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Sydney to James Bond Island on Various Thai Heavies

Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:31 am

Welcome to 777Jet’s seventh trip report.

This trip report covers a round-trip journey from Sydney, Australia to Phuket, Thailand on Thai Airways International. All of the aircraft included are wide-bodies; 747-400, 777-200, A330-300 and another 747-400.

We usually visit Phuket every year to spend a week or so somewhere warmer during winter time in Australia. We usually go on day tours when in Phuket and it was our goal to finally do the tour to James Bond Island.

As usual, I will keep the commentary to a minimum and let the pictures do most of the talking.

I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the pictures; I decided not to carry my bulky DSLR with me this time so I had to rely on my smart phone.

Enjoy!

The QANTAS Mardi Gras A330

Image20170815_081836 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170815_081837 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Just a couple of the many 787s around the SYD international terminal at this time in the morning

Image20170815_081838 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

A United 787 with our Thai 747 in the background

Image20170815_082050 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170815_082229 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

An Air New Zealand 787

Image20170815_084047 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Time to board our ride to Bangkok! We have already logged one flight on this particular aircraft and this is Thai’s second youngest 747.

Flight 1
Sydney – Bangkok (SYD-BKK)
Thai Airways International (TG)
Boeing 747-400
HS-TGF “Sri Ubon”
Age - 13 years, 10 months

Image20170815_093445 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

The cabin of HS-TGF

Image20170815_093633 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Seats and IFE

Image20170815_093823 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

The secret stairs hidden away a few ‘closet doors’ behind door 5R that leads up to the aft crew rest area

Image20170815_094007 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

The safety card

Image20170815_094008 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170815_094009 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

The knee room was fine but the IFE box under the seat in front restricted leg room somewhat

Image20170815_094010 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Window view

Image20170815_094712 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Conversation between ATC and PNF:

“Thai 476 taxi holding point Alpha Six 34L”
“Taxi holding point Alpha Six 34L Thai 476”
“Thai 476 line up and wait 34L”
“Line up and wait 34L Thai 476”
“Thai 476 runway 34L cleared for takeoff”
“Cleared for takeoff runway 34L Thai 476”

Image20170815_100845 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

The most beautify city in the world IMHO

Image20170815_101159 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Flying over the South China Sea

Image20170815_170659 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170815_170658 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

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The meal before landing. I really can’t be bothered taking pics during full meal service anymore – I just want to enjoy

Image20170815_172931 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

The skies are saying something

Image20170815_183549 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170815_183560 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

The beautiful Thai cabin

Image20170815_183614 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170815_183834 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170815_183915 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Short final into BKK

Image20170815_190133 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170815_190138 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Driving back to BKK after a few nights in Bangkok

Image20170820_103213 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_103224 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

The Thai maintenance area

Image20170820_103637 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

This hidden food court is located on the Western side of level 1. This is probably the most affordable place to grab a meal at in BKK. You can find a variety of authentic Thai meals here as well as other types of food and drinks

Image20170820_105849 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_110603 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_114409 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

My 65 THB fried chicken and rice meal; the best price I could find the same meal airside was 250 THB

Image20170820_114410 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

If you want the best foreign currency exchange rate at BKK, go down to the lower level (B1) where you can find the Airport Rail Link. Go down the ramp towards the rail station (avoid the currency exchange booths to the right in this pic because they have higher rates as they are technically on airport land and therefore maybe pay higher rent which gets passed on to users with worse rates)

Image20170820_114804 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Turn left and go down the ramp about 35 meters

Image20170820_114852 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

The orange / red exchange booth on the right, ‘SuperRich’, has the best currency exchange rate in BKK. SuperRich is also probably one of if not the best places to exchange cash in Bangkok. They have branches in popular areas and at some BTS stations. This SuperRich booth offered the following AUD rates (Buy 26.05 Sell 26.30). The blue Krungthai booth in the pic offered (Buy 25.90 Sell 26.30). All the other booths in the airport offered (Buy 24.16 Sell 27.16). As you can see, SuperRich offered the best rate by far compared to the other booths in the airport which could save you a lot of money

Image20170820_114959 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

An area where you can leave a message and pay respect to the late King Rama IX of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej; May this great King Rest In Peace

Image20170820_120319 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_120413 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Our ride to Phuket – an original 777-200

Flight 2
Bangkok - Phuket (BKK-HKT)
Thai Airways International (TG)
Boeing 777-200
HS-TJD “Mukdahan”
Age - 20 years, 8 months

Image20170820_124655 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_125028 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_131836 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

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No commentary needed for most of the following pics

Image20170820_135714 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

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Image20170820_140821 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

I love the look of the spacious 777 ceiling

Image20170820_140851 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Leg room would be good if it was not for the bulky under seat IFE box

Image20170820_141411 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

A couple of Thai 787s

Image20170820_141452 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_141848 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Almost time to roll

Image20170820_141912 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_141916 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_141918 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Now we are heading towards Phuket

Image20170820_142014 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_142029 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

End of land and start of the Gulf of Thailand

Image20170820_142244 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_143051 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_143135 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

These warm tortilla wrap snacks that Thai provide taste so good and are perfect for a 1hr flight

Image20170820_143344 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_143356 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_143522 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Approaching the islands around Phang Nga and Phuket

Image20170820_151634 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_151919 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_152203 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

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We got to do some nice sightseeing when the pilot did two circles over a nice spot

Image20170820_152741 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Welcome to Phuket. The old domestic terminal is on the left and the new international terminal is on the right

Image20170820_153527 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

We parked at the new international terminal but exited through a connected walkway to the old domestic terminal as we were domestic passengers. The international passengers (wearing the CIQ sticker) went another way

Image20170820_153546 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Our ride again. It was good to log another original 777-200 as they are getting rarer

Image20170820_154413 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170820_154521 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

The beach (Nai Yang Beach) at the end of the HKT runway – the SXM of Asia

Image20170820_154719 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Beautiful Kata Beach; our favourite beach in Phuket

Image20170821_115429 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170821_115436 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170821_115443 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Our destination; James Bond Island “Khao Ta Poo” which featured in the 1974 James Bond 007 film "The Man with the Golden Gun”

Image20170823_130695 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170823_130696 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170823_130703(1) by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170823_130704 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

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Image20170823_131235 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

After a week or so in Phuket, we are now back at the airport. Although our flight is a domestic sector, we checked-in at the new international terminal given that we would be connecting in BKK to an international flight to SYD. Check-in was a breeze and passport control / immigration was completely empty and we were through in a matter of minutes.

Looking from the new international terminal towards the old domestic terminal

Image20170830_100824 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170830_100836 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Thai 747 HS-TGY “Dararasmi” departing HKT

Image20170830_102055 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170830_102058 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Inside the new international terminal

Image20170830_100956 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170830_101012 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

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Image20170830_102755 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

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A nice little upstairs area above the departure gate area

Image20170830_103803 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170830_104026 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

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Image20170830_103925 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170830_103953 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

From Russia with Love

Image20170830_104251 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

I would have preferred to see the Aeroflot 777-300ER but getting to spot any Aeroflot bird will do

Image20170830_104522 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Lots of very nice Russians visit Phuket so many signs have a Russian translation

Image20170830_114536 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170830_114852 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170830_120041 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

The Thai A350 that flies to Frankfurt in the background (parked at the old domestic terminal)

Image20170830_120225 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Our next ride.

Flight 3
Phuket – Bangkok (HKT-BKK)
Thai Airways International (TG)
Airbus 330-300
HS-TBE “Sakon Nakhon”
Age - 4 years, 8 months

Image20170830_122825 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170830_125955 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170830_130044 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170830_130127 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

The registration “TBE” got me thinking of Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr who wears the letters ‘TBE – The Best Ever’ – Just a few days earlier Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor to retire with a perfect 50-0 record

Image20170830_130644 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

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No commentary needed

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USB charger port is a must nowadays

Image20170830_131636 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170830_131637 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

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We were parked at the new international terminal and this is looking towards the old domestic terminal and the runway

Image20170830_131709 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Another yummy warm snack provided by Thai on the short 1hr flight to BKK

Image20170830_135921 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

The Chao Phraya river and Bangkok

Image20170830_143626 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Back in BKK, I got to see Thai’s first A350-900XWB, HS-THB “Wichian Buri”, which I got to log a flight on last year during only her second day in revenue service. Sadly, the windows at BKK are filthy which wrecks most pics

Image20170830_151304 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170830_151348 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170830_151456 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Our ride back to SYD and the final flight of this journey. This aircraft just arrived as the inbound from SYD and I saw a work colleague, who I knew would be on this flight, exit the aircraft. This is Thai’s youngest 747 and yet again we are about to board a Thai 747 that we have already logged a flight on.

Flight 4
Bangkok – Sydney (BKK-SYD)
Thai Airways International (TG)
Boeing 747-400
HS-TGG “Pathoomawadi”
Age - 13 years, 9 months

Image20170830_162642 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

Image20170830_162726 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

It is so difficult to take good aircraft pics at BKK because of the shape of the terminal glass windows and because of the filthy glass

Image20170830_170902 by Triple Seven Jet, on Flickr

That was the last pic I took during this journey. This last flight was a night flight and I slept for most of the flight except for a 2hr or so portion around the Equator, Indonesia and the Java Sea because of continuous worse than usual turbulence.

In summary, this was a very enjoyable journey. The service on Thai was great, all of the meals were very good, the IFE was entertaining, the seats were comfortable, the flights were all on time… The only thing that somewhat bothered me at times was the under seat IFE box but that is something that one has to deal with on most aircraft, especially if the aircraft has been refitted or if you are tall and have long legs. Anyway, this journey on Thai was enjoyable and I look forward to my next journey on Thai!

Thank you for reading 777Jet’s seventh trip report!
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Re: Sydney to James Bond Island on Various Thai Heavies

Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:54 pm

Very good & enjoyable report. Great to see the 744's still around. I've flown TG and visited Phuket - great memories for me !! Cheers
 
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Re: Sydney to James Bond Island on Various Thai Heavies

Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:34 am

theobcman wrote:
Very good & enjoyable report. Great to see the 744's still around. I've flown TG and visited Phuket - great memories for me !! Cheers


Thank you for the kind words.

Yes, it's great to see 744s still in service. I'll keep flying TG on SYD-BKK whilst they still use the 744. Apart from the obvious QF, TG is the only other airline that operates passenger 747s into SYD.
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Re: Sydney to James Bond Island on Various Thai Heavies

Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:14 am

Once again, a belated warm welcome to Thailand, Khun 777Jet. I'm glad you have a good time during your stay.

And, wow, I've just realize that we got so good facilities in new HKT International Terminal. Being a Thai citizen, I have completely zero business to visit the premise. So this is the first time I have seen it. Thank you.
 
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Re: Sydney to James Bond Island on Various Thai Heavies

Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:36 pm

Arq wrote:
Once again, a belated warm welcome to Thailand, Khun 777Jet. I'm glad you have a good time during your stay.


Khob Khun Khrap! I love Thailand.

Arq wrote:
And, wow, I've just realize that we got so good facilities in new HKT International Terminal.


I was glad that we were able to try out the new terminal.

A lot of people try to check-in at the wrong terminal now (they try to check-in for the domestic sector of a TG international ticket at the domestic terminal) and then they have to walk to the other terminal. I read that the airport provides a shuttle bus to deal with this. There is not much information at all on the TG or Phuket Airport website addressing this issue now that two separate buildings are in use for check-in for the same flight!

Arq wrote:
Being a Thai citizen, I have completely zero business to visit the premise.


What do you mean by this? Is this regarding politics, or, do you just say this because HKT isn't your local airport so won't be using it for intl flights?

If you get the chance, it is worth checking out. Next time I need to fly TG between BKK-HKG I will try to transit in HKT.
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Re: Sydney to James Bond Island on Various Thai Heavies

Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:55 am

Arq wrote:
Being a Thai citizen, I have completely zero business to visit the premise.


What do you mean by this? Is this regarding politics, or, do you just say this because HKT isn't your local airport so won't be using it for intl flights?

If you get the chance, it is worth checking out. Next time I need to fly TG between BKK-HKG I will try to transit in HKT.[/quote]

HKT serve only a handful of flight that is suitable for our connection. So, I guess I will have no chance checking in at this terminal. But I would love to do so.

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