures.

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http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4906.jpg

There were signs pointing an observation desk but it was closed. So I paid the 500 THB departure tax and went through the immigration which also went quite fast. The new airport, as I said before, is really impressive. It feels very spacious compared to the old airport which I though was quite a mess. After walking around a bit, checking out some duty free shops, I headed towards my gate together with the multi-national EK crew.

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I sat down at the gate with a bunch of other people. Great, the plane was late. After reading a few pages from my book, it appeared. And to my surprise, it was an ER model so it meant ICE !!! It was scheduled to be a non-ER version. I got very excited after I saw the plane because it would be my first 777 plane and it would happen on the largest 777 currently.

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4910.jpg

Hundreds of people left the plane and only a bunch of us were waiting so I know the load would be very light. I waited for everybody to board and then boarded myself at around 13:35. When I arrived at my seat, some girl was sitting there with his old father next to her. I told them that the plane looks empty and that I would sit somewhere else. The F/A agreed with me and I moved back to seats 32 HJK  Wink I had the whole row to myself...

The view of the cabin before take off...

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4912.jpg

Shortly after I sat, the doors were closed and we were ready for pushback. 777 is a massive aircraft. Besides the impressive cabin, what shocked me most was the sheer wing size. It was twice the size of anything I had seen before. At this point, I was more and more excited. I only wished this was a longer flight.

The massive wing of the 777-300/ER

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4911.jpg

The F/A came around with menus after the looong safety video and we pushed back at around 14:00.

Here is what I saw during out taxi....

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http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4914.jpg

Is this Royal Nepal Airlines? I couldn’t tell really...

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4915.jpg
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We then turned towards the active (I am not sure about the runway. Maybe some BKK experts could tell me). We took off shortly after an Air Asia 737. By the way, ALL Air Asia flights were delayed by at least 2 hours that day.

At precisely 14:08, about an hour late, we started our rather short take off run. Even before the flight started, I wanted it to never end... We took off towards NE Thailand and without too many sharp turns, we were on our way.

Here are a few pictures from the take off roll and climb...

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http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4923.jpg

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http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4930.jpg

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http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4932.jpg

Soon after we took off, the crew came around with the meals. The menu for the BKK-HKG segment was as follows:



Bar Service

With the exception of champagne, drinks served are with compliments of Emirates

Apéritifs

Campari, Sweet or Dry Cherry and Sweet or Dry Vermouth

Wines

A selection of Red and White Wines

Champagne

Champagne Brut (30 Dhs.)

Spirits

Bourbon, Gin, Rum, Rye, Vodka, Whisky

Liqueurs

Baileys, Cognac, Cointreau, Drambuie, Tia Maria

Beers

A selection of beers

Soft Drinks

An assortment of soft drinks, fruit juices, ice tea and mineral water


Light Meal

Appetizers

Seafood Salad
A marinated seafood salad, served with a lime wedge

Main Course

Green Curry Duck
Green curry duck, accompanied with steamed rice and Chinese broccoli in oyster cause

Fried Plakapong Fillet
Fried plakapong fish fillet, topped with garlic and coriander, accompanied with hokkien noodles and pak choy

Dessert
Coconut Lime Cheesecake
A tangy coconut lime cheesecake, served with a berry coulis and whipped cream

Beverages and Chocolates

Tea or Coffee
Chocolates



I opted for the duck which was rather spicy !! and a diet coke. The whole meal was pretty good to be honest except it was too spicy for my taste. The dessert was delicious  bigthumbsup 

Here is what the food looked like.....

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4934.jpg

After the meal, I devoted myself to the wonderful ICE. There were so many options that I didn’t know what to watch. I ended up watching a few episodes of this:

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4936.jpg

And this:

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4948.jpg

And of course took many many pictures...

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4935.jpg

The island of Hainan can kinda be seen in this picture 

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4938.jpg

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4941.jpg

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After about an hour and 40 minutes, we started our descend. The speed brakes were deployed instantly.

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4949.jpg


We were over here:

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4939.jpg

The rest were turn right, then left, then right, slow down, turn left again etc....And we neared the destination....

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4950.jpg

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I was just amazed by the size of the flaps, the innermost in particular. I thought it would actually touch the ground upon landing. It was huge...

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http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4957.jpg

It stared getting a bit bumpy at this point and the island of Lantau came into view on the right...

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http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4961.jpg

We touched down precisely 2 hours and 8 minutes after departure. 42 minutes less than scheduled and 12 minutes less than announced.

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http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4963.jpg

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http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4966.jpg

And just look at what I was greeted by  bigthumbsup  I guess I am one of the first here to get a shot of this airline.. It looked cool....

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4967.jpg

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4968.jpg

Then a few others...

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4969.jpg

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4970.jpg

Shortly after, we arrived at our gate. I was able to grab some few shots of the cabin while deboarding...

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4971.jpg

A bad shot of the C class too Smile

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/bkkhkg/DSCF4972.jpg

Just as I was taking these pictures, I saw the most handsome Brazilian guy ever  Wink He asked why I was taking these pictures and I briefly told him about A.net etc... He knew about the website and although he wasn’t a member, he was a frequent visitor. We had a couple of dinners together in the city later  Wink And this is why, the pictures end here because I was no more concentrated on the flight......

Just as we stepped outside the aircraft, some immigration officers were waiting and they were stopping some people to look at their passports. I was not one of them...

I then stopped at the smoking room, and went through the immigration. Our luggage came shortly after and I took the Airport Express to Kowloon where I changed to a shuttle bus to arrive at my hotel.....

This was the second part of my trio. I hope you enjoyed it.... Any questions or comments are very welcome...
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RE: IST-BKK-HKG-IST On TK And EK W/pics (Part 2)

Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:02 pm

Wow. The new BKK looks stunning. It's kind of cute to me that you like cartoon series hahaha...
 
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RE: IST-BKK-HKG-IST On TK And EK W/pics (Part 2)

Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:04 pm

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
Is this Royal Nepal Airlines? I couldn’t tell really...

It is a Royal Nepal 757-200.

Awesome report about EK.
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RE: IST-BKK-HKG-IST On TK And EK W/pics (Part 2)

Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:34 pm

And may i ask .. where is the missing photo of the Brazilian ??  Silly

Thanks for sharing you two trip reports so far, im looking forward to reading of your journey home.
 
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RE: IST-BKK-HKG-IST On TK And EK W/pics (Part 2)

Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:37 pm

Quoting EK773 (Reply 3):
And may i ask .. where is the missing photo of the Brazilian ?? Silly

Well, no pictures of him but he is a model so he ain't bad  Smile
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RE: IST-BKK-HKG-IST On TK And EK W/pics (Part 2)

Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:30 pm

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 4):
Coffee - Tea or Me?

wow as a TK FA you must be really giving the SIA girls/VS boys a run for their money with a salacious signature like that hehe ...

Great trip report.. reminds me of the time i took TK from SIN to TUN via IST/BKK. (had a trip report published here too!).. leg room was good, no PTVs then on the A340 and the crew was pretty much as cheerful as an Ottoman warrior Sad
 
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RE: IST-BKK-HKG-IST On TK And EK W/pics (Part 2)

Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:45 pm

Quoting Jeffrysky (Reply 5):
Great trip report.. reminds me of the time i took TK from SIN to TUN via IST/BKK. (had a trip report published here too!).. leg room was good, no PTVs then on the A340 and the crew was pretty much as cheerful as an Ottoman warrior Sad

Yep.. I remember that trip report of yours very well... I checked it before I left for BKK  Smile The legroom was probably the best thing about the aircraft. Plus, I think the 340 cabin is pretty quiet... I was able to sleep for almost 6 hours on my return trip which is a first for me....The cabin refurbishment is due very soon though....

You are right about the TK crew... The long haul crew in particular....They do not smile a lot... They just do their job and not more than that to turn your flight into a real experience... I wasn't like that though  Wink I was as cheerful as one could be Big grin
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Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:56 am

Great TR again. Enjoyed reading part 2 of the report. Can't wait to read Part 3.

BTW, I'm a huge Simpsons fan. I have every episode of every season on my computer, Yup all 45GB of them Big grin
 
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Fri Nov 17, 2006 3:04 am

Great report, and nice pictures!!! Nice views out of the 777 window.

Looking forward to Part 3!

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Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:58 am

Hey TurkishWings,
Thanks for the report, especially about the TK332s, didn't know that they had a belly-cam. Is the PTV AVOD?
Good luck in Burdur next month, it might be cold.
 
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Fri Nov 17, 2006 5:59 am

Thanls everyone.. I am working on Part 3, which again was a night flight so not too many pictures  Sad Should be ready tomorrow...

Quoting TK787 (Reply 9):
Hey TurkishWings,
Thanks for the report, especially about the TK332s, didn't know that they had a belly-cam. Is the PTV AVOD?
Good luck in Burdur next month, it might be cold.

The TK 332 was a lot better than I expected and yes the PTV is AVOD. You can pause, fast-forward or rewind whenever you want. There were about 5-6 classic movies and 10 new movies as well as many TV shows and games etc....

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 7):
BTW, I'm a huge Simpsons fan. I have every episode of every season on my computer, Yup all 45GB of them

I like the Simpsons too a lot but I am more a "South Park" fan. I have ALL their episodes  Wink
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RE: IST-BKK-HKG-IST On TK And EK W/pics (Part 2)

Fri Nov 17, 2006 8:40 am

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
We then turned towards the active (I am not sure about the runway. Maybe some BKK experts could tell me

It looks like 1L-19R to me.

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[Edited 2006-11-17 00:41:57]
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Fri Nov 17, 2006 8:49 am

Thanks for another great report!
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BKK is huge and beautiful.

I've always wanted to fly with EK my cousin is an F/A for them.

Which airline has better seats and IFE TK or EK?
 
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Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:09 am

Hey, great report. I always like EK and have been on their 773 but not yet on their 77W. Looks great. The last 773 I was on also had ICE I think.
I would love to have tasted the key lime cheesecake you had on your flight..and from the sound of it, the brazilian guy too !
 
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Fri Nov 17, 2006 11:29 am

Quoting Parisien (Reply 13):
I would love to have tasted the key lime cheesecake you had on your flight..and from the sound of it, the brazilian guy too !

Hmm... sounds yummy... Really no pictures to share? (I don't mean the cake)
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RE: IST-BKK-HKG-IST On TK And EK W/pics (Part 2)

Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:30 pm

thanks for sharing. the pix especially the ones out of the window are really beautiful. looking forward for the 3rd part.
 
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RE: IST-BKK-HKG-IST On TK And EK W/pics (Part 2)

Fri Nov 17, 2006 5:58 pm

Quoting ThereAndBack (Reply 12):
Which airline has better seats and IFE TK or EK?

It's hard to compare the ICE of EK to any other airline  Wink It's perfect. But their non-ICE IFE is more or less same with TK.

As for the seats, the 330 seats of TK were slightly better than EK's I think... I prefer leather seats.
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Fri Nov 17, 2006 6:02 pm

Quoting Parisien (Reply 13):
I would love to have tasted the key lime cheesecake you had on your flight..and from the sound of it, the brazilian guy too !

Hey, slow down buddy  Wink

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 14):
Hmm... sounds yummy... Really no pictures to share? (I don't mean the cake)

Yeah yeah.. Whatever  Smile
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RE: IST-BKK-HKG-IST On TK And EK W/pics (Part 2)

Fri Nov 17, 2006 6:30 pm

Nice follow up to part1.

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
compared to the old airport which I though was quite a mess

- Sure was, though quite fun because of that.

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
There were signs pointing an observation desk but it was closed

- Shame, would have liked to see what the view is like from there.

Glad you enjoyed your EK & 77W flight, don't like the 777 myself, find it a very noisy airplane.

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RE: IST-BKK-HKG-IST On TK And EK W/pics (Part 2)

Sat Nov 18, 2006 4:50 am

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
At this point, I was more and more excited

That is always the best way to fly...
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RE: IST-BKK-HKG-IST On TK And EK W/pics (Part 2)

Sun Nov 19, 2006 9:05 am

Wow, very nice pics. Thanks for sharing
 
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Sat Nov 25, 2006 12:42 pm

Really enjoyed reading this. Loved how you uploaded heaps of pictures, keep it up!

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