The Seat:Simple in every sense. Legroom is very tight here but if you’re on this aircraft, it’s likely that you won’t have to suffer for long. This was a 1 hour flight between Bangkok (BKK) and Trat (TDX) on our journey to Koh Chang, an island in eastern Thailand. (Because there is no airport on the island, you must fly to Trat and take a ferry). Recline and width are standard and the best of our research doesn’t show that any seat on this aircraft has a particular advantage over another with the exits being at the very front and back and a tight bulkhead.
Service: Not many airlines would even bother with a bag of pretzels on a quick flight like this one, but Bangkok (a Skytrax 4-stair airline) efficiently served us lunch with a smile. On the ground there was some waiting on our return flight as the agents printed out boarding passes on old-school dot matrix printers, but we were then treated to “lounge-like” service at the gate with complimentary finger sandwiches, snacks and beverages.
Summary: While my experience with Bangkok Airways is limited, my impression after this flight (and from the influence of frequent-flying friends in Thailand) is that this is a good bet for getting around Thailand despite pricier fares than offered by discounters like Thai Air Asia. On this route, it’s the only choice.
Rating: 3 hops (of 5).
Strategy: There’s no strategy in finding basic economy seats. Seats are assigned but if you want to get on the plane before the rest, just make sure you’re near the door of the gate-to-tarmac bus or trolly.
How I got it: bangkokair.com has improved in recent years and is less wonky than when I originally made this reservation. If it gives you any trouble (or just want to support modhop), use our link.