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Beyond Hopeless

by robcouchpotato (June, 2014)


Reason for Stay: Other
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: The employees (excluding customs officials) were friendly
Cons: The worst arrival area in the world. It reeks and is really depressing.


I have been passing through this sorry excuse for an airport since I was four years old. Back in 1992, it was bearable, but in 2014, passing through an airport this obsolete is comparable to spending a few hours in hell. I would have to commend the employees such as the ground stewards and the restroom personnel for being friendly and attentive. Other than that, this airport is the absolute worst. It is beyond repair. Also, the slogan 'We Go the Extra Smile' is annoying. When you have to deal with an airport as awful as NAIA, you would be crazy to still have a smile on your face after going through all that crap. The Philippine government should realize that some things aren't worth saving. If they don't want to close it down, they should just convert it into a decent domestic terminal. But if they really want to save money, they can continued >>

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Rudest Employees in the World

by robcouchpotato (June, 2014)


Reason for Stay: Other
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: The terminal was nice
Cons: There were a lot of rude employees


Spending a few months in America every couple of years or so is something I always look forward to with great anticipation. Aside from the fact that I get to bond with family, I love exploring the sites of this beautiful country. Also, the general friendliness of most Americans I meet never fails to warm my heart. However, if there is one thing I dread during my travels to America, it would have to be dealing with the employees of LAX at the arrival area. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of courteous and helpful employees in this airport. But there are quite a few bad eggs who really make the process of arriving in this country a very unpleasant one. I get that the immigration officers are supposed to be strict and intimidating, so I'm going to give them a free pass. What I don't get are the personnel working along the baggage continued >>

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Bangkok is cheap; this isn't ideal for sleeping.

by tashore14 (July, 2014)


Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside
Pros: I don't know about overnight, but during the day it isn't too bad.
Cons: Crowded. Quite crowded.


I haven't tried overnight, but Don Muang, Bangkok's low cost carrier airport, is not bad for sleeping during the day. However, it does get crowded, so good places for sleeping are soon snapped up. I would probably consider sleeping in one of Bangkok's many cheap hotels instead of here, unless an early morning flight is on the cards.

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Grotty.

by tashore14 (July, 2014)


Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: It's cleaner than most places in Delhi.
Cons: Well, the whole ticket scenario is more than slightly irritating.


It's been covered before; Indira Gandhi International has an extraordinarily annoying policy regarding entry and holding tickets. The whole procedure is rather a mess when you have a 5 AM flight, you have to arrive 3 hours early and the last train arrives at 11. I was sent to the 'waiting lounge' by the patrolling soldiers. I found the lounge to be unpleasant to say the least. However, I soon found a way out. I asked the security if I could get some change for the vending machines. I was then sent to the lift to go down to a money exchange. I found myself in the arrivals hall of the terminal and soon realised this would be a much more comfortable place to sleep for a few hours before checking in. What's more, I found the eating options to be somewhat better. Sleeping was difficult; it was crowded and there were few places that were really continued >>

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Go to a hotel, you cheap sod; it's Nepal not New York.

by tashore14 (June, 2014)


Reason for Stay: Checking in and had to wait
Where: Landside
Pros: You can use this airport to fly in and out of Nepal.
Cons: You really shouldn't try to sleep here, especially overnight.


Tribhuvan International Airport is not quite on the same standard as the average Western airport. It rather has the atmosphere of a bus station in an impoverished neighbourhood. The facilities are adequate, though not luxurious (don't expect soap in the loo). As for sleeping, this is not the airport for you. There is not a culture of that sort of thing in Nepal and you would look out of place to say the least. What's more, the security is extraordinarily tight at this airport; your tickets and passport will checked and checked again, including on entry to the airport. Try sleeping in any of the many inexpensive hotels or hostels in Kathmandu.

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