Therese Trips: Bangkok, January 2010

Feb 21st, 2010, 07:35 AM
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Day 6: The Longest Day

My wake up call was for 3:30. Got up, showered, finished packing, breakfasted (on cookies, tea, soy milk, and fruit), and checked out. A cab was summoned promptly by the bellman (who just ran out to the main street to fetch) and I was on my way.

Easy trip to the airport. I checked my largest piece of luggage (a 19" rolling bag), as I had two transfers to make and if my bag were delayed it would simply be delivered to my home in Atlanta, so not much down side risk.

This leg of my trip was in coach, but since I'm Medallion with Delta I got an emergency exit row seat. The plane was an ex-NWA A330, so a nice plane and comfortable seats for coach (and lots of leg room in those seats). The window seat was already occupied by an older guy, American, who was carrying on a lengthy conversation on his cell phone. I could share the many, many details but won't. Finally he got off the phone and turned his attention to me (already reading, with earplugs in place).

Him: So, how'd you score this great seat?

Me: (removing one of my ear plugs) Excuse me?

Him: How'd you score this great seat?

(an aside to point out that anybody who is sitting in one of these great seats knows exactly how they are scored---they are scored by having status with a particular airline's loyalty program---by asking this question he is inviting me to play a game that I call "How Big is Yours?", and is assuming that I will be impressed when he tells me about his)

Me: Um, well, probably the same way you managed to score your seat. It's very nice, isn't it?

Him: Sure is.

And here he does somehow manage to tell me something about himself before I manage to get my ear plugs back in. Something about cars, I think, and he could get me really great deal and...oops, I can't hear you anymore.

Finally we take off and about half an hour into the flight he stops a passing flight attendant and complains that he's cold. While she's there he asks me if I'm cold (let me get these ear plugs out...) and I agree that it's chilly in these seats, and that it's always chilly in these seats due to the emergency exit door (I am using two blankets and my long down coat that I'd used earlier on this trip while visiting Japan, so I'm very comfortable). And that I certainly wouldn't want to make other people on the plane uncomfortable by making the rest of the cabin too warm.

So he moved to an open bulkhead seat across the aisle from me, harumphing. The purser came back to chat with him, and again my opinion was solicited. I gather that he was angling for a move up to the business cabin, and I was not sad to see that it didn't not occur. Not that I would have cared all that much, but it does irritate me when whining pays off.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 07:48 AM
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Day 6: The Longest Day (continued)

Short layover at NRT. Freshened up in the lounge, enjoyed some sushi and sake and fruit, and boarded another ex-NWA A330 but this time in business.

And here I'm going to say a word about NWA business (what used to called World Business Class): seriously? These are quite literally the least comfortable seats I've ever encountered. When seated upright there's a sort of ridge that runs horizontally below your thighs (so sit on the pillow or the blanket) and the full flat sleeping position is tilted, such that it's incredibly uncomfortable. By doodling around with the various controls you can eventually get to a position that's almost as comfortable as Delta's old (now being replaced by fully flat) reclining Business Elite seats. Almost. I'll spare you my opinion of the AVOD.

I can't believe that anybody actually ever paid money to fly World Business Class, though that does explain NWA's willingness to give complimentary international upgrades to their status members. Here's hoping that these seats are replaced soon.

In flight service pretty good, and the Japanese meal was excellent (even if I can't recall any of the details now).

Connection in Seattle, home on Alaska Air, easy arrival at ATL where my husband picked me up and took me out to dinner with out daughter.

A long day, but overall an easy and pleasant trip.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 08:31 AM
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Therese: I am a little late to the party but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your report. What a great travel style! I am headed to Bangkok tomorrow so I found it very helpful. I only wish I had time to have a few clothing items made! ( have only 2 days/3 nights).

Thanks so much for sharing your adventure.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 11:06 AM
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Thanks, ekscrunchy. Enjoy your time in Bangkok. I'll be here nursing my envy headache.
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Feb 21st, 2010, 01:26 PM
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Therese, Sorry to go off-topic and ask a personal question, but I'd like to know more detail about your bunion surgery. I very much need to have both feet done and I've mostly heard very negative reports about recovery and effects. Could you email me at "[email protected]" with details? Do you recommend having only one foot done at a time? I've heard you should just get over with the recovery time with both and not have to go thru it twice. But then, how do you walk at all? Did you have an orthopedic surgeon or a podiatrist?
Thanks for filling me in.
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 05:42 PM
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Absolutely swamped schedule right now, but I'll email when I get a few minutes. Or I could start a thread in the Lounge so that others who might be interested can check in.
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 06:25 PM
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very wonderful report
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Feb 24th, 2010, 12:52 PM
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I've just started the thread re bunion surgery in the lounge, barefootbeach, so head over there to hear more.
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Feb 24th, 2010, 12:53 PM
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Thanks, rhkkmk. Now I just have to get around to writing up the Japan portion of this trip.
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