In 2017, shortly after my first visit to the lounge, the Air France-KLM Lounge at Bangkok Suvarnahumi airport went through renovation. The lounge was reopened by the end of the same year, but it wasn’t until earlier this month that I finally got to revisit it.
While the changes in the lounge were nothing drastic – in fact, the food and drinks selection remained basically the same – I still decided to write this review to keep the information up to date.
If you’re interested in seeing what the lounge was like before the renovation, see my old review which I archived here.
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Location, Opening Hours & Access
The Air France-KLM Lounge is located near gate F2, in Concourse F of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport. It’s on the main departures level, not on the lower, gate level.
Because of that, it’s best to visit the lounge if your flight is departing from an “F-gate.” However, I’d say it’s also close enough to the central area of the terminal to be useful regardless of the concourse your flight is departing from. Assuming it’s an international flight, of course.
Even though Air France’s three weekly flights to Paris depart in the morning and KLM’s daily flights to Amsterdam depart around noon, the lounge is open 24 hours a day.
Part of the reason is the fact that besides Air France’s and KLM’s business class passengers and elite status holders, similar passengers traveling with one of its SkyTeam partner airlines are eligible for free access as well.
The Air France-KLM Lounge’s reception area was separated from the rest of the lounge by a “wall” made out of some plants.
Besides a reception desk staffed with two lounge attendants, there were also two sofa chairs.
As for the lounge itself, it was essentially one very long but fairly narrow room. The entrance led to roughly the middle of its long side.
On the other side of the “plant wall” as well as along the windows on the left side of the lounge, there were sofa chairs in a variety of setups. Some were facing the apron while others were facing each other or the lounge.
Besides that, there were also a few booths with dining tables for two.
While this area featured dozens of seats, they were separated into groups of less than four or five by wooden walls to provide a bit of a sense of privacy.
Continuing with the left side of the lounge, there was a snack area which offered some of the refreshments that were also offered in the main dining area which I will talk about further down. Connected to that was a communal table that could sit up to six people.
Along the inner wall of the lounge, there were some more sofa chairs – all facing the inside of the lounge – in what could be considered a reading area.
There was also a rack with a selection of newspapers from a variety of countries including France, the US, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. Some magazines were available as well.
Finally, at the very left end of the lounge, there were a pair of massage chairs and a small business center.
The latter included a counter with a pair of iMacs as well as a work counter for six with a power outlet available for each seat.
The right side of the lounge was dedicated to dining.
There were a kitchen island and a corner counter with a very decent selection of food and drinks (more on that later) and there were some booths for two separating the buffet area from the rest of the seating.
Along the windows, there were about half a dozen tables for two.
Besides that, there were also a row of tables with chairs on one side and a long bench on the other and a counter with three high-top chairs among other seating options.
Finally, the entrance to the restrooms and shower rooms was in this area as well.
Food and Drinks
A fairly wide selection of drinks and – especially lighter – food was offered in Air France-KLM Lounge Bangkok. All of the items were available in the main buffet area on the right side of the lounge with a small subset of that also available in the snack area on the other side of the lounge.
As for soft drinks, there was a refrigerator with some canned soda (Coke, Sprite, Fanta, tonic water, ginger ale, etc.), bottled water, tomato juice, and milk. It also included some canned beer (Heineken and Singha).
Besides that, there were apple and orange juice dispensers, a coffee machine, and a selection of tea bags.
Alcoholic drinks offered included – besides the beer mentioned above – more than a dozen different types of liquor as well as some wine.
Now, let’s take a look at the food available in the lounge during my visit. Keep in mind that I visited during breakfast time – i.e. that the lunch and dinner options might differ.
There was a variety of warm options including some breakfast items (sausages, beans, and ham), light items (omelettes and mozzarella filled tomatoes), and more filling items (fried rice and noodles).
A selection of other warm light items – like pastries, fried fish cakes, and different kinds of steamed buns – was available as well.
Finally, there were three kinds of cup noodles.
Besides the warm items above, there was also a large selection of plain bread as well as sandwiches and similar.
The selection of desserts and other sweet items was impressive as well. There were some yogurts, fruits, and cereals, as well as chocolate eclairs, lemon and chocolate cream cakes, butter cakes, and apple pies.
Vanilla and chocolate ice-cream was available as well.
Finally, there were some snacks including potato chips, nuts, and crakers.
While, as you can see above, the there were plenty of choices, the one notable thing that the buffet lacked were salads.
Air France-KLM Lounge Bangkok Summary
Not much has changed about the Air France-KLM Lounge in Bangkok with its 2017 renovation. Considering the pre-renovation lounge was more than decent to begin with, that’s not a bad thing, though.
Other than the lack of salads, the amount of food choices offered in the lounge is excellent and the quality is decent. Similarly, while there are lounges with more extensive drink selection, I’m sure everyone will be able to pick something in this lounge as well.
On top of that, in spite of the limited number of flights that Air France and KLM operate out of the airport, the lounge is very spacey. In fact, it offers more seats than, for example, the Turkish Airlines Lounge, a lounge of an airline that has up to three daily flights from the airport.
Because of that, there were dozens of empty seats when I visited in the morning. While I am not sure how crowded the lounge gets later in the day, I can’t imagine there being a time when it is too difficult to find a seat.
All in all, the Air France-KLM Lounge remains – together with the Oman Air Lounge – my favorite Priority Pass lounge at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport.
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