Review: THAI Royal First Lounge and Royal Orchid Spa – Bangkok

After a wonderful flight from Munich, we arrived well rested a little after 1pm at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi  Airport.  Upon deplaning, we were immediately met at the end of the jet way by a THAI representative who quickly whisked us away on a golf-cart to transfer security and immigration.  In less than five minutes, we were checking into the THAI First Class Lounge.  We had about twelve hours to kill before our redeye flight to Shanghai, so we planned to mix some time in the lounge with a day trip into Bangkok.

THAI Royal First Lounge

THAI Royal First Lounge


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Upon arrival, we were escorted to a private living room across the wide hallway from the large lounge area.  The THAI First Class Lounge is beautifully laid out with tons of space.  There are several shower facilities, a nap room, plentiful lounges, work spaces, semi-private living rooms, a buffet area, and a full dining room.  Again, we opted for our own private living room, complete with a sofa, love seat, a couple chairs, a desk with computer, coffee table and a large, flat screen television.

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THAI Royal First Lounge at Bangkok

Huge TV in the Private Living Room

Huge TV in the Private Living Room

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Living Room in the THAI Royal First Lounge

Once we settled in, a waitress handed us a drink and food menu.  I ordered an iced tea, an order of pork shu mai and some Pad Thai while my friends cycled through the shower.  The iced tea was delicious, as was the Pad Thai.

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Pork Shu Mai

Pad Thai and Iced Tea in the Royal First Lounge

Pad Thai and Iced Tea in the Royal First Lounge

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Yummy Pad Thai

After relaxing for a bit, I made my way to the shower area to freshen up before our jaunt into the city.  The shower facilities were certainly adequate and contained everything one needs to freshen up after a night of flying.

We spoke with the Lounge Agents and arranged for them to hold our bags while we went into Bangkok for the day.  We were allowed access into the First Class Lounge despite our business class tickets on our Shanghai flight since we’d arrived from Munich in First Class.  My buddy who flew in economy was allowed in the lounge as my guest.

Upon returning from our day in Bangkok, I arranged a 60-minute spa session for myself at the THAI Royal First Spa.

Royal Orchid Spa -- Yes, a Spa.  In an airport lounge

Royal Orchid Spa — Yes, a Spa. In an airport lounge

The treatment started with warm towel and some tea.  There was a bit of confusion as to which treatment I was supposed to get since my onward boarding pass said I was in business class.  I questioned it and was allowed the full 60 minute massage, but instead of a full-body massage, I only got a neck / shoulder and leg / foot treatments.  No biggie, as I’m not a huge massage fanatic anyway.

Awaiting my massage

Awaiting my massage

Tea and a hot towel to begin

Tea and a hot towel to begin

Though they were very nice, I think I was expecting a bit more with everything I’d heard about the place.  Whatever the case, it was perfectly fine – I was getting  a massage in a First Class Lounge during a layover in Bangkok – that’s not a bad situation!

The Spa Treatment Room

The Spa Treatment Room

After the treatment, I enjoyed some warm tea, and relaxed for a bit before heading back to the First Class Lounge.

Relaxing with some hot tea after the treatment

Relaxing with some hot tea after the treatment

I was inexplicably hungry when I joined my friends back in our living room (we ate dinner out and about in Bangkok), so I ordered some green chicken curry over rice, and it was delicious.

Green Chicken Curry

Green Chicken Curry

Oddly enough, I was not in the mood for drinking much, so I had an iced tea while checking e-mail and relaxing before our flight.  About 45 minutes prior to our departure for Shanghai, we bid the THAI First Class Lounge farewell and headed to the gate.

 The Verdict…

THAI does an exceptional job with its ground services in Bangkok.  The facility was beautiful and spacious.  I thoroughly enjoyed the food spread and drink options, though I’d rate the drink selection below that of the Lufthansa First Class facilities at Frankfurt and Munich.  If you’re lucky enough to experience THAI Royal First Class either out of or in-transit through Bangkok, you’re definitely in for a treat – as it is certainly one of the best airport lounge experiences out there.

2 Thoughts on “Review: THAI Royal First Lounge and Royal Orchid Spa – Bangkok

  1. caveman on November 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm said:

    Thanks for the review. My flight in December is also in first class but the connecting onward flight is in business so I was not sure if I will be able to enter first class lounge. Also I heard, in my situation the massage will be half hour only. Although I think it is an extra nice perk but this massage thing is highly overrated as it is so cheap in Bangkok anyways.

    • Yes, TG should also escort you to the lounge. Re: the massage… they also told me 30 minutes, but I mentioned I was in F on my inbound… confusion ensued, but I ended up with a 60 minute massage. It wasn’t a big deal anyway, and hard to complain. A massage in an airport lounge… life is good.

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