Coming Soon: Hilarious Bangkok Airport Documentary

There’s nothing I love more than a good airport documentary. National Geographic has done a great “Ultimate Airport Dubai” series, which, as the name suggests, follows operations at Dubai Airport. I loved the whole first season, and the show is now back for a second season.

It looks like BBC Three is producing a six episode series about Bangkok Airport, which promises to be pretty hilarious. Here’s a 30 second trailer:

And then here’s the description:

Bangkok Airport (w/t) – 6 x 60 minutes

Bangkok airport, the gateway to South-East Asia, is a thriving, bustling hub of excitement and anticipation, of pale arrivals to tanned departures and everything in between. BBC Three has gained unparalleled access to all aspects of the airport in this thrilling six-part series which sees young Brits passing through to embark on adventures of a lifetime. Each episode follows some of the thousands of youth British travellers checking in and checking out, run-ins with the tourist police, incidents in immigration, customs, treatment at the on-site medical centre, missed flights, expired passports and emergencies abroad. The action takes place inside and occasionally outside the airport – at island trouble spots and the British Embassy in downtown Bangkok. And in a unique twist, contributors’ UGC (user generated content) will be used alongside fly-on-the-wall docusoap content. Bangkok Airport is made by Keo Films. It is series produced by Fiona Inskip and executive produced by Paula Trafford. BBC commissioning editor is Sam Bickley.

Who’s excited? 🙂

(Tip of the hat to Joelfreak)


  1. I’ve watched every episode of ultimate airport Dubai and I really enjoyed it. I’ve actually never been to Dubai but I feel like I know it really well. This show looks really interesting and I can’t wait to watch it.

  2. Just watched the first episode of the Bangkok documentary. Good stuff. I’ll watch the other five once they are up.

  3. Personally, I found it painful and embarrassing to watch. It seems like the programme makers focus on passengers that are complete idiots and/or chavs and then go on to set up the most *eccentric* staff for easy lampooning that unfortunately only goes to reinforce racial stereotypes of the Thai people.

    A new low for the BBC (and the UK taxpayer – who financed this trash)!!!

  4. Having just passed through BKK twice in the past 7-days, will be interested in catching an episode or two of this. Curious is they show the security check officer who confiscated my 1/4 tube of toothpaste because she claimed the tube was larger than 100ml (which didn’t seem to phase the inspectors at YYZ, IAD or FRA!). Also caught a couple of episodes of the Dubai Airports series on NGSTV while sleepless in Hong Kong last week. A noble follow-on to the initial such series set a LHR.

  5. It’s on the torrents as well…… way better than the humourless Dubai stuff. Priceless, the “first loser of the day”, Dr. Jack, etc.

    And yes, a fair amount of British travelling to BKK are really that way. Just like most other nationalities that travel to low cost countries for sun and fun.

    But I’ve never had that many smiles at immigration…..

  6. I just thought I would let you know that the programme has already started, I love in the UK and the first episode was a few days ago

  7. @Gerard,

    I can assure you that most British people are not like that, I found it quite embarrassing to watch both of them, obviously not everyone from one country is the same. Are all American people fat?

  8. This show is the kind that I love. It shows so much variety. Granted maybe not accurate or representative, but entertaining none the less.

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