Thai airways surprisingly has some inexpensive business class flights on short haul routes within Southeast Asia.  I was able to book a Thai Airways business class seat aboard a 777 going from Kuala Lumpur to Kolkata with a 24 hour layover in Bangkok for about $300.  Not a bad deal for about 5 hours of flying with the added benefit of being able to tour Bangkok for a day.

a plane on the runway at night


I found this flight by searching as I was trying to find a connection with a long layover.  Google flights is the easiest flight search tool for finding all the various flights between two destinations.  Once you find your itinerary, a link will be provided to the airline’s website or other 3rd party websites.

a row of seats on an airplane

Thai Airways 777 Business Class Seats


Thai Airways 418
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Bangkok (BKK) to Kolkata (CCU)
Cabin: Business
Seat: 15J and 15K
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300

a screen on a plane

Plane Atmosphere

The shiny futuristic looking purple business class seats were pretty cool, and even though it was a 2-3-2 arrangement, the cabin still felt pretty open.  For most of the flight, the lights were dimmed which I appreciate on a night flight.

a row of seats in an airplane

Thai Airways 777 Business Class Cabin

seats in an airplane with a row of seats

Good amount of legroom


For a short flight, I was surprised about the amount of leg room and the angled lie-flat seat.  By the time I finished the meal, I only had about an hour to recline and take a nap.  The seats were comfortable, a bit narrow, but way better than what I was expecting on a two hour flight.

a seat with a pillow on it

Thai Airways Business Class Seat

a seat with buttons on it

Seat Controls

a pair of headphones on a table

Noise Canceling Headphones

a remote control in a box

TV Remote


The food was pretty average on this flight but still flavorful enough.  I would assume on longer flights the food options would be better and have more options.

a tray of food on a table

Business Class Meal

a can and a glass of liquid on a table

I like to try coca cola around the world. Its interesting how it tastes a bit different depending on the country.


In conclusion, Thai Airways has inexpensive short haul business class flights within Southeast Asia.  If a long layover is possible, it is well worth the effort to tour Bangkok en route to your next destination.  The above average business class seats on Thai Airways short haul routes are well worth the extra cash, if you are able to find a good deal.

an airplane parked at an airport

Thai Airways A380


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