Saturday 10th of December 2016 and As I need to prepare for a long haul flight on Sunday evening my alarm was set to go off at 6 o'clock. I will keep my routines even though I could have kept on sleeping. I will be tired when I board the flight and I will hopefully be able to sleep all the way to Europe.
I made a pot of tea and at 8 o'clock I went for breakfast and I continued to check my pictures when I was back in my room. I have asked for a late check out so I can have the room until 1 o'clock when they come to pick me up for the airport. So I left my room at 12 thirty and that gave me time for a plate of their excellent mashed potato in the restaurant before leaving.
I was looking out for my driver but it was a new driver today. We loaded my luggage and of we went leaving the Ramada Plaza JHV and Varanasi behind bound for Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport
He have more than enough good luck charms in the car
We reach the Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport
We reached the Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport after a what I have to call an interesting ride. The driver must have been 100 years old and it was a sneaky bastard. He had for sure no shame in him. But for me it was good, we made it to the Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in what must have been a record braking time.
A line of cars, no problem, he just went out on the verge and he passed all the cars waiting for a construction work to let them through. Passing a gate, a long queue of cars and he just passed the line and up behind the car at the gate. Honking his horn
- Hurry up!
I had checked in before the last car in the line had passed the gate. For sure, if you had tried something like this anywhere else in the world you would have run in to trouble, big trouble.
I passed the security to get in to the terminal, and then there was another security to get in to the departure hall. And an x-ray check of your luggage before you could check-in. The queue looked to have been at a standstill since 1974 so I left to go look for Thai Airways check in.
They have been in the line for so long it have started to grow moss on them
Thai Airways check-in not open yet
Thai Airways check-in not open yet
Line to Air India's check-in
Only one international flight and I have to wait for the immigration to open
Through the immigration, waiting for the security check
Something for the leaders in EU to think about. They all get a Delhi belly as soon as there is a rumour about Dalai Lama coming to EU
Hell yeah, it is enough with a rumour that His Holiness Dalai Lama is on the move for them to shit their pants.
They don't even dare to criticise China, well, bad for Trump, now they have plenty time for attacking Trump. And of course more than enough time to scare us what will happen with Trump as President, and BREXIT.
The whole security and immigration business was a pretty quick thing and I was soon in the waiting hall. There was nothing but seats and a shop selling clothes and some chocolate.
The flight was almost full, Thai passengers only, except for me and a guy from Korea, 4 guys from India and a family of 3 from China. I went to have a look in the clothing store, turned out to be a kiosk styled stall with a guy screaming 100 Bath. 100 Baht was obviously the price for the Indian styled knee long shirt.
The Thai passengers bought clothes like there was no tomorrow.
- It is very cheap, one of them told me
- Yeah, until you have washed it, then there is nothing left, I said.
The guy in the kiosk asked if I had Rupees and he would give me Baht. He brought out a bag with Baht notes and he was happy to be relieved of some of it. I asked how much the chocolate was.
- 100 Baht
- 100 BAHT!!!!!!! What kind of chocolate do you get for 100 Baht?
- Very good chocolate!
- Nah, I don't know. OK, let me try
I had a bite and the rest of the box went straight down the garbage bin. Domestic flights were arriving and departing but still no sign of the Thai Airways plane. Our plane arrived and I could see that the brought out the flight bridge and that means that we will have to go up on the next level. And it didn't take long before there was an announcement. We had to go up and they started the escalator for us. We had to line up in front of a door when we came up on the next level.
IndoGo plane on the tarmac
Air India plane arrives
My fellow Thai passengers
Our plane arrive
Time to board the flight
I'm the last one to board Thai Airways flight TG 328
I was the last one to board Thai Airways TG 328 - Operated by THAI Smile. And old trick I use, last one on board and I scan the plane for any good seats. There were a few options, but it was not necessary as the seat next to me was empty. Yeah, looks that it can be a good flight.
But it is 3 hours to Bangkok so we will see how it feels after an hour or so. We had the safety demonstration and we were soon airborne bound for Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok International.
We just took off and we were in the fog and I didn't see anything until we approached Bangkok. While waiting for the flight we heard that several flights were delayed due to the fog, so we were lucky to get away.
It was soon time for food, and seriously, I didn't expect much. I could choose between fried rice with shrimps and noodles with chicken. I choose the noodles and I got a tray with a salad, a cake and the noodles with chicken.
Yes, no hope for any fine dining, but the noodles was actually very good. Might have been due to that I was hungry. But Thai usually have good food.
Yes, there was a time when I was only flying Thai, now I never fly with them. This time I had no choice, but as I have to pay 10 times what a Thai pay for watching birds in the National Parks a stay well clear of Thai Airways.
There are of course other reason for me to skip Thai Airways, it is a shame because the service was really good in this flight. I will fly to Copenhagen with Thai tomorrow, and here we have one example to why I stay well clear of Thai Airways. Every time I renew my Thai Airways gold card I get a free upgrade to business class.
This time they only upgraded to Economy Premium
- Bu tit says business class
- It is business class eat
- But it says business class!
- It is business class seats
- Is it business class?
- But it says a free upgrade to business class every time I renew my gold card
- Not on flights to Copenhagen
- It don't say anything about Copenhagen on my voucher!
- It is business class seat
- Is it business class?
Yeah, you get the picture, I call it a scam. Never mind, I'm flying to Bali to practice underwater photography preparing for my adventure with the humpback whales. I will fly Singapore Airlines and go through the trouble changing flight in Singapore. I have also booked my ticket to Tonga, about 7000 US Dollars that I could have spent with Thai.
Now I will leave Bangkok on board Singapore Airlines flight SQ 977. So Thai have lost much money from me, and of course, the Thai National Parks won't make any money from me. But I can threw them a few fingers. Yes, they want the tourist just to have someone to fuck over.
Birding, I go to the parks and I can go outside Thailand to do birding. Anyway, this National Parks thing they have going for tourists, I don't know what they have got out of it, except that Thai Airways have already lost several long haul business class tickets that I would have bought otherwise.
Arriving to Bangkok
Arriving to Bangkok
We have to go by bus
Immigration is empty
Arriving around 21:30 and I had have a good flight. Nice staff and good service. And the passengers had been nice. I like the Thai people and we were talking about India and the mysteries of life and the time had passed quite quickly. Immigration was empty and I was soon on my way home.
Just to put down my bags and then I'm off to Suvarnabhumi again and my flight to Copenhagen. And we just need to click HERE to follow that drama.
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