One of the often-overlooked Star Alliance lounge options at Bankgok Suvarnabhumi Airport is the EVA Air Lounge. It’s located on the 3rd floor at the F concourse, close to gate F1, and certainly provides a nice alternative to the (rather tired) Thai Airways business class lounges, five of which are dotted around the international concourse.
Indeed we visited the EVA Air facility prior to a Singapore Airlines business class flight, which we reviewed here, to see if it stood up as a worthy alternative to both Thai Airways and Singapore Airlines new SilverKris lounge offerings in Bangkok.
EVA Air at Bangkok
Although EVA Air is best known as a Taiwanese carrier and Star Alliance member based in Taipei, they operate a total of 42 flights per week from Bangkok. 28 of those are to Taipei, plus a daily flight (7 per week) to London Heathrow, four flights to Vienna and three per week to Amsterdam, making it an important secondary hub for the carrier, certainly worthy of its own lounge.
The Bangkok facility is one of only two lounges EVA Air operates outside Taiwan, the other being in San Francisco.
(Edit: 27th December 19:00 – The EVA Air lounge in San Francisco actually closed a couple of months ago, on 1st October 2017, the same date as the Singapore Airlines SFO lounge closed. This is to make way for the new United Polaris lounge which is opening in 2018. Thanks to Sunny for the heads-up.)
Opening Times: 6.00am to 3.30am (Wed/Fri/Sun closing at 2.30am)
Multi-standard Power Sockets: No (Thai three-pin)
USB Charging Sockets: No
We arrived in the lounge around 1.30pm on a Saturday. There was an EVA Air departure one hour later to Taipei, followed by another EVA flight about three and a half hours later.
The first thing that strikes you when you enter this lounge is the unusual decor, more reminiscent of a nightclub than the usual grey and brown tones of most airline lounges these days.
The entrance lobby is softly lit and sports black ceilings and neon lighting, to us it seemed like a theme which would have been more widely popular in the early 2000s.
Once you progress into the lounge though, the colours tone down a little and it’s not so “in your face”. Either that, or you just quickly get used to it!
We were warmly welcomed inside having presented our Singapore Airlines business class boarding passes, and the lounge at first appeared moderately busy. However, with a little exploration it was clear that this lounge is divided into three distinct seating areas, and most people had chosen a seat in the first one, closest to the reception and food area.