What to do on a 47 year layover

It’s the holiday season. Many are flying home to love ones.

Just what do you do when you have a long layover at an airport awaiting a connecting flight? For some, this can be just a few hours. But this man’s got a really long wait. What should he do for those many many hours in Bangkok airport? The response from the social media manager at Skyscanner was simply brilliant if you read the article.

Now it would be ridiculous to imagine being able to stay in the terminal for 47 years but “The Terminal” is a good reference movie…

But imagine you really had a long layover time – say 6 hours. What would you do?

What would we do if we had more than 6 hours of layover in Bangkok? The airport used to have free transit passenger tours that run for between 4-6 hours. But it appears to have been discontinued since June 2015. Honestly given the traffic to and from the airport, it doesn’t justify getting out on your own.

Sukhumvit transit loungeRather, it might be better to use the transit lounge. They are on the third floor on concourse B and D. Seems like they have televisions and nice couch seats just like Changi airport..

There is also free internet, simply enable wireless network connection and select the following network (SSID): “.@ AirportTrueFreeWiFi”. Instructions here. Some folks said that it is counterintuitive to send the account and password to your email account. Some even said you need internet (to access your email account) before you can get this free wifi!

But we read it as the password is automatically created and you just need to click “login” to access for free (2 hours) immediately. No need to search your email account for anything. Guess sending the account name and password to your email is also for you to not have to register again in the future? Or to re-login if you lost connection at any time or reason.

We’ll try it out and update.

Wild your time away couch surfing (not the booking site) then. We will be definitely doing this when we are in Bangkok over the lunar new year holidays.

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

4 thoughts on “What to do on a 47 year layover”

  1. My daughter flew out of LAX on the 18th. She was connecting in Chicago, supposedly a 3-hour layover but with snow (probably), her flight to Heathrow was delayed by 8 hours. She was bored! She didn’t want to get out into the snow even if she wanted to experience it (no snow in LA) because she was alone. This wasn’t so bad because her 17-hour layover in Heathrow was shortened. Still, 9 hours was a lot.

    She’s not adventurous like me. With her Botswana passport that allows entry to UK, she might have wasted a day (or few hours in London). I would have gone gallivanting…

    …except my South African passport needs a visa to get in to the UK thanks to the bad governance that made fake SA passports easy so the UK revoked SA’s free entry because the unsavory characters used their fraudulent passport to get in to the UK. But I digressed. 😆😃

    Our long layovers in HK were always used to enjoy Lantau and/or Hong Kong islands.

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    1. Indeed, when making the flight it is useful to do a little research about the connecting airport(s) and their facilities and options. Yes but its right that with today’s visa and ESTA requirements, even if we want to we may not be able to enter the countries we transit in!


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