Review — Air France/KLM Lounge, Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Bangkok, Thailand

When it was time to leave Bangkok I was actually looking forward to it.  I really enjoyed my stay at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit.  The Executive Lounge at the JW Marriott was real treat.  And the Songkran (Thai New Year) celebrations, though small and scattered, were fun to watch .

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Playing water (nahm), a Songkran tradition, in the Patpong district.  With many in Bangkok wearing business attire and expensive clothing, Songkran celebrations here are limited and tame compared to what goes on in the provinces.

In spite of the good times, I was thinking of the flights back to the US on Korean Air, especially the A380 flight from Seoul, Korea (ICN) to New York, NY (JFK).  The first flight, Bangkok to Seoul, gave me a chance to spend a little time in the SkyTeam lounge at BKK.

Like almost all airlines at BKK, China Eastern being a notable exception, Korean Air provides passengers in premium cabins with a pass to use the shorter and faster Premium Lane through security and passport control.20170420_020839_resized

Suvarnabhumi (silent i) is a large airport so Korean Air also supplies a map to the lounge.  The AF/KLM lounge serves SkyTeam business class and Elite Plus passengers.  The path to the left is the Premium Lane for security and passport control.  The distance to the lounge looks short on the map but takes a good seven minutes of brisk walking assuming one avoids stopping at one of the many the enticing duty-free shops.20170420_020557_resized

Once through passport control, the Thai dragon/serpent awaits.20170420_020346_resized

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The AK/KLM lounge is located on the F Concourse one level down from the shops.

This lounge was a Delta lounge until Delta stopped service to BKK in 2016.  The decor is has remained unchanged for years but the food and beverages have been improved greatly.

The main seating areas and newspaper and magazine rack are to the left of the entrance and check-in area.

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The seats are comfortable and power outlets are available at each seat.

AF/KLM added massage chairs that are located in a corner of the lounge overlooking Concourse F.20170529_102349_resized20170529_101925

There is a coffee and light snack station in this seating area.20170420_015228_resized

A business center is next to the seating area.20170420_015016_resized

To the right of the entrance is the buffet and dining area.  The food and beverages are worthy of any international business-class lounge.

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L-R Sliced beef with mushrooms, stir fried chicken with chili paste, vegetable fried rice, baked spinach, and spaghetti with Napolitana sauce
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A decent variety of snacks and adult beverages
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Soup, pastries, etc.

The restrooms and showers are located behind the food service area.  The showers and bathrooms are in bad shape.  That and an update to the decor is probably why this lounge is now closed for renovations.  Lounge Buddy, a great app for finding lounges at airports worldwide, reports that the AF/KLM lounge is closed for renovations until August 17, 2017.

Those flying first class on Korean Air use the CIP lounge near the gates on the F Concourse.20170529_102906_resized20170420_013527_resized

When the AF/KLM lounge reopens we can hope it will look something like the F Concourse CIP lounge.

 

 

 

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