Neil Evans flies Auckland to Bangkok with Thai Airways flight TG0492.

Plane:

Boeing 787-9.

Class: Economy.

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Seat: I was in 49D.

How full: This was a Friday lunchtime flight and was only about two-thirds full. I enjoyed a whole row, as did a number of other passengers.

Time: Left on time at 1.10pm with flying time to Bangkok 11hr 20m.

Food and drink: Lunch was served shortly after take off and I chose a delicious beef and mashed potato. I gave the shrimp salad a miss as I could see it had coriander, which I happen to dislike with a passion. Dinner was a safe. tasty chicken and rice with a local Thai fruit salad. There was plenty of opportunity during the flight to obtain juice/water in between meals.

Service: Attentive and frequent.

Entertainment: Large range of movies, TV shows and games as would be expected. I was somewhat disappointed with the lack of recent blockbusters. I ended up watching American Animals and The Commuter, both of which helped pass the time.

Toilets: Clean throughout the journey. All that juice and water has to go somewhere.

Airport Experience: I checked luggage straight through to Vientiane in Laos despite overnighting in Bangkok. Exiting Bangkok was quick and efficient. Plenty of shopping for those interested. Bangkok airport is clean and modern.

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Bottom line: Would certainly fly again with Thai Airlines.