Thailand reopened to foreign tourists this month from a handful of nations, shortening the amount of quarantine time to one day. With Thailand now open, I am jetting off to Bangkok on a wild itinerary with one overarching goal: dinner on a Lockheed L-1011.
My Crazy Trip To Bangkok, All To Dine On An L-1011 Jet
I have not been to Asia since before the pandemic and boy have I missed it. Our beautiful world is full of lands of wonderful people and the thought of visiting Japan and Thailand again brings a smile to my face.
I figured it was time to resurrect my final Aeroplan redemption, a crazy booking I made nearly a year ago before the new Aeroplan program went into effect. It included a segments on EgyptAir and ANA forming a circuitous flight patten to Jakarta.
But ANA cancelled my flight to Jakarta: Indonesia remains closed to many foreign tourists and those who come must quarantine.
Although I considered just terminating the trip in Tokyo and flying home, I reached out to Aeroplan to see if I could change my destination from Jakarta to Bangkok (1,421 miles away) due the the flight cancellation…and my request was granted without repricing the trip.
My new masterpiece is not quite as beautiful as my original, but it will give me a tremendous opportunity to review a number of products I have never flown:
- Los Angeles – Washington in United Airlines 737-800 Economy Class
- Washington – Cairo in EgyptAir 787-9 Business Class
- Cairo – London in EgyptAir 787-9 Economy Class
- London – Tokyo in ANA 777-300ER Business Class
- Tokyo – Bangkok in ANA 787-9 Business Class
All for 77,500 Aeroplan miles. How’s that for traveling the long way to Asia?
I am most excited about traveling from London to Tokyo on the ANA 777-300ER, which features ANA’s latest business class suite dubbed “The Room.”
What you don’t see in the itinerary above is my layover times. 12 hours in Washington. Five hours in Cairo. Seven hours in London. 20 hours in Tokyo. I don’t plan on leaving the airport during the journey, which means that I’ll go several days without stepping outside.
The zenith of the trip will be dinner at Na-Oh in Bangkok, an L-1011 turned into a restaurant. I’ve already secured a reservation and really look forward to my first fine dining experience on an airplane…on the ground.
I’ll be posting first impressions about my flights in the days ahead: stay tuned! This is going to be an epic journey.