What’s the longest flight you’ve taken? 6 hours across the US? 8 hours to get to Europe? 13 hours to Israel? That would be my history. Now (okay 3 weeks ago) would be a collection of flights that would take me almost 2 full days to reach my destination, Yangon, Myanmar. How as I to survive?
First, the longest leg of our trip from be 22+ hours. Since we would be spending 22 hours on a plain, we searched hard for a deal on the best airline we could afford.
The core of our flight would be on Singapore airlines, a 5 star airline that has consistently been one of the top 3 airlines around. Having only experienced the cream of crap that is American Airlines (AA, Delta, Spirit, United etc, except JetBlue, I love Jetblue but their international flights are limited), I also flown British Airways which was okay, Air Canada, not so bad and Virgin was the best of the three. So while I wasn’t exactly looking forward to the travel, at least I would be as comfortable as possible while still being in economy class.
One little problem, our Singapore Airlines flight was leaving from JFK, NY. Sadly they don’t have a shuttle from Logan, so we booked one on American Airlines. Luckily, we gave ourselves a 4 hour layover, because predictable our flight left an hour late and getting from terminal to terminal at JFK is about as easy as calculus, some people get it, most of us don’t.
The only good part was the pretty sunset I saw on the Airtran while switching terminals
Tony and I saw grabbed a “snack” at JFK since neither of us ate lunch yet. Finally got to try Shake Shack, which everyone in NYC, drools over. It was okay, I still prefer BGood.
Before I knew it, it was time to board Singapore Airlines. We boarded, got seated, got hot wet towels to freshen up. We then got our food menu for the 30 meals we would be eating on our flight to Singapore. There was options and a drink menu. We both got ordered a Singapore Sling – delicious mix of gin, Cointreau, orange juice and pineapple juice.
The meals on our first flight half of the flight included dinner Tony got pork something or other and I got the chicken.
A sandwich for a snack that I barely remember was also given but no photo. I was trying to stay up for the first 9 hours to sleep on the second 13 hour wing of the flight.
Then came breakfast:
Our layer-over was in Frankfurt, airport 3 of the 7 we will be seeing before our Journey ends. I picked up my favorite chocolate candy in the world, that is a struggle to find in the states.
Before I knew it, I was back on the second wing of the flight to Singapore. I watched Wolverine and Man of Steel, both of which were kinda disappointing a best. I did make sure to wake up for food.
This leg of the flight included Lunch, snack, dinner and breakfast again. I didn’t take photos of everything.
Finally we landed in Singapore, exhausted but with still 2 more airports to go.
The two floored jumbo jet that got us halfway around the world.
Our next flight was from Singapore, layover in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia and final destination of Yangon, Myanmar.
For our flight from Singapore to Yangon, we chose Malaysia Air, another 5 star airline. Although our flight was good, leather seats, and good food, the experience was a little disappointing. There was no in-flight entertainment on our 4 hour flight, and when we tried to change our fly back date they would not allow us to fly stand by without paying an additional $210 per person on a flight that was half empty to begin with. So, I don’t recommend flying them if there’s cheaper options. The service was disappointing for the premium paid. We had carry-on, so baggage benefits did not affect us.
The meals, I got the fish curry and Tony the chicken. To be fair, I thought it was a little tastier than what I ate on the Singapore airlines flight.
And just like that, as our plates were cleared, our journey was coming to an end. Almost 36 hours later. We left at 3PM Thursday and didn’t arrive until Saturday 3 PM in Yangon. With the 12 hour time change, that’s 36 hours of travel we survived. To be fair, I thought it was almost easier than doing a red eye to Europe.
6 airports, 5 flights – Logan to JFK to Frankfurt to Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to Yangon, Myanmar alas.
As for our return home? It was a little easier. We flew back from Yangon to Kuala Lumpur and stayed there for a few days.
Food on the second flight back wasn’t as good, plus I was cranky at them not allowing us to change our return date. I did appreciate the KitKat bar though. I missed chocolate while in Myanmar.
From Kuala Lumpur we took a “luxury” bus for $12. It was a 16 passenger couch bus!
The trip took about 5 hours from start to finish, included border patrol and was more comfortable than any flight could have been.
Afterwards we spent a few days in Singapore before flying back to the US. This time, I didn’t care about Jet-lag and just slept as it would come to me.
Our dinner on our flight back through Frankfurt. I wasn’t really hungry, so most went to waste. Instead I had a screwdriver and went straight to sleep.
Our layover in Frankfurt sucked a lot more than the first time. No fault of their own, but the United States makes you go through airport security AGAIN before boarding any flight into the US. And yes, we went through security in Singapore, so going out the airport and back in, while half asleep was a pain in the sleepy ass. Other countries don’t require this, so connecting through Frankfurt while going to Singapore wasn’t as annoying.
I picked up two more boxes of Kinder Chocolate before returning back to the airplane to fly to JFK.
There was more food that I barely touched except the potato and bacon salad. That was pretty awesome. We also had sandwiches, and some breakfast noodles and ice cream not photographed because I slept through most of it after having a Bloody Mary for breakfast.
Finally we landed in JFK. Since it was after Thanksgiving weekend, we couldn’t get a cheap shuttle to Boston so it was to the Greyhound bus for us. Luckily, we got on the new Greyhound buses with leather seats, wifi, and cup holders. Although, at that point, it really did not matter, both Tony and I blacked up until the bus stopped at South Station in Boston.
So there you go, the flights and meals of what takes you almost around the world!