Whether you are an experienced airport sleeper or new to the game, this sleep guide will give you the essential information to better prepare you for sleeping in Bangkok Don Muang Airport.
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This guide was last updated: 20 September 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.
Sleeping in Bangkok Don Muang Airport
Locations & Seating
Though the airport can feel crowded, there are places to sleep for those willing to look. Expect a decent amount of comfortable seating, particularly in Terminal 2’s Departures level. Can’t find any seats or benches? Sleeping on the floor is generally no problem, as long as you’re ready to handle how frigid they get.
Here are a few sleep spots that travellers have reported:
- The observation deck above Terminal 2’s Departures level is darker and sees less foot traffic.
- The couches at Burger King in Terminal 2, but arrive early because these fill up quickly.
- Try your luck at couches near any restaurants that close overnight.
- In Terminal 1, snag a spot at the soft seats and benches in the Domestic Departures area.
At the time of this update, there are no rest zones within the airport.
Travellers report a range of uncomfortable temperatures, from hot and humid inside the Arrivals Halls to downright frigid, especially overnight. Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.
Anticipate bright lights inside the airport, even in private corners. Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
The terminals are noisy around the clock, with multiple-language announcements blaring frequently. Still, earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones will go far in blocking out the commotion.
Pro-tip: If you chose a spot near any eateries, keep in mind that the staff arrive early and they can get pretty loud in the kitchen.
Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Locations: Sleep Box Hotel (Terminal 2, Floor 4) and the Miracle Lounge (Terminal 2, Domestic Departures).
Food & Drink
When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, 24-hour food concessions are available. Burger King and Dairy Queen offers shops in both terminals, Starbucks, Cafe Ritazza and more are also available. 7/Eleven also has 7 locations at the airport for any last minute snack and drink needs.
Prefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights without leaving the airport, an in-terminal hotel is available. Sleep Box by Miracle is located in Terminal 2, Floor 4. Each room can accommodate 1-2 people and offers bed, TV and WiFi, and private restroom. Rent a room for the night or in blocks starting at 3-hours.
The Amari Don Muang Airport Hotel is also located adjacent to the airport, connected by an air-conditioned walkway.
While Bangkok Don Muang Airport has several lounges, none have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you just want to relax in a comfortable seat, check out this list of lounges in our Bangkok Don Muang Airport Guide that you can pay to access.
Security & Safety
At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety or security issues at Bangkok Don Muang Airport. As a precaution, here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe airport sleeping experience:
- Know Where Security is Located. Whether you are sleeping in the airport by yourself or with friends, it is good to know where security is. Know where their office is located and look for video cameras in the spot you decide to stay the night. Ask security where it is safe to spend the night. They’ve probably seen many airport sleepers before you and they will direct you to a safe spot.
- Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you are travelling alone we recommend that you sleep near other travellers. If you are sleeping in the public zone, make sure they are actual travellers and not homeless people – it is sometimes hard to tell in certain airports.
- Hide Your Valuables. Don’t leave all your mobile devices out in plain view. We have received reports from people who woke up with earphones and no ipod and a laptop bag strap and no laptop bag (or laptop). Same goes with important documents and money. Keep these secure on your body, so that no one can get them without waking you up.
- Secure Your Bags. If you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something. If your bags have zippers turn the bag upside down (zippers to the floor) or sleep with your bag up against the wall, so that it would be hard for someone to access.
- Choose to Stay Alert. If you don’t feel safe, drink coffee and stay awake and be alert. You can always sleep on the plane!
Pro-tip: If you are sleeping in the public zone, don’t be surprised if you receive an early morning wake-up call. Security is known to make the rounds waking people up as travellers begin to arrive for morning flights.
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