Just a week back, I made a short trip up to Bangkok. This trip was flown on a combination of Scoot B787-8 and Singapore Airlines new B787-10, which are both the shortest and longest aircraft in the Dreamliner family. Both flights would also be flown in the premium cabin of the airlines.
The flight up was flown on Scoot, and check-in was DIY with boarding pass issued via the self-check-in machine.
Using my Priority Pass, went to The Green Market to grab a dinner. Priority Pass members are entitled to a set meal each. The Japanese set meals were of high quality, and certainly beats the lounge food.
It was then a long trek to Gate E12 for the flight.
11 October 2018 Scoot TR 868 Singapore (SIN) - Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) B787-8 9V-OFA ScootBiz Flight Time: 1H54M
Scoot's first B787-8 aircraft would be flying this sector to DMK, and onwards to Narita.
Boarded the aircraft and proceeded to my seat at 3K, which is the last row of the 21-seater ScootBiz cabin. Seats were cladded in leather with adjustable headrest and legrest.
Seat pitch at a comfortable 38".
Simple controls for seat recline and calf support.
Call button and overhead lighting control at the side of the seat. There was also power outlets (complimentary for ScootBiz) under the center armrest.
Boarding in progress via Door 1 only
It was drizzly weather outside.
ScootBiz would only be about half full on this short sector.
Inflight magazine, entertainment guide, onboard shopping and BOB menu.
A look at the Scoot fleet.
Welcome beverage, in the form of a pre-cupped water, was offered. Our pre-booked meal selection was also confirmed.
All ready to go. We pushed back and taxied to Rwy02C.
Took off into the night.
Shortly after takeoff, the crew came round and offered the IFE access code for ScootBiz pax's complimentary access into the wifi streaming IFE system.
Meal was served individually from the galley. My pre-booked premium meal of Nasi Goreng with Chicken Satay was served with a starter and ice-cream dessert. For drinks, I had the apple cider from the BOB beverage menu, which is complimentary with the premium meal.
The ham and potato salad was meh….
However, the Nasi Goreng with Chicken Satay was hot and tasty! I strongly believe that the chicken satays were exactly the same ones served on SQ Business Class.
Nothing can go wrong with Haagen Dazs ice-cream!
After the meal service was wrapped up, the cabin lights were dimmed into a blue hue.
Visit to the very basic but clean lavatory.
For the remainder of the flight, I tried to access and download the IFE system, but for some reasons, it could not be downloaded. No worries, it was only a short flight and most of the newer movies were watched on previous flights.
Approach and landing into Don Mueang Rwy21R right on schedule.
Luckily, immigration queues were short and we were on our way via Grab to our hotel in no time. Stayed at AETAS Lumphini on this trip. Rooms are big, modern and clean, though beds are a bit on the harder side but still comfortable for a good sleep. The hotel is also conveniently located just beside Lumphini metro stop.
Views from the room the next morning.
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A heavy brunch at Northeast Restaurant near the hotel. This restaurant is popular with locals and tourists alike, and would be suitable if you would prefer less spicy Thai food as the spiciness of most dishes have been toned down. However, the food is still delicious!
Visit to Emquartier.
A gigantic Thai Tea Shaved Ice at Lukkaithong. A popular dessert, but not cheap.
After a foot massage, dinner was had back at Northeast restaurant. Again, very tasty dishes with large portions.
Brunch at OrTorKor Market the next day before proceeding to Chatuchak for shopping.
Seafood dinner at Laem Cha-Reon Seafood at Silom Complex. The fried snapper was delicious!
Visit to Talad Neon Night Market near Pratunam.
There is an eatery in the market where patrons would fish out live prawns from the 'waterway' and grill them on the spot. Rather cruel way of eating if you ask me.
On the last day, we had an awesome lunch at Greyhound café.
Singapore - SIN
Bangkok - DMK
It was a comfortable short flight in ScootBiz. Though it is not a true Business Class experience, the fares are not of "Business Class" level as well, and hence is a pretty affordable way to fly in some comfort on short-mid haul flights.
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