Review: Thai Airways Business Class BKK-USM

Getting to Koh Samui should be half the fun.

Orchid, Elephant, Turtle: Trip Planning
Thai Airways A350 Business Class SIN-BKK 
Conrad Bangkok (Executive Corner)
Thai Airways Business Class BKK-USM
Conrad Koh Samui (Oceanview Pool Villa)
Thai Airways B777 Business Class USM-BKK-SIN


Royal Silk Lounge at Concourse A (Domestic)

Since we were flying domestically, there was only one lounge we could enter using our tickets. I thought the experience was a relative non-event – I think the international lounges are way nicer, though I guess this still beats the typical contract lounge.

 

They even had a DIY pancake machine, though it was apparently malfunctioning when I was there. There was a pair of sad pancake-deprived Singaporeans in the lounge that day.

The Hardware

The flight was on a Boeing 737, which is perfectly fine for a short 1h journey. Much like US domestic flights, these are pretty much glorified flying buses. 😉

That said, it’s nice to know that these “bus seats” offer generous legroom, even if furnishings are rather dated.

The Food

I didn’t expect too much from a short domestic flight, but was rather surprised to find out that they were serving porridge for the in-flight meal (no menu was provided), with no alternatives available. There was at least one westerner on board who looked at the food and declined the meal altogether.

Interestingly enough, a plastic container of condensed milk was provided (at the bottom left). I asked a flight attendant if it was condensed milk (I wanted to mix it into my tea) and she looked horrified – apparently, it’s meant to be paired with the youtiao (Pa Thong Ko / Chinese crullers).

I still proceeded to make my Singapore-style cup of teh, of course.

The View

Something I really enjoyed about the flight was the view on the way in. I’m so used to flying into cities that it’s nice seeing something a little less developed and more scenic prior to landing.

The airport was rather rustic (charming in its own way – more on that in a later post) – no jet bridges were provided, and upon landing we were herded into little mini-buses that brought us into the terminal.

It was time for the highlight of the trip – heading to Conrad Koh Samui!

Louis Tan
Louis believes he caught the premium travel bug after attaining KrisFlyer Elite Gold and occasionally being upgraded while shuttling between the UK, Singapore and Japan (in economy class). These travels have led to a wonderful marriage, as well as a burning desire to avoid flying long-haul economy. He previously travelled with a gryphon plush toy, Griffles, which often stood in for him in vacation photos. Griffles is mostly busy with entertaining a toddler these days, but still manages to continues amusing (and confusing) air stewardesses, hotel staff (and just about everybody else) all around the world.

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