A First Timer’s Guide to Departing Bangkok in Thai Airways First Class
I’m super excited about Chris of Do It For The Points upcoming trip to Asia! Even more so since I managed to convince him he needed to try to get on Thai Airways First class for his flight out of Bangkok.
Thai Airways First Class Lounge in Bangkok should be on everyone’s “bucket list.” It is so over the top that everyone should experience it once in their life (or in my case, every time they fly out of Bangkok).
I was rather overwhelmed and intimidated my first time and wouldn’t have been able to make the most of it had a friend not prepared me in advance, so Chris (and anyone else I’ve convinced), this is for you!
1. Arrive at least 3-4 hours before your flight so you have time to experience everything! And yes, it’s worth shaving a few hours out of your siteseeing, the lounge is far more interesting and unusual.
2. When you arrive at the airport, make sure your driver stops at the very first door, the one for Royal Silk/First Class. This is so the uniformed Thai Airways porters can come get your luggage and guide you to the check in area. If your driver, like mine half the time, decides to go to the next door, you’ll need to wheel your own luggage through the first door and take a sharp left.
3. The first class check in area won’t look like a check in area, you walk through the opening and see comfortable couches with no site of a check in desk. Someone will come greet you, lead you to a couch, and take your passports and checked luggage. While they’re gone, someone else will bring you an iced welcome drink and cold towel. A few minutes later they will return with your boarding pass and luggage receipt.
4. Next they will walk you through priority security and on to immigration desks that exist only for First and Business Class passengers = no wait.
5. When you get through immigration, you’ll ignore the ramp to the gates and instead descend the escalator to the Thai Airways lounges.
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