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  1. When I landed at Swampy on this trip wandered down to the basement level to see if the FX booths down there were open Good news - they are open. Upstairs at arrivals was 39.95 to 1GBP, down there it was at 42.95!!!
  2. The extra cost will depend on where you're flying.. I've also started using banked air-miles to reduce total cost. Don't travel often enough to collect enough for reward flights but since Qatar brought in using miles to help pay for flights I've spent them that way..I used my miles last time, for our upcoming flights I've used Mrs Fiends.
  3. Cheap? No, just different priorities for my spending money. If I was cheap I'd be paying the lowest fare possible to fly, but I don't. Since Qatar changed from 30Kg and free seat selection on economy, to a tiered economy fares structure with varying amounts of checked luggage, seat selection not-included/included and differing mileage accrual I'm paying the extra to get 30Kg checked baggage and seat selection.
  4. I've flown economy and business class and to me business class isn't worth paying the extra for what you get.
  5. While other airlines switched their 777's 3-4-3 to squeeze more passengers in Thai kept the 3-3-3 layout and it's nice to see the 3 new ones supplied in that configuration. I've flown on Thai 772, 773 and 77W's BKK-CNX-BKK
  6. I believe they have retained the 3-3-3 economy layout for the 3 new 777-300ER's.
  7. Plenty of available ladies on thaifriendly without having to stump up 1000 baht barfines....
  8. You need to be wary of motorbikes all the time, you'll often see them traveling the wrong direction on your side of the road and you'll often come across them at night with no lights on on rural roads.
  9. All I can remember buying is some polo shirts and she bought some crap as gifts for her friends in the UK. Spent a few hours in there and only got round about half of the market.
  10. I've been dragged round there by the Mrs....amazing place...
  11. They are listed as being withdrawn from use and stored since 2020 and it's very unlikely they will ever return to service. Going forward it looks like TG will only operate A350XWB and 777/787
  12. I applied for a Thailand pass in November for me and Mrs Fiend...... hers came back in 8 hours, mine took 4 days before it was granted!!!
  13. Mrs Fiend has savings accounts in Thailand with multiple banks, but doesn't have a main bank she uses..... I'll be sorting out a Thai bank account for me later on this year.
  14. When we arrived 30th November 2021 the lady in the FX booth tried to convince us that due to the COVID situation we wouldn't be able to get money exchanged at banks in the provinces... Ignored her advice and had no problems getting our cash swapped for baht at the bank.
  15. Not exactly bloody cold up north... 16 degrees at night and hitting 30 during the day. Certainly beats being in the UK where it was snowing when I left 6 days ago
  16. Sad seeing some of the TG fleet parked up in storage at Swampy, looked like a few hadn't moved for a hell of a long time.
  17. Just flown the Qatar 787-9 on the MAN-DOH route and it's an improvement on the 787-8. The legroom is more bearable and they don't have the dreaded metal boxes underneath the seats. They don't feel as cramped. The flight was just about full. The meal service was ok but missing the little things like butter, salt and pepper. Have noticed the timekeeping on QR 28 hasn't been the best lately and was 1.5 hours late departing due to late arrival from DOH. Made up 30 minutes on the way
  18. At the moment I believe if you have arrive at BKK you have to clear immigration at BKK and do the "Test and Go" thing with a 1 night stay in a SHA/AQ hotel before you would be allowed to fly to Koh Samui. I don't think they are currently allowing CIQ transfers for other Thai airports.
  19. I loved the Qatar A340-600's, managed to enjoy them on the QR836/837 DOH-BKK legs on 2 trips before they were retired.... Had booked a 3rd trip on them but sadly a month before the trip they were withdrawn and the A330-300 was used instead.
  20. I try and avoid the Qatar Nightmareliner 787's if I can, but that wasn't an option for my trip. I always plump for a window seat so the elbow next to me isn't a problem as it's Mrs Fiends, but being a 6 footer if the seat in front of me gets reclined it's pushing against my knees. Fingers crossed for this trip there will be a fewer passengers and the row in front is empty. As for the Qatar A380's.... I've managed to get the upstairs extra legroom seats a few times just by asking at check-in if they were available.
  21. I've just booked a trip and for my dates QR28 is showing operated by a 787-9 MAN-DOH and a 777-300ER on QR27 when I return... I'm wondering if the newer 787-9's are an improvement over their 787-8's....
  22. Mrs Fiend turns off the water virtually every time we leave the house....
  23. I've flown on 5 out of Qatar's fleet of 10... From a passenger perspective it's a great plane to fly on. Would love to see the A380 on the DOH - MAN route.
  24. The proper Cumberland Sausage from a butcher isn't straight, it comes as a ring, just like a proper Bury black pudding....
  25. Thai ladies love my Cumberland Sausage...
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