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“A hidden gem...”
Review of Bangkok Airways


Reviewed 2 April 2024

Chiang Mai to Bangkok 1st April 2024. Aircraft A319. Easy booking, generous service from luggage to catering onboard. Preordered a special hot meal (free!) accommodated; additional meals provided upon inquiry. Ticket very reasonable, 47 USD. Free lounge access (dry, but an enormous effort to operate and it is well kept with snacks and soft drinks, checked luggage (+/- 20 kg), and got seat upgrade from the very back to the very front – without requesting, but they offered me firmly. Got a whole row 2 for myself despite the flight was basically full. Staff onboard were top-notch, polite and observant. A second hot meal was delivered on my tray table within 20 seconds (yes!). They chose a wonderful alternative to the first dish. Pleasure to be onboard with them. Got even flying mileage inserted to my Qatar Airways Privilege Club for the flight. Many advantages by this airline. Lot of staff on ground and in air, all very effective and helpful. What they generously delivered within an hours’ flight is unbelievable. Worth every penny. And, this was only a domestic flight. If they cross a border, they provide free flow of alcoholic drinks (wine and beer). We miss them back to Vietnam, but they were knocked out by Corona and LCCs.
Only three drawbacks are: 1. superfluous and useless online check-in; 2. No luggage transfers thru BKK (just as discount airlines) due to no real partners, interline agreements, alliances. 3. Bus driving from aircraft to Terminal very annoying and disturbs all the good points earned in the air.
Recommend them strongly, likely the best of the small airlines in SE Asia.

Date of travel: April 2024
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Thank anderspp
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Reviewed 2 April 2024

Everything was fine except the food on either of my flights (in and out of koh samui). The quality was not good and the noodles were hard (not cooked well enough). However, the service (free drinks & snacks) at koh samui airpot which is owned by Bangkok Airways was much appreciated.

Date of travel: March 2024
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Thank Kai T
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Reviewed 29 March 2024

Excellent airline departing from the fantastic Koh Samui airport to Phuket. Short fly but with a great service and acceptable food for the price. There was only an Economy class but for this short flight it didn't matter.
Flight was on time and well managed.

Date of travel: March 2024
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Reviewed 24 March 2024

Flight was booked as part of a greater flight that was code shared via Emirates. Check-in opened just over 2 hours before departure and quick and efficient check-in with little que. Boarding commenced a little late a gate that seemed to be at the extremity of Changi. The seat was comfortable and in a 3-3 arrangement and we were fortunate to be the only 2 in our row so had ample space. Although the ample seat leg room would ensure there was sufficient room should the 3rd seat be occupied. The tasty meal started service straight after take off and was complete and tidied up about half way through the flight. Friendly cabin crew seemed to deal with any queries from other passengers. Departures from the plane was trouble free and the little open air transfer vehicles from the airport to the small picturesque terminal added to the holiday feel. No issues with luggage , which had been taken off the small carousel and were waiting for us after clearing the efficient immigration procedure.

Date of travel: March 2024
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Thank 137keithy
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Reviewed 24 March 2024

I am a frequent flyer with Bangkok Airways, Asia’s Boutique Airline and have flown routes between Ko Samui – Bangkok and Bangkok – Yangon. It is one of the most efficient airlines in Asia. I always have a great experience flying with them. The check-in at Suvarnabhumi Airport is very smooth. One can self-check in and print out the boarding pass on the spot. Bangkok Airways very own Koh Samui airport which is without doubt the best airport of its kind has more than 60% beautiful landscaping and the waiting area had a lot of greenery and ponds all around. You can enjoy complimentary snacks, various coffee, water, and drinks while waiting. The boarding is very comfortable, but you can expect delays. So, if you have a connecting flight or ferry to other city or islands it is better to make some gaps to be safe. The aircraft are well maintained (Airbus 319). On-board service was excellent with a delicious meal even on a short one-hour flight. The crew was very polite, well-groomed, and efficient.

Date of travel: March 2024
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