Trip Report -- Thailand in February

Old Mar 12th, 2006, 02:08 PM
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Thank you sooo much for the report Chicago999. I really enjoyed it. Do give United hell until they give you satisfactory results. I also suggest you do some reading up on the best way to deal with them and post your story/results on http://www.untied.com/. That site is really helpful and I think some the of the United Execs read it from time to time to see just how badly they are doing!
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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 06:25 AM
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Eeekkk! United has done the same to ssooo many people. If you fly again to Thailand, you might try EVA Airways. There were wonderful! They have a 'super coach' section that's not much more $'s than coach. It gives you business class size reclining seats with coach food, service, etc. The food was good and service were excellent. An excellent price for what you get. They are a Taiwan based airline. We took them from LA to Taiwan to Bangkok. Happy travels! Can't wait to go to Thailand again!
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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 07:04 AM
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loved your "my left Cheek" description and used two Thai phrases (Sawadee and Khup Khun Kha, which is Hello/greetings and Thank you)comments. Thank you for the great report.
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Old Mar 14th, 2006, 03:14 PM
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Hi Chicago,

Wondered if you could expand on what you didn't like about the traditional khantoke meal and Thai dancing at the Cultural Center in Chiang Mai. I was considering doing this, but wanted to know what to expect. Thanks.
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 07:42 AM
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On my first trip to HKK, in 1993, I stayed at the Regent,now the Intercontinental. It remains one of my favorite hotels in the world. The view is absolutely unbeatable. I loved the lobby bar, which also has a harbor view. We stay there each time we visit HKK
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 06:38 PM
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koala -- it was just really tourist, kind of contrived and an 'average' experience overall. If you are especially interested in seeing Thai dancing, then it might be worth an evening. They seat you in a huge open space on khantoke tables (meaning, you sit on the floor) surrounding a large dance floor, I would guess it seats several hundred people (plus I guess there are actually two of these large rooms.) The service is well-orchestrated,they quickly serve you a very mediocre meal then get out of the way so you can watch the dancing. After about an hour, maybe an hour and a half, they give you the chance to relocate to a smaller space where you can watch a number of the hilltribes perform their traditional dances. The night we were there, two of these were very good, the rest were uninspired at best. Lots of people left before that part. I don't know how much it costs because my travel agent didn't break the costs down for me.... but I wouldn't say it should cost more than maybe $20 or $25 USD per person. It's your time that's more valuable -- and I'd pick an evening at a good Thai restaurant over this.
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 07:00 PM
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We paid 520 baht per person (which was a discounted price for having the hotel book it for us). I agree it's touristy, but we enjoyed it very much anyway - had never seen Thai dancing before so it was new to us and a fun evening.
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Old Mar 19th, 2006, 08:25 AM
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Why anyone would fly a US carrier to Asia is a mystery to me. Saving a few bucks? expect headaches! Fly ANA!
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Old Mar 19th, 2006, 04:38 PM
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mango---did frequent flyer mile additions ever occur to you?? like 20,000 for the average asia trip
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Old Mar 19th, 2006, 06:56 PM
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Or cashing in flyer miles to get a free trip. In my case, I'm lucky that I can use my Delta miles on Malaysia Air for my next trip.
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Old Apr 13th, 2006, 03:29 PM
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No insultation, but I'd rather pay and have a comfortable trip than a free trip in a domestic slum-cabin.
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Old Apr 13th, 2006, 03:45 PM
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Hahaha, I understand, but given my limited budget, flying coach for free can make the difference between being able to go to Asia this year or not. I can cope with being cramped for a while and we used those Delta miles to fly on Malaysia Air so at least it's not a "domestic" slum cabin. Unfortunately, not everyone has an extra couple grand lying around for an upgrade.
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Old Apr 14th, 2006, 03:18 PM
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I wasn't implying that I have a couple grand to throw around either, but why not do miles with Star Alliance? We fly united/US air domestically and make alot of miles for ANA (Also Star alliance).

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Old Apr 16th, 2006, 09:38 PM
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Hi, wow that sounds awful. Anyone have any suggestions on how that could have been helped. My daughter and I are traveling via united airlines upgraded upstairs business class via miles the end of may from lax to tokyo. Can this happen to us? anyone have any suggestions? I am now worried. maimu
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 06:19 PM
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Just keep your fingers crossed, Maimu. From all we've heard this is very unusual but not unheard of. We did hear of one couple this happened to -- but United only forced one of them to move out of Business Class into Coach. I am glad I didn't have to face that dilemma! Who moves, who stays??? As they say, misery loves company.

United was not sympathetic. The most we've been offered is $100 certificate good toward another flight. We weren't happy with that so we wrote a letter to the CEO and they came back with free upgrade certificates -- two 500-mile upgrade certificates for each of us -- that wouldn't even get us to California from Chicago.

We are not frequent united flyers anymore and that is obviously working against us.
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