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Thailand - 2009

2009


We flew to Bangkok, EVA Business Class, at an extremely good price, through Trailfinders. The Flight was on schedule and the seating, food and service were excellent.

Our arrival in Bangkok was surprising. On our many visits to the city we have never seen the airport so quiet - we retrieved our bags and were in the taxi queue within 25 minutes of touchdown! Bangkok, possibly due to the recent unrest coupled with the economic downturn, was extremely quiet.

We stayed at the Shangri-La, and were upgraded to the Krungthep wing with full benefits, including butler service! The room and facilities were outstanding with excellent views of the river from the large balcony. A good English breakfast was included and we ate in the hotel on the second night. The restaurant service at dinner with Thai dance entertainment was excellent at the newly enhanced Salathip restaurant, next to the river. Nothing could be faulted and my thanks go to the management of the hotel. The staff at the Shangri-La are excellent.


Chao Phraya River - Bangkok
Shangri La - Traditional Dancer

Chao Phraya River - Bangkok

Shangri La - Traditional Dancer


We also had a meal at the Landmark which was extremely good (taking the opportunity to look up an old colleague who lives in Thailand) and had a very good meal - an Australian steak in The Huntsman (my friend has been living in Thailand for several years and was desperate for Western food).

As our time was limited to 2 nights, and by meeting up with friends, we only went around Bangkok briefly, taking the chance to visit the Flower Market and Chinatown.

The Flower market was interesting (we had not been there previously), both from the volume and colour of the flowers being bought and sold, but Chinatown seemed to be a rather run down version of other parts of Bangkok.


Bangkok - Flowers
Service with a Smile at Shangri La

Bangkok - Flowers

Service with a Smile at Shangri La


We travelled to the airport for our flight to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), with Bangkok Airways (PG), economy. Once again both the traffic and the airport were very quiet. Was this really Bangkok?

The Bangkok Airways international lounge was most welcome at the airport with the usual complimentary drinks and snacks.

We have always liked Bangkok Airways, but this was our first international flight with them. Plenty of leg room, good service and they even served a 3 course hot meal on a flight of about 1 hour!


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