Day 1. Starting our journey to Bangkok

The start of a new adventure and a ‘new’ country for us visit!  I woke up with nervous excitement but having everything packed and ready was able to enjoy a leisurely breakfast at home before setting off.

We had booked an evening flight from Manchester which meant I could travel into the city and spend the afternoon there.  Unfortunately, it was a cold, damp day and I didn’t really feel like wheeling my luggage round the shops so opted for a cosy cafe instead before heading off to Piccadilly station for the train out to the airport, the journey taking only 20 minutes.  Here I met up with my travelling companion for our Asian adventure!

Emirates A380 from Manchester to Dubai
On board our Emirates A380 from Manchester to Dubai

Our flight with Emirates was scheduled to depart from Terminal One.  Check in was already open when we arrived but there wasn’t a queue so it only took a few minutes.  Being a Thursday evening the airport was very quiet with very short waits at both security and border control.

Emirates A380 from Manchester to Dubai
On board the A380 Aircraft

Formalities out of the way, we enjoyed a pot of tea in one of the airside cafes before boarding our flight to Dubai.  We’d chosen seats in economy class on the upper deck of the A380 airliner as there is no longer any first class on this aircraft, an airbridge took us directly to this level.  We were seated by the window at the very front of the aircraft and the configuration being 2-4-2 meant that we didn’t have another passenger next to us.  Being on the upper deck the windows slope down steeply resulting in window tables with extra storage cupboards below and more space.

Extra storage area on the upper deck of Emirates A380's
Extra storage area on the upper deck of A380’s

The flight departed promptly at 21.20 and dinner was served approximately 90 minutes into the flight.

image Dinner on board our Emirates flight between Manchester and Dubai
Dinner on board our Emirates flight between Manchester and Dubai

Following this, we settled down with a glass of wine to watch some films on the Emirates ‘ICE’ entertainment system which is one of the best I have used, the A380’s having large seat back screens.  I started off with ‘Brooklyn’ which I’d been wanting to see for awhile and thoroughly enjoyed, then moved on to ‘The Dressmaker’ with Kate Winslet, a film I thought I would like but didn’t, perhaps because I was tired, so gave up on that after 30 minutes.

View from plane window arriving into Dubai airport
Coming in to land at Dubai

Prior to landing in Dubai hot drinks and a chocolate bar were served, I’m always ready for a sweet treat!  We landed in Dubai airport at 7.30 am local time, the journey taking around seven hours.  Time to stretch our legs before our next flight.

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60 thoughts on “Day 1. Starting our journey to Bangkok

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  7. Jenna

    I always love reading about trips to Thailand (I haven’t had the opportunity to go, yet, but it is at the top of my list!), but I couldn’t leave this post without saying how nice that upper desk seemed to be by your description!

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  9. leabrenden

    Wow, you are so lucky! I hope one day I will have the same opportunity. I will start my traveling adventure in Europe next year, when I have finished school I plan on doing something bigger, this blog is such an inspiration!

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  11. Just getting caught up on my blog reading from the past couple of days and saw this post. I’m excited to read about the rest of your adventure! Brooklyn was a good movie – we saw it during the Christmas holidays.

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  12. Thanks for the info on the A380. I had such a dreadful time with Emirates on my way to and from England in 2011, with the most awful planes ever, I swore I’d never fly with them again, certainly never go through ratty Dubai Airport again. Maybe it’s time to rethink.

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  13. Ooh sounds absolutely fabulous! I love Bangkok and the food is amazing. Enjoy some coconut ice cream and green mangoes if you can find them. I really want to see Brooklyn too. 😘

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  14. Nice post. We just flew Gatwick Dubai Brisbane last week with Emirates and despite being in transit over 36 hours, the flights were comfortable and well serviced. Also watched The Dressmaker on flight, and thought it was average. Looking forward to reading your Thailand stories. Cheers, Sue.

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  15. Have a wonderful trip! I love long haul plane travel, especially if you get a nice seat! I’m sure you will enjoy Dubai, I spent a few days there with my daughter several years ago. Never been to Bangkok though.

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