Thai Lion to roar its way to Bali

Thai Lion Air will commence a brand new daily service from Bangkok (DMK) to Denpasar Bali in Indonesia effective 15 September.

According to the airline’s website, the carrier will operate a daily flight on the route using a Boeing 737-600 from its home-base at Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok.

It will compete head-on with Thai AirAsia, also based at DMK, and Thai Airways International (BKK-based), both of them offering nonstop flights to Denpasar.

The airline sells a one-way promotional fare, ex-Bangkok, to Bali at THB3,155 (USD92.80). The fare includes all charges, a free baggage allowance of 20 kg, plus sport equipment, including a cycle, up to 15 kg and complimentary seat selection.

Thai AirAsia pegs its lowest fare (quoted on Skyscanner) at USD217 for the four- hour 10 minute flight using an A320.

Thai Airways International uses a B747-400 on the Denpasar run with its cheapest fare stacked at USD364 in economy class.

Thai Lion Air’s best fare on Skyscanner is USD217 considerably higher than the USD92.80 the airline advertises on its website pre-September launch. However, usually when it comes to actually booking the lowest fare it is invariably flagged as sold out within days of the launch.

Bali is a popular tourist destination, which has seen a significant rise in tourists. It is renowned for its arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music mainly around the hill town of Ubud famed for its luxury villas and spas.

In March this year, TripAdvisor named the island the world’s top destination in its Traveller’s choice award.