Thai Smile

Quick company intro
One of the few Thai budget airlines based in Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thai Smile began operations in 2012 and is partly owned by Thai Airways. Thai Smile flies to destinations across Asia, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar.

Routes served by Thai Smile
For all Thai Smile services, those aged over two years old are required to pay for a full price ticket. If you're travelling with infants under two, you'll need to pay around 30% of the fare for them.

Domestic destinations

There is plenty of choice for those flying from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport to other airports across Thailand. There are around five flights a day to Chiang Mai between 07.00-22.15, priced at around THB1,300. Phuket and Krabi are similarly well served with five and three departures daily, at around THB1,400.

If you'd prefer to explore Thailand and have your heart set on visiting one of the stunning islands in the south of the country then Thai Smile can help. The “Smile Transfer Service” can transport you to Koh Samui or Koh Phangan for around THB2,000, which includes the flight from Suvarnabhumi to Surat Thani airport, an air conditioned coach to Donsak and then a catamaran to whichever island you wish to book. There's one departure per day from Bangkok to each island, with the trip taking five hours to Koh Samui and almost six hours to Koh Phangan.

International destinations

If you want to head across the border to neighbouring Malaysia there are flights every day to both Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Departures to KL cost around THB3,500, taking under 3 ½ hours, whilst tickets for the shorter journey to Penang are usually priced at around THB3,000. Both scheduled flights leave in the evening at 18.25 and 19.25 respectively.

Short international flights to Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar are also available. There are two departures each day to Siem Reap at 07.25 and 18.50, with four each week heading to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh (13.50). Both flights cost about THB2,800. There are also four flights per week to Luang Prabang (usually scheduled at 12.25) and one every day leaving for Yangon at 13.15. Tickets for both destinations are often priced around THB2,800.

Further afield, there are regular flights to India and Bangladesh which is uncommon for regional budget airlines. With five flights each week to Jaipur, it's now easier than ever to see the famous Taj Mahal which is nearby. Flights depart from Bangkok at 22.05, with the 4 ¾ hour journey costing about THB4,800. There are also three flights per week to Gaya, taking around 6 ½ hours and priced around THB8,500. Departures to Chittagong in Bangladesh usually cost THB4,000 with two or three scheduled during each week.

There are several destinations in China that are served by Thai Smile three times a week. Tickets to Zhengzhou and Changsha cost around THB4,100 and THB4,400 respectively with several departures week to choose from.

Pros
Firstly, Thai Smile include 20kg of checked baggage in the fare, saving you costly fees at the airport or having to pay for this separately, as is the case with many budget airlines. Before you arrive at the airport it is also possible to upgrade to the “Smile Plus” service where you'll receive an allowance of up to 30kg of luggage to check-in.

Thai Smile also offer complimentary meals and drinks for all passengers, regardless of ticket type. The most impressive thing is the range of meals on offer, there really is something to cater for every diet or requirement, including vegan, halal and gluten free meals. The flights all have on-board entertainment as well, the perfect way to accompany your meal!

Finally, but hugely important to those with an international connecting flight, is the fact that Thai Smile fly from Suvarnabhumi Airport rather than Don Mueang. This is really useful as it will save you a trip across notoriously hectic Bangkok to catch your next flight, saving you precious time, not to mention stress!

Cons
The fares may be a little more expensive than some of their competitors across the region but this is often worth paying for to fly from Suvarnabhumi Airport, especially if you're staying close by or have limited time to catch a connecting flight. After all, you don't want to miss it and have to pay a small fortune to purchase a new ticket.

There are reports that luggage is fairly slow to arrive, something that can add stress if you on a tight schedule. However, in fairness, this is probably more down to the ground staff at Suvarnabhumi Airport rather than Thai Smile staff so there is little that can be done about this, apart from factor in as much additional time as possible for delays.

Keep in mind
The loyalty scheme “Royal Orchid Plus” allows you to build up points on both Thai Smile and Thai Airways flights to use towards future discounts or even free flights. Similarly, the “Smile Pass” that you can select upon booking offers great deals on restaurants, shops, attractions and activities across Thailand. There is a great range of offers including discounts on car hire, complimentary drinks, free gifts and hotel room upgrades.

What travellers say
The best thing about Thai Smile is the fact that the airline is based in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, allowing easy connections to Europe, the US and Australia as well as many other destinations. The vast majority of budget airlines operating across Thailand are based at Don Mueang International Airport so you will have to transfer across the city, which will usually cost a fair amount and will no doubt take longer than planned.

Customers are routinely impressed by the quality of the complimentary meals, with an option for every dietary requirement you can think of. Like the offer of complimentary baggage allowances, tasty airline food is an alien concept to many frequent travellers!

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Thai Smile Company Reviews

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264 customer reviews
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99.8% of 6,606 travelers were presumably happy with Thai Smile as they left good or no review
AI
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Nov 15, 2019
We had a 10 min delay but other than that had a great trip. They gave tiny sandwiches during the flight which were very tasty. Airplane in good shape and staff very friendly.
WJ
4
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Sep 22, 2019
We took three different Thailand airlines while here and this one was the middle of the three. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t amazing. It was good.
DM
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Sep 11, 2019
On time very good for the price better than many low price carrier
GR
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Aug 25, 2019
Great service great flight. They even gave us water and a sandwich on the short flight which was unexpected and a delight. Also liked that the fare included checked luggage unlike other companies that charge for it The staff was kind,nice and helpful I’d definitely fly smile again!
HH
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Jul 31, 2019
it was just a wonderful flight, cheap comfy included a snack and 20kg luggage for free, couldn't have asked for more just didnt mention that there is a snack, but we got a nice mango pudding celebrating the King's birthday as well :) will sure use it again when im back in Thailand
MC
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Jul 14, 2019
Great flight. I'm disabled. Superb airport services throughout. Oh, free great tasting coffee in writing area...nice touch. Thank you, all.
LW
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Jul 8, 2019
We had a three sit for two persons what made it a very comfortable. We even got something to eat during this short flight. The food tasted great.
AM
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Jul 7, 2019
Really nice! Very comfortable. I’m going to book again for monday
BB
4
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Jun 5, 2019
It was great to board early, and take off early, once everyone was on board. Based on some of our other Thailand flights, it was surprising that we didn't have to pay to check luggage; however, the price of the flight was a higher (~50%). The in-flight snack was also a surprise. I was pretty full, so all I ate was the pistachio/lime mousse tart, but it was delicious. No seat-back in-flight entertainment, but the 'Candid Camera-esque' program displayed on the TVs was entertaining, and didn't require sound to be enjoyed. All in all, a great value for the price paid.
AK
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, May 21, 2019
Thai smile is a great airways to travel with ! Experience was awesome !
SM
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, May 10, 2019
The airport is easy! The service is great. Flight departed early and arrived early. It was a seamless booking and experience. Make sure you have your reservation number. For some reason my reservation came up under my middle name which I would never have thought to search. Probably just happenstance but always have the rezzzzy #!
BP
4
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Apr 29, 2019
First class ,excellent and well provided service as I would expect from Thai airways.....
FA
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Apr 27, 2019
Everything was easy and the staff were super helpful. We enjoyed the snacks on the plane!
TH
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Mar 25, 2019
Avion à l'heure, personnel correct. Juste un peu d'attente pour récupérer nos bagages.
DZ
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Mar 24, 2019
Thai Amile air is an excellent company, wide comfortable plane chairs and a nice meal. I recommend.
GV
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flight Economy, Thai Smile, Mar 9, 2019
Het was maar een vlucht van anderhalf uur, maar we kregen een sandwich , flesje water en daarna koffie thee of een sapje. De vlucht was een half uur vertraagd, had ik de dag tevoren al bericht van gekregen. Het inchecken, boarden, alles verliep vlot
RC
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Feb 26, 2019
All perfekt. Nice small Airport with cheap flights. Very fast security check.
AZ
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Feb 25, 2019
just great! the pesonell, the services..very satisfied
TR
5
flight Economy, Thai Smile, Feb 24, 2019
Seamless, simple and reasonably priced. Just booked another Smile flight through 12goasia.
PG
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flight Economy, Thai Smile, Feb 17, 2019
2 hrs.( + ) Is plenty early for this trip , customs , immigration a breeze , very little wait times and the flight was all Smiles!

Thai Smile Stations

Suvarnabhumi Airport Chiang Rai Airport Chongqing Airport Chiang Mai Airport Changsha Airport Hat Yai Airport Phuket Airport Krabi Airport Khon Kaen Airport Narathiwat Airport Penang International Airport Siem Reap Airport Yangon Airport Ubon Ratchathani Airport Surat Thani Airport Udonthani Airport Don Mueang Airport Varanasi International Airport Gaya Airport Amausi Airport Sanganeer Airport Koh Samui Airport Mandalay Airport Phnom Penh Airport Patenga Airport Kota Kinabalu Airport Zhengzhou Airport Kuala Lumpur Airport Vientiane Airport Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport Hong Kong Airport Kaohsiung Airport Netaji Chandra Airport