Thai Lion Air

Company information

Thai Lion Air is a relatively new airline, founded in 2013, and is an associate company of the Indonesia-based Lion Air. The airline is based in Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport, from where it serves 22 destinations across Thailand and Asia.

The airline has 25 planes in its fleet, carrying a maximum capacity of 215 passengers. The company's very first scheduled flight was between Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Routes served by Thai Lion Air

Thai Lion Air services domestic destinations across Thailand as well as international routes to airports in China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam. As with all flights, prices can change rapidly so plan ahead, but Thai Lion Air is almost always offers the most budget friendly options. The prices below are listed as a guide only and refer to flights from Don Mueang.

Most popular domestic destinations

For visitors looking to travel around Thailand, there are plenty of options with this airline. There are 11 departures to Chiang Mai each day, with a journey time of 1 ¼ hours and tickets available from around THB800. These flights depart throughout the day between 08.55-22.25. If you want to head to one of Thailand's famous beaches there are numerous scheduled flights to Krabi and Phuket every day, priced at around THB800.

Most popular iInternational destinations

If you want to pop over to Vietnam, that's easy as well. There are eight flights per week to Hanoi (at 10.00 and 17.35) and one every day leaving for Ho Chi Minh City at 05.25, with both taking less than two hours and priced from around THB1,100.

There are many options for those wanting to visit other countries within SE Asia as well. There are two departures daily to Singapore, at 07.40 and 15.40, taking around 2 ¾ hours, usually costing around THB1,800. There are also two flights every day making the one hour journey to connect Bangkok with Yangon in Myanmar (09.05 and 18.15), with prices often approximately THB1,200. The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, is further away but there is also a departure every day at 19.05, with the 3 ½ -hour flight costing about THB2,300.

Thai Lion Air also service destinations across China. There are around 10 departures each week to Guangzhou, with a journey time of just under three hours. Chengdu has one flight a day at 22.05, taking the same amount of time as flying to Guangzhou, with similar prices of close to THB2,300. Those looking to travel to Nanjing can expect to pay slightly more, maybe around THB3,000, but there are seven flights per week making the four hour journey.

Pros

The biggest benefit with travelling with Thai Lion Air is that checked luggage is included, even sports equipment! This is the case for both domestic flights, where you receive a complimentary 15kg of baggage, and international flights where this allowance increases to 20kg. You can, of course, pay a little bit extra if your luggage is heavier but this is a real money-saver!

Although the fares can sometimes be higher than some of their competitors, not having to pay for luggage can make the flight cheaper. Plus they also regularly offer promotional fares which can be great value.

Thai Lion Air also allow you to choose your seat for free, not something that some other budget airlines offer.

Cons

Unfortunately, Thai Lion Air does not offer complimentary food or drink on its flights. You can purchase snacks and drinks when on the plane but as anyone who has flown before will know, this isn't always the best quality and usually expensive.

The aircrafts also do not have any in-flight entertainment. Whilst this probably won't be an issue for very short domestic flights lasting an hour or two, on longer flights this can be a pain. It's best to have a good book handy!

Keep in mind

Thai Lion Air is a fairly new airline so the services are continuously being expanded and improved. If they don't fly to whichever destination you want to travel to, chances are they will in a year or two. So keep your eyes peeled for any new route announcements.

When travelling with children, it's worth bearing in mind that those over the age of two will be required to pay full price for their ticket. Infants, children under two years old, are typically charged at around 30% of a full fare.

Travellers reviews

Travellers are always pleasantly surprised to learn that luggage is included when they book a flight with Thai Lion Air. This is a pretty rare perk in Asia and unheard of in Europe where budget airlines will always charge for checked bags. This can often be almost as much as the flight itself! Many customers leave glowing reviews of the airline, almost solely based on the fact that they aren't required to pay additional fees for luggage.

Complaints about Thai Lion Air tend to focus on the size of the seats on their flights. Unfortunately, for many travellers of average height or above, it is likely to be a bit of a squeeze and may not make for the most comfortable flight. This shouldn't be too much of an issue with domestic flights but if you're travelling for four hours, from Bangkok to Nanjing for example, then this could be something to consider.

Finally, as is the case with airlines across the globe, delays are not uncommon. It's always worth leaving plenty of time if you have a connecting flight, just in case. This is especially true if you need to travel from Don Mueang International Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport, as Bangkok is notoriously busy at the best of times!

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Thai Lion Air Company Reviews

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714 / 21,169
5 392
4 195
3 65
2 27
1 35
99.7% of 21,169 travelers were presumably happy with Thai Lion Air as they left good or no review

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Apr 25, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Overall good
Apr 24, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Short flight, good staff and very helpful
Apr 22, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
No wing headrests, WTF?
Apr 22, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
They had those headrests with the little wing bits you could fold forward to cradle your head. A big plus for me!
Apr 20, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★☆☆☆
At the counter they told me I could only check in 10 kilo, the advertisement said 20 as well as my booking. I took stuff out and then the security took it because it was over 100ml. But I could keep some other things that where 125ml. If you complain about it they suddenly dont understand you. Very disappointing!
Apr 20, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
Thai lion air took an hour to get to don meuang from Chiang mai but it took another 45 mins to get off the plane,pickup checked baggage and walk out the door. Still,you get what you pay for.
Apr 20, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
30 minutes late plus 1 hour delay on bagagge otherwise ok
Apr 19, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
The wait at the ticket/bag drop was over an hour. Good thing we got there 2.5 hours early, because the plane also took off about 45 minutes early. However, security was super fast, so that saved us!
Apr 18, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Verry proffesional
Apr 16, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Comfortable plane, left on schedule. Pity, though, that even water must be paid for onboard, as in all SE airlines.
Apr 15, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
Krabi airport has no infrastructure, everybody is lost and there aren´t any information about the flight
Apr 15, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Awesome flight
Apr 15, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Amazing flight
Apr 14, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★☆☆☆☆
Never fly with Thai lion air again
Apr 14, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★☆☆☆☆
Got insect bites during the trip from Udon Thani to Hat Yai I was not really impressed.
Apr 6, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
The actual Thai lion flight was fine enough, the baggage and check in process was confusing and a little bit aggravating and all over the place. First we were allowed to carry our bags with us after weighing them, then they went back on it saying we had to pay 900 extra baht. In the end, we had to unpack and repack our luggage at the check in counter in order to comply and get on our flight. Not the worse thing that could have happened, but slightly confusing and inconvenient.
Apr 6, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
Plane was late. Airline communication with passengers was poor. Once we got going everything was fine
Apr 4, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
We were over an hour late getting to Phuket but Thai lion Air is the way to go. The plane was new with individual monitors with updated movies and TV shows. Staff were courteous and pleasant. We’ve traveled budget airlines in Asia and this one is great. I will be booking with Thai Lion Air for future travels.
Apr 1, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
Everything went smoothly, except I had difficulty finding the correct email check in desk. I would recommend booking through 12goasia
Mar 31, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
All perfect!
Mar 31, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★☆☆☆
Poor understanding english. Cabin crew was helpfull enough though.
Mar 27, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★☆☆☆☆
Still waiting in airport , flight should be 16:20 at check-in i was told that there is delay and flight is schedueled to 00:00. Didnt get any notification mail or call. Also got 100baht food ticket which is valid at burger king only where priceses for meal are 4x more.
Mar 26, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★☆☆☆☆
The flight was altered to 10am we were told the flight had been changed to 11.30 there for we along with about 30 other people missed the flight. We were transferred to the 20.20 flight so spent the whole day in airport, we were not given food vouchers or anything as we were told it was our agencies fault and not the airlines. We lost a whole day of our holiday.
Mar 25, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Thank you, the flight was good.
Mar 19, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
The flight was on time and costs a fare price. There isn't any service.
Mar 18, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
We had a good flight. Nearly on schedule time, 10 minuets late.
Mar 13, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★☆☆
Not even a glass of water free and no space for western legs!
Mar 13, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
The airports are too freezy
Mar 11, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
smooth trip. Flight departure and arrival punctual. excellent on-board service.
Mar 11, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★☆☆☆
Airplane engine would not start, had to taxi back to the gate and wait 2 hrs till they fixed it....... Then we boarded the plane again... Not the safest procedure in my thoughts.... They do not have other planes???
Mar 11, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Everything was good. I am happy with the service.
Mar 11, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★☆☆☆☆
Well, didn’t get to take the flight because I did not have the visa for Vietnam. I had paid to get one through 12go.asia, but never knew how to go through the process. I should have followed that up. Now I would like to at least get a refund for the visa, and cannot find a way to get hold of 12go....
Mar 9, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
It was a quite ok standard flight. Just not much information at Krabi airport gate but the ground assistants were very helpful and patient.
Mar 7, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★☆☆☆☆
Already done this
Mar 6, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★☆☆☆☆
We flew from Chiang Mai to Bangkok at 1:40 and arrived in Bangkok at 2:45. Out next flight was at 4:35 to Phuket. We sat on the plane for 30 minutes waiting for a bus, then are luggage was delayed coming to the carousel. By the time we got to the check in counter, it was closed, so with checked Luggage in hand we were told to hurry to the gate and they would put the luggage on the plane(under carriage) when we arrived at the gate. Security wouldn't allow it through as the liquids were too much, so ended up missing the flight. Back to the ticket station to change ticket. Charged 1400+ baht to change. Couldn't get a flight until 9:20 because all others full. All this. Because of Thai Lion air screw ups. I know they are cheap, but if you can avoid them, I would do so
Mar 4, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Airport to airport, no issues here. All right on the schedule, all easy.
Mar 2, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Todo perfecto!
Mar 2, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★☆☆☆☆
They didnt let me check it. So i had to buy another ticket and lost my money.
Mar 1, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★☆☆☆
Flight was late for 1.5 hours & luggage took another half an hour extra to come to belt. Not very good experience. We nearly missed connecting flight.
Feb 25, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
Flight in time. Leg space could be better. Great staff.

Thai Lion Air Stations

Don Mueang Airport Kuala Lumpur Airport Singapore Airport Chiang Mai Airport Chiang Rai Airport Hat Yai Airport Krabi Airport Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport Phuket Airport Suratthani Airport Ubon Ratchathani Airport Udonthani Airport Yangon Airport Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Ho Chi Minh Airport Noibai Airport Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport