Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is one of two international airports in Bangkok. It’s the newer and also bigger of the two airports and is mainly used by legacy carriers. Most low-cost carriers depart from Bangkok’s other airport Don Mueang. Due to its one terminal architecture, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi is a very convenient airport and perfect for shopping and dining!
With more than 50 million passengers a year, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is one of the biggest airport in Asia even though Bangkok’s second international airport also takes a fair share of all passengers arriving and departing in Bangkok. The by far biggest carriers at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is Thai Airways, which operates its hub at the airport. Thai Airways is followed by the boutique airline Bangkok Airways. The busiest route is Bangkok – Hong Kong with more than three million passengers each year.
Due to the sheer size of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and the one terminal architecture, Thailand’s biggest airport is a real paradise for all those who love shopping pre-flight. Nearly all major international brands operate shops at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Surely, you can also find convenience and souvenir shops, but the airport is also great for fashion or jewelry shopping. Not only shopping, but also dining at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is an amazing experience as there are dozens of Asian and international restaurants. There’s rarely anything you won’t find at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport!
Bangkok’s biggest airport is open 24 hours a day, which means that sleeping in the airport is possible if you don’t way to pay for a hotel. However, there are not many comfortable couches or benches, which makes sleeping a little tough. Yet, there are Hotel Dayrooms inside the terminal, which are perfect for a short layover as these may be rented on a daily basis.
As the rooms are relatively well equipped with a double bed and a private bathroom, the prices are a little steep though, while the ratings tend to be average. With Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport there’s also an upscale hotel close to the airport, but that’s basically it. If you are fine with a short taxi ride, you may also opt for the new Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, which is a luxury hotel with resort character not far away from the airport!
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport comes with several different lounges, some operated by airlines and other operated by independent operators. With Air France and China Airlines two SkyTeam carriers are operating lounges at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, while Star Alliance is present with a total of seven lounges (five operated by Thai Airways, one by Singapore Airlines and one by EVA Air).
The oneworld airlines Cathay Pacific (First & Business Class) and Japan Airlines (Business Class only) also operate lounges at Bangkok Suvvarnabhumi Airport. Last but not least, there are also lounges operated by Emirates and Oman Air. The mentioned lounges are complemented by several independent lounges including several Louis’ Tavern Lounges and a King Power Lounge.
Lounges at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport:
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is connected with the city center of Bangkok via the Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link, where two different types of trains operate.
There’s a cheaper option, which stops a few times on the way and a faster one, which connects Bangkok Suvarnabhui Airport directly with Makkassan, the so-called city terminal. There you may change to the metro or a taxi. Besides taking the Airport Rail Link, you may also opt for a taxi. While those are not expensive in Bangkok, they make take way longer than the trains as Bangkok traffic can be horrible.