pawsleykat
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Destination Paradise! Part 3; The Holiday Ends

Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:44 pm

If you’ve read part one and two of this trip report, welcome back!
If you’ve just joined us here, you can read Part 1 (LHR-SIN) here and Part 2 (SIN-BKK-HKT) here

After a fantastic 10 days in Phuket, our holiday came to an end. Sad but true. I’ll always have the memories. The last day was spent doing some hurried last minute souvenir shopping and taking those all important final photos.

Here’s some photos from around the Island, and also some tours we did through the weeks.

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The Pool as viewed from our balcony

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Prawn Phad Thai by the Pool

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Cable Paradise

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JungCeylon

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Fountains Fountains Everywhere!

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I had to feign an English accent passing by here in case I was noticed

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Nice Roof

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Awesome sign

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Sawadee Ka – Ronald McDonald style

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Patong Beach Posing

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Parasailing


Stone Elephant in the hotel

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Monkeys

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Ko Pan-Yi


James Bond Island

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Days Spent Lounging by the pool were bliss


Holiday Reading

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Lady Boys

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Bamboo Island

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Coral Reef Snorkelling

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Phi Phi Don Island

On Thursday, October 1st it was time to go. We packed our luggage and made our way to the front desk to check out, and pay the room service bill.
As we had 3 hours before we were being picked up, it was time for a walk around the beach area and Bangla Road, before taking up our complimentary full body massages in the Burasari Spa.


Luggage


Lobby of the Burasari Resort, Patong

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Awesome daybed

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Patong Beach Plaque


Every trip needs a jumping photo

At 3pm we were picked up by the hotel driver, or one of them anyway. This time it was a trip to the airport in the dark, and the drive over was really nice. Decent music and air conditioning made the drive all the better. I will never take A/C for granted again!

Before entering the terminal at Phuket, every bag is security screened and receives a sticker saying “HKT Security Checked”. After that, which was only a five minute wait, it was time to head over to the Royal Silk check in desks. My bag was checked straight through to Edinburgh no problem, but I still had to pick up boarding cards in Bangkok and London.

01-10-2009
TG218
Phuket International, Thailand (HKT) – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Thailand (BKK)
STD: 1825
ATD: 1853
STA: 1950
ATA: 1950
Departure Runway: 27
Arrival Runway: 01R
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Registration: HS-TGW ” Visuthakasatriya”
Seat: 23B Assigned, Moved to 22A


Once again, when we had passed security, we made our way to the Thai domestic lounge at HKT. It’s a decently sized lounge, with the same offerings as the one in Bangkok. This time I tried the tuna sandwiches as I was fairly hungry. They’re proper lush.

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Fresh Fruit

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Tuna Sandwiches


Apple Juice

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Lounge Offerings

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Empty lounge


After two hours or so in the lounge, having spent half of that time on our own in the lounge, we made our way out to the gate where our 747 sat awaiting departure. We’d seen it taxi in from the lounge and wanted to be first on board. En route to the gate, we saw a group who’d been on the trip to the Phi Phi Islands with us.
Again, like the 221, Business Class passengers were called forward first to board. Trent and I settled in our seats (23A and B) and watched as only about 15 J passengers sat in both our section and in the nose. The upper deck had been closed off due to a lack of passengers (as we’d found out at check-in) and there was a very low load on the main deck.

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HS-TGW sitting at the gate

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Business Class cradle seats

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Decent Size PTV, showing the route

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Tray Table

When the door shut, I moved into 22A, as there was no one in that row at all. This is the exit row and has much more legroom over the normal business class seat.
We pushed back a little late and made our way, slowly, to the active runway; 27, where we had to hold for about 10 minutes for an arriving Malaysian 737. At 1853 we turned onto the runway, held for a couple of seconds and the throttles opened, launching us down and into the dark skies over the Andaman sea. About two minutes after takeoff, HS-TGW turned to the right and brought us on to the track, heading directly for BKK.

Dinner was served around 15 minutes into the flight, tonight’s dish was chicken wrapped in an omelette infused with herbs and peppers and rice on the side. Again, a simple but delicious meal from Thai. I settled back and read some of my book after dinner as I waited for Trent to finish. We were going on a little trip to see the Upper Deck as I’d never been up before, apart from to see the cockpit on my flight from LGW-EWR on VS in 1997, but I was too young to remember that, and even then it was a 747-200.

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Route Map showing our progress

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Yummy Dinner

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Empty Upper Deck

For the remainder of the flight I read the rest of my book. Soon enough the ground began to get closer and closer. At first it was just lights, then streets could be made out and finally moving objects like cars. I assumed we were coming in on one of the 19s but there was no turns to bring us north of the airport and back around, and when we eventually landed (after a rather lengthy float), the terminal was at the far end of the runway on the left hand side, we’d come in on runway 01R. Taxiing to the terminal was quick and we were brought in on Gate B5, the same we’d left from.

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Rather tatty footrest

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Not quite 180 degrees, but still comfy


Reading my book and watching the information screen

After arrival we walked through baggage reclaim and onto the Qantas/BA check in on the main departures level. Although we could have just gone to flight connections, I wanted to see landside in the airport I’d heard so much about.


Big Column

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Terminal

Next Up: Destination Paradise! Part 4; Qantas Flagship and Supermodels

JG  Yeah sure
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HOOB747
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RE: Destination Paradise! Part 3; The Holiday Ends

Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:10 pm



Quoting Pawsleykat (Thread starter):
After a fantastic 10 days in Phuket

I hope to make it to Thailand in 2010, and I have a question: Can one fairly easily navigate Thailand speaking only English? Did you have any difficulty with the language barrier? And how long was your flight? Great photos of Thailand and the big, beautiful 747!
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pawsleykat
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RE: Destination Paradise! Part 3; The Holiday Ends

Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:36 pm



Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 1):
Can one fairly easily navigate Thailand speaking only English?

Yeah. I bought a Thai phrase book before I went out, and ended up never using it. Everyone speaks English  Smile

Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 1):
Did you have any difficulty with the language barrier?

None whatsoever

Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 1):
And how long was your flight?

We flew via Singapore, so LHR-SIN was just over 12 hours, SIN-BKK was 1h59 and BKK-HKT was less than an hour, so all in all, it took us 15 hours or there about to get there  Smile

Thanks for reading  Smile

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RE: Destination Paradise! Part 3; The Holiday Ends

Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:06 am

Now I've seen photographic evidence of local cuisine, I forgive your eating fast food in Singapore!  Smile Great photos and text!

Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 1):
I hope to make it to Thailand in 2010, and I have a question: Can one fairly easily navigate Thailand speaking only English?

I've only been to Bangkok and I'm sure others know more on a.net, but I found English quite sufficient, as I'm sure it is in most tourist areas. The country is quite well geared to western tourists (from what I've heard, too well geared in some areas). To me, Thai seems a difficult language for English speakers as it is quite tonal and many sounds do not correspond. Plus they have their own writing script. Of course, that shouldn't stop you if you really want to get to know the country.
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RE: Destination Paradise! Part 3; The Holiday Ends

Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:56 pm

Hi Jordon

I have been reading your reports and am loving them, they're bringing back great memories for me!

I was in Edinburgh earlier this month for the first time and fell in love with your city! I was in Singapore again last week and am going to Bangkok and Phuket again next year! I'll be booking a TG J flight HKT-BKK again as they usually either assign an F seat or allow you to sit there once on board. Good to see that the TG Domestic lounge in HKT has finally been refurbished as well.

Your QF A380 flight looked quite good, I was on BA to/from LHR from Australia and they were very hit and miss (miss to LHR, hit from LHR!)

Looking forward to reading the final installment of your trip, looks like you and Trent had a fantastic time in some wonderful Asian destinations!

Nick.
 
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RE: Destination Paradise! Part 3; The Holiday Ends

Mon Nov 02, 2009 6:45 pm

Hi Jordan,

Again I enjoyed this part of your holiday. Thank you very much.

Quoting Pawsleykat (Thread starter):
Rather tatty footrest

Not impressive for a long haul experience.

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 2):
Yeah. I bought a Thai phrase book before I went out, and ended up never using it. Everyone speaks English

Actually I experienced the other way around as everyone just started speaking Thai to me until they realized I wasn't local. Big grin

Cheers,
Suryo
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pawsleykat
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RE: Destination Paradise! Part 3; The Holiday Ends

Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:04 am



Quoting BNEFlyer (Reply 4):
I was in Edinburgh earlier this month for the first time and fell in love with your city!

Oh, it's a gorgeous city, as long as it's not pouring with rain and blowing a gale!

Quoting BNEFlyer (Reply 4):
Looking forward to reading the final installment of your trip, looks like you and Trent had a fantastic time in some wonderful Asian destinations!

Thank you, I'm glad you're liking the report so far. The final installment has a bit less information, but considering I slept most of the way home there was nothing to report on  Silly

JG  Yeah sure
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RE: Destination Paradise! Part 3; The Holiday Ends

Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:26 pm

Your reports just OOOOZ enthusisiam and I am most impressed with the piccy's.
You are very luck to have travelled in such luxery at such a young age.
I had to wait till I was 45 before I turned left on entry to aircraft.That is except when I flew on a British Eagle Britannia and then , of course , the First Class was at the back!
Anyway thanks for such great reports. Maybe you should be a writer instead of a salesman. I am sure if you have the enthusiasm for your sales as much as flying then God help the customers!
 
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RE: Destination Paradise! Part 3; The Holiday Ends

Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:44 pm

Hi Jordan,

Nice part 3, enjoyed and the pictures brought back memories of my trip there a few years back, flew AY LHR-HEL-BKK then TG from BKK to PKT.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Destination Paradise! Part 3; The Holiday Ends

Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:03 am

Hi, nice report.
I actually was in Phuket a few days ago and wish I was back there and not in the office back home  Sad(
Cool pics - particularly liked the one from the simon cabaret show - I wish I took my camera along, but they said no pics so I left it back in the hotel  Sad

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