What to do with a four hour layover in Bangkok
August 1, 2018 10:31 AM   Subscribe

Hi all I will be stuck at Bangkok airport for 4 hours in the afternoon later on this month. Can anyone tell me what there is to do at Bangkok airport? Is there enough time to go outside the airport (if so to where?) or should I just pack a good book?
posted by EatMyHat to Travel & Transportation around Nong Prue, Thailand (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Iirc it's waaaay outside of town, not much around it but highway, and with traffic 4 hrs would be too short a time to do something meaningful in the city proper.
posted by OHenryPacey at 10:35 AM on August 1, 2018 [1 favorite]

Enjoy your book. Suvarnabhumi has the usual complement of duty free shops and restaurants, same but it's not near the city. Immigration lines are long and slow, both entering and exiting (which you'd need to pass through).
posted by TWinbrook8 at 10:40 AM on August 1, 2018

Yeah, you’re looking at an hour or so each way to get into the city proper. Plus, if you are flying to an international destination from Bangkok you’ll have to go through passport control - last time I was there it wasn’t a terrible wait getting into the county, but I was in line for more than an hour on departure. Pack a book. The 7th floor observation deck is a nice place to pass the time.
posted by exutima at 10:46 AM on August 1, 2018

It's a pretty great airport for a layover, actually. Lots of restaurants, decent window views, and many quiet areas to lay down on benches (usually with no armrests) to take a nap.
posted by hasna at 1:04 PM on August 1, 2018

I did an image search, looks like walking around would be pleasant, as well as useful to limber up between flights.
posted by theora55 at 2:45 PM on August 1, 2018

The only thing I found that really piqued my interest there was the hidden Thai dining area on the bottom floor.
posted by miles1972 at 4:09 PM on August 1, 2018

I got a massage.
posted by mkdirusername at 4:16 PM on August 1, 2018 [2 favorites]

Pack a swimsuit in your carry-on just in case. I got stuck there one time and Thai Airlines put me up at the airport Novotel which has a nice pool. If your onward flight is delayed so you wind up with 6 hours you might be able to get out for a swim if they have a day pass. But, yeah. Bring a good book. The airport is big so you can get out and really stretch your legs between flights.
posted by Gotanda at 4:36 PM on August 1, 2018

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