The first time I traveled from The Netherlands to Laos was in 2007. I flew with Lufthansa Airlines out of Amsterdam to Frankfurt, Germany, then connected a flight to Bangkok, Thailand, and then connecting a flight out of Bangkok to Vientiane, Laos. My suitcase was stuck in Bangkok upon my return trip. I didn’t want to go through all the hassle again and booked my flights to Laos with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in 2008 for my two months vacation. The bad part about flying with KLM at that time was having to wait for an evening flight out of Bangkok for almost 9 hours.
When I went to Laos in February/March of this year, I flew with Eva Air due to a lower price (300 Euros) than KLM with direct flight from Amsterdam to Bangkok and arriving there in the morning with only 3 hours of waiting before flying to Wattay Airport in Vientiane, Laos. For the flight back from Bangkok to Amsterdam, it was only 3 hours of waiting for a connecting fligh, which was a much more pleasant experience than in the past.
This time I wanted to fly Aeroflot out of Amsterdam to Bangkok because it was cheaper than flying with KLM (300 Euros less). Aeroflot also has the best time slot for the travel schedule. I could fly from Amsterdam to Moscow, then to Bangkok, from Bangkok to Vientiane, and from Vientiane to Luang Prabang for a total of 19 hours of flights time. I also wanted to see the airport in Moscow for the fact that my uncle went to study in Russia many years ago. I also like to see as many airports as possible during my life time of traveling.
The flight from Bangkok to Mosow was a bit delay due to typical Dutch weather of rain on and off and also of the French airport strike. From talking to many people on the plane, they told me they were stuck in Amsterdam for two days before they can get a connecting flight to Moscow and to Bangkok. Some didn’t even know if their suitcases would get to the final destination.
It was an interesting flight to say the least out of Amsterdam to Moscow. As soon as we started to take off, quite a number of Russians were taking out their cups and whiskey, vodka, and pretty much any other alcoholic beverages they could think of and passing the drinks around. Then it was singing and talking and cheering when the plane landed safely in Moscow.
I had less than an hour to catch my connecting flight to Bangkok but it didn’t take long before finding the terminal. It was chaotic to say the least with tiny hallway for walking between the gates. I didn’t have much time to explore the airport and was just glad to be able to get on the plane in time. It was a little delay and I didn’t know if my suitcase would be on the plane with me.
The flight to Bangkok was a repeat of non-stop party during the flight. I sat in an area where there is non-stop drinking. Each person was able to carry 5 liters of alcohol on the flight so just about everyone had at least one bottle of something. The males had their vodka, whiskey, gin, and the women had their Irish Cream enough to last the entire flight. I had to do my best to fight off invitations and offerings to all the people around me. Trying to get some sleep was no use with people standing around me talking, drinking and bumping into me (aisle seat).
Over all it was an interesting experience for me flying with Aeroflot. I like the fact that the airline called me the day before my flight telling me of the gate change. That is quite an extra service that no other airline has done for me before. The flight was smooth with an Airbus A330-300 out of Moscow and in 9 hours I was in Bangkok, ready for a flight to Vientiane. The best part of the flight is seeing the sun coming up in the horizon as we were approaching Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.