Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Julie Miller tha­iair­

FLIGHT NUM­BER: TG936 ROUTE: Bangkok to Vi­enna

AIR­CRAFT: B777-300ER CLASS: Royal Silk Busi­ness SEAT: 16J

DU­RA­TION: 11 hours 30 min­utes

Thai Air­ways’ new­est route, Bangkok to Vi­enna, is great news for trav­ellers headed to Cen­tral or East­ern Europe, with the gra­cious Aus­trian cap­i­tal the gate­way to a fas­ci­nat­ing part of the world. Af­ter a bliss­ful foot mas­sage in Su­varn­ab­humi Air­port’s Royal Or­chard Spa (a lovely touch, com­pli­men­tary for Royal Silk Busi­ness Class guests), I’m ready for some shut­eye soon af­ter the 1.30 am take-off, which is thank­fully made pos­si­ble by the 777’s comfy, fully flatbed pods. There’s ad­e­quate stor­age (in­clud­ing a hook for my jacket) and a USB out­let is handy for phone charg­ing. But be­fore sleep, there’s some Veuve Clic­quot Brut to in­dulge in – this is Busi­ness Class af­ter all! – as well as Thai’s new Sam­rab menu, a se­lec­tion of small, spicy Thai dishes de­signed to com­ple­ment each other in flavours. I find the movie se­lec­tion on­board a lit­tle lim­ited, but af­ter one new re­lease I’m ready to curl up and snooze any­way, aided by an eye-mask pro­vided in the sweet silk ameni­ties bag (which also con­tains slip­pers, earplugs and Thaimade or­ganic toi­letries). Wake me in snowy Vi­enna!

The ver­dict: For sleep­ing and din­ing, Thai’s hos­pi­tal­ity shines – though its en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem is not as ex­ten­sive as some com­peti­tors.

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