While returning from my short weekend in Nan, I decided to fly with Nok Air back to Bangkok. I have a weak spot for this airline and definitely wanted to try out their Dash 8-Q400 service, but was rather disappointed a few days prior as Nok Air decided to pull out their dash 8 and fly today's flight with a 737-800 as demand was higher due to a national holiday in Thailand.
Start of the Journey
After checking out in our hotel, we ordered a taxi back to Nan Nakhon Airport. The taxi itself was full of decorations and was surprised he could see anything through his mirrors and I wasn't sure whether he understood some of the stickers he had in his car as I had a sticker in front of my face saying ''Bad Girls love to ride bad guys''. It was only a ride of 15 minutes for approx. 100 THB,
Taxi was paid and we did proceed to the terminal. Here is a view of the entrance.
Once you enter the building, you will end up in a clean and open space in which everything is located.
In order to proceed to your checkin counter, you were required to scan your luggage prior to the counter (not sure whether it would be controlled after anymore). Once clear of that, we were kindly greeted by the lady behind the desk that did check us in with a fast pace while being very friendly towards us.
While there is literally nothing but three souvenir shops after security (which were present before security as well), we decided to head first to the only coffeeshop present at this airport. I ordered a cold coffee and had some solar dried bananas covered in almond chocolate. Very tasty!
30 minutes prior to boarding, we decided to pass security. No big deal and no line at well to end up in a very small waiting area, which gave a rather nice view of the apron. Shameful it is not really a busy airport, so not so much activity going on.
My ride was arriving on time. Today it will be a green bird!
Our ride for today would be a Boeing 737-800 of Nok Air. HS-DBG is an 11.8 year old bird starting it's career with Pegasus in 2007 to be leased to Nokair in 2012.
About 15 minutes later, boarding was initiated and everyone proceeded in an orderly manner to the aircraft.
I'm definitely fan of their bird livery! Did you know that 'NOK' in Thai stands for Bird?
And here are some close ups.
The aircraft of today wears the name Nok Baitoey, but was rather disturbed by the fact that that beak was not alligned properly haha!
Yet I was rather disappointed that the payload was not even that high and I'm pretty sure we all could have fitted in a Dash 8, but I don't really know the exact reason for the change.
Once boarded I proceeded to my seat 46K. The legroom is decent for a low cost carrier
This was going to be my view for a hour and 10 minute with a happy beak smiling to me.
Soon after when boarding was completed, the flight was on it's way to backtrack for a southerly departure.
upon the 180 degrees turn, we were immediately rolling for take off.
Despite of being a low cost airline, Nok Air still serves their customer a complimentary water in a small, but nicely decorated bottle (definitely a feature I love about them). The friendly and cute looking flight attendants did hand those out about 15 minutes into flight before starting their BoB service, which I did again not make any use of.
Below you will see some of the magazines and cards available to you in the seat pocket from Nok Air.
And a card of Nok Air's destinations.
An in-flight shot.
After about 50 minutes into flight, we were now in our descent to Bangkok Don Meaung.
While the flight was pretty pleasant, the landing was nothing to write to home about. After vacating the runway, we quickly went to our gate, It did not take more than a minute or two.
While disembarkation was swift, it was time to say our goodbye to our aircraft, while a B737 MAX 9 from Thai Lionair is docking.
And now it was just a matter of waiting for our luggage to arrive via belt 12, which was already forwarded to us by cabin crew.
Nan - NNT
Bangkok - DMK
While being slightly disappointed for not flying their dash 8-q400 as it was advertised upon booking, I am still very fond of this airliner. They often do have delays, but they definitely try to provide you with better service than any other Thai low cost. The complimentary water given to you is definitely a nice addition and booking tickets with them is so much more comfortable than AirAsia.
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