Bangkok Airways likes to brand itself as Thailand's "boutique airline." What that basically means is, it's not affiliated with Thai Airways (as Nok is) and it offers the very cute extra of complimentary lounges for all flyers. We only hit up the tiny one at Phuket, with its free nibbles and juices, but peeked in back at Bangkok and BKK definitely has all the space. Next time!
Also, unlike Nok Air with its flights from the city's "second" airport of Don Mueang (DMK), Bangkok Airways sticks with the main international hub of Suvarnabhumi (BKK), eliminating the need to cross town in the middle of the night to switch airports to catch our later United flight to Tokyo-Narita.
Onboard we sadly remember little apart from the vibrant colors of the flight crew uniforms, the nice little complimentary lunch tray that was handed out around 10pm, and being assigned an exit row with extra legroom (because we were taller than most everyone else?)
Would we fly Bangkok Airways again? Absolutely. The price was right, the flight on their A320 did exactly what we expected it to, the crew were smiling despite the late hour and hectic Thai 747 departure that gunked up the Phuket gate area, and the BKK hub location is ideal. Thumbs up.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]