Review: Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse C West

Introduction: To Bangkok For The Weekend
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
Thai Airways A330 Business Class Hong Kong to Bangkok
Park Hyatt Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse D
Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse E
EVA Air Lounge Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse C East
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse C West
Thai Airways 747 Business Class Bangkok to Hong Kong


After visiting the East lounge, I thought my work would be bereft had I not rounded up my lounge visit by visiting the adjacent Concourse C West lounge. I went over to the other side of the hallway from the Concourse C East lounge, where the lounge was located.

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Exterior

I was checked in by a rather stone-faced lounge attendant, who pointed me into the lounge. To the side I spotted a luggage room, which was mostly unused.

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Luggage Room

The lounge featured older seating, which in many ways looked more comfortable than some of the other seating I’d seen in the other few Thai Airways lounges I’d visited.

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Seating

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Seating

Whe=ile the lounge was also one large room, it was slightly smaller, and there was a partition at the center of the lounge in what probably was an attempt to make the lounge seem slightly more private.

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Seating

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Seating

As was true with the other lounges, this lounge was pretty empty.

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Seating

While most of the chairs were decked out in purple cloth, there were some slightly more luxurious-looking chairs near the end of the lounge closer to the gates, which were leather-clad.

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Seating

While I wouldn’t design a lounge this way and I still felt that the lounge was cheaply decorated, I preferred the all-purple colour tones to the duller colour tones that I saw in some of the other lounges.

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Seating

It felt like a cigar bar at a Southeast Asian cult that you’d see back in the 90s (if that makes any sense).

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Seating

 Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Seating

While most seating faced each other with a table in the middle, there were some chairs isolated by the side, which would be good for people trying to kick back and stretch out (though less ideal for working, since there wasn’t an actual table in front).

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Seating

The food spread was identical to those in the other lounges, with cold options and Thai hot options.

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Food Spread

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Food Spread

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Food Spread

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Food Spread

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Food Spread

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Food Spread

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Food Spread

In addition to the seating described above, there were also private rooms by the side that were left unoccupied. While obviously reserved for VIPs, I wonder if you could use these rooms if no one was scheduled to use them on the day. (I also wonder what the point is to start with, given that the doors were made of glass, so you could see right into them – not to mention the puke-y colour scheme used.)

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Private Room

The lounge probably featured the most amenities out of all the lounges I’d visited. First of all there was a shower room, which was more or less identical to those in all the other lounges I’d visited, down to the Thann amenities.

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Shower Room

In addition I was happy to see a separate sleeping area, with actual beds (I hope they provide blankets, though, as the beds themselves seemed hard, and the pillows were economy-style).

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Sleeping Area

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Sleeping Area

Back in the main area I saw working cubicles, which were perfect for those who weren’t equipped with their own computer. I’ve forgotten if there were any cubicles that weren’t equipped with computers, so those with a laptop could have a comfortable place to work upright.

Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge Workstation

I appreciated that the lounge staff let me take pictures of basically everything I needed to in my short stay, and they were also courteous about it (I heard some whispers when I was taking pictures of the empty sleeping cubicles, but they were fine with my pictures, and smiled at me after I was finished).

I wasn’t at the lounge for very long, since I wanted to be first onboard. Soon enough I was on my way – I made my way down the travelator by the side to the end of the concourse, where our gate C10 was located. While I saw some interesting traffic on the way, I wasn’t able to photograph them due to how Bangkok Airport’s curvy windows are laid out.

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Concourse

Soon I reached the holding pen by gate C10, where there was a handful of people waiting for the flight. There wasn’t a priority lane to enter the holding pen, so there was a bit of a wait.

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Gate C10

I was giddy to have the chance to fly on a Thai Airways 747! While they used to be the backbone of longhaul flying, they’re now a rarity, unfortunately.

Thai Airways Boeing 747 Bangkok Airport

While boarding was scheduled to begin at 3:20 PM for our 4 PM flight, realistically it didn’t begin until 3:50 PM. I spotted the family I’d seen on the outbound traveling a disabled grandma, who boarded first before everyone else. However, after they boarded I was on my way quickly.

Bottom Line: Thai Airways Concourse C West Lounge

Thai Airways’ Concourse C West lounge is nothing to write home about, though I did think that it was the best out of all the Thai Airways lounges I’d visited. However, it’s still rather comedic that none of Thai Airways’ lounges at their hub airport individually measure up to the other two Star Alliance lounges.

I personally feel like if you put together the showers from this lounge and the Concourse E lounge, the nap rooms from this lounge, the spa and extra quirks (e.g. the playroom) from the Concourse D main lounge, and the seating from this lounge, you’d potentially get a decently competitive lounge. However, no one has time to schlep between lounges before boarding, and none of these lounges have the full package.

I’d probably head to the EVA Air lounge before my next Thai Airways flight (unless I really wanted a massage). I’ll think about the best Star Alliance lounges at Bangkok Airport, though, and compile a separate guide over Christmas on the best lounge to visit before a Star Alliance flight at Bangkok Airport.

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