Maldives Travel Guide – How to Travel to the Maldives

Maldives Travel Guide – How to Travel to the Maldives

We were a little, well, lazy, when it came to figuring out how to travel to the Maldives. We obviously where able to figure out how to travel from Bangkok to the Maldives. But, we didn’t really look much beyond that. We trusted the luxury resorts in the Maldives would take care of things. And, for the most part, they did. In the end, though, we needed a little more than that to handle Maldives travel. Here are our Maldives travel tips. What Airlines Travel to the Maldives There are plenty of full service and budget airlines that fly to the Maldives. We flew Air Asia through Kuala Lumpur, which was the cheapest option with the fewest layovers. It did mean, however, an overnight flight back to Kuala Lumpur. The best way, however, to fly to the Maldives is to fly on one of the Middle East airlines, like Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, or Etihad. From Europe this means it is possible to arrive in the Maldives after only one stop. That’s even possible from the US from some of the Middle Eastern gateways, like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other major cities. This actually means that if you are in one of these main gateway cities, Maldives travel is a lot closer than you think. That’s a good thing. All international flights arrive and depart from Malé, the capital of the Maldives. It is necessary to  transfer to your resort in one of three ways. Some resorts, like the Four Seasons, are within a quick boat ride from Malé. Other resorts are close enough to Malé that their...
How To Fly Nok Air Thailand

How To Fly Nok Air Thailand

We’ve flown a lot of the low cost carriers, or budget airlines, while living in Southeast Asia. For us, it doesn’t make sense to splurge on a more traditional airline, or use our miles, for a quick one or two hour flight within the region. One of the benefits of spending time living and traveling in this region, is that there are so many great budget airlines in Southeast Asia. During a beach break from Bangkok we finally had a chance to experience flying Nok Air Thailand. How to Fly Nok Air From “DMK” On the surface, Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport, or DMK, isn’t much to look at. Built in the 1930s, the terminals are concrete and drab,. They are far from the modern glass and steel aviation palaces found around the world. Look outside the dirty and streaked windows and you’ll see something worth looking at. And, Nok Air Thailand has a lot to do with this. Nok Air operates a fleet of Boeing 737-800s, Bombardier Q400s, and ATR-72 500s, for the #AvGeeks out there. Nok means bird in Thai and the airline carries the bird theme through just about everything. Nok Air Thailand is known for its bold, and certainly eye-catching livery. A signature bird beak nose is painted onto the nose of every plane. And, the main scheme of each plane is interesting and unique, some painted purple, and others looking like Nemo. Because DMK airport is such an unpleasant airport, the best way to fly any airline from DMK is to keep your focus on the fun Nok Air planes outside, rather than the drab...
Flying Tigerair to Singapore

Flying Tigerair to Singapore

We can’t always fly business class around the world. We would love to, but it is not always feasible. And for short haul trips around Southeast Asia, we are more likely to fly one of the well known low cost carriers. After all, I would rather save my money and miles to make a 12 hour flight to Europe in business class. That means more budget flights around Southeast Asia. This is how we ended up testing out Tigerair to to Singapore. Flying From Bangkok on Tigerair to Singapore There are several low cost carriers, or budget airlines, that fly throughout Southeast Asia. We’ve flown AirAsia, a lot. And, we’ve tested out Thai Smile on a domestic flight within Thailand. But, recently we had the opportunity to fly Tigerair to Singapore for the first time. We flew Tigerair within Australia a few times back in 2009. This was our first time flying Tigerair within Asia. We flew from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Tigerair’s hub at Singapore Changi Airport. Our two hour flight was everything you’d want from a flight: quick, comfortable, and with friendly service. And, because we are luxury travelers, we opted for an “upgrade” to the first row on our flight on Tigerair to Singapore and to exit row on the way back. There is always a way to fly with a little bit of luxury, even on a budget airline. Upgrading on a Budget Airline Most of the low cost carriers who fly within Southeast offer customers this kind of “upgrade.” This can include purchasing meals on board or roomier seats in exit row or at the front of...
Ep 009: Eric the #AvGeek at the Singapore Airshow with Airbus

Ep 009: Eric the #AvGeek at the Singapore Airshow with Airbus

Attending the Singapore Airshow Imagine Eric’s excitement when he received a simple email from a PR agency: “Would you like to travel to Singapore as a guest of Airbus to attend the Singapore Airshow?” Eric was so excited, he interrupted me in the shower to talk about the opportunity. An #AvGeek dream come true? Indeed. In this episode of the podcast, Eric actually interviews me about my thoughts, as a non #AvGeek attending the Singapore Airshow. Of course, plenty of Eric’s #AvGeekness shines through. Mentions: Singapore Airshow 2016 Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel TBEX Asia 2015 Subscribe on iTunes! Subscribe to the With Husband In Tow podcast on iTunes and listen to a new episode every Tuesday! If you like the podcast, leave a review! You can also check out our podcast on Stitcher here. And, we’re also available on GooglePlay! Check Out This Week’s Episode: http://traffic.libsyn.com/withhusbandintow/With_Husband_In_Tow_Podcast_S01E09_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...
Lufthansa Business Class Airbus A380 Beijing to Frankfurt

Lufthansa Business Class Airbus A380 Beijing to Frankfurt

Lufthansa has been a marquee airline for nearly 50 years, ranking among the world’s best airlines, alongside Singapore Airlines, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific. It was, therefore, with great anticipation that Amber and I would be making our first Airbus A380 flight with them. And, we were lucky enough to have booked Lufthansa Business Class on the A380. Sadly, reality and expectations don’t always align. It was the classic example of over promise and under deliver. Our journey to Europe to attend the annual TBEX conference began in Da Nang, Vietnam. Not exactly the largest airport in the world, but good enough to get us to Hanoi’s Noi Boi International Airport, where we took a short three and a half hour flight to Beijing International. A quick, yet uncomfortable overnight in Beijing then our eagerly awaited ten plus hours of Lufthansa Business Class comfort. Because when you are flying Lufthansa business class, you want to take a long flight. To make the most of the business class experience. And, yes, we were willing to connect through Hanoi and Beijing in order to take this particular flight, the A380, in business class. Beijing Airport Lounge for Lufthansa Business Class Passengers Beijing International is the main international gateway in China, with nearly 80 million passengers passing through each year. Lufthansa operates daily direct flights from Beijing to both Frankfurt and Munich. Flying Lufthansa Business Class, Amber and I were able to use the Air China Business Lounge, which allows access to Gold and Silver members of the Star Alliance, along with Business and First Class fliers. We have experienced our fair...
Our First Thai Smile Airways Flight

Our First Thai Smile Airways Flight

One of the first things I notice each time I arrive in Thailand and meet Thais, is the trademark welcoming smile. From street food vendors to office workers, this heartfelt symbol is distinctly Thai and well suited at the moniker for Thai Smile Airways, the regional airline and subsidiary of Thai Airways. Flying Thai Smile Airways to Koh Samui Our first flight with Thai Smile Airways took us from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Surat Thani, the jumping off point for two of Thailand’s biggest island destinations, Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan. Flying domestically within any country we visit is an odd feeling for me. Most of the time we are flying from one country to another, presenting our passports at Immigration and heading onto our next destination. We’ve only experienced flying domestically in a few places: Vietnam, Laos, China, and Thailand. Each time I get this odd feeling like we are doing something wrong. Why aren’t we heading onward? Why don’t we go through immigration? You’re not a local, get out of here! I haven’t the slightest idea why, but I do. Heading from the Thai Smile Airways ticket counter in Terminal 1 at BKK, pass security and onto our gate, that feeling hit me again, but this time it was different. It felt normal, like I belonged. Was it that we just signed a one year lease on an apartment in Bangkok? Or that with each passing day I’m feeling more at home with our lives in Bangkok? Either way, it was a welcome change. Winding our way through Terminal 1 and arriving at Gate A2, it was a...
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