Touring Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounges in Hong Kong

I could have flown home directly from Bangkok, but what fun would that be?  I had planned my flights around unique (read geeky) travel experiences; in this segment, I'll discuss my time in Hong Kong.  I never left the airport, since I only had a few hours, but I always enjoy layovers at ...
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Thai Airways A346 Royal First Class from Bangkok to Hong Kong

I saw 4 engines, but this airplane was made in France, not Seattle.  Yep, I got TG'd.  In plain English, the original aircraft scheduled to make this trip has changed to something else.  It could be worse, at least this flight still had a first class cabin (unlike the experience James ...
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Thai Airways Royal First Class Lounge and Spa

Thai Airways has plenty of issues, but the experience before departure in Bangkok when in Royal First Class is hard to beat.  An excellent lounge, plus an hour long massage in their spa is a great way to prepare for a flight.  I've visited before, but routing via Bangkok in First Class is ...
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Best Western Amaranth for a short layover near Bangkok Airport

Now that i've experienced the temples of Angkor and my first trip to Cambodia, the long round-about journey towards home would begin.  I was aiming for some new experiences as well as some fun ones that I've done before.  First I had a short overnight layover in Bangkok.  In the past, ...
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A Picture Tour of the Angkor Wat Temples Around Siem Reap

For touring the temples of Angkor, I wanted to experience it first hand, and at my own pace, so I decided to rent a bike from the hotel and visit them that way.  The roads are flat, there isn't too much traffic, so I thought this would be fun.  It was hot, and I was sweaty, but it was well ...
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The Le Meridien Angkor, my home base in Siem Reap

Cambodia has been a place I've long wanted to visit, so it was exciting to finally be here!  Since my plans had changed somewhat, and was traveling alone, I opted to be a little more frugal and stay at the Le Meridien.  Its a plenty nice hotel, but I couldn't really justify the splurge on ...

Malaysia Airlines economy between Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap

Malaysia Airlines has had a horrible year.  I was somewhat hesitant to book travel with them, but the flights were convenient to my needs.  My flights occurred before the tragedy of MH17 over Ukraine.  

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 that I took to Siem Reap
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My time in Kuala Lumpur and at the Le Meridien

I really enjoy Southeast Asia, and Kuala Lumpur is a favorite destination there.  I was excited to have a little more time to explore and eat in this fun city.  And gawk at the Petronas Towers...

Moon over the Petronas Towers
My time in Kuala Lumpur (KL) was just a bonus ...
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Thai Airways Royal Silk Business Class between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur

I had one last leg remaining on the award ticket for my outbound journey.  I was connecting to Kuala Lumpur where I would spend my first night in a bed after 2 nights in a row sleeping on planes.

Thai Airways A330-300 like I rode between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Photo credit: ...

Thai Airways Royal First Class on the Airbus A380 Frankfurt to Bangkok

After a less than smooth transit experience in Frankfurt, I was excited to try out the new flagship of Thai's fleet, the A380.  Lots of purple as expected, but the Royal First Class seat was a great way to travel.

Thai Airways Royal First Class Suite on the Airbus A380
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Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich then transiting Frankfurt

After my excellent Lufthansa flight from Toronto, I had a few hours in Munich before continuing to Frankfurt and beyond.  I planned spend the layover in the Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich, which I could access as a passenger arriving on Lufthansa in First Class with an onward flight. ...
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Now You're Flying - Newest commercial from Virgin Australia

Despite living nearly 10,000 miles from Australia, I kind of keep tabs on Virgin Australia.  I had good experiences on the few occasions I have flown with them, and I hope to again.  I am a fan of good advertising especially airline commercials.  As part of the Virgin Group, style is ...
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First Class all to myself: Lufthansa Inaugural Toronto to Munich

Hello Lufthansa First Class, it is nice to see you again.  For this flight from Toronto to Munich, I'd have the Airbus 330-300  First Class cabin to myself.  Score!
 

Lufthansa A330-300 First Class Cabin
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Air Canada to Toronto and the Maple Leaf Lounge before departure

My next trip report series is about a recent whirlwind trip around the world I took.  It was a Star Alliance First Class award using United miles (at pre-devaluation rates, 135,000 miles), but I didn't have a single United flight so that in itself is a win.  It was a fun mix of new ...
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The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, a Review of Paradise in Costa Rica

My wife and I recently visited the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica.  It is a lovely new hotel in a beautiful part of the world.  Here is my review.

The reception area of the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo.  Photo credit: Hyatt.com
 
It's already been almost ...
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One Million Miles on United

I ended 2013 with about 910,000 lifetime miles on United.  Despite countless issues with United, one of my goals for this year was to get over the million mile mark since I was so close.  I've done more flying this year than I originally expected, so I hit 1MM on August ...
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The Concourse Hotel at LAX: Frequently Asked Questions

 
There seems to be some questions about The Concourse Hotel at LAX here and elsewhere.  In addition to answering a few of those, I stayed there again recently and have some more information to share.  

LAX sign near hotel via Flickr Creative Commons ...