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Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Bangkok Review and Photos

 

Thai Airways' Royal Orchid Lounge in Bangkok Airport's E Concourse isn't the business class lounge we were originally given invitations to, when we checked in for our Asiana Business Class flight from Bangkok to Seoul. Instead we were given invitations to Thai Airways' Royal Silk Lounge. But when we arrived there and I asked about sleeping rooms, they immediately directed me to the Thai Royal Orchid Lounge, just across from it, which does have napping cubicles.

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Thai Airways is known for stellar ground service for its first class passengers, namely the Thai Airways Royal Orchid Spa in Concourse D, where Thai First Class passengers are treated to a 1 hour full body massage. But this time we weren't flying Thai Airways at all--instead we had a late night business class Asiana flight from Bangkok to Seoul, and my top priority was finding a quiet place the munchkin could like down and sleep for about 90 minutes before our flight.

After being directed there from the Royal Silk Lounge (which has no sleeping rooms) we presented our boarding passes and were welcomed in by the gracious staff at the lounge reception, who also explained where the nap cubicles were. You pass the seating areas on your right, which were quite crowded during our time there in the evening:

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Bangkok - Seating

 

There's a corridor on the left, before you get to the food area, leading to the bathrooms and a few shower rooms. Here's one of the shower rooms, as well as the aromatherapy bath amenities:

Shower Room, Thai Royal Orchid Lounge, Bangkok Airport

 

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Bangkok Review - Shower Room Bath Amenities

 

The food options, which I explored after settling the munchkin, were nothing special. There were the usual sandwiches, salad and fruit:

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Bangkok Review - Fruit and Sandwiches

 

Some savory pastries that had seen better days were under a heat lamp:

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Bangkok - Savory Pastries

 

Even less appetizing were trays of rice and a soupy stew:

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Bangkok Review - Rice and Stew

 

And some coconut cake and almond danish that didn't tempt my sweet tooth in the slightest were also on offer:

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Bangkok Review - Coconut Cake and Almond Danish

 

There were cold drinks in a refrigerated case, and also a coffee maker, which at least freshly ground the beans:

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Bangkok Review - Cold Drinks Case

 

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Bangkok Review - Coffee Maker

 

Had I been hungry at all, I most likely would have ladled some soup broth into one of these bowls with noodles and chicken:

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Bangkok Review - Chicken Noodle Soup

 

Towards the end of the seating area, we turned left, and found some business work desks on the left, and the nap rooms to our right:

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Bangkok Review - Business Work Desks

 

The nap rooms were basic, with vinyl covered beds and a pillow such as you might have found on an international economy flight back when pillows were still given out in economy class, but it was perfect for my purpose of finding a quiet place for the munchkin to rest until it was time to board our flight. And in fact he did pretty instantly fall asleep (thankfully he has a knack for sleeping in many less than ideal places, when he's tired enough).

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Bangkok Review - Nap Rooms

 

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Bangkok - Nap Room

 

The Verdict: While overall quite standard as international business class lounges go, the Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge has a major advantage over most business class lounges and even some first class lounges: sleeping nooks where one can lie down flat, not angled, and get some rest if not sleep. 

If you've been to the Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge in Bangkok, what was your experience?

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Picture?type=large Linda K. commented 23 Jun 2014
Hi Hilary, Minor question, but do sleep pods in lounges generally have locks on the doors? Be great for privacy as well as luggage storage while you wander around.
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 23 Jun 2014
Linda, that would be a great feature, but I've never seen it possible to lock a sleeping room and take the key with you, although some you can lock from the inside when you're in them. And these sleeping areas in Thai Airways' Royal Orchid Lounge don't even have doors, but I was just grateful to have these areas since it's quite rare for a business class lounge to have nap rooms at all.
User_avatar_default Deborah B. commented 24 Jun 2014
The LH and LX F lounges in Frankfurt and Zurich have rooms that lock. We were able to store our luggage in the sleep room in Zurich's LX F lounge. The lounge attendants at the front desk did keep our room key while we left the lounge for a while. The lounge was not particularly busy from my observation, so I imagine that is why we were able to use the room for a few hours. In our travels, the business lounge sleep areas are generally not terribly conducive to any hope of real sleep unfortunately. The Royal Orchid lounge actually looks to be the exception to this.
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 26 Jun 2014
Deborah, good to know that it was possible for you to lock your sleep room in the SWISS First Lounge in Zurich and store your luggage there. Unfortunately it's no longer possible to book SWISS First Class awards (unless you're a top-tier Miles & More elite member) but if the Lufthansa First Class Lounge also lets you store your luggage in a locked sleep room when you leave the lounge for awhile, that's a nice feature. While the THAI Royal Orchid lounge was nothing fancy, I definitely appreciated the sleeping area because my son was exhausted and he went right to sleep in a way he couldn't have in a lounge with only chairs.
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