There are two major airports serving Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi Airport, which serves most major airlines and international flights, and Don Mueang Airport, which has become the low-cost carrier (LCC) airport in the past decade.
For this journey, I was flying AirAsia from Singapore to Chiang Mai. AirAsia Thai is based in Don Mueang airport, and my friend and I transmitted through the airport on our way to Chiang Mai. I went in thinking there wouldn’t be a lounge in an airport that primarily serves low-cost carriers, only to be (gladly) proven wrong. It turns out, the Coral Executive lounge opened just a few months prior to my visit, and it was a pretty good one!
This trip report/review is part of a series. See also:
- 1. Trip to Southeast Asia – Introduction
- 2. Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia (King Room)
- 3. Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia (Junior Suite)
- 4. EVA Air Royal Laurel (Business Class) “Hello Kitty” Jet Houston-Taipei
- 5. Grand Hyatt Taipei (Haunted?) Grand Suite
- 6. InterContinental Hong Kong Patio Room
- 7. Coral Executive Lounge Bangkok-Don Mueang
- 8. AirAsia “Premium Flex” Chiang Mai to Bangkok-Don Mueang
- 9. Conrad Bangkok (King Room)
- 10. Conrad Bangkok Executive Lounge
- 11. Conrad Bangkok Presidential Suite Bedroom
- 12. Grand Hyatt Bangkok Grand King Room
- 13. Thai Airways 777-300ER Royal Silk Business Class Bangkok to Stockholm
- 14. Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin Room
- 15. Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul (“July 15 Heroes of Democracy Lounge”)
- 16. Turkish Airlines A330 Business Class Istanbul-Washington DC
The Coral Executive Lounge in Don Mueang Airport is part of the Priority Pass network. I had my Priority Pass membership card that came with my Citi Prestige card, so I was able to bring my friend in as well. You can also get a Priority Pass membership with a number of other credit cards.
Don Mueang airport was pretty rundown, and with water leaks and tan brown walls, I wasn’t expecting a super nice lounge. To my surprise, however, the lounge had a very clean, almost Parisian design that exudes some sense of understated luxury.
The lounge was subtly divided into a few areas by wooden screens or thin pillars, with the central buffet and reception desk tying them altogether. Turning left first, there wast a dedicated restaurant-style seating area.
Towards the terminal end, there were armchairs arranged in fours, as well as couches lining the wall. In the center, a bar-height table with stools complete this end of the lounge.
One thing I did notice was signs on almost every coffee table saying “sleeping is prohibited.” I am not sure if they’ve had a problem before, but most flights to/from Don Mueang are usually pretty short, so that shouldn’t be a huge issue.
In the middle of the lounge was the buffet area. It was marked by a giant center table with cookies, other sweets, and coffee.
Behind the table were refrigerators with a variety of beverages and desserts. I didn’t see any alcohol selection, but I also didn’t ask whether they offer any on request.
On two sides across the center table were hot and cold food options. They offered pasta, fried rice, grilled chicken, and a soup during my visit.
There were also salads, finger sandwiches, and fruit skewers. The sandwiches and canapé were saran-wrapped; I know some people think that’s cheap looking, but on the up side it’s (hopefully/usually) sanitary.
There were also other beverages available, including orange and guava juice, a selection of tea.
Turning right from the buffet tables, there was a similar seating area with chairs in fours. The were also bathrooms were also in this area of the lounge, though there were no showers.
I settled down after grabbing some dessert, which were surprisingly good.
I also grabbed a Fanta that totally shocked me upon pouring. It was delicious and refreshing, but it sure looks like it should be on the set of Wicked or something!
This lounge is a nice addition to a otherwise pretty depressing airport. It was truly an oasis, and made me glad about my Priority Pass membership. It wouldn’t score very high as a international First or even Business Class lounge. As a lounge serving mostly low cost carriers though, it’s absolutely stellar. If anything, I know wouldn’t purposefully avoid AirAsia Thai because I know I’d have a place to recharge when transmitting in Don Mueang!