Traveling on a shoestring budget means getting the most bang for your buck, so when we zombied into Bangkok at midnight, the logical thing for us was to spend the rest of the night at the airport, until we could check into our hotel later that day! Because we ARE a traveling circus, we seldom plan past tomorrow, so we like to get our bearings upon arrival at airports. We approached fellow travelers, arriving and departing, and got the lowdown on their planning and experiences, respectively. Airports are also a great place to pick up important words and phrases in the local language, because there is a high probability that attendants at ticket counters, or information booths are also fluent in English. We stocked up on free city maps, cash from the ATM, and a SIM card for our phone. We also grilled the info booth for SkyTrain routes, popular attractions, embassy information, and even local hangouts. After about an hour of purposeful meandering, we split some scrambled eggs and two steaming mounds of rice at a posh little restaurant, then pushed our luggage around the four levels of the cavernous Suvamabhumi to snap fellow frugal vagabonds stretching out on stainless steel metal benches, sans armrests (a welcome bonus for airport sleeping comfort)! We met a sweet couple, who were on our plane from Beijing, and found out they were on their honeymoon; congrats to Ryan and Zhan! We kept Rohan, from Mumbai, company while he waited for his mates to stagger back from their night of partying, before jetting back to India. He gave us the ins-and-outs of his vacation in Thailand, and even caught us up on the India- Pakistan conflict. It was a bit too cold for our liking, but we took turns and managed some short snores in between roaming, chatting, and shooting pictures. All in all it was a long but a fruitful first night in Bangkok!
So after reading this we bet you can’t wait to spend a night at the airport. Check out The Guide to Sleeping In Airports. Sweet dreams!