Have you ever wondered what to do when you have a connecting flight at Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok, Thailand with six hours to spare?
Let me share with you my short experience, whatever it’s worth.
I arrived at Suvarnabhumi about 7am in the morning on a week day from Dubai and my connecting flight is at 3pm. So I have about 8 hours of waiting, that includes the 2 hours that you need to be there for international flights.
fortunately for me I have a friend who used to reside in Bangkok so I disturbed her with my queries about what I could do while I was in the country.
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I told her how much free time I had before my next flight, she decided to advise me against it. for the reason, the hours are too short to enjoy my stay in Bangkok.
- I was told that clearing the immigration will take time if there is a lot of people. With the amount of people I saw when I arrived, I’d say 1 hour – 2 hours. Depends where I am standing in queue
- 7am on a Tuesday, during this time it’s rush hour (as per my friend). Usually, Bangkok is just 45 minutes away back and forth, from Suvarnabhumi, maybe 55 minutes max. That’s almost 2 hours already, how much more if it’s rush hour?
- Since it’s my first time in the country and I don’t know any other places. The first thing on my mind was a mall, anything but the inside of an airport, but because of my schedule, I’d have to wait for the malls to open at 10am.
from clearing the immigration to taxi travel time to my preferred destination that’s about 3 hours already and I’d probably arrive at 10am-ish. That’s going to give me 1 hour to stay in that mall and that 1 hour would be for eating.
It doesn’t seem like I can really enjoy that 1 hour, by 11pm I should be going back to the airport already because the travel time back to the airport is almost an hour by itself. I again would need to go through immigration which would be 1 hour at least or even more. Since it’s an international flight I needed to be there 2 hours at least before my flight.
I believe it was more of a waste going through all this process just to go back in after a while.
So I opted to stay inside the whole 8 hours.
so, what can you do in Suvarnabhumi?
Well, for starters you should go to the TOP MOS LEVEL of Suvarnabhumi. Here you’ll find shops and restaurants.
I know, for people who are in the same situation I was in, this would be the most important question. As I was too tired from my flight to take any pictures of the airport (except the one at the top) this will be a brief section in the blog.
Here is some of the things you can do in Suvarnabhumi.
From Luxury shops which names I cannot remember, to shops like –
- Victoria Secret
You’ll find electronic shops, shops for perfumes, duty free to shops that sell Thailand specialty snacks and candies. Like this “Birds nest” food that really looks like pieces of a nest, but it costs at about 26k – 30k Thai Bhat (I could be wrong about that prize, but I’m quite sure I saw that much zeroes.
The top most level is like a big shopping mall, though after a while you’ll notice that some shops are just repeating from one end to the other.
I found a neat souvenir shop that have some really good items. I found this very nice tote bag for my mom.
A few key chains with aweseome designs for my friends
some shot glasses for an uncle who owns a bar, an elephant shaped scent diffuser (peach, they have melon as well when I was there) and a few shirts
If you want to get some of these as well, it’s near concourse C (that’s THAI AIRWAYS territory I believe) just across the Duty free shop.
2. GET A MASSAGE
I wanted to get an authenthic Thai massage since I was already in Thailand but unlucky for me I arrived a bit to early and the shop the I found near Concourse F or Concourse G was closed. By the time it was 12am I was to tired from walking around already.
You can find Starbucks cafe, Mango *something*, Rosatta cafe, burger king and others NEAR CONCOURSE C.
There are other restaurants if you roam a round a bit. I saw a Japanese restaurant that serves ramen to bars that serve alcohol.
4. GO INSIDE A LOUNGE
You don’t need to be a first class passenger to get inside a lounge. You can pay $30 – $40 USD so you can get in. Then maybe you can enjoy a nice massage inside or a cup of coffee. \
5. NO MONEY? NO WORRY!
If you didn’t bring enough money to eat or shop or even get a massage
maybe you just want to sit and rest a bit. No problem!
Just before you go down to your assigned gates, you’ll see sofas around just before the escalators. Here you can get some shut eye or just sit and relax and browse the internet, like the other people you’ll see. Charging stations for your phone and other equiptment are also nearby these locations.
tha- tha- that’s all folks!
That’s about what I can tell you from my time there. I am quite sorry I couldn’t provide you pictures of inside the airport. Maybe next time, if I ever go back to Thailand for a proper vacation.
As of March 30, 2017