Trip Reports – Asia

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Trip Report & Review – AirAsia “Premium Flex” Chiang Mai to Bangkok-Don Mueang

There are almost 100 flights between Chiang Mai and Bangkok daily, so it’s a pretty highly competitive route. Since it wasn’t part of a larger itinerary, I had the task of booking this one-way flight on its own. For such a short flight, I couldn’t justify using points and miles, which leaves me with cash…

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Trip Report & Review – Coral Executive Lounge Bangkok-Don Mueang

Coral Executive Lounge Bangkok-Don Mueang

There are two major airports serving Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi Airport, which serves most major airlines and international flights, and Don Mueang Airport, which has become the low-cost carrier (LCC) airport in the past decade. For this journey, I was flying AirAsia from Singapore to Chiang Mai. AirAsia Thai is based in Don Mueang airport, and my friend and…

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Trip Report & Review – InterContinental Hong Kong Patio Room

The InterContinental Hong Kong has a special place in my heart. I remember first staying here in 2003, when I was living in Hong Kong. SARS was severely affecting the tourism business in Hong Kong, and the InterContinental ran a deal for locals, where you’d get your room rate back as a food and beverage credit.…

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Trip Report & Review – EVA Air Royal Laurel (Business Class) “Hello Kitty” Jet Houston-Taipei

Man, oh man. This was quite an exciting interesting flight. I’m reviewing a long-haul EVA Air Royal Laurel (Business Class) Hello Kitty flight. As some of you might know, EVA Air has a sub-fleet that is decked out for their “Hello Kitty Experience.” In short, these planes are painted in a Hello Kitty livery. The onboard service is specially…

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Trip Report – Awesome Business Class on SriLankan A330-300 – AA oneworld Redemption LHR-CMB

Wow, what an unexpected award redemption! The 10.5 hour flight was on a brand new A330 from London (LHR) to Colombo (CMB). Awesome service, a great seat / lie-flat bed, wifi, yummy food and a large movie library on a fast and responsive IFE system. The reverse herringbone seat was super comfortable for lounging and the…

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Trip Report: Korean Air A380 First Class New York JFK-Seoul

As eager as I was to board our 14-hour noon-departing flight to Seoul, the Korean Air employee working the first class side of Korean’s JFK lounge insisted that we wait until the last minute, at which time she would escort us to the gate. At about 11:45AM she finally called us to begin the approximately…

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AirAsia Trip Report – A Celebration of My Awesome Experience with the Airline

I realize that there is still much pain and sadness surrounding QZ8501, but I thought it would be nice to reflect upon what a fantastic experience I had recently flying with AirAsia on a flight from Bali (DPS) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL). This updated post was written prior to the Indonesia AirAsia tragedy in December, but was…

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Trip Report & Review – EVA Air’s Hello Kitty Jet – Taipei-Hong Kong – Too Much Kitty?

Consider this the “bonus” edition to my recent Asia trip report series. I was traveling around Asia with with my friend Emilee, but we took different flights for the majority of legs. From Taipei to Hong Kong, I took the Cathay Pacific flight, while she experienced EVA’s Hello Kitty jet. Emilee had graciously agreed to take pictures and…

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Trip Report & Review – Air China’s “Forbidden Pavilion” First Class Beijing-Houston

It was only a bit over a year ago when Air China first launched the Beijing to Houston service and I must say it makes sense for them. Flying into a Star Alliance hub, passengers can easily connect to tons of domestic destinations via United. Air China is operating the 777-300ER on this flight which features their latest…

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