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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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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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
Continue reading “Thai Airways A330 Business Class In 5 Pictures – Why Do I Enjoy Flying Thai Airways?”
As school’s restarted, I’ve been spending more time in Hong Kong, and have been on the ground for the past month and a bit. That’s fine with me as I can stay caught up on work, though I’m excited to be traveling quite a bit in the next month.
I’ve been constantly updating a new “Upcoming Reviews” section on this blog, which gives a few of you regular readers a place where you can anticipate new reviews that will be appearing on this site. However, I realise that review traffic on this site has been slow lately, so I’d like to share some of the upcoming trips that I’ve booked. I’ll be doing a bit of (mostly regional) flying within the next month, which I’m excited about, so I’ll share some of the details of my flying below.
I planned the following trips over the past few weeks, and am truly looking forward to them.
Continue reading “Next Up: Thai Airways Business Class And Cathay Pacific Regional Economy”
After being known simply as Hong Kong’s “inferior” airline for quite some time, Hong Kong Airlines has been making quite a few expansion plans lately. I’ve been dying to try them (and have plans to, though further in the future), especially since they seem to have a solid hard product. Lately they took delivery of their A350, and announced plans to fly the A350 to Los Angeles, their first U.S. route.
Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330 Departing Hong Kong Airport
Hong Kong Airlines’ current longhaul destinations consist of Auckland, Vancouver and Los Angeles. However, a memo has been passed around on the internet that they’re about to add another route to their network. Continue reading “Hong Kong Airlines Will Fly To San Francisco In March 2018”
Cathay Pacific has been expanding their route map nicely these days, and has proceeded to make nice additions to their route map. In the past month Cathay Pacific has announced that they would start direct flights to Brussels, Copenhagen and Dublin, and decided to cut flights to Dusseldorf from their system. All of these routes are commitments that Cathay Pacific plans to operate on a few-times weekly basis.
Cathay Pacific’s next announcement is slightly different, however. Cathay Dragon has announced that they will operate a one-time flight from Hong Kong to Guam, departing Hong Kong on November 19, 2017 and departing Guam on November 23, 2017.
Cathay Dragon Airbus A330-300 Hong Kong Airport
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Cathay Pacific announced three new destinations earlier this year, namely Brussels, Copenhagen and Dublin. Cathay Pacific operates the A350, an aircraft that has allowed the airline to operate myriad routes with slightly less demand, as they’re lower capacity, are more fuel efficient, and operate longer routes.
Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900 Hong Kong Airport
While these are great additions, sometimes routes don’t work as well for Cathay Pacific. Cathay Pacific announced that they would be closing one port in China, one port in Southeast Asia, and one port in Europe. I put my guesses down as Beijing, Ho Chi Minh and Dusseldorf initially, though changed my Southeast Asia guess to Denpasar.
Well, we now know which European port Cathay Pacific will stop service to.
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Last month I was able to visit three destinations in Germany that I had never visited before. This included the island of Lindau, the major tourist site Berchtesgaden and the huge city of Munich. I enjoyed visiting all three destinations, and published my main trip report detailing the flights I flew and hotels I stayed at to complete this trip, so hopefully you guys find these reviews useful in the future. However, I figured I’d be doing you guys a disservice without actually reporting back on my thoughts regarding the destinations themselves.
I’m in no position to compile a full guide on things you can do when you’re touring these areas, so in no way am I attempting to do so. Instead, I’d just like to share some of the highlights that I had when visiting these destinations.
Originally we were just planning to visit Berchtesgaden and Munich, since these were two places that I’ve heard good things about and was very intrigued in. However, our friends at Bucher Travel Services highly recommended visiting Lindau, so we were happy to add that to our schedule.
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Qatar Airways currently offers Boeing 787s on their Hong Kong to Doha route, which feature a great hard product in business class, and one of the better economy class products that a 787 has (apart from Japan Airlines, all operators of the 787 feature nine-abreast seats in economy class, and Qatar Airways seems to have one of the better economy class seats out there as far as a nine-abreast 787 configuration goes.
Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Business Class
No, it isn’t Qatar Airways’ best aircraft – the A380 features a bar for business class passengers, and their A350 features a wider cabin (and thus more spacious seats, as their cabins are laid out the same way). However, it’s still a great way to fly between Hong Kong and Doha, at least in business class (I haven’t flown them in economy before, so I can’t speak for that).
Continue reading “Qatar Airways Swaps 777 On Hong Kong Routes For October”
Virgin Atlantic has a rather interesting routemap consisting of exclusively longhaul flights. This is only feasible because of the Virgin Group’s interesting cost structure, which also holds Virgin Australia, as well as many other lifestyle companies. Thankfully, Virgin Atlantic’s multi-natured company allows it to have a rather stable cost structure, so they aren’t cost-cutting as much of some other airlines out there are.
Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 London Heathrow Airport
I’ve flown Virgin Atlantic between Hong Kong and London several times, and I’ve reviewed their Clubhouse at London Heathrow, which I believe is one of the best business class airport lounges in the world. The Virgin group’s brand identity gives Virgin Atlantic a very unique branding standpoint, which is visible, as their “fun” vibe is tangible on their flights every time.
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