China Eastern Airlines has twice-daily service to Shanghai from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Honolulu. From their hub in Shanghai, they fly on to almost 200 other destination around the world. I flew their very impressive Business Class service from LAX to PVG and then on to Bangkok. Check-in at LAX was smooth and fast, they even had a little roped off section with chairs, drinks and snacks for premium passengers. China Eastern is a SkyTeam airline, aligned with Delta and JetBlue in the U.S.
The flights from LAX are done in nice, new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft and they also have a First Class cabin. They’re the only airline with a First Class service to offer daily flights from the U.S. to Shanghai. They have nice leather seats, very private with a clam-shell design, which recline into lie-flat beds. There’s a decent selection of programming on the IFE system and they also have extra amenities like pajamas (available on request for Business Class passengers). The flights from PVG to BKK were done on equally nice, new and comfortable Airbus A330 aircraft.
Food onboard was excellent and service was very attentive, although crews could use a bit more culinary / fine dining service training. In Shanghai, the airline has a spacious lounge with separate First and Business Class areas. Stay tuned to my YouTube channel as I did video tours of both and will post them there.
In Bangkok, I stayed at the luxurious Conrad Bangkok. The hotel is in a business area near the U.S. embassy surrounded by other embassies. The high-rise hotel had super-beautiful rooms, I was really impressed. Although I’ve visited Conrad properties before, this was my first time staying at one. I found it wonderful, certainly on the same level as hotels from Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons.
Bangkok is an amazing city and I will be writing much more about my trip in future posts. I’ve posted a few videos from the trip on my YouTube channel. I visited a few of the city’s main temples, the Royal Palace and had some great street food as well as fine dining experiences. I was lucky enough to be there during Songkran (the Thai New Year celebration), so I spent my last day there fighting in the streets with my water gun. It really was a fun adventure and it was my first time ever visiting Bangkok or Thailand. I will certainly be back and look forward to exploring the rest of the beautiful country, especially Chiang Mai in the north and Ko Samui island.