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  1. Not direct, but 2 years ago my Emirates flight with 2-hour layover in Dubai both ways was £313. Quite chuffed with that one !
  2. Agree with all comments about bucket shops or third party providers. I use the like of Kayak, etc. to guage how prices are going but will never book through them. I don't think I have ever paid more by booking direct with an airline and you have more clout and leverage when things go wrong. Trying to work things out with so-called 'customer service' by phone in another country will usually be less effective than dealing with the airline counter in person. Same goes with hotel booking sites.
  3. Send me the money and I'll do the trip for you to save you the effort.
  4. Have to agree with this. I always went down with the 'Pattaya cough' before I started moderating / restricting use of the A/C at night.
  5. A good idea is to ask someone who is medically qualified. He will also be able to check your self-diagnosis for you. Wait a minute...go and see a doctor in the first place. Irresponsible sex-tourists who self-diagnose and self-medicate only add to the problems with STDs globally. Look at PI and super gonorrhea for a glimse into that future.
  6. I always expect something like this to happen...been lucky so far. I think you were lucky to only lose £180 - the temptation to take it all must have been almost overpowering.
  7. Yep, £75 for the extra legroom is a complete piss-take especially as that will usually entail you being seated next to some family complete with mewling brat in a bassinet. The £75 a leg seat reservation will add £300 to your booking, comfortably putting your total outlay into the same realm as Premium Economy on some competing airlines...but that is not an option with Emirates. Probably not lucrative enough for them ? Regarding the upgrade to Business Class...this is offered at the last moment and entails a per leg fee that when combined with the price you have already paid means that you will easily spend more than a regular Business Class seat yet without lounge access, seat selection or free ride to and from airport. Not such a bargain really.
  8. A thumbs-up from me too. My suitcase travelled along with me in economy but was still on the carousel withing minutes of me clearing Immigration. A quick stop to get a SIM and I was Pattaya-bound within 20-25 minutes.
  9. Just a quick note from me...The low-dose (5mg) daily tablet of Tadalafil, which I sourced in the UK before my trip, worked superbly. Not only a genuine product at a price that makes Black Ant, etc. pointless but they leave you ready for action any time of day and none of the stomach-churning, headaches or stuffed-up sinuses that higher dose Viagra, etc. cause.
  10. Emirates must be struggling for cash these days. Two years ago I could book seats for free when I made the booking, last year this increased to £20 per leg for desired seat. This year a distinctly average seat will cost £20 per leg and anything approaching decent legroom costs £75 per leg. I stumped up to find I was in front of some germ-laden family that successfully managed to pass on their virus and scupper the first week of my trip. I have made the personal decision that long distance travel in the future is only going to be worthwhile if I fly Business and try and buffer myself from some of the misery of Economy. This is unlikely to happen short of a lottery win. In the meantime I am looking for an alternative airline and trips closer to home.
  11. Good to hear Essex Boy...except for the use of guys.
  12. Departure date is drawing ever closer and the thought of queuing for over an hour with fucktards that can't fill out the Immigration form before they gete to the desk plus the usual sprinkling of drunks and unwashed has got me reaching for the credit card and using the link provided by BM Peterbilt. I am hoping this service proves as reliable as BFS were, albeit at an elevated price.
  13. Trouble with most phones these days are they are completely encased in glass. Despite the claims by Corning about their Gorilla glass it cracks very easily. My old Samsung S7 had a shockproof case and screen protector on it when it slid down my leg bounced off my shoe and then fell the stately distance of about 2 inches...cracking the screen. I would prefer something in all metal finish that wasn't as slippery and did not act as a fingerprint magnet.
  14. PT Taxi charge 1,100 from Suvarnabhumi to Pattaya and 1,200 from Bangkok hotel to Pattaya. I expect that if you're staying in some remote part of Bangkok that price may be tweaked a tad, but 1,200 from Lower Sukhumvit is a solid price. Those small bridges on the way to Pattaya are a feckin' nuisance. I'm sure they could have built a less severe 'hump' to avoid the phenomena. Always look ahead if you're about to take a swig of something and don't want to wear it instead.
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