Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Modern, sophisticated and a splendid vision of air travel Suvarnabhumi International Airport is wonderfully designed with many facilities. Only 36 km east of downtown Bangkok and sited on an 8000 acre (32km²) plot the airport is your entry point to cosmopolitan Bangkok.
Bordered by two highways (34 & 7) the airport also offers rail transport, a link system that can have the visitor in or out of the city center within 15 minutes: accessing downtown or the industrial core of Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard will not offer any problems to the traveler.
Arrival and Departure – What to Expect
Transit travelers must check in at the airline checkpoints on the same floor of Bangkok Airport. Those with a long wait for their next flight can catch up on some sleep by heading to the fourth floor – not passing through Immigration – and booking into the Louis Tavern Dayrooms on Concourse G. You will be charged at a rate of approximately 2200 – 2400 baht per four hour slot (for more details contact the call centre on +66 2132 1888).
Bangkok Airport processes all departures at the airline check-in counters which can be found on the fourth floor of the Departure Terminal. Internal travelers use the domestic Rows B to C. Thai Airways Royal Silk and Royal First Class clients use Row A, while international passengers will go to Rows D to W. Early check-in is recommended; at least two-and-a-half hours before international flights and 80 minutes for domestic departures.
Don Muang Airport
Bounded by Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi Provinces, this area, some 20km north of downtown Bangkok, is best known for being home to the former international airport of the city, Don Muang (now officially written as Don Mueang). The airport – once the thriving home to commercial aviation in Bangkok, processing as many as 38 million visitors per year in its prime- was opened in 1924 and ran until late 2006 when Suvarnabhumi opened, with much celebration. The airport may be replaced, but the area still has much to offer todays travelers.
The many hotels are a hangover from the area’s days as an international destination. These are super for overnight stopovers, particularly if you are due to travel onwards on a domestic flight. The many expressways give convenient and quick access to places such as Lad Phrao, Chatuchak (also downtown Bangkok) and northern Rangsit. While Don Muang may not be the most beautiful place in the region it is extremely practical, especially for those happy to stay on the outskirts of town.