Cosy interiors and exemplary service await you on board Vistara’s newly launched daily direct flight from Delhi to Bangkok. By Amitha Ameen
Since Bangkok is touted as one of the favourite destinations of Indian travellers, it is only natural that the city became the third international destination of Vistara airlines. And when I was invited to be on board their inaugural flight from New Delhi to Bangkok, I packed my bags with haste.
The elegant, contemporary interiors done up in royal aubergine and subtle grey catch your eye as you step inside. The attention to detail is impeccable— be it the mood lighting below the overhead cabin or the fresh fragrance that permeates the air. A dedicated closet for your jackets and a friendly cabin crew make you feel at home.
Vistara ensures you arrive at your destination relaxed, thanks to features like soft sheets, fluffy pillows, an extendable leg rest, and a height-adjustable headrest with wings. Vistara is also the only full-service carrier to provide Premium Economy seats on this route. When it comes to in-flight dining, I am usually wary, but on this flight, I couldn’t help but dig in. The grilled chicken with steamed vegetables was light yet satisfying—the perfect airline meal. For dessert, I chose a rich gooey chocolate cake and polished it off with Vistara’s signature cocktail.
Post the hearty meal and a nap, I landed at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. My host in Bangkok was the Centre Point Hotel Chidlom, located on Sukhumvit Road, where a sprawling penthouse offered amazing sky line views. Skipping some of the crowded tourist spots, I landed at Wat Saket, or The Temple of the Golden Mount, a stunning temple perched atop a hill that provides a 360° view of Bangkok. For shopping, I first headed to Thailand’s biggest mall, Icon Siam, and after burning a hole in my pocket, scoured one of the largest Chinatowns in the world, where I was welcomed by intricate lanes and colourful buildings.
As the sun set, I decided to explore the obvious. After all, the spirit of Bangkok is its nightlife. At Khaosan Road, a small strip between cramped buildings on either side, you find everything bizarre—from fried tarantulas to crocodile meat on a stick. Get a massage at one of the many parlours in the area. It is the most relaxing way to end an eventful day.