I've read with interest the post below about spending 9 hrs at the airport without leaving. We will be arriving on Nov. 13, at 11:15 pm, and we leave on the early morning (6:40 am) flight to Chiang Mai with Air Asia.
Our plan was to just spend the night at the airport. Hopefully our 4 kids will be able to sleep on the hard benches, or leaning on one another (and perhaps us too). We don't think it is worth it to leave the airport in the middle of the night, and the cost for the lounge is just way too expensive for 6 of us. We will also be very jet-lagged, with a 12 hr difference, so it will feel like midday to us. I hope that we can all sleep on our flight from Tokyo to Bangkok, so that we aren't too tired.
Does this plan sound like it can work? Is anything open (restaurants, stores...) during the night at the airport? We will have books, school work, activity books, iPods, etc. to keep us entertained, if we are unable to sleep, but hopefully we can also walk around and see and do stuff.
Do you have any other suggestions for us? Do you think it would be worth trying to get to a hotel for only 4 hrs (if we consider customs, money exchange, getting back in time for our morning flight)?
Thanks for any advice you can offer!