This is 1st time we landed in new airport and we panicked as the airport are so huge...need to run and ask around before we get the imigration clearance and get our luggage ,as we know thats bangkok is the asia hub for airline ,you can see so many airline counter which i never knew .domestic and international under one roof
Transport arrangements to and from the new airport are pretty similar to the old one - but the bad news is that the airport is further out from the city and congestion seems much worse - avoid the rush hour if you can.
Taxi is the best way to and from the airport (at least until they finish building the train line in a couple of years time). Expect to pay about 300 baht from the airport to Sukhumvit - which should include the 50 baht surcharge and the tollway fee (the passenger pays these on top of whatever is on the meter). The taxi stand is on the level below arrivals - signage is not very good at present, but should improve over time.
There's also a pre-paid limo service if you have more cash and are nervous about dealing with a taxi driver - but you'll be paying quite a lot more for a very similar ride.
If your budget is tighter than that, there are also airport buses - but you won't make much saving if there are two or more of you travelling together. Single travellers heading to Khao San will make a fair saving, though - but don't expect it to be quick.
This webpage has some good further information on these transport options:
This page has detailed information on the airport bus:
I had read plenty of bad things about the new airport before I arrived - but by the time I arrived (1 December 2006), many of the problems seemed to have been ironed out. However there were a few small signs of unfinished building work, the arrivals hall after customs was way too small (and hence quite crowded) - and there were no signs to the taxi stand. In general, though, my passage through the airport was smooth enough, although I did have to wait a bit for my bag. The taxi stand turned out to be one floor down - and alas it was rush hour by then - and traffic around the new airport seems to be much worse than at Don Muang. Still - at least they have started to build the airport rail link.
On coming back, my impression of the airport was much more favourable - there's plenty of space in the check-in hall. There are a reasonable number of shops and places to eat before you go through immigration on your way out - and lots of shops and cafes afterwards. Prices generally seemed more reasonable than at Don Muang, too. One negative point was that there aren't enough places to sit down outside of the cafes, though.
Despite being new - the airport seems to be running close to capacity already, and it's not at all obvious that there is much scope for future expansion. There is already a lot of talk about moving the budget airlines back to Don Muang to ease the pressure on the new airport.
When I reached the Suvarnabhumi Airport, I went straight to Level 1 to take the bus. I was quite apprehensive about taking the limo/taxi because I've heard a lot of horror stories of people being cheated up to 900THB when the actual fare is only 250-300THB. The aiport bus fare was 150THB per person but I had to wait for about 40 minutes for the next bus to come by. When the bus came, we were caught in the middle of the notorious Bangkok jam and it took me about 2 hours to reach my hotel at Soi 5, Sukhumvit. The bus stops at most big and popular hotels along the Sukhumvit Road so there is no problem if you book hotels around this area. If your hotel is lesser-known like mine, just find a well-known hotel and use it as a landmark for where you want to stop.
Never travel with the Airport Shuttle Bus to the Airport Public Bus Terminal. This is because the whole journey takes 20 minutes, especially when you need to travel to Morchit, 2 hours of bus journey, for bus departures to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. If you can afford the money, fly with AirAsia or One-Two-GO Airlines.
Travelling in Bangkok by bus is a time challenge, not a leisure now.
It seems the rules about the taxi pickup have changed at the new airport. Instead of going to the transportation center by free shuttle bus to get a taxi, They have allowed taxs to pick up passengers outside the arrivals area.
Had the opportunity to try out this airport while it was in its second day of operation. The airport is huge, one of the biggest if not the biggest in the world. Everything was not completed yet, touch ups was still ongoing. Getting there by metered taxi cost about slightly less than THB290 from Silom area including a toll fee of THB40. Most taxi drivers should know how to get there, however, make sure you alight at the right check in row, otherwise it could be quite a walk. There was no jam on a Saturday, the journey took less than 45 minutes. Given the hotel staff's advice of 2 hours' allowance to reach the airport, I reached there too early for checkin. But prepare 2 hours for your trip to the airport if a jam is expected. If you are claiming VAT Refund, make sure you proceed to the customs for inspection BEFORE checking in your luggage, otherwise you may not get your refund. The refund is done after the immigration process just before the boarding security checks and the counter requires a custom stamp on the VAT invoices before they can give u the refund. Immigration counters are aplenty here, so expect a shorter wait. Security check is very thorough, every cm of your body is scanned carefully - maybe they have plenty of time cos there are not many flights operating out of this airport while I was there. Shops were not ready yet, though it is claimed that there will be a kilometre stretch of shops (u can imagine the size of the airport). Judging from the state of completion, I expect the airport to be fully functional earliest in November 2006, though most airlines will start using the airport from 26 Sept onwards. This airport is supposed to challenge Singapore's Changi Airport as a hub for air travel and I strongly suspect that the Thai planners took quite a no. of learning trips down to Changi cos I see lots of similarity to Changi Airport.
The new Bangkok Airport has recently been completed and is a nice airport to navigate around (as far as airports go).
Better airport than the former BAA. It is quite big and clean. This pic is taken by my uncle who recently sent me. I went there in 2005 when this airport was not ready.