Review of Nok Air flight Chiang Rai Bangkok in Economy

Airline Nok Air
Flight DD 8717
Class Economy
Seat 45K
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 01:15
Take-off 13 Nov 13, 13:00
Arrival at 13 Nov 13, 14:15
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manureva744
By 3945
Published on 22nd December 2013
After 2 days spent in Chiang Rai it was time to go back to Bangkok !

On the said time our taxi was there ready to take us to the airport.
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He dropped us off in front of the terminal and we went thru the security check to enter the terminal and then headed to the Nok Air check-in counters which are located to the far left of the building.
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I had asked to change seats and wondered if the emergency exits were available. My wish was granted and we were given 45H and 45K.

After the check in procedure we walked around the terminal area… Not the high luxury cars you'd see in Dubai but Chiang Rai had pick-up cars on display, you can't win them but you can certainly buy them !
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We then went through security check, this was completed rapidly and we headed to our gate.
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The area was completely empty !
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The reserved seating area
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Nok Air offers free wifi at CEI !
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Our Aircraft is here ! HS-DBE Nok Flamingo will take us back to the Thai capital !
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It doesn't take long before boarding is announced and we make our way upstairs to board the airplane.
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I hate spiders and this HUGE specimen spun her web outside, it was as big as my hand !
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Our bird resting a few minutes before flying home.
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We are back in the very green jetways of Chiang Rai Airport.
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At the end of the tunnel, the pink aircraft !
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The legroom is great at the overawing exit !
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The very charming Nok Air cabin attendant welcoming customers on board !
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Not a lot of people yet
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Our yellow winglet
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Boarding is not complete yet…
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Looks like it's over now. We don't have a full flight today ! loads of spare seats around !
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We make our way to the runway and prepare for our take off !
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Row view
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The seat pocket contains the in-house magazine JIBjib and the Boeing 737-800 safety card.
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The route network flown by Nok Air
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The crew then started the service and gave everyone a brown paper bag.
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Each bag contained a small tub of water, a sausage filled pretzel and a napkin.
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The pretzel was excellent !

The remainder of the flight went by smoothly
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The cabin from the rear !
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The rear galley
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The restrooms at the back of the aircraft
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We start our descent to Bangkok and the weather is not particularly great…
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We are nearly there !
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The weather is really bad…
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Another Nok Air aircraft, love the very colorful bird like livery of the airline !
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As soon as we stop people jump out of their seats to grab their bags and queue out !
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Our seats at the exit
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Our aircraft resting before it's next flight !
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We start the long trek towards the baggage claim area… can't believe Don Muang was Thailand's premier hub !
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Welcome to Thailand ! Sawasdee !
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It is now time to pick up our bags.
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And let's queue to get our taxi for our ride to the Novotel Pratunam
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The weather is still very bad… It is pouring down in Bangkok !
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We now have 5 days in Bangkok, next stop Kuala Lumpur !
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Verdict

Nok Air

7.5/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering7.0

Chiang Rai - CEI

7.2/10
Efficiency9.0
Access5.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness8.0

Bangkok - DMK

7.4/10
Efficiency9.0
Access5.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

Good flight on Nok Air, nothing to write home about but at least we had a very comfortable flight, a nice snack and all went smoothly !

Information on the route Chiang Rai (CEI) Bangkok (DMK)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 3 reviews of 3 airlines on the route Chiang Rai (CEI) → Bangkok (DMK).


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9 Comments

  • Comment 95535 by
    lagentsecret SILVER 10382 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR

    Nok Air seems to be a decent way to fly domestic in Thailand

  • Comment 95540 by
    Durian 1183 Comments

    Thanks for sharing ! Did you have to pay extra $ for the exit row ?
    Overall pretty good I'd say. Surprisingly the cabin is not glitzy as the outside, I would even say the cabin theme is quite boring when you compared to other LCC. But who cares really, it's just a bit surprising.
    Was the brown bag for free ? In addition they give free wifi in the terminal, waooh ? Were checked-in luggages free ?
    So actually I'm getting confused, Nok is or is not a low costs carrier ?
    BTW, Nok has announced a few weeks ago that they are to set up a JV with SQ's Scoot for operations in Thailand... so many operators on that market !!

    • Comment 285580 by
      manureva744 AUTHOR 252 Comments

      Hi ! Thanks for the comments.
      We didn't pay anything extra for the emergency exit, you have 15 kilos free of charge for the suitcase and we had purchased another 15 kilos each of hold luggage on their website when we bought the tickets. We didn't need as much as we didn't go over 25 kilos each suitcase.
      The brown bag snack was free of charge, other drinks and food could be bought on board.
      Wifi was free in the terminal, password was the booking reference.
      It is a low cost carrier indeed but with mid frills I'd say.

      You are right in saying that the cabin is boring and they could have gone with as a much inside as outside...

  • Comment 95562 by
    marathon GOLD 9340 Comments

    What about the seat pitch of the ordinary seats ? From the overall view of the cabin, it looks tight. Thanks for this comprehensive report !

  • Comment 95565 by
    Leadership TEAM GOLD 4227 Comments

    Thanks for this report, row 45 for an exit row on a 738 seems a bit too much ^^ Are they starting at row 20?

    Good to know that they are providing a snack albeit limited for this flight.

    Thank you.

  • Comment 95576 by
    indianocean SILVER 6249 Comments

    The airline logo reminds me a funny and famous finnish video game.
    Considering that Nok Air is a low cost airline, the catering is quite fair.
    It is said that Nok Air fare is so low that taxi to or from the airport might be more expensive. Is that true?
    Thanks for sharing

  • Comment 95584 by
    jetsetpanda 2296 Comments

    Thanks for the nice insight and report on this carrier. One thing about Asian LCC's is that although prices might be low the service tends to be high as a general rule. Catering is pretty generous.

  • Comment 95614 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4796 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this report on a rarely reported airline. OMG, that spider is scary! Thank god I've never seen one like that all the times I've been to Thailand.

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