Earlier in June, Rachel and I brought Asher on a short holiday to Bangkok and Krabi, flying with AirAsia, utilising their Red Carpet Service and Hot Seats option.

Family flight experience with AirAsia

Family flight experience with AirAsia

During a short 4D3N vacation, we flew 4 times in an airplane (that is one flight each day), made 8 land transfers and took 4 ferry rides.

We flew off on a Saturday afternoon, arriving in Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok in the late evening. The morning after, we had to catch a flight from Bangkok to Krabi Airport and take a land + ferry transfer to exotic Ko Lanta island. The next day, we had to take the same land + ferry transfer from Ko Lanta back to Krabi Airport and a flight back to Bangkok. We were then to fly back to Singapore the next day noon.

The schedule sounds hectic and scary, doesn’t it?

It was not. Rachel and I traveled with a 20 months old baby and we managed fine. I am sure any other young travellers can do the same! 🙂

Rachel and Asher on an AirAsia flight

Rachel and Asher on an AirAsia flight

My advice is to go for a longer vacation if you plan to hit Bangkok, Krabi and an exotic Thai island in one trip. A better schedule would be to fly from Singapore straight to Krabi and transfer to Koh Lanta, stay there for a couple of days; then fly to Bangkok and stay there for a few days before flying back to Singapore or vice versa (Singapore to Bangkok to Krabi to Koh Lanta to Singapore).

Booking the land transfer and ferry ride to Koh Lanta and other exotic Thai islands can be done directly on the AirAsia website when you book your plane tickets. There are no hidden charges. The local operators we encountered at Ko Lanta did not try to up-sell up any other tours or make us give any extra payment. What was provided was no frills, straight-forward transport from one point to another. One thing to take note when making the booking is to ensure there is allowance in transit from plane to land transfer and vice versa. You would also want to avoid too much idle time waiting in-between.

The Red Carpet Service was amazing. It made four flights in four days comfortable. In fact, my son, Asher enjoyed flying with AirAsia so much he keeps asking us to bring him to “坐飞机 (sit on an airplane)” after we came back. He can also recognise the AirAsia logo when he sees it at the airport or in advertisements.

Red Carpet Service comes with the following when you fly from Singapore Changi Airport:

Dedicated counter check-in
(FREE check-in service)
Row 13, Counter 1
Access to the Cathay Pacific/ Skyview lounge
(Maximum 2 hours)
Fast departure immigration
Fast departure security clearance
Buggy service
(Subject to aircraft parking bay distance)
Priority boarding
Priority check-in baggage and tagging
Priority arrival baggage handling
(Be the FIRST to collect your baggage upon arrival)

If you look at the list of privileges, you can get a higher standard of service and comfort compared to flying economy class with full-fare airlines.

Dedicated Red Carpet check-in counter with a real red carpet

Dedicated Red Carpet check-in counter with a real red carpet

Rachel doing our check-in

Rachel doing our check-in

Passes to use the Skyview Lounge

Passes to use the Skyview Lounge

Skyview Lounge reception

Skyview Lounge reception

Skyview lounge

Skyview lounge

Sofa seats area

Sofa seats area

Rachel getting some food for Asher and us

Rachel getting some food for Asher and u

Some light snack before flying

Some light snack before flying

Another area in the lounge

Another area in the lounge

Wide selection of magazines for your reading pleasure

Wide selection of magazines for your reading pleasure

Assorted beverages and dessert items

Assorted beverages and dessert items

Fruit tarts and other small dessert items

Fruit tarts and other small dessert items

For those who love alcohol

For those who love alcohol

Coffee machine

Coffee machine

Champagnes

Champagnes

Quiet room

Quiet room

Our plane is ready for boarding to head to Bangkok

Our plane is ready for boarding to head to Bangkok

With priority boarding, Asher gets to be among the first to dash up the plane

With priority boarding, Asher gets to be among the first to dash up the plane

Domestic flight counter at Don Mueang Airport the next day when we had to fly to Krabi

Domestic flight counter at Don Mueang Airport the next day when we had to fly to Krabi

Sunrise at the airport

Sunrise at the airport

Krabi Airport

Krabi Airport

Taking the first land transfer arranged by AirAsia

Taking the first land transfer arranged by AirAsia

Asher was in a good mood despite it being very early in the morning

Asher was in a good mood despite it being very early in the morning

Boat timing - we had to take a bus and barge transfer instead of a boat due to the monsoon season

Boat timing – we had to take a bus and barge transfer instead of a boat due to the monsoon season

Pier in Krabi

Pier in Krabi

Riding on a barge towards Ko Lanta

Riding on a barge towards Ko Lanta

Our bus was loaded on this barge as well

Our bus was loaded on this barge as well

Long bus journey from Krabi to Ko Lanta

Long bus journey from Krabi to Ko Lanta

Back at Krabi Airport the next day to fly back to Bangkok

Back at Krabi Airport the next day to fly back to Bangkok

Asher spotted a pretty moth at the airport

Asher spotted a pretty moth at the airport

Taking some light snacks before we board the plane

Taking some light snacks before we board the plane

AirAsia dominates Don Mueang Airport

AirAsia dominates Don Mueang Airport

My final flight for this trip, heading back to Singapore

My final flight for this trip, heading back to Singapore

We also opted for Hot Seats (S$11 extra per pax) – where you get to be the first to board and enjoy extra legroom with seats on row 1 , 12 & 14:

Front row seat with more legroom

Front row seat with more legroom

How much does all this cost?

Walk-in
(up to 1 hour before flight)
SGD 65
Pre-book international
(up to 4 hours before flight)
SGD 55

Just S$55 if you pre-book for Red Carpet and S$11 for Hot Seat.

Best of all, if  you are travelling with an infant under two years old like Rachel and I did, your child gets to enjoy all the Red Carpet  and Hot Seat privileges too at no extra cost!

This was a real sweetener for Rachel and I. We felt really great to always be the first to board, first to get off the plane, first to get our luggage and get front row seat with lots of legroom. This was our secret to flying four flights in four days with a 20-month-old baby in tow, yet appearing relatively relaxed throughout.

We had a few meals during our flight too. AirAsia offers a selection of Asian fares:

Flight menu

Flight menu

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

The inside of the Nasi Lemak

The inside of the Nasi Lemak

Green chicken curry

Green chicken curry

Inside of the green curry rice

Inside of the green curry rice

Bangkok is a very popular travel destination for Singaporeans. Currently, AirAsia is the only airline that flies from Changi Airport to the smaller Don Mueang Airport. The other airlines fly to Suvarnabhumi Airport. The advantage of flying to Don Mueang is that it is much nearer to the the city. A taxi ride to the main city area takes just under half an hour compared to almost an hour from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

There are comparatively fewer travellers at Don Mueang Airport, making customs clearance and luggage collection super fast. Rachel and I were able to get off the plane, clear customs, get our luggage with Asher fussing around in less than 15 minutes.

Look at how empty the airport is when we landed at Don Mueang

Look at how empty the airport is when we landed at Don Mueang

Peace and quiet

Peace and quiet

We were the first to receive our luggage, wheeled to us by AirAsia staff because of Red Carpet Service

We were the first to receive our luggage, wheeled to us by AirAsia staff because of Red Carpet Service

Our luggage were all tagged with this

Our luggage were all tagged with this

Half an hour later, we were in Central World shopping mall enjoying dinner at a MK restaurant with our Thai friends who picked us up at the airport on the first night:

Dinner with our friends at MK

Dinner with our friends at MK

I will be sharing more on the two hotels we stayed during our trip – Amari Watergate in Bangkok and Crown Lanta in Koh Lanta. Stay tuned. 🙂

Click here to read all my blog posts on flying to Bangkok and Krabi with AirAsia.