During our approach to Suvarnabhumi Airport, I started to think of what other travel bloggers had mentioned regarding the Thai Airways Royal First Lounge in Bangkok. I had heard it was one of the best First Class lounges in the world. Needless to say, I was excited.
We landed and deplaned first. With eager eyes, we stepped into the artificial light of BKK and this was the first thing we saw:
The Thai Airways buggy that shuttles First Class passengers through the airport! Hilarious yet totally awesome. Our ride was at MOST 60 seconds, but it was still nice being driven past the onlookers and escorted to the front of whatever line we came to. Joann and I just laughed at how funny we must have looked in that little golf cart.
The Thai Airways Royal First Lounge
After the short ride, our driver handed us off to another Thai Airways agent who escorted us into the famed Royal First Lounge.
The desk agent welcomed us into the lounge and yet another agent brought us into the main seating area. I immediately inquired about a private room, but there were none available at the time. She said she would reserve one for us as soon as it became available.
We just took a seat on the plush couches in the regular seating area. Immediately, a server brought us welcome drinks and cold scented towels. Of all the scented towels we’d been given on the trip, these were #1.
She also brought two iPads that had the menus on them. Pretty neat and a really extensive menu. We ordered a few things and also inquired about massages at the Royal Orchid Spa. She assured us that it could be taken care of whenever we’d like.
We placed our food order and the server informed us that we could now move into a private room. It would be plenty of room for a family of four; for us two, it was grand. It featured a flat screen TV, a computer workstation, and a few couches and chairs.
Our food would take a little while so we decided to just hang out, drink some champagne, and wait for our massage appointment. After a short while, a server stopped by to let us know we could follow her to the spa for our complimentary treatments.
The Royal Orchid Spa
We walked to the far end of the Royal First Lounge, through some doors, and then through the Royal Orchid (Business Class) Lounge. The spa was across the terminal corridor, opposite the Royal Orchid Lounge.
When we entered, the desk agents already had our information handy. She directed us toward a menu of spa treatments. First Class passengers have a choice of hour-long treatments while Business Class passengers can choose from 30 minute treatments.
For more information on this spa, click here.
Joann and I both chose the standard full-body, Touch of Silk, massage. We each had our own spa suites. These suites were much nicer than what we’re used to at the spas back home. They were more on par with luxury spas like those you’d find at a St. Regis or Four Seasons.
The actual massage was awesome. It was on par with the massages we pay for a few times a year. And to think, this was completely FREE! Living the good life, for sure.
After an amazing hour-long full body massage, I was fully relaxed and ready to freshen up and head back to the lounge to eat! The masseuse said to take as long as I needed and just left me to my own devices. It was definitely time for a shower.
Seriously, there’s something about showering in an airport lounge that just makes it feel better. Showering in a SPA in the airport… that’s just next level.
After the shower, I met up with Joann who was also thoroughly pleased with her massage. We went back to the Royal First Lounge and the server told us she’d bring our food right over because it was ready.
Obligatory food picture time!
The rest of time until our 12:30AM flight to Zurich was spent just relaxing in the private room – drinking, napping, and surfing the Internet. I would have no problem with long layovers if lounges were this nice all over the world! 5.5 hours went by like nothing.
The rest of the lounge isn’t anything mind-blowing, but, just in general, the Thai service is great. The lounge also features a well sealed smoking room and very spacious individual bathrooms, again with L’Occitane amenities. We may or may not have snagged some extra L’Occitane lotion 😉
Leaving the Lounge
Another nice feature of flying in premium cabins and getting into premium lounges is that you often don’t have to worry about departure and boarding times… the agents handle that for you. So about 30 minutes before our flight, an agent came to get us and walk us to our gate.
No buggy this time (darn) because the gate was close enough to walk to. Joann and I were pretty surprised not only that the agent walked us to the gate, but she walked us all the way to the boarding doors. What a nice way to be escorted!
The Overall Ground Experience at BKK
Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend flying in a premium cabin to Bangkok and experiencing what Thai Airways has to offer on the ground. After reading so many trip reports about this lounge from other bloggers, I thought our expectations would be too high and it might be a letdown. It absolutely wasn’t; it was a perfect 10 in every way.
If you find yourself routing through SE Asia on Star Alliance, make sure you build in a stop in Bangkok and leave enough time to enjoy the good life!