Due to an ongoing 1-for1 promotion, going to Bangkok was an affordable S$162 per person (inclusive of checked-in luggage). If it weren’t for the promotion, I would have never have thought of taking Tiger Airways, let alone going to Bangkok for a short getaway.
Without promotions, Jetstar seems to be offering the lowest for most places and without any promotion taking Jetstar would have cost about S$230++. Likewise, without promotions Tiger would have cost around the range of S$250++ for the same dates, depending on the options (luggage weight, food, insurance selected).
Tiger Airways would be the 2nd budget airline that I have taken so far. And as far as budget goes, Tiger Airways seems to be ok with the usual budget ‘privileges’ where you have to pay for every addition from food and drinks to check-in luggage weight accordingly.
The day arrived and we made our way to Changi Airport with our luggage in tow. Check-in was a smooth process and very straight forward. Thank goodness PrincessyLee had checked-in online, saving us the pain of having to queue with just 45 minutes or so to spare (it was a very long queue!). We made it to the gate just in time and since it was a long walk in (thinking we had no time we actually run all the way in), no breakfast for us.
In the end, we ordered a chicken sandwich and a can of root beer to share mid flight. The stewardess even took the initiative to ask if we would like to have the chicken sandwich heated, which was a pleasant surprise. Everything was pretty standard, from the boarding to the flight attendants (who were polite).
After being in the air for about 3 hours, we landed on time into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. There are 2 airports in Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi Airport, the city's main international airport and Don Mueang International Airport, the 'old' Bangkok international airport. Tiger Airways lands and departs from Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is currently the main hub for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways and Orient Thai Airlines. It also serves as regional gateway and connecting point for various foreign carriers and is located about 25 kilometers from the city, Bangkok.
The flight service crew were a friendly smiley bunch, which made the flight all the more durable. Overall it was a decent flight, and while it was nothing fancy (it is budget after all) the aircraft was clean and tidy, and service rendered was polite and responsive. Cabin pressure was also better (than JetStar).
|At Suvarnabhumi Airport though immigration to luggage collection|
We had arrived around noon at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. To get to Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok, we took the BTS (Bangok’s version of a subway - the city line) to the nearest station (Ratchaprarop Station) and walked about 10-15 minutes to the hotel. But not before getting our DTAC Happy Tourist Prepaid SIM Card of course. ^^
|BTS Ticket Vending Machine: Don't worry there's English, so there shouldn't be ant problems.|
|The BTS City Line heading towards Ratchaprarop Station|
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