Cathay Dragon Will Stop Service To Kota Kinabalu

Well, this is pretty sad to hear, as I remember flying from Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu on what was once Dragonair. The Cathay Pacific Group announced last August that they would be opening three European ports, closing a European port, closing a port in Southeast Asia, and closing a port in China. The three European ports were quickly revealed to be Brussels, Copenhagen and Dublin, and the closing European port was revealed to be Dusseldorf. Well, it looks like I was wrong on my prediction on which Southeast Asian port I would be closing, as I initially guessed that Cathay Pacific would be ending service to Denpasar (and handing it off to Cathay Dragon).

Cathay Dragon Airbus A330 Hong Kong Airport

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American Airlines 777 Catches Fire At Hong Kong Airport

Well, I’m thankful that this ended the way it did. Yesterday afternoon an American Airlines 777-300ER caught fire while loading cargo at Hong Kong Airport. This aircraft was slated to operate American Airlines’ flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, and was loading cargo when passengers waiting to board at gate 42 saw the blaze on their 777-300ER.

The aircraft that was involved was aircraft N727AN, a three-year-old 777 that had just flown in from Los Angeles the day prior.

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In What Circumstances Do I Pay For Airline WiFi?

While I make it a known fact here at Young Travelers of Hong Kong that I am currently incapable of funding my own travels, I’m on my own when it comes to purchasing WiFi on planes. I used to be just fine without using WiFi on planes, and continue to enjoy flights that aren’t WiFi equipped. However, up in the air is my favourite place to be, so it’s all the better when I get to text, work and stay updated in the air as well, right? 😉

img_5561Putting together my favourite things: a double-engine wing view and my YTHK Editor page

Unfortunately internet in the air is rarely free (as it shouldn’t be, since broadband is limited in the air), so the question boils down to if I should pay for internet when in the air. So when do I pay for internet while flying?

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Introduction: To Bangkok For The Weekend

Introduction: To Bangkok For The Weekend
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
Thai Airways A330 Business Class Hong Kong to Bangkok
Park Hyatt Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse D
Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse E
EVA Air Lounge Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse C East
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse C West
Thai Airways 747 Business Class Bangkok to Hong Kong


Despite only spanning the course of three days, my next trip report leaves me a lot to talk about. Bangkok has always intrigued me – it’s one of the top 10 destinations I believed I hadn’t seen enough of – and I had always wanted to try Hong Kong Airlines’ business class product. The funny thing is that I achieved neither of these goals – I barely managed to visit any of Bangkok during my 55 hours on Thai soil, and I wasn’t even able to book Hong Kong Airlines’ business class product, since their prices were too high to justify flying them by the time our dates were solidified.

A majority of my time in Bangkok was spent in a hotel room, high-end restaurant, or a mall

Ultimately flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok are rather low-yield due to the amount of competition there is, so I can grab another flight there and actually get to explore the city anytime next summer. I’m not too bummed about not being able to extensively explore the city, though based on my parents’ interests, it’s probably a city I would prefer to explore alone.

Here’s the thought process behind what I ultimately decided to book for my trip to Bangkok, as what I did achieve was getting some juicy new review material. Once again, I need to thank my parents for sponsoring my trip, as this trip report would be impossible without their love and support.

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The Best Seats In Thai Airways’ 747 Business Class

The 747 is an old plane, and only a few airlines still operate the 747. One of the most prized aspects of aviation culture is the ability to sit on the upper deck of the 747. My parents were accustomed to making sure they got business class seats back when they were United frequenters, just so they could fly on the upper deck more often.

As I talked about yesterday, I flew Thai’s 747 in business class from Bangkok to Hong Kong. While the upper deck of Thai’s 747 is similar to how most airlines configure the upper deck of their 747, their lower deck configuration is rather unique, which sprouts the question of which really is the best place to sit on Thai Airways’ 747.

Thai Airways Boeing 747 Business Class Upper Deck

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My Insane Bangkok Star Alliance Lounge Hopping Spree

As I was holding a Star Alliance ticket in Bangkok yesterday, I had access to an extraordinary amount of lounges. Thai Airways operates a staggering five lounges open to business class passengers, and EVA Air and Singapore Airlines each operate lounges in Bangkok as well.

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

We got to the airport at 1:30 PM, and were unexpectedly directed to a fast track lane, where were through immigration by 1:45 PM. This left me with more than an hour to tour all of Bangkok Airport’s Star Alliance lounges before boarding time, as well as leaving my parents a ton of time to shop.

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What Is Thai Airways’ 747 Business Class Like?

Today I flew on Thai Airways’ 747 to get from Bangkok to Hong Kong. Thai Airways flies A330s, 747s, 777s and A380s to Hong Kong, and I was fortunate to finally get to try Thai Airways’ 747. I’m actually happy I got to try their 747 over their A380, since Thai Airways is in the process of retiring their 747s, so I can hitch a ride on their A380 anytime in the future. While Thai Airways features the same seat on the 747 as on the A330, there are lots of differences between the two business class cabins, a few of which I’ll point out here.

Thai Airways Boeing 747 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

I personally enjoyed my flight on the Thai Airways Boeing 747, and wouldn’t mind flying it again. Here are a few pointers on my experience today on the two-hour flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong.

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Help Me Understand Why Hotels Push Together Their Twin Beds In Twin Rooms

I’m in Bangkok for a couple of days for a review trip, as well as for meeting up with some friends. I planned a good majority of the trip (which isn’t saying much, because I rarely go on trips with a solid plan), and have already shared my initial thoughts on the Thai Airways flight I booked on the way here.

For our hotel I selected the Park Hyatt Bangkok. While I doubt it’s the best value hotel in Bangkok, the decor looked stunning, the rates weren’t too bad and I doubted I’d get to stay at a Park Hyatt for any cheaper than the price we paid for. The hotel itself is absolutely stunning, and I have a lot of thoughts on the hotel that I may distribute across a few separate posts, and will round up soon in a full report.

Park Hyatt Bangkok Park Twin

Park Hyatt Bangkok Corner Deluxe King

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The Best Shower I’ve Ever Seen In An Airline Lounge

As part of my flight from Hong Kong to Bangkok yesterday, I had access to all of Star Alliance’s lounges in Hong Kong. My preference is the United Club, since the Thai Airways lounge is getting increasingly worn out, and the Singapore SilverKris lounge is so overused that it’s showing its age (since Singapore Airlines flies to Hong Kong often, and it’s the only Star Alliance lounge near the “lower” gates). However, we were looking for breakfast yesterday, and I’ve heard that food is pretty good at the Thai Airways lounge now. Therefore, we decided to head over, partially for the food, and partially so I could review the lounge.

The lounge itself isn’t overly nice by any means – it’s a standard outstation Thai Airways lounge, and the food is pretty good, though not insane.

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Business Class Lounge Hong Kong

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Thai Airways A330 Business Class In 5 Pictures – Why Do I Enjoy Flying Thai Airways?

Early this morning I got to try out Thai Airways’ A330 business class from Hong Kong to Bangkok. Thai Airways operates A330s, 747s and A380s between Hong Kong and Bangkok, and unfortunately we couldn’t book ourselves onto the A380, as that would leave us with less than 48 hours here in Bangkok since I need to be home by Tuesday morning (obviously I’m fine with that, but my parents need their shopping…). The last time I flew Thai Airways’ business class was in 2015, and unfortunately, Thai Airways still operates these angled lie-flat business class seats on longhaul routes in 2017. I’ll try to hitch a ride on Thai Airways’ A380 the next time I fly from Hong Kong to Bangkok.

Since I’ve flown Thai Airways’ A330 business class already, I won’t do a full first impressions post, and will keep my impressions of this flight to five pictures. Feel free to check out my review of Thai Airways’ A330 from Hong Kong to Phuket and Phuket to Hong Kong.

Thai Airways Airbus A330 Hong Kong Airport

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