I will be arriving at BKK at about 11pm a couple of days before Christmas 2007, unfortunately I then have to wait around for my onwards flight which isn't until 10am the following day.
I have been considering whether to take a nap in the airport, but have been advised by some friends not to do this and to just find a cheap hotel/hostel near the airport to sleep in. I'm having some trouble trying to find a cheap place to stay that's nearby - has anyone got any recommendations or suggestions?
If you have any thoughts on kipping in the airport or have done it, please let me know.
I did spend the night at Don Muang once. Got in at 12:30AM, left for VN at 10:00am. I went to the Burger King, read for a hour, bathroom to freshen up, then hit the transit lounge. They had the most comfortable seats for sleeping. Or find a nice piece of carpet and stretch out. There were a dozen of us trying to kill some time before our morning flights. Bad night, but it does pass. Suvarnabhumi is sure to have a quiet area to try and rest before your am flight. Others that have done it at the new BKK airport will surely chime in and give you better advice. Good Luck.
I passed thru Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport a few times, the last time being six months ago. At that time i could not locate any cheap hotel nearer to the airport. I don't know the present condition may be some one would help you.
I stayed in the airport and found it good. My suggestion is that you can have a nap in the airport itself as the new airport is quite convenient and comfortable.
Suggest you not to take airport's 'day rooms" as i found it expensive.
By this way you avoid paying airport tax of Bhat500(?) when you re-enter for morning flight.
You do not save the airport tax by sleeping at the airport. The tax is now included in the price of the ticket. It is now 750 baht, went up to help pay for Suvarnabhumi. My friend found a quiet spot to sleep on the 3rd level, but it was not comfortable.
Louise, I suggest you take one of those cheap air mattresses that kids use in the pool. They are light and take up very little space in your luggage. They are only $2-3, use it and give it away. Also take a sarong or similar piece of cloth. The a/c works very well, esp. late at night. This allows you to hit the floor rather than trying to make a bed out of several seats. Left luggage allows you to safely store your bags if this is a concern. I would push my luggage cart around until I found the best area for you and make a bed. Hope this helps with your planning.
I slept a lot at airports and I must say it's getting more and more uncomfortable...hmmm, might be due to old age...no offence intended !
If 20 € to 25 € is inside your budget, you might check here:
Just give the name of the airport where you alight as a point of reference
Get a taxi into Bangkok, do a bit of shopping, have a few beers and then get a taxi back to the airport. Bangkok will still be very alive in the early hours in the morning and will only take you 30 mins that time of night.
Thanks for the suggestions so far guys.
At the moment I'm swaying towards to the idea of trying to find a nice quiet spot and trying to get some sleep at the airport ...
If anyone else has any advice I'd love to hear it.
Check out the travellers' comments on the sleeping in the Bangkok airport page. Though mostly are old comments on Don Muang, there are a few recent ones on the Suvarnabhumi.
There's a great review of a cheap hotel near the new airport at the Airport Hotel Guru:
I stayed there myself a few weeks ago and thought it was great!
Yes, look at the link that wespj posted. I've stayed at the Huamark Ibis and found it very comfortable and inexpensive. Only a 200THB ($6 USD) fare and 20 minute taxi to/from Suvarnabhumi Airport. We paid about 1000THB during peak season, booking in advance online through pagoda, but noted that the walk in rate was double, so definitely book online! Suvarnabhumi airport is huge and gorgeous, so it's not a bad airport at all to kill time in, I'm sure you can find a spot to hang out if you go that route. Also loads of nice places to eat there at all price ranges. You'll be fine either way I'm sure.