Delhi, Sept. 3 -- For someone with a fear of heights and a preference for slow-paced trains, flying is not an enjoyable experience. Add to this my flight to Bangkok was post-midnight. These facts combined, you were sure to find an extremely grumpy version of me. Nevertheless, armed with a book and a traveller's playlist (complete with the excitement of a first-time business class traveller), I trudged along several check posts, before collapsing on a chair near the boarding gate.

My Thai Airways Royal Silk experience began with an early boarding. I was quickly ushered to my seat, my backpack stowed safely, and I was given a hot towel and a blooming orchid. Much like the flower, the Boeing's interiors was bright purple. The plush seats of...