Nothing always goes as planned, just have to go with the flow!
12.01.2014 - 14.01.2014 29 °C
35 hours after departing Edmonton I arrived in Bangkok!
Had fantastic flight to Denver, used my United Club Pass that I scored on ebay for cheap (I love a good deal!) and managed to take in some drinks and get some studying while watching planes taking off from Denver. As an aviation geek I was in Heaven! Denver is a United Hub City and a wide variety of aircraft take off and land there. Unfortunately, the 787-Dreamliner aircraft continues to have maintenance issues and our aircraft from Denver to Tokyo was delayed for 2 hours, which meant more orange juice vodkas, and plane watching ahead of me!
I am so glad in the end I decided to route my trip through Denver and take the 787-dreamliner, it seems absolutely crazy that in 2014 United could still have aircrafts that do not have individual TV's, and my flight from San Fransico and connecting would have had no personal TV's or entertainment that is nearly 20 hours in the air with nothing to do but read- I don't sleep on planes and I would have gone crazy (first world problems I know!) By far the flight from Denver to Tokyo was the best flight I have ever been on. I have never flown on a quieter plane. Each seat came with a blanket and pillow, huge screen with hundreds of TV shows and movies (they even had Downton Abbey as an option!!) mood lighting and the largest windows on any airplane and some sort of filter system that helps with jetlag. The entire flight I felt like I was eating. We had 2 pretty awesome meals a sandwich snack and also an ice cream snack, and I was flying economy!
Interior of the Dreamliner
Chicken and Rice- it was delicious!
Interesting tibit the route from Denver to Tokyo flies directly over Edmonton, so the first 2 hours of the flight was spent flying me right where I started earlier in the day!
Flying right above Edmonton
Finally arrive in Tokyo - no jetlag (it worked!) and we learn quickly that although our aircraft is still at the airport we can not board and the best option would be to take a red-eye departing in 6 hours, only thing is the flight is at another airport in Tokyo. Had to go through customs, get a transit visa, retrieve luggage and hop on a chartered bus to take us from Narita Airport to Haneda Airport. Best part of this arrangement I got to take in a 1 hour tour of Tokyo! What an amazing city, massive buildings everywhere, fantastic roads and we drove by Tokyo Disney. Haneda airport is stunning, by far the nicest airport I have been too. Had my first meal in Japanese- used my fork with pride! Departed for Bangkok at 12:20 AM on Thai airways on a massive 747-400 (double decker plane). Asked if there was any chance for an upgrade and I somehow managed to get an emergency row to myself. The 7 hour flight was brutal, extremely jealous of anyone who can sleep during a flight. Landed in Bangkok at 5:30 AM. By the time I went through immigrations and got my luggage the sun was rising and it was a balmy 24 degrees.
Beautiful Haneda Airport My first meal in Japan! Found this in the washroom at the airport- I used it thinking it was a modern urinal
Stay tuned for my perfect first day in Bangkok and how the protests are effecting travel in Bangkok!