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 Suvarnabhumi Airport.
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This guide was last updated: 26 August 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.
Sleeping in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Locations & Seating
Many overnight travellers opt to stay inside the airport instead of getting a hotel room. The airport does offer ample seating, plus private corners, if you’re willing to seek them out. Keep your eyes peeled for the armrest-free benches and even some padded benches and couches.
Here are a few sleep spots that travellers have reported:
- Floor 3 has some quiet corners because there are little to no shops here.
- The Observation Deck on Floor 7 is a quiet area where staff and travellers alike go to rest on the few benches and charge up at the power outlets.
- The Basement has a few quiet spots that fill up quickly. Check out the area between Doors 7-10, the seats by 7-Eleven and Subway, and underneath the staircases (though the floor is especially chilly so bring an extra layer).
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport offers designated rest zones, equipped with reclining leather chairs, where tired travellers can relax and enjoy some stress-free time before their flight. Locations: inside Security in Concourses B and D.
At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to terminal temperature. Still, you can likely expect the airport to cool down at night, as air conditioning continues to run and fewer people are inside. Arrive prepared with a blanket and dress in layers. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.
At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to terminal brightness. Arrive prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
This airport is pretty busy 24/7, so expect plenty of loudspeaker announcements at all hours of the day and night. As a precaution, you should come prepared with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.
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, though you’ll have to pay to access them. Locations:
- Miracle Transit Hotel, Concourse G, Floor 3 East; Miracle CIP
- First Class Lounges, International Terminal, Levels 3 and 4 West.
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. Travellers particularly recommend the 24-hour food court, located pre-Security, on the Ground Floor of the Transportation Waiting Area. It’s a cash-only, locals-only sort of place, and you’ll need to buy paper coupons first, but the food is cheap and good.
Prefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights without the stress of leaving the airport, you have a couple options.
The Miracle Transit Hotel offers private day rooms in blocks of 6-12 hours, and the hotel has additional amenities like a spa and beauty salon. Located inside Security, International Departure, Concourse G. Outside of the Secure areas, you can head to Boxtel, which offers private rooms equipped with AC, full bed, desk, and WiFi, though bathrooms are shared. Rent rooms in blocks of 4 hours. Located inside the Airport Link station, Basement Level, just past the Airport Link ticketing area. The nearby Avagard Capsule Hotel offers 5 sleep capsules with Queen size beds. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
If you are looking for a private place to nap for a few hours in between flights, check out the Concourse A location of Miracle First & Business Class Lounge (Floor 3, East), which is open to any class traveller, though you must be flying internationally. In addition to offering a comfortable place to hang out, they have a few private sleep rooms that can be rented hourly. Rooms can be booked at the lounge door. For more information, check out our Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Guide.
Security & Safety
At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi 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.
See our Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Guide for information on nearby hotels.
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