One of the luxuries of flying first class or business class is access to a VIP lounge. Recently, I flew on the cheapest First Class Emirates flight in the world from Bangkok (BKK) to Hong Kong and enjoyed the Emirates Lounge at Bangkok. In this article, I review this recently upgraded lounge to see if it’s the oasis of luxury that Emirates promises.
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Emirates Lounge Bangkok: Access & Location
Access to the Emirates Lounge at Bangkok Airport is limited to business class and first class passenger flying with Emirates, qualifying Emirates Skywards members, and people willing to pay $155 USD ex tax (more information here). Emirates is not part of OneWorld or the Star Alliance.
There is only one Emirates Lounge at BKK Bangkok International (also called Suvarnabhumi Airport). That means that Business and First Class passengers use the same facility. If you’ve enjoyed the First Class Emirates lounge in Dubai, the BKK lounge is not to the same standard. It’s much more like a medium-sized business class lounge.
To find the BKK Emirates Lounge, follow signs for Concourse G after security, go down the escalator to the G Concourse and turn left. The lounge entrance is unmistakable, about 200 metres from the escalator.
Lounge Ambiance & Design
The exterior of the Emirates Lounge features the familiar burnished wood look and feel. Inside, the lounge is pretty fresh, having been revamped from an older and smaller lounge, to better match the interior design cues in the Dubai lounges. Expect leather easy chairs, heaps of sockets charging points, and proper tables and chairs in the main food servery.
Emirates Lounge Facilities and Amenities
The main features of this lounge are quality food and drink, reading materials, and showers. The food on offer includes hot and cold choices – I enjoyed the satay skewers – but there are Thai, Emirati and Western choices.
Drinks include soft and harder options, including champagne (Moet only) and premium spirits. Everything is self-help, though staff are on hand if you need help.
There are no spa services at the Bangkok Emirates Lounge, an option which I think is overlooked, given the quality of Thai massage available in the country. There are four showers in a private shower corridor, which also includes an area for ablutions, for those who intend to pray during their lounge stay.
Entertainment & Connectivity
Honestly, I’m not sure who would use a TV Screen or Computer in an airport lounge, but both are freely available. For people with laptops and iPads, there’s ample unthrottled high-speed wifi, plenty fast for video calls or downloading a season of your favourite show.
Emirates Lounge Bangkok: Service
There is always a very warm welcome at the front desk of any Emirates lounge, and Bangkok is no different. After that, there are staff in the lounge who will answer any questions, but all food and drinks are self-service. I did notice that a chef was available, but couldn’t easily find out what special orders could be made. No menu was available at the tables.
This is one lounge where you will always know when your flight is ready for boarding as they still make announcements (I prefer this). It’s part of a carefully considered product that balances what most people want (easy access to food and drink, and showers) with a pared back staff presence. If this lounge access is included in your ticket, it’s well worth a visit. However, I’m not sure I’d pay out $155 per person for a 2 hour visit ahead of my flight. If you’re tempted to find a better-value lounge at Bangkok International, read my short guide to paid-for and priority pass lounges.
- Pre-booking: Reservations and priority access tips.
- Time management: Optimizing your time in the lounge for maximum enjoyment.
- Interconnecting flights: Making the most of layovers with lounge access.