Trip to Sydney and Flying with the Princess of Thailand in THAI First Class
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Departure time in Tokyo Haneda (HND): 00:20 changed to 00:10
Arrival time in Bangkok (BKK): 05:25
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Seat: 1A to 1K to 3F
Duration: 7h 05m
Date of flight: February 28, 2018
*This is an award travel, First Class flight #47
A Visit to the Ramen Museum
I had about 12 hours lay over in Tokyo (from 12pm to 12am) so I decided to go to the Ramen Museum. There's a direct bus that leaves Haneda Airport every 30 minutes and the cost is 840 Yen. I took the bus at 1:15pm which made two stops (at Terminal 2 and then at Terminal 1) and by 2:05pm, I was already at the Shin-Yokohama Railway Station. From there, the Ramen Museum is a few minutes walk.
As per their website, this is the world's first food theme park.
It was definitely fun visiting the Ramen Museum and I would highly recommend it to other tourists having a long lay-over in Tokyo.
Tokyo Haneda Airport International Terminal
I was back at the airport around 4:15pm and as I already had my mobile boarding pass (and the THAI check-in counters was still closed anyway), I headed directly to Security and Passport control.
There were two Priority Lanes at Haneda Airport (lanes 2 and 9) although only one was being used when I came. Still, everything went smoothly and I was done in a few minutes.
ANA Suite Lounge, Gate 110
the ANA Suite Lounge, I thought I'd take a shower and immediately booked one of the available shower suites from the lounge agent. I was given a key and got Suite Number 1. One of the things I love about the ANA Suite Lounges are the Shiseido bath amenities they provide in their shower suites 😍
the day flight to Bangkok on THAI although I did not have the chance to visit the Ala Carte Dining Restaurant since it only opens from 7pm so I was looking forward to checking it out this time around 😉
I had intended to order the "Hokkaido" Domestic Beef Sirloin Steak but when I finally got a seat, I was immediately told that the Sirloin Steak was no longer available.
Back to my productivity pod, I noticed from the Departures Monitor that our flight had a "New Time". Instead of departing at 12:20am, it showed 12:10am as the new departure time which was 10 minutes earlier. I thought it was strange that we would be leaving early although in the end, we actually departed even later than the scheduled time.
Boarding, Gate 105
When I booked my seat on the THAI website months before departure, there was only one seat taken (seat 3K) so I immediately chose seat 1A since it is the most popular seat when flying on the B747 😉 While doing on-line check in the day before, I was assigned seat 1K and seat 1A was no longer available. A bit strange but still seat 1K is okay.
My mobile boarding pass with my seat 1K
Around 11:40pm, while waiting in the First Class boarding queue, I was approached by one of the gate agents who first checked my mobile boarding pass and upon confirming I was the one seated in 1K, told me that I had been transferred to another seat. The first thought that came to my mind was "Oh my God, am I being downgraded to Business Class?" But even before all other worries came, he continued on, saying that my new seat is 3K because the Royal Family is on the flight, and then gave me my boarding pass with my new seat.
The gate agent was actually very apologetic but honestly he didn't have to, as long as I'm still sitting in the first class cabin. And who wouldn't want to fly with Princess Pa of Thailand 😍 (I actually did not know which princess was on the flight as I did not ask the crew although the crew on the Bangkok to Sydney flight confirmed it was Princess Pa as she flew to Tokyo days before to join the Tokyo Marathon. Moments later, boarding commenced.
Aircraft, Boeing 747 (74N)
Cabin, First Class
from Bangkok to Tokyo last year although they are not very nice and are more like business class seats.
The new contents included a 1.7fl.oz. Evian facial spray, 30ml Clarins moisture rich body lotion, 3ml Clarins moisture replenishing lip balm and 5ml Fluocaril breath freshener. The rest like dental kit, comb, socks and eyeshades were unchanged.
Since passengers were still boarding, I decided I'd change into pyjamas and went to the lavatory located behind seat 3F. There's another lavatory which is located behind seat 3E. As soon as I entered, I was shocked to see that it was decorated so beautifully (with gold and rich purple colors), which was the first time I've seen on any THAI first class lavatories 😍 It then occurred to me that it was meant for the Princess of Thailand so I immediately came out and used the other lavatory.
A few minutes after returning to my seat, the Cabin Chief went to each and every passenger to inform us that the Princess would be using the right lavatory and asked us to use the left one instead. Around 12:20am, Princess Pa arrived and was seated to her seat, 1A. The Princess was with a guy (I'm not sure if it was her bodyguard) who sat in 1K. By this time, 7 of the 9 first class seats were occupied with seats 2A and 2E being vacant. Moments later, the "Boarding Completed" announcement was made.
Inflight Safety Video
The champagne on board was Dom Perignon Vintage 2006.
Turn Down Service
For my main course, I had pre-ordered the Lobster Thermidor from their website. The other choices include Prawn Ginger, Fish Boiled Rice, John Dory Fish and Grilled Chicken.
THAI First class pre-order meal choices
After my breakfast, I asked the Cabin Chief (when he came to my seat to check if everything was alright) if I could take a picture of the lavatory Princess Pa was using. I told him I accidentally saw it when I was about to change into pyjamas and it was so beautiful. He told me that he'd ask permission first. It was the same time that the guy seated in 1K was returning to his seat from the lavatory so the Cabin Chief with the help of a lady flight attendant asked him if it was possible to take a picture of the lavatory but unfortunately, it was denied due to privacy reason.
Minutes before landing, the cabin chief came to our seats to thank us for flying with THAI, as they normally do on every first class flight.
Seat of the Princess of Thailand
I have to say that there weren't "unnecessary" announcements made as Princess Pa was asleep almost the whole flight. Around 5am, the cabin lights were turned on and one of the flight attendants came to the Princess to offer her some drinks (I think it was orange juice and water).
The Princess then used the lavatory (passing by my seat) and moments later, the seatbelt sign was turned on. Around 5:05am, the captain came on the PA with his usual "Ready For Landing" line.
Landing at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
We landed in Bangkok Airport around 5:11am and reached the gate 8 minutes later. The Princess was the first one to disembark together with the guy seated in 1K, joined by three elderly persons who sat in business class. To give some space (to the Princess and her entourage), we stayed on the plane for a minute or so, after which we started disembarking as well.
There are a lot of things I loved about this flight although the best part of it was no doubt having flown with the Princess of Thailand on the way to Bangkok 😉 As usual, the service was very friendly and the food especially the Lobster Thermidor was fantastic. The lie flat seats were comfortable and I was able to sleep for a few hours. The new contents of the amenity kit was also a big plus and I hope they could improve it even more next year. Overall, it was a very nice and unforgettable flight, just like my Emirates flight in business class from Dubai to Stockholm where I got to fly with the King of Sweden 😍