THERE are few things worse in the world of travel than arriving too early to check into your hotel. In the case of Bangkok, T&I heartily recommends Qantas flight QF23 from Sydney, which departs at 12.15pm and gets you into the Thai capital at 6.50pm. Once you are through immigration and customs, peak-hour traffic should have cleared and you’ll be at your hotel for dinner at a respectable hour. Qantas operates an Airbus A330-200 on the route with business class configured as three pairs of two seats across the cabin, and passengers receive kits patterned with a Florence Broadhurst design and containing Malin+ Goetz toiletries. If you return to Sydney in business class on the QF24 overnighter, ask for pyjamas with the flying kangaroo logo. More: qantas.com.au.