Bangkok, Thailand: The new Bangkok International Airport, Suvarnabhumi was opened in 2006 and it has been ranked many times as one of the best airports in the world. The name Suvarnabhumi means “The Gloden Land” and it is referring to a traditional name for the Thailand-Cambodia-Laos-Burma region. Suvarnabhumi airport is great for shopping, eating and relaxing. You can easily spend some extra hours while waiting your flight to start boarding. I have collected in this post some tips what to do while being there.
Royal Orchid Spa and lounge services for the Thai Airways first and business class passengers
If you are flying with Thai Airways, the best way to relax before your flight is to visit The Royal Orchid Spa, which is a part of the Thai lounge services. The spa provides free 30 minutes foot and shoulder massages for Thai’s first and business class passengers having international departures. After your treatments, if you still have time before you flight, why not visit the Thai lounge, which is relaxing, stylish and offers some small delicious snacks and drinks, with some healthy options available.
Spa treatments while waiting
If you are not flying with Thai first or business class, but would still like to enjoy some spa treatments, I would recommend to visit Chang Foot Massage & Spa. All their spas are located at the international departure hall offering a great variety of spa treatments and foot massages. The service is reasonable priced and booking needed, you can just walk in.
Suvarnabhumi airport is almost like a shopping mall with a good variety of shops and restaurants. Many of the main luxury brands have their little shops at the airport, so you can enjoy some last minute shopping before your flight. Whatever you are looking for, from Gucci to Channel and Dior, you can find them at the luxury passage at the departure hall shopping area.
Jim Thompson is a Thai silk company with several shops in Bangkok and across Thailand, and they also have their store at the airport providing beautiful handbags, clothes and other silk items. If you are looking for some souvenirs for your kids or little friends I would recommend their cute silk toys, which are just adorable! The story of Jim Thompson is also quite fascinating reading, so if you have time click here to read more.
Scents and Tiger Palm
Two of the must have items in my shopping list are the Scents and the Tiger Palm. The “Imagine” Shop provides all kind of scents from sticks to candles and scent bags. These little items are beautifully wrapped and will make nice gifts for your friends and family. The other product I have found very useful is the famous Tiger Palm, which is a natural help whenever it hurts. Whether you are suffering from insect bites or neck pain, tiger palm ease the pain and make it more comfortable to travel home.
The priority seats quiz
One of the last things, which I found fascinating in this airport were the priority seats that are located at the departure gates. When you enter the gate area, you can find plenty of these seats marked with the white cover with a group of images. And coming from Europe it took me a while to discover the first priority group…
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