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  1. If you don't need in town and can live past Sukhumvit you can get a small house for less than 10k and have either your own pool or simply choose from the best pool in the area and pay to use that - or not, just use for free. If in town, outside Stalag Nirun and associated bottom end stuff, then you are going to find it hard to look past VT1 as the cheapest option. A place there annually can come in under 100k.
  2. Prices from UK 2 x prices from Scandinavia which routes back through UK anyway !
  3. Better than Etihad simply cancelling them !
  4. Only ever found them useful once. Website stuck in 1990s and of last few years, not even accurate on business fares. Sad but inevitable as they were years behind the times.
  5. Thanks for the heads up. I just received this email response to my enquiry. Greetings from Avani Pattaya Resort! Regarding to your e-mail, we would like to inform you that Avani Pattaya Resort had ceased its operations of the AvaniFit fitness centre since 31 July 2019. If you wish to use Jetts fitness centre, at the Second road end, of the Royal Garden Plaza Mall, adjacent to the hotel. Please feel free to collect your complimentary membership card, which is valid for the duration of your stay, from the Front Desk. Please enjoy this 24 hour amenity, at your leisure. Look forward to warmly welcoming you back to our resort soon. Best Regards,
  6. Back again in a few weeks. Didn't stay elsewhere the last time, or the time before or before that ! It just delivers for me on so many levels. I "want" room service 24/7 and maid service 24/7. I don't want to have to argue or get serviced at their schedule. Fuck that, I'm dictating when. I could save 50% to 75% by going elsewhere which would be great when compared with Bt1000 places but the Hilton charges more and delivers less and others are either too far away or can't deliver IMHO.
  7. Lazy days, passing the time, some exercise, I like poolside in a good location. Can't be too crowded or just rows of chairs with 5cm between you and your neighbour. Good service, charge to account etc.
  8. I had a huge motorised dish at one house but as others have said, it is old tech now and obsolete. A fast internet connection is what you need.
  9. The Avani is messing me around with the corporate long stay rate for 2019 and as my upcoming trip straddles New Year, they are trying to get me onto a regular rate for 2019 until I arrive and sign the 2019 agreement. Of course, I'd rather know what the hell their proposed rate is for 2019 first !!! Hilton is out, too long a stay for that place (27 days but could split in two if absolutely had to) and to be honest, I've been back at the Avani for so many years now that I've not kept touch with other developments. Not worried too much about price, but I do want value of sorts. Decent pool, quality place etc. Ideas ? I should add that I expect free fast internet.
  10. Go Eva from LHR ? Too much fucking about going ex EU and no through bags. QR will sometimes interline with BA so you can use the EU QR deals. I'm on QR QSuites in a week ! But ex LHR :)
  11. Not that BA business class is worth of the name but does anyone else have unused Amex 241 Avios vouchers ? I sometimes don't use it as I earn the points for others to fly and I fly a better airline but if two people wanted to go, the normal deal is about 165k Avios and £1050 cash for 2 x tickets. As you can now buy Avios for about 1p each, that is about £2700 for 2 x direct in business class, which is not bad really.
  12. Swiss Airways business class London - Zurich - Bangkok a couple of months ago and the single suitcase was left behind in Zurich. Ground crew stopped by heavy thunderstorms and a tight connection fucked that up. It arrived the next day but it was essentially a lost day in Bangkok. I decided not to go running around for emergency clothes etc. and my hotel had all the toiletries I needed. However, had it not turned up the following day, I could seriously have considered just flying back.
  13. As others have said, it is Sydney that needs the direct link, not some wasteland in the west. I want to get back to Cairns and also visit friends in Melbourne and Sydney so the idea of flying into Perth is a joke.
  14. I flew both twice in the last month (and have flown both maybe 50+ times previously) and the A380 beats the 777 hands down. The only way I'd choose the 777 would be in a scenario where the A380 was like BA, with 8 abreast in business whereas the 777 was like Etihad with 4 abreast. Thus, it can depend on the airline and their configuration - check.
  15. Business class is being seriously pared back ! Look at Etihad. Chauffeurs - gone, even for first class (outside UAE) Wine - downgraded Food - downgraded Cheese - 2 types down from 4 Amenity kits - no kits for daytime flights (this shocked me) Lounges - selling access to economy passengers and charging for spa treatments previously free Mileage - huge devaluations and raised taxes All in all, I work it out that the value (including the now missing 3x and 4x points which were regular items) the cost of a ticket has risen by 1/3rd netting off the lost items and the real world costs now incurred.
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