RTW to Bali: Thai Airways Business Class DPS-BKK


After cooling off long enough in the Premier Lounge, Joann and I made the humid walk to our gate where there was a queue for checking. Although there was no separate line for Business, we were through in a short few minutes.

DPS (Denpasar) – BKK (Bangkok)
2 SEP 2012
Airbus A330-300
Business Class

Seats 14A,14B

Thai’s A330 only features two classes – Business and Economy. I booked us into Business on this flight and First on the next three so the one-way United award from South Asia to USA cost 70,000 miles per person. It was a 10k mile premium over Business Class all the way and it was easily worth it.

The 2-2-2 configuration was perfectly suitable for a four hour flight. The seats were of the angled lie-flat variety. They were shell seats which was great because no one reclined into our personal area. Nothing out of this world but comfortable enough for catching a midday nap after eating.

Thai Airways A330 Angled Lie Flat

Thai Airways A330 Angled Lie Flat


The rest of the cabin

Upon settling in our seats, we found a very thick Thai Airways-branded blanket and a Crabtree & Evelyn amenity kit. The amenity kit was unisex and nothing special. The blanket was awesome; wish I could have taken one home for a couch throw!


Crabtree & Evelyn amenity kit


Thai Airways blanket

Shortly after that, the FA stopped by with hot scented towels and a choice of pre-departure beverages. We chose some Laurent-Perrier champagne over the orange and apple juices.

Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne

Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne

A few minutes after takeoff, the seat belt sign was turned off and the meal service began. The food was pretty good, but nothing to write home about.


Shrimp Shumai & more champagne




Grilled dory fish with citrus honey sauce


Grilled prawn with ginger sauce


Fruit & Cheese Plate


Creme brulee & Coffee

After dinner, I perused the In-Flight Entertainment but found the selection to be pretty poor. I just kept the noise cancelling headphones on (which worked well to eliminate the engine drone) and put my seat flat to nap for a little.

When I woke up, we were already on approach to Suvarnabhumi Airport, the city of Bangkok well lit early in the evening.

Overall, this short-haul Thai flight in Business Class was a great experience – much better than any US flight in domestic First, that’s for sure.

6 Comments RTW to Bali: Thai Airways Business Class DPS-BKK

  1. travel_abstract

    Nice and concise flight report. That is a great business class product and I can only dream of the US ever getting something like it for their domestic service.

  2. Dave

    Great article my Nephew is flying this route in reverse (BKK to DPS) when I bring him and his GF out to Bali for a trip in June. Should also be interesting since this will also be his first time flying and he’s going from SFO to DPS with the overnight in BKK. The US companies should take note how much better their Asian carriers are compared to them in terms of service and product offerings.

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