Travel Photo Thursday — 07/10/14 — Marathon Travel –Three Countries, 15 Hours

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Bangkok, Destinations, Hong Kong, Penang, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 24 comments

Welcome to the 185th week of Travel Photo Thursday. After a marathon of marking tomorrow evening, and a final class on Friday, I will  be finished with this albatross that’s been hanging around my neck for the past three weeks. Next comes a marathon weekend of packing and cleaning. I’ll be out the door at 2:30 am to catch my bus to the airport. By 9:00 am I should be sipping champagne in Asiana Business Class on my way to Penang. However, before that happens I’ll be touching down for a few hours in Hong Kong (duty free, here I come!). In Hong Kong I change planes and head to Bangkok in Thai Air Business Class. A few hours in Bangkok airport and another Thai Air flight will finally whisk me to Penang, my third country and final destination. Total travel time will be 15 hours, and I actually spend almost equal amounts of time between the air and ground. I’m sure someone must be saying…WHY? Well, when I started researching my flight I realized very quickly that the only airline that flies direct from Korea is Malaysian Air, and they are not a Star Alliance member. Then, I decided to use my Star Alliance Frequent Flier Points, and not one Star Alliance airline flies directly to Penang from Seoul. On the bright side, I am traveling business class for a measly $360.00 (US). I don’t think it gets much better than that!

 

Hong Kong and Bangkok are two of my favorite cities, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite shots taken during past visits…

 

On the waterfront…”Hong Kong Avenue of Stars”…

 

 

Lights, Camera, Action in Hong Kong

 

 

A dwarfed Star Cruises vessel…

 

 

Hong Kong

 

 

I want to live in the red one with what looks like a  tennis court. That shot was taken from Victoria Peak.

 

 

Hong Kong from the Peak

 

 

Harbour view…

 

Hong Kong

 

 

One of my favorite temples in HK, Tin Hau Temple at Causeway Bay. I fell in love with all of the intricate details.

 

 

Tin Hau Temple, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

 

 

Then comes Bangkok…

Temple of the Emerald Buddha…not to be missed when you visit Bangkok.

 

 

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

 

I love this shot, even if I can’t remember the Bangkok temple!

 

Be a Light Within Yourself.....Buddha

 

 

Rose offerings at the shrine in front of Central World…

 

Roses, Shrine at Central World Bangkok

 

 

Finally, a moment stopping sunset on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River…

 

Bangkok Sunset

 

 

At the end of the “rainbow” we have Penang, Malaysia, where I will hang my sandals for the next five weeks!

Penang’s Kuan Yin Temple…

 

Lanterns, Kuan Yin Temple, Penang

 

 

Getting to Penang is going to be a bit of a marathon, so I am grateful for those frequent flier miles and the upcoming business class service.
Do you ever use points to fly business class?

This is the 185th  edition of Travel Photo Thursday. You can browse the archives here.

 

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24 Comments

  1. Sounds like a stupidly busy few days but flying when it’s business class makes all the difference. And lucky you with a long holiday to look forward to. Enjoy.Love your Star Cruises shot.

    • Hi Leigh! Yes, and of course you know how it goes…what can go wrong will go wrong….haha. I’m enjoying your shots of Newfoundland that keep popping up in my Facebook feed 🙂

  2. Me too love the Star Cruises shot – it’s breathtaking. It could be a poster! How lucky to get there business class for so little – seriously envious. Note to self, get onto a loyalty programme.

    • Hi Johanna…everyone should be in a loyalty plan! 🙂

  3. So many good photos Nancie! The dwarfed boat is a beauty, but I am a sucker for Buddha statues so the unknown temple is so mystically beautiful I am in awe. The last one with the temple smoke is a favourite theme of mine – I have a similar photo of smoke in a buddhist temple I think in Saigon by memory.

    • Hi Jan! I’m looking forward to photographing that temple again this time. It gets particularly busy at full moon,so some great photo ops.

  4. Nancie, These are great shots of Bangkok! I love it!

    • Thanks, Corrine. Bangkok is just so photogenic. I really do have to go through more photos one of these days. I know that I have plenty of Bangkok that have never seen the light of day.

  5. $360?! That’s INCREDIBLE! Haha totally worth the 15 hour travel time, for sure! Best of luck with the cleaning and packing, and have the very best start to your trip! It sounds like it will be amazing!!!

    • Thanks, Jess. Not relishing the 3:30am trip to the airport, but I’ll be enjoying comfort during my travels. That is such a HUGE plus!

  6. I like the simplicity of the rose offering. Very nice. Enjoy your trip. That’s a very good deal for business class. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Bob. I’m going to enjoy the business class travel.

  7. that sounds like a great deal Nancy, wow Malaysian Airlines is a spectacular airline, you will love it!

    • Hi Noel! Actually decided against Malaysian Airlines,but have traveled with them in the past 🙂

  8. Hong Kong is one of my absolute favorite places on earth. It is modern and traditional and International and thoroughly Chinese. And it changes from block to block. Young people will visit fortune tellers on Temple Street with their parents and then go clubbing. can’t wait to return

    • Hi Eileen. I’m a big fan of HK as well. At one point I thought about living there, but it never happened.

  9. Yay, I finally got your post to load. Your travels sound exhausting but cheap. I have the a photo of the same red house on Victoria Peak. It really does stand out, doesn’t it? It must have an amazing view. Have fun in Penang!

    • Hi Michele! Thanks. I bet the red property is in a lot of photos!

  10. I have to say 15 hours isn’t bad; you do cross a few degrees of latitude after all. 🙂 The absolute worst is a long travel day and one hasn’t actually traveled very far in the process. Enjoy your trip, Nancy!

    • Hi Henry! Thanks. When I think that it takes me over 30 hours to get to Nova Scotia from Korea, this is a piece of cake 🙂

  11. I may be going to Hong Kong later this year, and your pictures show what an amazing city it is! Long travel days are so not fun, but that’s an amazing deal for business class. Have a good trip!!

    • Hi Anna! HK is a fabulous city. I’ve been a couple of times, and always walk away amazed.

  12. This is one wild trip, Nancie. Five weeks, fifteen hours, three countries, $360. If you’re a betting person, you should consider playing those numbers.
    I’ve yet to make it to Asia so I’m looking forward to hearing more about your travels.
    Beautiful shots!

  13. Lovely photos! I wouldn’t mind living in that red building either. What a rooftop terrace! Sunsets seem really pretty.

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