April 2nd to April 4th, 2019

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We departed from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island at 7:55 am April 2nd to YVR (Vancouver, BC) via Harbour Air float plane. Although noisy… it’s such a lovely way to see the natural beauty and clean air of our country.

At 1:10 pm AC 007 departed for Hong Kong. We used aeromile points to upgrade to Premium Economy and it was sure worth it! We sure appreciated the extra legroom, service, and having only 2 seats per side. All announcements were presented in English, French, Mandarin and another language (Cantonese?).

We lost April 3rd as we passed over the International date line. (See you when we return lol). At 02:30 am PDT we arrived in Hong Kong–4:30 pm their time.

The air pollution was very high as we approached Hong Kong and visibility was limited as we landed. However… it was possible to see an extremely long bridge, lots of wind turbines protruding out of the ocean, and more freighters than I had previously seen in any one harbour! When we entered the terminal face masks were a common site.

We only had a 1 1/2 hour wait in Hong Kong but we wished we had planned a stop over to explore this thriving hub! TG 639 (Thai airlines) departed at 4:05 am PDT and arrived in Bangkok 6:45 am PDT which was actually 8:45 pm Thai time!

Our next leg of travel was relatively quick with Thai airlines from Hong Kong to Bangkok. I was appreciative of the preordered Gluten/Lactose free meals I received on all flights. They were pretty tasty too!

After arriving in Bangkok we received our visas and passed through security pretty quickly. It had been a much slower process in Hong Kong where my hand baggage was checked thoroughly. When we unpacked our checked suitcases at our Bangkok hotel I discovered a form letter inside my suitcase informing me that my suitcase had been hand checked in YVR but nothing was removed. That’s the first time I’ve had that experience! It was rather unsettling…

We had a lovely (although very lengthy) trip half way across the globe and had arrived safely in hot, humid, busy Bangkok. Tomorrow morning we would see my son who has lived/worked in Bangkok for over 5 years. I was exhausted, but so excited!