I will be at Thailand (Bangkok airport) for 14 hours transit with my kid and wife (for a whole night). How can I wait there safely in a comfortable way? Any help would be great. Besides, Do you think there will be lounges for American Express / VISA Credit card holders.
Also I have found few hotels termed as Airport hotels. Can I rent a hotel to stay for that night without having a VISA?
When will you arrive at the airport?
What passport are you traveling under?
Are you visiting Thailand at all or just passing through to another country?
As far as airports go Suvarnabhumi is probably safer than many places in Asia. Since you know already that you may be sleeping on floors or seats it may be a good idea to have a light blanket with you.
Waiting 12 hours is a long time. Some tourists do not have to pay for a visa and can use a taxi or train to get into the city to wash up and eat and do it cheaper than staying at the airport. The country you come from and the passport you are traveling with determines if you have to pay for a visa or not.
[ Edit: Edited on 18-Apr-2011, at 19:41 by karazyal ]
Thank you for your reply.
I will be at the airport around 8:30 PM. I will be traveling with Bangladeshi Passport. I will be going to Bangladesh from Australia.
Yes, you guessed right, I am just passing through Thailand to reach Bangladesh. I have a kid with me, that's why it would be great for me If I could stay the night in a hotel or a lounge (provided through different credit card companies as a complement of having platinum or gold card). I do not know about the availability of these kind of lounges at Bangkok Airport.
Based on the link you have given it seems that it is quite good and a little expensive. It seems that I can stay there without going through the immigration process. Is it?
Do you know whether there are any lounges like these for American Express card holders or for any other card holders? Thank you.
I can't think of any American Express lounges or Visa Card lounges but I never really looked for those options. . Each of the airlines have their own Business Class and First Class lounges but I think they close up when there are no flights. I do use a lounge for free with my frequent flier cards but not all night long.
Flyer Talk Forum has a lot of posts on layover options.
One time I was stuck in Singapore between midnight and a 6 a.m. check in. I found a store open at the airport and got several large corrugated cartons. I found a spot of floor not far from my check in desks and used the flattened cartons as a mattress and slept awhile.
Hi - I say use your time wisely and do something different if you can. I found this info on layovers on -snip-
Suggestions for Layover & Airport Delays
Suvarnabhumi International Airport is the third largest terminal in the world and is the main entry point for all international flights into Bangkok. Most visitors to Thailand enter the country via Suvarnabhumi International Airport and this means that travellers awaiting onward connections are regularly left at a loose end. Here are some ideas to keep you busy on a layover at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Most famous for the enormous reclining Buddha housed here, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is also the oldest temple in Thailand and is home to the greatest number of Buddha images in the country. If you are looking for a real visual experience of Thailand while you await your onward journey, this temple is a good place to start. The temple is a short taxi ride from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and if you are short on time this is the best way to get there and back. Make sure you leave plenty of time for traffic congestion.
The Grand Palace
Just a short walk from the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is The Grand Palace. This palace is no longer the royal residence and is only used for the occasional ceremony. The reverence for the monarchy in Thailand led to the royals moving out of the official residence after the mysterious death of King Rama VIII (the older brother of the current King) who was found shot dead in his room in 1946. Visitors are allowed inside the spacious European style reception room, but remember, even today this story is a completely taboo subject in Thailand.
At the Suvarnabhumi International Airport
If you are short on time, or prefer not to leave the airport vicinity there is still plenty to keep you busy at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. You can get a Thai massage, luxuriate in the spa or even have a round of golf at the airport hotel Novotel Suvarnabhumi, or you can indulge in some duty free shopping and then get some refreshments at one of over 50 dining venues. If sleep is the only thing you need between flights the 600 room Novotel Suvarnabhumi will be the most comfortable choice.
Bangkok is not short of markets selling everything from fresh produce to household goods, not to mention everything the backpacker could possibly need. Banglamphu Market is still mostly frequented by locals and the prices are cheaper than some of the other more touristy markets like Patpong night market. If you are looking for some cheap clothes, fabrics and textiles then Pratunam market is also a great place to visit.
As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.
Hope you and your family get to do something special and memorable!
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If the Flyer Talk link does not work just log on to that forum and use the search function and enter "long layover Suvarnabhumi Airport" or words like that and you will get several responses. Lots of posts on long layovers at that airport.