Trip Report: Thailand (part 1) Introduction

United Airlines 747 First Class Chicago (ORD) to Frankfurt (FRA)
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt (FRA)
Thai Airways A380 First Class Frankfurt (FRA) to Bangkok (BKK)
Thai Airways 737 Business Class Bangkok to Koh Samui (USM)
Conrad Koh Samui
Mae Koh National Park Boat trip and Chaweng Beach
Bangkok Airways Economy Class Koh Samui (USM) to Phuket (HKT)
Naka Island a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa
James Bond Island and Little Island Boat trip
Phi Phi Island Boat trip
Patong Beach and Bangla Road
Air Asia Economy Class Phuket (HKT) to Chiang Mai (CNX)
Four Seasons Chiang Mai
ELE (Elephant Life Experience) Elephant Camp
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple
Bangkok Airways Economy Class Chiang Mai (CNX) to Bangkok (BKK)
St. Regis Bangkok
Dinner at Vertigo at Banyan Tree Rooftop
Chatuchak Weekend Market and Wat Pho Temple
Cathay Pacific Business Class Bangkok (BKK) to Hong Kong (HKG)
American Airlines First Class Hong Kong (HKG) to Dallas (DFW)


Just another beautiful Sunset in Thailand

We enjoyed our trip to Bali so much last year that we knew we wanted to visit southeast Asia again if we had the chance.  Thailand seemed like such a natural choice for us. As I have mentioned in the past my wife loves beach destinations (as do I) and Thailand has some of the prettiest beaches in the world. Thailand also provides a diverse landscape from the beaches in the south to the the hills/mountains in the north to the craziness of Bangkok.  I knew we had to try and see it all so it made sense to make this our big two week vacation for 2014.


Once my wife’s United Airlines account accumulated enough miles in October of 2013 I was quick to book our flights to Thailand!!! I was able to book it all online and it was a snap! There was a good amount of availability and I wanted to incorporate the trip around a holiday which we both had off, in this case, Labor Day worked great! United first class connecting to Thai Airways first class. About 18 hours in first class to Thailand!

United Airlines Boeing 747 First Class

Thai Airlines AirBus A380 First Class

I then found cheap domestic flights so we could bounce around Thailand to experience the different regions of the country.  I used Kayak to find the flights for the dates we needed. Two flights on Bangkok Airways and one on AirAsia.

Our way home we used American Airlines miles.  This turned out to be kind of a fiasco (meaning first world problems) about four weeks before departure I got a kick in the nuts from American Airlines I received a schedule change from American Airlines.  I will go into more detail in that part of the trip report. In the end we ended up flying a mixture of Cathay Pacific and American Airlines in Business and First Class.

Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class A330

American Airlines 777-300 First Class


We used a variety of points for some hotel nights and cash for other nights. We were fortunate to indulge in all 5-star luxury properties!  We started with the Conrad in Koh Samui, followed by Naka Island Resort in Phuket, Four Seasons Chiang Mai, and St. Regis Bangkok! A pretty nice lineup of properties in our opinion.

Conrad Koh Samui

Naka Island Resort

Four Seasons Chiang Mai

St. Regis Bangkok

I will be breaking down the miles, points and cash used for each flight and hotel. We had a ton of fun and experienced so many fun sights and sounds of Thailand! I will be highlighting some of those amazing events!  Stay tuned for future installments of this trip report as I will try my best to post one segment/part of the report per day!  Thanks for reading!




2 thoughts on “Trip Report: Thailand (part 1) Introduction

    • Hi Evan! Thanks for the kind words. I am glad your enjoying the trip report thus far! I should have the AA F blog post up by no later than next week if not sooner! These trip reports take a lot of work/time to put together surprisingly!! 🙂

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