Short Review: Boxtel in BKK Airport

Landing in the airport at 1am is never ideal, especially with no place to go to. I thought about crashing in the lounges but all I really wanted for just a bed to sleep on.

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And I mean…just look at this immigration line

Enter Boxtel. It’s literally a box with a bed, lamp, outlet, and nothing else. It’s located past the immigration, follow the signs to the Airport Link and then to the transit hotels, Boxtel can be found near the food court. At 1am everything was understandably closed.

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Box, sweet Box

PRICE

You pay by the hour which for me and sleeping for about 7 hours did add up. The final price was a hefty (for Thailand) $50 USD, but I was paying more for convenience than anything else. The staff at 1am seemed very checked out by that point and that made sense. Besides that they were helpful to get me situated in a box.

THE ROOM

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I mean, it’s a box

What’s in the box? Well….a bed, a light, and a place to put your stuff in and nothing much else. They had A/C Blowing through with the only option to either turn it off or turn it on. They mention that there is no shower and no bathroom. For a bathroom you will need to leave your box and use a public bathroom. They did include a giant water bottle as part of the deal which is thoughtful of them.

HOW IT WENT

I got in, stripped off the clothes I had worn for over 20 hours in a plane and went to bed. The bed is surprisingly extremely comfortable and I was able to sleep almost immediately (Tylenol PM may or may not have factored in my comfort).

Just before my 7 hours I had woken up and I felt a sense of being fully rested, Boxtel has been successful at it’s one job. So I guess I’d call that a win in my book.

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You did the trick ol’ Box

OVERALL

Boxtel provides folks flying in the most basic need: a place to sleep, which is all anyone ever needs after being on 2 international flights. The price is a lot, considering I paid significantly less in both of my hostels. But when you just need a bed, it’s better this than nothing else.

-RR

MORE ARTICLES FROM “THAILAND THANKSGIVING”

  1. Introduction: Thailand Thanksgiving
  2. Flight Log: ORD to NRT
  3. Flight Log: NRT to BKK
  4. Short Review: Boxtel BKK
  5. 7-11 in Thailand
  6. Train Night Market Ratchada
  7. Flight Log: DMK to CNX
  8. Playing with Elephants in Chiang Mai
  9. The Saturday Night Market in Chiang Mai
  10. Seeing and Staying in Bangkok

Introduction: Thailand Thanksgiving

CONTENTS

  1. Introduction: Thailand Thanksgiving
  2. Flight Log: ORD to NRT
  3. Flight Log: NRT to BKK
  4. Short Review: Boxtel BKK
  5. 7-11 in Thailand
  6. Train Night Market Ratchada
  7. Flight Log: DMK to CNX
  8. Playing with Elephants in Chiang Mai
  9. The Saturday Night Market in Chiang Mai
  10. Seeing and Staying in Bangkok

 

THOUGHTS

I looked at my work’s vacation spreadsheet and saw that I only had about 4 days to use up. My coworkers had already claimed all of their remaining vacation for the year end. Which means that I will be the one handling the year end madness, okay…

However, I noticed that not too many people have decided to take off on Thanksgiving. My initial thought of traveling during that time would be absolutely insane, it is the busiest travel time in the US.

But not everyone will be traveling internationally during this time, going internationally and combining my 4 vacation days with the company-allotted thanksgiving time off will allow me a whole week of vacation!

I called my sister and confirmed what everyone would be doing and not surprisingly, my family all thought about traveling! For her, she would head to Europe. While my Dad will be heading to India. And my Mom, well…she gets to be happy knowing that she doesn’t have to spend a back breaking holiday cooking some big thanksgiving meal, a vacation in of itself!

As luck would have it, I was able to find cheap airfare to South East Asia. I had already been to Singapore, I figured I’d continue to explore the area even further. Thailand seemed to have really good fares and it helped that those fares came from United. And my first thought was of course, Thai food! I love ordering it to my apartment that I might as well head over there to taste it myself.

BOOKING

With the help of Google Flights I booked directly on United. The final trip cost would be $563.76. Not bad! I used my Chase Sapphire Reserve card and earned x3 points under the travel category for a total of 1691 UR Points!

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While a majority of the journey would be on United, I am glad ANA is there to give me a taste of Asia-based airlines

ROUTE

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I would be taking a roundtrip flight going from ORD-NRT-BKK and back the same way. What I enjoyed about this route is being able to transit through Narita International Airport since they have a much smoother transit process than most other countries would.

Another reason is I would have time in NRT on my return trip and I would be in Terminal 1! Terminal 2 in NRT is never a fun time unless you had decent oneworld status and lounge access. Terminal 1 had a reasonably good Sushi restaurant as well as a large selection of duty free items to pick up for my coworkers! I also have Priority Pass access to the KAL Lounge too.

OVERALL

I was pretty lucky to find that price and route and to have an affordable trip to go on during Thanksgiving break. Personally I won’t miss the turkey….

-RR