12 Hours Staying at Suvarnabhumi International Airport

Through aerogbridge, I immediately headed to transit hall to waiting for next Thai Airways connecting flight. The time was 23:15 hours. I tried to find an information center location to ask about the most comfortable place to rest at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.


Me: “Hi, Ms. Where is a better place for rest and getting food ?, Transit hall or departure hall?

Staff: “I think you will be better staying in transit hall. Departure hall is very crowded than you think. There is food court in transit hall, so don’t worry ”.


Me: “Oh, okay Ms. Thank you”.

Finally, her suggestion led me to immediately enter the transit hall. Smoothly passing a ticket and passport checking counter, then I quickly ended it through a x-ray screening.

Entering transit hall.

I would spend a night for 12 hours until Thai Airways flight TG 0319 went to Kathmandu. Arriving at transit hall, I immediately looked for the best spot to closing my eyes. The situation was still busy, it wasn’t possible for me to find a row of empty chairs to stretch out my legs.

Finally, it took about 1.5 hours to explore the entire transit hall.

Midnight began to pass, slowly the airport began to lose its visitors. The long row of blue benches seemed to be empty. Some cleaning services were seen starting to wipe that benches with perfume and sterilizer. They seemed to know my signs to immediately use that benches which looked like a springbeds in my eyes.

Finally I found an empty seat.

Really soundly asleep with backpack as pillow until dawn. Slowly, sound of passengers in their morning flight started to interrupt my “Nepal dream”. I woke up but still feeling sleepy, I decided to look for a prayer room and hoped to continue my dream.

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The prayer room was empty and tempting.

Fajr time in Bangkok was on 05:20 hours. While waiting for it to arrived, I swiftly took a sleeping spot at the back end of mosque. But this time, I had to curl up due to the coldness of room due to prayer room’s large AC.


A few hours later, congregation’s footsteps began to often be heard entering the room. Fajr time was approaching. It couldn’t sleeping anymore, get ready to do Fajr in congregation.

I was happy to be able to pray with Suvarnabhumi’s moslem workers in Bangkok. I mingled with security, immigration staffs until airport polices. After praying, I had a little conversation with one of immigration staff. A thing that I caught was that Bangkok’s moslems account for about 10% of total population of the capital. That percentage was ranges from 800-900 thousand people.


As dawn has passed, it was time to clean myself in toilet then got some snacks for breakfast before TG 0319 taked off on 10:30 hours to the capital of Nepal.

Let’s had breakfast…!

12 Jam Menginap di Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Melalui aerogbridge, aku segera menuju transit hall untuk menunggu connecting flight Thai Airways berikutnya. Waktu menunjukkan pukul 23:15. Aku berusaha menemukan lokasi information centre untuk menanyakan tempat ternyaman beristirahat di Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Aku: “Hi, Ms. Where is better place for rest and getting food?, Transit hall or departure hall?”

Staff: “I think you will be better staying in transit hall. Departure hall is very crowded than you think. Many food stall are in transit hall, so don’t worry”.

Aku: “Oh, okay Ms. Thank you”.

Akhirnya, sarannya menuntunku untuk segera memasuki transit hall. Melewati konter pemeriksaan tiket dan passport dengan lancar, kemudian aku mengakhirinya melalui x-ray screening dengan cepat.

Memasuki transit hall.

Aku akan bermalam selama  12 jam hingga pernerbangan Thai Airways TG 0319 menuju Kathmandu. Setiba di transit hall, aku segera mencari spot terbaik untuk memejamkan mata. Situasi yang masih ramai, tak memungkinkan bagiku menemukan deretan bangku kosong untuk selonjoran.

Akhirnya, menghabiskan waktu sekitar 1,5 jam untuk mengeksplore seluruh transit hall.

Tengah malam mulai berlalu, perlahan airport mulai kehilangan para pengunjungnya. Deretan bangku-bangku biru memanjang itupun nampak mulai kosong. Beberapa cleaning service terlihat mulai menyeka bangku-bangku itu dengan pewangi dan sterilizer. Mereka sepertinya tahu gelagatku untuk segera meniduri bangku-bangku yang tampak seperti springbed dalam penglihatanku.

Akhirnya menenukan bangku kosong.

Sungguh terlelap berbantal backpack hingga menjelang fajar. Perlahan suara geretan koper para penumpang penerbangan pagi mulai menginterupsi “mimpi Nepal”ku. Aku terbangun tetapi masih tak kuasa menahan kantuk. Kuputuskan untuk mencari mushola dan berharap bisa melanjutkan mimpi.

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Ruangan mushola yang kosong dan menggoda.

Waktu subuh di Bangkok adalah jam 05:20. Sembari menunggunya tiba, dengan sigap aku mengambil spot tidur di ujung belakang mushola. Tetapi kali ini, aku harus meringkuk disebabkan dinginnya ruangan karena AC besar mushola.

Beberapa jam setelahnya, derap langkah para jama’ah  mulai sering terdengar memasuki ruangan. Waktu Subuh kian menjelang. Sudah tak lelap lagi, bersiaplah diriku mengerjakan Subuh berjama’ah.

Bahagia rasanya, bisa shalat bersama kaum muslim Bangkok pekerja Suvarnabhumi. Aku berbaur dengan security, staff imigrasi hingga para polisi bandara. Sehabis shalat aku sedikit bercakap dengan salah satu staff imigrasi. Satu yang kutangkap adalah kaum muslim Bangkok berjumlah sekitar 10% dari total penduduk Ibukota. Persentase itu berkisar di angka 800-900 ribu.

Subuh telah berlalu,  saatnya bersih-bersih di toilet lalu mencari sedikit kudapan untuk sarapan sebelum TG 0319 take off pada pukul 10:30 menuju ibukota Nepal.

Sarapan yukkkk…!