Review: Thai Airways - Royal Orchid Lounge - Chiang Mai Airport


Trip Report Index:

Introduction
China Eastern - Business Class - Boeing 777-300ER - New York JFK to Shanghai PVG
China Eastern - Lounge 36 - Shanghai Pudong Airport
China Eastern - Business Class - Airbus A320neo - Shanghai PVG to Chiang Mai CNX
Thai Airways - Royal Orchid Lounge - Chiang Mai Airport
China Eastern - Premium Economy - Airbus A320neo - Chiang Mai CNX to Shanghai PVG
China Eastern - Business Class - Boeing 777-300ER - Shanghai PVG to New York JFK

Lounge Details:

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge
Chiang Mai Airport - International Terminal
Open from 5:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Check-In:

The China Eastern check-in counter was a zoo. Luckily, we hold status on Delta granting us SkyPriority access. That lane had no one in it.

Our check-in was quick and the agent let us know we would have access to the Thai Airways Orchid Lounge, as a contracted lounge for China Eastern due to our status.

Location:

The Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge in the International Terminal is located past immigration and security near gate 8.

Amenities / Food Services:

When we arrived at the lounge, the woman checking us in requested to hold on to our passports and boarding passes, but motioned us in. She said she would return them once she was ready. We would only have about a half hour in the lounge, so it was nice that we could enter quickly.

The lounge was relatively small, but completely empty when we went in.


In the middle, there was a small food buffet with packaged sandwiches.


On the other side were desserts.


Up against the wall were some hot options.


For a small lounge, there was quite a spread of beverages.


And some on a counter, too.


I didn't have anything to eat as I was pretty full from lunch before the airport. The lounge had okay views of the tarmac.


I could see our plane in the bottom right corner of the window. I sat down to relax and our passports were returned. A moment later, the agent asked to borrow them again. I'm not sure what was going on, but it was kind of weird. As we waited, a few more passengers showed up. Since the lounge was quite small, it began to feel crowded. We didn't have a ton of time, so I checked out the bathroom right before we left.


The bathroom was clean and stocked with hand soap and lotion. It was not anything special. About 45 minutes before our flight, we left the lounge and headed into the crowded terminal.

Bottom Line:

I did not expect to have lounge access at Chiang Mai Airport. It was a nice surprise to have a quiet place to spend a half hour before we boarded our flight. I would not go out of my way to arrive at the airport early for this, but if you find yourself with some time, it's right by the gates.

All images from the author.

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