Plan a Bangkok Airport layover when you next travel to Europe, China or Australia via Asia, to break up the long journey.
If you care to layover in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport you will find that it makes the whole flight experience so much more comfortable, if you can take some time out to re-hydrate and sleep in a proper bed.
Although it is not always possible to break your trip and have a rest, it is something to consider the next time you fly via Bangkok.
Even if you don't plan to break your long trip then your flight itinerary may require you to change planes in Bangkok and depending on your destination you may find that there is some delay until your next flight.
It is at times like these that you need to be creative and there are various options available, depending upon the length of time between connecting flights.
What to do in Bangkok Airport?
Here are six things to do on a Bangkok Airport layover:
If you are not into shopping, then why not take a massage or treat yourself to a spa treatment at eXpress Spa Body and Foot Massage on the departure floor.
You can get a great Thai Massage here.
There are other things to do in Bangkok Airport, that can fill in the time and make you more relaxed for the onward journey.
Young children's interests are catered for in the small play area at the start of Concourse C and your trip will be so much easier if you know where to go in the airport complex.
Read through the following suggestions of things to do during a Bangkok Airport layover and you will be so much more prepared.
Can I leave Bangkok Airport during transit?
With a Bangkok Airport layover of 2 hours to 5 hours between your flights, there is not enough time to leave the airport and be back in time, to comfortably catch the connecting flight.
So here are some additional suggestions how you can make the most of your time in the airport.
When travelling Business Class then you should have access to the Bangkok Airport lounge of your airline.
Here you can freshen up, have something to eat or catch up on your emails and reports.
Airline lounges close at night, typically between about midnight and 5:00 am, so plan ahead as most retail shops also close during this period.
Although the airport is open, there is not much going on in the early morning period.
The Thai Airways lounge opens at 5:15 am for those early starters heading off to Australia or Philippines.
However if you don't have access to an airline lounge and you want a place to sleep or shower in Bangkok Airport, then there are a few other lounges that you can use.
The more popular ones are the Miracle CIP Lounges and the Miracle Transit Hotel day rooms, (formerly known as Louis' Tavern Transit Lounge).
This is the only Bangkok Airport Transit Hotel in the Airport, although they are in several locations around the place.
Is there any hotel inside Bangkok Airport?
There is no hotel inside Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, but Miracle Transit Hotel Dayrooms are airside on Level 4 and are a great option if you need a bed and get a few hours proper sleep.
For landside passengers, the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel is a few minutes walk away and is the closest hotel to Bangkok Airport.
The paid CIP lounges are a good choice if you just want to have a shower in Bangkok Airport, freshen up between flights or to catch up on your emails.
The Miracle Transit Hotel has day rooms at Suvarnabhumi Airport are available for 6 hours blocks and can be booked directly through Agoda.
Here you can have a shower inside Bangkok Airport, take a good sleep in private and be fully rested before continuing your travels.
You don't have to be a member of Louis' Tavern to book the Day Rooms in Suvarnabhumi Airport and the price is very affordable.
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If you do plan to leave the airport it makes good sense to book ahead to be assured of accommodation and take advantage of the discount rates available.
Transit passenger do not automatically have the Bangkok Airport departure tax automatically added to their onward international ticket because if the length of time between connecting flights is less than 12 hours, you are considered to be in transit.
So once you factor in that you do not have to pay the departure tax of 700 baht on re-entry to the airport, it makes these rooms in the Miracle Transit Hotel all the more attractive.
With a bit of planning your Bangkok Airport Layover can be very comfortable.
If you are a frequent traveller and often get stuck with a short Bangkok Airport layover during your travels through Suvaranabhumi Airport, then there are paid lounges in that can be used for the duration of your layover.
The Miracle Group also have a total of nine lounges in the airport, spread around the different concourses.
These lounges are very popular with travellers and come with showers and internet and some of them are open 24 hours.
So, if you need a shower in Bangkok Airport and are someone who travels regularly for business, then access to somewhere to rest and grab a Bangkok Airport shower is going to make the rest of your journey much more comfortable.
Concourse A (below left) is where the Domestic flights depart and Concourses B, C, D, E, F and G are where International flights depart.
A pre-purchased access pass to the Miracle Lounge from GetYourGuide will provide a comfortable wait, prior to boarding your onward flight from Bangkok Suvaranabhumi Airport.
Click the link above to learn more.
Tip: Be aware of the various locations for Miracle Lounges and ensure to select one close to the planned departure gate, so that your final walk to the departure gate is reduced.
Check out some different places for sleeping in Bangkok Airport if you are short of cash and need somewhere quiet to crash.
Can I leave Bangkok Airport during transit?
Yes, you can leave Bangkok Airport during transit if you have a layover of at least 6 hours and a visa or visa exemption. Citizens requiring a Visa on Arrival need to allow extra time and cost in the calculations.
As a general guide, if you have a medium length layover in Bangkok of 6 hours and up to 10 hours during the daytime, then it is worth considering leaving the airport to go and have a look around Bangkok.
You can read my travel diary of a 6 hour Bangkok layover here to see what is involved if you decide to leave Bangkok Airport.
Does Bangkok Airport have tours for transit passengers?
Not any more.
Suvarnabhumi Airport used to run its own range of transfer passenger tours for people just like you with long periods between connecting flights.
These tours have been discontinued and the desks are no longer in the airport as of 2015.
The transfer passenger tours range from visiting temples, going shopping to playing a round of golf.
Feel free to read what used to be available as it looked an interesting option.
Sadly this service is no more.
Can I have a massage in Bangkok Airport?
Yes, you can treat yourself to a massage in Bangkok Airport if you don't have the inclination to leave the premises.
There are a couple of choices available for those of you stuck air-side, that will make the time go a little more quickly.
Often people find that travelling in excess of 12 hours or so can be very tiring.
Travellers can suffer dehydration, boredom and fatigue during periods of extended flying.
One option available to the international traveller is to plan a break between flights; the so called "Bangkok Airport long layover" or "stopover".
So for your next long haul flight via Asia, consider taking a connecting flight on the following day and either sleep in Bangkok Airport or stay in one of the many nearby Bangkok Airport Hotels.
Not only will you arrive in a much better frame of mind, but you will have had the chance to experience some of the interesting sights in and around Bangkok.
Whether your flight is from Europe via Bangkok, or from Sydney via Bangkok, consider taking a Bangkok layover.
In general, when the time between flights is this long, then you really do have time to leave the airport.
You can go and stay in a hotel and have a good night's sleep or take the time to see some of the sights of Bangkok.
Whether you have a 6 hour Bangkok layover or an 11 hour Bangkok layover here are some further suggestions to consider and how to plan your time to make the most of things.
First and most importantly is to plan your time, as you don't want to miss that connecting flight or cause yourself undue stress, by leaving the airport.
The whole idea of having a break is to refresh and relax yourself and to make the most of your Bangkok Airport layover.
Tip: for long-distance travellers, the airline may include free hotel accommodation and transfers if you continue your flight with them.
You can check with your airline if they will include hotel accommodation as part of your long layover in Bangkok.
I have seen Thai Airways make this offer periodically.
So if you have a layover between flights of 6-12 hours or more, then do check with your airline, as you may be entitled to something extra.
After making the decision to explore, then upon arrival at Bangkok Airport allow yourself 45 minutes to pass immigration, collect your bag and get out of the airport, another hour to get to your hotel in the city and check in.
The rest of the time on your Bangkok Airport layover is yours to use as you see fit.
On the return leg, then as a guide if you check out of your hotel 3 hours before your flight departure, that should be plenty of time to allow you to fight your way through the Bangkok traffic and get back to Suvarnabhumi Airport to catch your onward flight.
If you are flying economy, if it has been raining or if it is a peak traffic time, then do leave your hotel in plenty of time, because there can be very heavy traffic on the motorway from Bangkok to Suvarnabhumi Airport and this has caused some people to miss their flight.
Perhaps you don't want to stray too far from Bangkok Airport, then you can review this listing of Agoda Hotels near Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.
I have reviewed all Hotels based upon the posted traveller reviews and have whittled the list down to six.
In fact I have tried a few of them and written a short review.
My favourite is the Cottage Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, they have rooms with a swimming pool entrance and you can check price and availability with Agoda here.
Go to my page Bangkok Airport layover to read more, and follow up on the progress of the Hotel reviews.
If you decide to stay close to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport on your Bangkok Airport layover, then you will be very close to these Bangkok tourist attractions that are well worth visiting.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you use your Bangkok Airport layover in Suvarnabhumi Airport to your advantage and so that you feel refreshed for the second leg of your journey.
If you only have a short stop at Suvarnabhumi Airport and have to pass through Immigration, then you might consider a Bangkok Airport layover hotel. then try out this Agoda booking link to the Avagard Capsule Hotel.
These sleeping pods are located in the basement of Suvarnabhumi Airport along the walkway connecting the Airport to the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel.
If you are not sure where the underground walkway is, then you can watch this video to orientate yourself.
The Avagard sleeping pods are ideal if you are landside and just need a few hours to have a rest, before booking in for your connecting flight.
The Avagard sleeping pods are in hot demand and so if your travel dates are not available, check Boxtel@Suvarnabhumi as they may have vacancies.
Same concept, same location.
Whether choosing Boxtel@Suvarnabhumi or Avagard Capsule Hotel this is choice is ideal accommodation for people that:
as it is located before the Immigration checkpoint.
These types of Bangkok sleeping boxes are more comfortable than they sound and it certainly beats sleeping on a bench somewhere in Suvarnabhumi Airport and running the risk of someone making off with your luggage.
If you are truly in International transit then you should book and stay at the Miracle Transit Hotel located inside the airport, as this is the only Bangkok Airport Transit hotel.
Last Updated July 2022
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