Review: Thai Airways Royal Silk (Business class), Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur


In this review I travelled Thai Airways Royal Silk (Business class), Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur on a Boeing 777-300. Towards the end of 2016, I had the opportunity to take a morning flight on Thai Airways from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur. The flight was in Royal Silk class, which is the term that Thai Airways uses for their Business Class.

The Thai Airways 777-300 features 5 rows of business class seats. The first row had 6 seats across, in a 2-2-2 format, which the second to fifth row had 7 seats across, in a 2-3-2 format. There are 330 seats in Economy Class, which is arranged in a 9 seats a row, 3-3-3 format.

I was seated at 11K, which is actually the furthest right seat by the window on the first row of the plane. Being the bulkhead seat, I had ample leg space. However, my monitor screen was one of those which had to be pulled from the side of the seat. The other rows of the business class seat has a 60 inch pitch. The seats are 20 inches wide, and can be reclined into a 70 inch angled flatbed. Each seat also came with a big pillow. The seat controls were on the side of the seat. There is also a reading light, as well as a power socket on the bottom side of the seat.

Upon boarding, I was offered a hot towel, beverages options, the food menu and the headphones which was sealed in a plastic case. I chose a glass a champagne, which was Duval-Leroy Brut Pur Chardonnay. I also turned on the entertainment system to watch some TV series and put on the earphones, which were comfortable, but not noise cancelling.

Shortly after, we took off from the airport. After reaching cruising altitude, the stewardesses came around to take our meal orders. As this was a morning flight, the meal options were also breakfast meals. I ordered the western option – the omelette and sausage. The meal was presented on porcelain plates on a tray. There were also fruits and yogurt, as well as jam and butter. The stewardesses then came around with a bread basket, from which I chose a croissant. I also had a cup of coffee to go with my food.

The meal was quite decent, and after the meal I had more coffee. There were other options available from the drinks menu, such as 2 white wines and 2 red wines and various other liquor. As it was early in the morning, I opted to not drink much alcohol. After the meal service, the stewardesses cleared the table and soon began the inflight shopping announcements.

I spent the rest of the flight lounging in my seat and watching TV series. The in flight entertainment selection were decent, with a good amount of movies and TV series. As the flight was relatively short at slightly over 2 hours, I opted to not watch a movie as I might not finish it in time.

We landed in Kuala Lumpur after almost 2 hours. Overall, the seat was an average short-haul business class seat, and the food was decent. I had no issues or complaints, and for a short-haul business class route, I would not mind taking Thai Airways again.

This review was written by Luxury Travel Diary contributor Lenard Lim.