Thai Airways

September 16th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

With greater competition in the airline industry, you would think that they would be going out of their way to secure customers and providing a service better than their competition.

On our flight from Bangkok to Melbourne we found the services provided by Thai Airways as substandard. We found it odd that we didn’t have any in-flight entertainment guide in our seat pocket, and after being in the air for an hour, we noticed that the inflight service was not working in our section. We questioned the flight staff (who were helpful) and they said they reset it a number of times without any success. With less than 1.5 hours left in the flight, we were offered to move seats, however I told the crew it was too late to start watching a movie now.

Not only did the in-flight system not work, the foot rest was also broken and wouldn’t stay up. The in-flight food seems to be getting smaller and now, I need to have a meal before getting on a flight. If they are failing to maintain internal services, what can be said about their overall aircraft maintenance?

There is a lot of completion out there, and I think the quality and service needs to improve.

Bangkok – Last Day

September 15th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

After almost a week in Bangkok, it’s time to say good bye, we have a lot of fun and I’m sure we have boosted the Thai economy. Today was a total relax, we just took it easy in the morning and had coffee at the best coffee place in Bangkok, Cafe Kaldi situated at MBK on the 4th floor. We met up with Kung and she took us to the jeweller where they had re-made Bron’s wedding ring.

Kung then dropped us back at the skyrail and we said our goodbyes. She is such a great person, so kind and accommodating. We look forward to coming to Bangkok each time just to catch up with her.

Back again at Paragon for a quick bite of lunch at Au Bon Pain (for a club sandwich and bagel) then more shopping again at MBK. Bron had her hair washed and blow dried for 250 baht (about A$8.50) and then to the hotel to pack. Out again for dinner at Fuji Japanese at Siam Discovery and then final walk back to Siam@Siam and ready for pick up at 9pm.

Bangkok – Antiques

September 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

It was our last full day in Bangkok, so we started the morning by catching the sky train to Phloen Chit. We read there were some antique stores and we wanted to see what they were selling. The department store we visited was Gaysorn, however they didn’t have any antique shops so we caught a taxi to the River City Shopping Centre where we had visited on the weekend before. There are many stores selling original antique’s, however we walked around and looked at many pieces, but they are all too expensive.

We walked back along the street to another shopping area that was selling Antiques, but most of the stores were closed. We caught a Tuk Tuk back to Siam Paragon, but the driver kept telling us that Paragon didn’t open until 4pm. We knew that he just wanted to take us somewhere else, but we insisted that he take us to Paragon.

We ate lunch at Moss Burger and we enjoyed a cake at Lenotre who have the most magnificent French cakes.

We spent the afternoon picking up the last few things we wanted at MBK, even though we know we will be back again tomorrow. It’s amazing that no matter how many times we go there, we still find something new every time.

We headed back to the hotel to change and recharge, and then back out again for the evening. We made our way down through Siam Square and to the Centara Grand Hotel, where Allira had stayed when she was here. We had a cocktail at the Red Sky bar on the 55th floor and admired the view over Bangkok. After that we hurried through the rain to Paragon and had dinner at Amici Italian restaurant, Pasta and Pizza, very Thai!!

We made our way back to the hotel via the Sky Train market and stopped in for a Thai massage, the best way to end a day in Bangkok!

Bangkok – Photography

September 13th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Only a few days into our trip and already only a few days left until we go home. MBK was our first port today, we spent the morning looking around and then went to our favourite coffee place on the 5th level. From there we wandered back to Siam Square, but there wasn’t much open and the prices seem to be the same as MBK. We headed back to the hotel and had a magnificent buffet lunch.

We met up with Jeab, a model Mark had arranged to do a shoot with, she looked stunning. We took a taxi to a building that had been abandon. We took photos there for about one and a half hours and were promptly told to stand still by the police because somebody famous was going to be travelling past us on the road. We later learned it was one of the ex-wife’s of the Kings son.

We took the sky train to meet up with Kung at Mo Chit and we drove some distance in heavy traffic to a magnificent restaurant by the river on the way to Ayutthaya. It was a traditional Thai style building and we let Kung order the meal. We had 6 dishes and each was different in flavour. The bill was less than 1000THB which was equivalent to about AUD$35.

We were starting to be get attacked by mosquito’s so we headed back to the hotel.

Bangkok – River Trip

September 12th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

We got out of bed and looked out our hotel window, and thought what a magnificent Sunday morning. After breakfast, we caught the sky train down to the river where we purchased a day ticket to go up and down the river. Our first stop was Wat Arun.

This temple begun in 1809, and it’s also known as “Temple of the Dawn” because the first light of morning reflects off the surface of the temple with a pearly iridescence. Steep steps lead up to two terraces. The height is between 66.8 m (219 ft) and 86 m (282 ft). The corners are surrounded by 4 smaller satellite prangs. The prangs are decorated by seashells and bits of porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China.

We head further up the river and we got off at the junction where we tried to find Khao San road made famous by Jimmy Barnes, however it seemed too far to walk and we got back on the boat and headed back down the river. Our next stop was Chinatown and we walked down the street where they were selling so much plastic crap, and in fact we have never seen so much junk ever. The wind was starting to pick up and we knew it was going to rain quite heavy so we made for some shelter. The sky opened up and it was very heavy, we waited for it to subside. We had to purchase a water proof bag, because Mark had his camera and no cover from the rain.

We ran back to the ferry and got drenched on the way. This time we went down one stop to the antique section. There were many beautiful pieces from all over south east Asia, but they were quite expensive to buy. We walked back to the sky rail and went back to MBK for a late lunch.

We did a bit more shopping and went back to the hotel to have a shower and get changed before meeting Jeab for dinner. She’s a local model who Mark had planned a photo shoot on Monday. We had a magnificent dinner on the river.

Bangkok – Chatuchak

September 12th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

It was a full day today, we started early again and made our way to Chatuchak which I swear is the largest market we have ever been to and they sell just about everything. We explored an area we hadn’t been to before and some furniture caught our eye, we didn’t buy it, but we may order it from their website when we get back home. We found an amazing place for lunch and Mark had Yum Ta Kai which was a spicy Thai salad with coconut and prawn, Bron had the best fried rice she’s ever had.

From there we walked around a bit more and went back to the hotel. They finally changed our room and we are just across the hall in 1803 (Drinks on us).

We hit the shops for a bit, and then went to the Banana Leaf at Silom which was highly recommended. And then to a quite Pat Pong where we could walk up and down without any interference from other Aussies or anybody else. Then we had another massage, it must have been good, because Bronny fell asleep while they were massaging.

Bangkok

September 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Can’t believe the flight on a Thursday night to Bangkok was so full, but lucky we had our pre arranged seats, so there was just the two and we didn’t have anybody next to us. The in-flight meals seem to be getting smaller, and we were still hungry after our main.

We arrived in Bangkok at 5.30am local time and made our way to the hotel. Bangkok’s traffic is a nightmare, even at 6.30 in the morning. We were lucky enough to check into the hotel at 7.00 am but they gave us a room with two single beds. The hotel said they will change us tomorrow.

We walked and walked all morning as nothing much opens until after 10 in Thailand and witnessed the devastation of the riots back in May.

We met up with Kung and she took us to her friends jewellery shop where we discussed the redesign of Bron’s rings. After leaving the store, we caught the train back to the central district and had some lunch.

We spent the rest of the afternoon looking around before having an early dinner at Mana followed by a massage and an early night.

September 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

After a long day at work, it’s off to the airport and on a plane bound for Bangkok for a few days of R&R