Suvarnabhumi International Airport - The Unofficial Airports Guide

Suvarnabhumi Shopping & Dining

Although Bangkok's new airport was just opened in October of 2006, it's program was drawn up almost 30 years before and didn't provide adequate space for the retail outlets that modern travelers have come to expect. There was an attempt to rectify the situation at the last minute, to somewhat disastrous effects. But make no mistake, there is still a great many shops and restaurants to select from at Suvarnabhumi.

Public Access Shopping & Dining at Bangkok

Shops in the publicly accessible areas include convenience stores on the second and fourth levels, a florist and a bookstore.

Dining options include several restaurants on the third level serving many different cuisines. There are smaller kiosks on the second level (arrivals) for quick snacks. For cheap eats, there's a food court on the first level aimed primarily at people who work at the airport but it's open to everyone. Lastly, there's another cluster of fast food stands in the basement outside the airport link station.

Domestic Departures Dining

Near the base of Concourse A is a large food court with pleasant views of the gardens next to the main terminal.

International Dining & Duty Free Shopping

Suvarnabhumi Airport features a lot of duty free shopping opportunities. While there is a wide selection of the standard duty free items - booze, cigarettes and perfume - there isn't much depth or variety. Don't expect a good selection of wines or liqueurs. You'll also find a lot of other kinds of goods, such as electronics, watches, books and luggage, but in my checks I've founded that prices are the same as you'll find at any shopping center outside the airport, excluding VAT. There's also a selection of over-priced Thai products.

Duty Free Benchmark Prices

Marlboro Cigarettes (Carton of 100) 540 Baht (18.09 USD)
Bacardi Light Rum (1 liter) 560 Baht (18.76 USD)
Beefeater Gin (1 liter) 500 Baht (16.75 USD)
Chivas Regal (1 liter) 1,120 Baht (37.52 USD)
Jack Daniels (1 liter) 920 Baht (30.82 USD)
Stolichnya Vodka (1 liter) 500 Baht (16.75 USD)
Chanel No. 5 (50 ml) 2,820 Baht (94.47 USD)

See our duty free guide for full price comparisons.

There are quite a few food choices inside the departure hall. Most of these are clustered near the two intersections of the concourses. You'll find everything from fast food - Burger King - to fine dining.


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