Sunday, November 18, 2007

Thailand: Getting There

There are several airlines that fly to Thailand. We have taken China Airlines in the past and were very pleased. They afford the economy passengers the luxuries of flying first class with amenities such as slippers, mid-flight yoga instruction, and gourmet meals. If you have the option to have breakfast on China Airlines, definitely choose the congee. It is a rice porridge with bits of onion and chicken. It is so delightful and hard to believe it was served on a flight!

The gardens at BKK airport

Most flights in to Thailand go to Bangkok. The Bangkok airport (BKK) has just been revamped and is very easy to maneuver, and quite beautiful too. There are many restaurants and shops too. So don't fret if you have a layover in Bangkok. You can troll the Gucci store or grab a great dinner!

Display at the BKK airport

Once you get to Bangkok, you will need a connecting flight if you are traveling to Phuket or Koh Samui. There are a few airlines that fly directly from the States to Phuket and Koh Samui, but these flights are very expensive. Just book your ticket to Thailand, then hop a cheap domestic flight to your final destination.

From Bangkok to Phuket, we flew Bangkok Air, which offered a complimentary traveler lounge. The lounge was amazing! They had everything from comfortable couches to nap on, to a full assortment of snacks and drinks, to free internet! They even had sticky rice!!! I was in heaven! I would definitely travel Bangkok Air again!

Bangkok Airways traveler lounge

There are the options of buses or trains, but the domestic flights are so inexpensive it just doesn't make much sense to spend another 12 hours en route. Grab a Bangkok Airways flight, and get caught up on your email while you are waiting for take off!

The brightly colored Bangkok Airways plane


Ted Byrne said...

It's the color that really rocks in your images and writing. Love it. Can't wait until I get a chance to fly Bangkok Air!

BTW, recently on my site you asked what I meant when I wrote about "Air" in a photograph.... While I answered you there, ( let me repeat the gist of it here for your visitors as well....

Pick up any good glossy consumer magazine and look at the full page ads that are dominated by photos. See how the ad copy is laid into a spot which the photographer left for it? That's air. The rule of thirds is particularly useful for graphic designers, it leaves plenty of space to one side, above, or both for type.

Unfortunately wonderful art photographers create images with such discipline that no room remains for type, hence they are always wondering why no advertising agencies ever call to use them or their work.

Air is like the opening in the setting for a diamond. It is the center of the basket, the hole in the doughnut. I frequently leave air without thinking (since my work is frequently used to compliment editorial copy) - but that also frequently means that the image will not stand alone. This image (you commented upon) of the center of Spoleto is a great example. Take out the caption iI inserted and your eye is drawn right away to that empty spot it occupies.

When an image is to be used as a part of a graphic design (say to illustrate a travel story) a designer will like to find ways to use part of its area to insert relevant typography (title, caption, even blocks of text).

For another example of air see my posting for November 15th and ask yourself where a designer might lay-in type without damaging the picture. Sometimes the air works with or without type.

Thanks for your visits around the world, and to my blogsite.


Momo :) said...

This is very interesting post (we love all your posts on this blog anyways! :) ) and good information! Thank you! We've always believed that Asian & European Airliners are much better than North American ones... but looks like this is very true!

Momo, mom & dad

lv2scpbk said...

Wonderful color and great photos.

Barlow Putz said...

i am the dude with all the variety of dogs, remember??? i noticed your're two blogs and thought to mysef, i am a dog owner who also loves to travel, spent 6 years in france, switzerland(interlaucken) germany, denmark, norway, sweden, england, ireland, scotland, netherlands, outer heberdies, i also enjoyed all the photographs, my next special project will be the devon islands with my dogs in january

Barlow Putz said...

i forgot to aswk how max is???

Farang Khii Nok said...

Korean air also provides a very pleasant choice for the trans-pacific flight, with a very neat Bibimbap served on the flight (if not quite vegetarian).

Nok air is a great choice for flying around Thailand. Much cheaper than THAI... Your best bet when flying in Thailand (if you're not on a strict schedule) is to buy your tickets at the airport, it's MUCH cheaper...

My biggest issue is that all the trans-pacific flights land in BKK VERY late. It's always a little harrowing. Make sure to pass by all the touts and go straight to the meter taxi stand to get the fairest price on a ride into town (shouldn't be more than about 300 baht...)

Keep the great travel tips coming!

EoNe said...

Thanx for the information. For once, I have never been to Bangkok or part of Thailand for that matter. Surely, will visit Thai the land of smiles one day :)