Thailand is a popular holiday destination for Muslim travelers, offering fabulous shopping in Bangkok, seaside retreats in cities like Phuket, and adventures with unusual natural formations when visiting Thailand’s many smaller islands. However, the first stop for most holiday goers is the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport opened in 2006. Often known as the new Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, the Suvarnabhumi Airport is one of the biggest international airports in Southeast Asia covering an area of 8,000 acres (3,240 hectares).
The Suvarnabhumi International Airport comprising of seven floors and two basements offers Muslim travelers’ duty-free shops, lifestyle and dining options, recreational facilities, banks; ATMs and money exchanges, emergency and medical facilities, lounges for transit passengers, internet cafes and Wi-Fi facilities, buggies for internal transport, luggage wrapping services, airport parking facilities, vehicle rental and taxi services, and the list just goes on!
Some of the more interesting features of the airport, that make it Thailand's best airports for Muslim travellers’ results from its Muslim friendly facilities and other conveniences.
The Suvarnabhumi Airport not only offers a range of restaurants, cafes, eateries, and fast food joints for travellers placed within four different terminals and three concourses, but there is a signboard on Level 4 that directs Muslim passengers to an area that serves Halal Food! Here are some of the restaurants, food stalls and cafes that serve Halal food.
Express Kebab - located on Level 4 and also inside The Miracle Food Village food court on Level 3
Canadian Pizza - located on Level 4
Halah – serving Thai Halal food is located near Gate B on Level 3, Concourse B
The Miracle Food Village – a food court located on Level 3. There are some vendors who offer Halal food. They have “HALAL” signs on their name boards.
Sareefah - located within the Magic Food Point food court on Level 1 near Gate 8
In addition, there are many seafood options that Muslim travellers can choose from. However, it is best to inquire about the Halal status of each dish before you order.
For coffee lovers, the Suvarnabhumi Airport also has Starbucks Coffee, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and some other local cafes.
The Halal food options at Bangkok's airport is wide-ranging and can match different palates and pocket sizes.
One of the more impressive facilities at the Bangkok Airport for Muslim travelers is the prayer rooms located in the Terminal Building Level 3, Airport Transit Area on Level 3 and the Jet Bridge E. There are signboards that direct Muslim passengers to the relevant areas, and inside one will find the relevant facilities including an ablution room. The prayer facilities at Suvarnabhumi Airport are segregated for males and females.
There is much shopping that can be done at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. From convenience stores, bookshops, fashion and accessories stores, to souvenir shops, everything can be found under one room at this airport in Bangkok.
The Suvarnabhumi International Airport also has designated recreation areas on Level 4 on Concourses C & D where many events and activities take place daily. There is a Sauna and Spa on Concourse FL3 where travelers can relax between their flights!
The Suvarnabhumi Airport has designated play areas for children, located near the transfer lounges in Concourse B and D and on Level 4 of Concourses C and D.
For those Muslim travelers on a long transit and able to leave the airport, or those transferring to another airport, and for passengers entering the Bangkok after a long-haul flight, there are some Halal food restaurants available close to the Suvarnabhumi Airport. Some of these are Aleeus Halal Food, Kobang Halal Food, Go To Grill, Fahana Italian Halal Restaurant, and Mabuba Halal Food. For location details, a quick Google search will do the trick!
Download the HalalTrip Islamic Travel app for more airport guides and to help locate Halal restaurants near you.
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