After an incredible week of fun in Bangkok it was time to begin our journey home at the Thai Royal Silk Lounge in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport before our Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul. We opted for the Royal Silk Lounge in Concourse E, the closest lounge to our gate, and settled in for some pre flight rest and relaxation!
The Royal Silk lounge is long and narrow with armchair seating and low tables. The decor is quite dated but comfortable and the lounge was quiet when we arrived for our late evening flight to Istanbul. We chose some seats overlooking the airport concourse and that had the much coveted lounge essential: a power supply!
The lounge accommodates up to 168 passengers and has a buffet bar, showers and a business corner with computers. The lounge filled up as the evening progressed and was very busy by the time we left to board our flight.
Thai Royal Silk lounge:
The airport view:
Priority Pass Lounges
A Priority Pass membership allows you to access Priority Pass lounges whoever you fly with no matter your class of travel. Anyone who flies regularly should seriously consider joining Priority Pass as their lounges significantly improve the travel experience. We love the app which allows you to check in at each lounge and overall the quality and availability of lounges around the world are very good. We’ve personally used Priority Pass for the past few years and highly recommend it.
There are three options available, standard, standard Plus and Prestige. We recommend the Prestige pass for frequent travellers (it’s the one we use!) which offers unlimited visits throughout the year.
Food and Drinks
The food and drink offering was the standard airport selection and featured a variety of hot food and cold pastries and sandwiches as well as a chicken noodle soup.
The bar had a good selection of spirits, beer and soft drinks but I was surprised by the lack of wine. The Thai lounge is the first business class lounge I’ve visited that didn’t have any wine and it transpired that the The Thai lounges in the C and E concourse don’t serve it.
There were 4 computers in the business area at the back of the lounge and wi-fi was available throughout the entire lounge. There were also spacious and clean showers available for passengers in the lounge.
The lounge is slightly dated and the furniture well worn but it was still comfortable and the lounge was a pleasure when it was quieter earlier in the evening. While it’s always nice to have a lounge to relax in prior to a flight the Thai offering was unremarkable especially for the flagship airport of a major carrier.
Read more about our Turkish Airlines Bangkok to Istanbul flight here!
Thai Royal Silk Lounge, Concourse E
Access: We accessed the Thai Royal Silk Lounge as Turkish Airlines Business Class passengers. Rules for access are as follows:
- Royal Silk Class passengers departing on a same day Thai Airways international flight
- Business Class passengers departing on a same day Star Alliance flight
- Royal Orchid Plus Gold and Star Alliance Gold card holders departing on a same day Star Alliance flight