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Bangkok to Hongkong with Thai Airways in First Class

Route : Bangkok to Hongkong

Airline : Thai Airways (TG)

Cabin Class: First

Aircraft Type: Airbus A380-800

Flight Number: TG600

Seat Number: 2E

Date: March 1, 2013

Departure time in Bangkok (BKK): 8:00

Arrival time in Hongkong (HKG): 11:45

Award travel, First Class flight #2

 

Text and Photos by Arthur Jeciel

 

Introduction

 

I learned that the best way to fly in first class was to fly from the airline's hub. In my case, the best way to fly first class with Thai Airways is from Bangkok. The special treatment starts from check in and ends when you reach your destination where a staff greets you and escorts you either to the lounge or to the immigration section. A wonderful experience I will never forget!

We arrived at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport about five in the morning, three hours before our 8am flight.

Check in

The Royal First check in area (left). We were served a bottle of mineral water and cold towel while the staff checked us in (right).

The Royal First Check in Counter (left). The guy who escorted us to the security control until we reached the first class lounge (right). Cool!

THAI Royal First Lounge

As we wait for the golf cart, we were accommodated at the lounge waiting area (left). The golf cart for first class passengers (right).

The Royal First Class Lounge is definitely one of the best lounges I've visited. If you want to know more of my experience in this extraordinary lounge, you can click here.

As a first class passenger, you get a 60 minute full body massage at the Royal Orchid Spa. What more can you ask for?

Boarding, gate C3

The flight from Bangkok to Hongkong leaves at Gate C (left). The Royal First and Royal Silk passengers use a separate bridge which goes direct to the upper deck (right).

First Class Cabin (Upper Deck)

The first class cabin has a total of 12 mini suites with a 1-2-1 configuration. That day, the flight was half full probably because most of the premium passengers were seated in business class. In a short flight like this, flying in first class can be considered a luxury. Or maybe not!

 

Seat

Each seat is 26.5 inches wide with an 83 inch pitch (left). Very spacious legroom (right).

The seat control (left). There is also a sliding privacy screen (right).

I love this lamp....very relaxing (left). The middle section of the first class cabin (right).

There is an AC power port for charging your mobile phones (left). A reading lamp is located on the left side of the seat (right).

The control for the sliding screen (left). You can easily hang your coat inside the mini closet (right).

You can turn on the red light in case you do not want the cabin staff to disturb you.

And yes, my seat turns into a fully flat bed. Lovely!

Meal

I decided to have a glass of apple juice to start the flight.

Mike on the other hand ordered his usual glass of Piper Heidsick Brut Champagne.

The menu cards are placed on a nice folder as it was on the Sydney to Bangkok flight (left).

 

Yoghurt, Roll, Croissant, Danish Pastry, Butter, Jam and Honey, Green Tea and Fruit Juice (right).

Fresh fruits

Braised Five Spiced Beef Short Ribs, Tossed Shrimp Roe Noodles, Sauteed Pak-choy

 

The other choices for the main course were:

 

Vegetables, Cheese and Egg Souffle, Grilled Back Bacon, Roesti Potatoes, Panache of Mushroom with Herbs and

 

Pork Balls Rice Soup

 

I have to say the food tasted excellent.

 

Bar

A bar is located between the two seating lounges. The stairs to the economy cabin (right).

 

Entertainment

Headphones with noise reduction (left). The personal video screen is 23 inches wide (right).

The TV Control (left). The screen monitor showing the live camera (right).

Toilet and Lavatory

The first class lavatory

Everything is just so lovely here with all the orchids. There are two Bulgari perfumes and a hand cream.

This is the smaller toilet located at the back on the left side of the cabin.

Arrival at Hongkong International Airport

Upon arrival, a golf cart was available for passengers who would need assistance.

We were met by a young lady who introduced herself and asked if we would like to go directly to the gate or spend some time in the lounge. Since we still had an hour before boarding, we decided to be escorted to the business class lounge.

Conclusion

 

This is definitely an experience I would never forget. From the moment we arrived at the airport in Bangkok until we reached the business class lounge in Hongkong, everything was just perfect. The first class mini-suites, the food and the service... I just wished the flight had been longer.

 

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