Review: EVA Air Lounge Bangkok

Introduction: To Bangkok For The Weekend
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
Thai Airways A330 Business Class Hong Kong to Bangkok
Park Hyatt Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse D
Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse E
EVA Air Lounge Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse C East
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse C West
Thai Airways 747 Business Class Bangkok to Hong Kong


The main destination of my lounge hop was EVA Air’s lounge near Concourse F, which I was excited to check out. EVA Air had just recently refurbished their lounge at Bangkok Airport, and I’d heard good things about it. The lounge is located at Concourse F, one floor below the general departures area.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Entrance

If this were a competition for Bangkok’s best lounge, EVA Air’s lounge would be by far the most try-hard out of all of them. The lounge’s exterior featured a wooden sliding door, with silver finishes (including a silver logo, as well as the word “lounge” being displayed with silver finishes too).

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Entrance

I was admitted in by a friendly lounge attendant, who presented me with a slip of paper with the WiFi login details.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Entrance

To the left was a locker room, which was handy for storing luggage.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Locker Room

The lounge itself was busy due to an imminently departing EVA Air flight, though it didn’t feel crowded by any means. Immediately, though, I was struck by the grey and silver metallic colour tones that the lounge emanated. It wasn’t the silver metallic finishes as such, but rather the mood lighting that was present, which reflected off the finishes and gave the lounge a very “glitzy” feeling.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Seating

The lounge featured a big rectangular room broken up into a few separate sections. The first section was rather busy, and featured some chairs, as well as some communal seating.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Seating

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Seating

The aforementioned few areas were connected with a hallway that could only also be described as glitzy.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Hallway

Past that was an area with more communal seating. While seating in this lounge was beyond abundant (despite the lounge being busy), I’m not sure how comfortable most of it would be.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Seating

The section of the lounge closer to the tarmac featured a line of seating facing each other, with circular tables (I find circular tables to be rather impractical, though I’m happy that they weren’t the only option for working).

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Seating

Past that was my favourite section of the lounge design-wise, featuring a few sofas with square tables, as well as a centerpiece display of baubles/Taiwanese lanterns (does anyone know what that actually is?).

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Seating

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Seating

  EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Seating

The sofas were comfortable, and this ended up being where I spent the bulk of my stay.

  EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Seating

At the very end, there were more chairs facing each other, including some high-backed chairs that looked rather comfortable.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Seating

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Seating

There was also a rather private section featuring armchairs. I was happy to see power ports at each armchair.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Seating

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Seating

In fact, power ports were littered through the entire lounge. An abundance of power ports makes me happy!

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Power Ports

I was also happy to see a separate relaxation area featuring dark, private rooms with massage chairs. I didn’t find the need for one of these, though boy, those armchairs looked comfortable.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Massage Chairs

There was a separate work area, which featured three workstations with computers. While this area is blockaded from the rest of the lounge, there’s no privacy between workstations, and those bringing their own laptop wouldn’t find this space ideal.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Workstations

While I wasn’t hungry, I skimmed through the food spread, which looked pretty high quality.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Food Spread

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Food Spread

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Food Spread

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Food Spread

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Food Spread

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Food Spread

More than anything, I was happy to see eight separate flavours of chocolate Swensen’s ice cream (yes, we’re talking milk chocolate, dark chocolate, etc.). While I’d eaten, I couldn’t resist having a Swensen’s ice cream. A friendly lounge attendant came by to take my cup when she saw I’d finished.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Food Spread

In addition, there were also newspapers and magazines on display.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Magazine Spread Spread

It’s worth noting that WiFi at this lounge was slower than at all the other lounges I visited during my schlep. It wasn’t actively horrible by any means, but it wasn’t high speed like the Thai Airways lounges or the Singapore lounge.

I was looking forward to a shower, so I went back to the friendly lounge attendant manning the reception desk, who scanned my boarding pass (without taking it) and gave me a key for room I.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Shower Hallway

The rooms are numbered in Roman numerals, meaning that the shower compartment adjacent to mine was room II.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Shower Hallway

The shower room itself was big, modern and clean. It was whiter than I expected, though very fitting for a lounge owned by a Taiwanese airline. It featured a little vanity area with a stool, a toilet, as well as the actual shower.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Shower Room

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Shower Room

The leather stool at the vanity area was a nice touch.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Shower Room

I was impressed by the shower, which featured a three-way showerhead, as well as “massage” water ports (and a handheld showerhead which I didn’t use). The water pressure was great, and the temperature didn’t fluctuate.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Shower

The L’Occitane amenities were high quality, if not comparable to the Thann amenities found in Thai Airways’ shower rooms. They were great.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Shower Amenities

What was less great, though, was the fact that the towels were wrapped in plastic. Germaphobes would appreciate that, I know, though it’s not like the towel itself smelled great…

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Shower Towels

In addition to the shower, the lounge also features very nice (and clean) bathrooms.

EVA Air Lounge Bangkok Bathroom

Bottom Line: EVA Air Lounge Bangkok

EVA Air has a great outstation lounge at Bangkok Airport. I’d say that there were a few impracticalities in terms of seating, and it personally wouldn’t be the way I’d design a lounge (especially considering that EVA Air isn’t often associated with glitziness, as far as I’m concerned). While Thai Airways’ ground service amenities are scattered throughout Bangkok Airport, I’d personally choose to spend my time here unless I was dying for a massage (while Singapore’s lounge is nice, they don’t have showers…boo!).

Props to EVA Air for a great lounge – I wouldn’t arrive here early and it isn’t the world’s best outstation lounge (I’m not how sure how Cathay Pacific’s Bangkok lounge compares, as it looks stunning), though it’s a very pleasant lounge offering and the best Star Gold lounge at Bangkok Airport.

What do you think of the EVA Air Lounge Bangkok? Does it deserve to be one of the world’s best outstation lounges?

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