It was not a leisure trip. Just a business trip with some unfortunate long periods of waiting between transits. Throw in a 3-hour plane delay and I found myself waiting in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport for nearly 6 hours. Ouch!
When I sat down and made a count, I realized that I have not set foot in Thailand for more than 2 decades! 25 years? Although Bangkok is just more than an hour’s flight away from Singapore and is a popular destination for short trips, I never found a reason or opportunity to visit. Shopping for cheap apparel? Not really into that. Visiting a beach resort? Not really into beaches – I’m more interested in hill or mountain resorts. Well how about a visit to a nice Thai resort among the hills or rural fields? Now I’m interested! But whoops no one else is – everyone wants to go to a beach. Pfffttttt, most people are so pedestrian.
So after more than 2 decades, I found myself in Bangkok, but confined to the transit-and-boarding areas of its international airport for 6 hours. Well, at least I got to set foot in Thailand!
Although I remained within the transit-and-boarding areas, I discerned that the Suvarnabhumi International Airport terminal is larger than any of the Singapore Changi terminals. This could of course be simply due to the fact that there is more available space compared to land-scarce Singapore. I could feel a sense of increased relaxation due to the wider floor space and higher ceilings. The architectural design is modern, facilities are clean and well-maintained.
There is also a reasonable selection of F&B outlets and small retail shops within the transit area. The retail units are not really too interesting, and you will probably spend more time in a cafe or small restaurant while waiting. So bring a book or something to keep yourself occupied if you are going to wait. The good news is that free Wi-Fi is available, but I could not locate charging stations. So make sure your devices are fully charged if you are planning to spend time online. Oh yes, there is also a play corner to keep children occupied.
There may be rankings of international airports every year based on all kinds of criteria. However as far as I am concerned, Suvarnabhumi Airport is good enough for a reasonably comfortable wait.