Note: I did not take as many pictures as I hoped for, or should have. I blame the lack of experience in planning for a proper review but also the fact that all of this adventure was so surreal and enjoyable that I did not think much of it and just tried to take as much of the experience in as I could.
We arrived at BKK on a stormy night (22:30) pretty much on schedule and parked at a remote stand. At the bottom of the stairs, a TG ground staff was holding a sign with our names on it. A couple and I were directed towards a small shuttle. We waited for a few minutes for the couple's assistant (who was flying Y) to join us. All other passengers boarded a transfer bus back to the terminal. After a short, yet interesting ride under the very large terminal, we were led back inside the building through a service door. During that short ride, I learned that the assistant would be travelling business class on the party's next flight and the couple appeared to request that he joins them to the F lounge. Although I was happy that the assistant was provided with some comfort, I stopped eavesdropping and focused on the views of the beautifully lit aircrafts at this hour of the night.
We entered the terminal very close to a security check area. Whereas there were no dedicated lines for F passengers, we were very kindly and expressly helped through the process by TG ground staff. Once through security, we boarded a cart on our way to the TG First Class Lounge, full speed and honking (that left to be desired, a bit).
Shortly after entering the lounge, a TG attendant greeted me by name and as she was walking me through the beautiful hallway of the lounge, she enquired whether I was interested in a massage at the Royal Orchid Spa. Experiencing this level of service while travelling was a first for me. My flight to LHR was not scheduled for another 150 minutes and she informed me that I would have plenty of time to enjoy the SPA and the lounge. After a few minutes, during which I was served champagne, she came back to confirm my appointment at 23:30.
TG First Class Lounge
I unwound with champagne in one of the comfortable lounge chairs and, at 23:20 was led to the SPA and offered an excellent cold tea and refreshing oshibori. The massage room was as described by others, very nicely decorated, with all modern bathroom amenities. We were ready to start! I appropriately dressed myself with a fashionably acceptable black mesh underwear and enjoyed a relaxing massage, perfect to relieve all tension accumulated during the previous week of work.
I went back to the lounge and patiently waited for my flight in one of the alcoves, while catching up on some reading.
It was already boarding time. After a combination of cart driving and walking to reach our gate, I was one of the first to board, which allowed me to take a few pictures of the cabin.
An orchid, some chocolate and a rimowa amenity kit were waiting at my seat. Shortly after I arrived, our flight attendant came to introduced herself, help me with my jacket and offered me a drink, Dom Perignon it was. For the duration of the flight, her kind presence was felt but she offered a level of service, which to me, neared perfection as I barely noticed it; whatever was required, appeared at the proper time. En français, le meilleur service est celui qui sait se faire oublier, that was it.
Suite 2K offers a lot of privacy
As general boarding proceeded downstairs, the F cabin slowly filled with passengers. It was full that night. I was offered PJ and visited the lavatory on the front port side of the cabin.
Back at my seat, it was time to look at the menu for tonight.
And we took off.
I was offered a free 20MB internet pass, which worked pretty well, just enough to send a couple of pictures home.
Dinner started with caviar…
and proceeded with prawns (ordered off the menu before the flight), cheese and dessert. Although THAI sometimes offers unique desserts on special occasions (anniversary dates, or His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun’s birthday), the dessert tonight was not meant to highlight anything. It was pretty, but of an appearance that was a bit too artificial for my taste.
After a few hours of decent sleep, I woke up above Poland.
Breakfast was served, THAI offers good espressos and cappuccinos, I tried both.
After a few hours, we were on our way down to LHR.
I had some time to kill while waiting for my flight to YOW (8h!) and visited all Star Alliance lounges available at the Queens' Terminal (T2). A few pictures of the Maple Leaf Lounge, where I showered and once refreshed, went for a bit of shopping.
Before boarding flight AC889 (767-300ER, Seat 8A classic pods) to YOW.
Thai Airways Royal First Class Lounge
Bangkok - BKK
London - LHR
I had an excellent time in F with Thai Airways. Departing from BKK offers the incredible experience of the First Class Lounge. Cabin is well designed and the seat comfortable. The service that night was excellent. Thanks for reading, comments are welcome to improve future reviews.
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