This will be my Suvarnabhumi International Airport International Airport with Pictures of the Domestil Arrival Area. International Arrivals are at Concourse C to H (domestic arrival at Concourse A & B).
In 2006, The New Suvarnabhumi Airport Was opened to the Public and the Ageing Don Meuang International Airport in Bangkok was made into the alternate domestic Airport. Suvarnabhumi Airport is located in Racha Thewa in Bang Phli district, Samut Prakan Province, about 30 km east of Bangkok. The Airport has one large terminal building and has several concourses for both th domestic and international gates. The airport is the main hub for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Orient Thai Airlines, Thai AirAsia. And a focus city for Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, EVA Air, Air India, Druk Air, Indian Airlines, and SriLankan Airlines. The name Suvarnabhumi means "The Golden Land", specifically referring to the continental Indochina. "Golden Peninsula"or "Golden Land" is a traditional name for the Thailand-Cambodia-Laos-Burma region
Suvarnabhumi is currently sixth busiest airport in asia, behind Beijing Capital International Airport, Tokyo International Airport, Incheon International Airport, Changi International Airport, Hong Kong International Airport.
Airport Express Buses operates 4 bus routes to downtown. The cost is 250 baht for entire route. Airport Express service operates from 5:00 am to midnight. Contact Airport Express Counter Level 1, near Entrance 8. Limousine Service Counter at the Arrivals level (2nd floor). Limousine pick up area is at the Arrivals Level (outer curb)
"Suvarnabhumi International Airport" (airport code BKK) in Bangkok is located 30 kilometers east of Bangkok in Racha Thewa in the district of Samut Prakan.
Opened in 2006, it is already 6th busiest airport in Asia and 13th busiest in the world. The name "Suvarnabhumi,' chosen by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, means Golden Land, which refers the region of Indochina and includes the counties of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Burma.
Here on my "Travelogue" you can see more photos of this great new Airport ... :
The airport features a main terminal with seven concourses, A through G. The Airport Express Line, opened in 2010, provides direct service from the airport to Bangkok. The 612-room Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel is connected by walkway to the airport.
We took the bus from the airport to Banglamphu for 150B each. The bus journey takes 45 minutes and drops you off near Kao San Road. Go to gate 8 at the airport (signposted). Comfortable journey and the bus representative warns travelers about getting taxis (i.e asking for the meter to be on) and tuks tuks in Bangkok.
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A lady from Bell can be found near/ next to door 7 on the ground floor of the Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport.
Bell airport representative: +66-89 44 98 843
Bell Pattaya Office: +66-38 37 00 55
Bell Bangkok Office: +66-27 47 46 73
Airport -> Pattaya: 8.00 / 10.00 / 12.00 / 14.00 / 16.00 / 18.00
Pattaya -> Airport: 6.00 / 9.00/ 11.00/ 13.00/ 15.00/ 17.00/ 19.00
Pattaya -> Downtown Bangkok: 9.00/ 13.00/ 17.00
Airport - Pattaya v.v.: 150 baht
Pattaya -> Downtown Bangkok: 300 baht
Fares incl. drop off at hotel in Pattaya. The bus wil take you the bus terminal in Pattaya and the a minivan will take you to yout hotel. If you go from Pattaya to Airport/ Bangkok then minivan will pick you up, take you to terminal and then bus to Airport.
We just returned from Bangkok and we love it so very much! My family goest to Bangkok quite often because of a bit of business...anyway, February is a very low season, so, have no fear that you need to book your trip. As far as hotel, best to book through internet, as rooms have great offers, we would suggest for you to book at the Sukhumvit Road, we stayed at the Dusit Hotel which costs us U.S.$27.00 per night, breakfast not included, but location could not be any better. Sky train is only 3 minutes walk. However, after 4 nights at Dusit Hotel, we then came across some English couple in there late 50's who were staying at a "Inn" located right infront of my hotel, it's called "SAM'S INN", which costs only 1/3 of what we were paying and they have a computer with free internet connection. Since we paid our stay ahead at Dusit Hotel, then next time we go back to Bangkok which we love so much, we definitely will stay at that Sam's Inn. The only good and great service with Dusit Hotel, is they picked us up at the airport and being so tired from the many traveling hours, having someone pick you at the airport was worth it, otherwise if you take a taxi, it would be more or less around U.S.$5.00 (that's if you are not taken for a long free ride by the driver). Best to do if you need to take a taxis as you arrive from overseas, que in next to a sort of police lady who will assign you a taxi with legal taxi meter. Now as I said, legally it only cost U.S.$5.00 from the airport to Sukhumvit, oh! yes, plus .50 balt for the toll fee which you will be asked to pay. Since we are still traveling Asia we have not yet had the time to do our Bangkok travel, so we are just doing it bits and pcs. while we are on our travel. Have a great time and happy shopping in Bangkok...Cheers!
This new Airport is big and looking awesome.
Currently is not connected to any train line to downtown Bangkok, but I heard next year it will.
Anyway, the fire sprinkler went off for no reason on the day I flew home.
All the cosmetic stuffs nearby must be going on 70% Reject sale (see Pic).
I wanted to get a more comfortable transportation for my family of 5 from the airport to my hotel upon arrival and spotted AOT Limousine counter just in front of the baggage claim area. AOT arranged a van to take us to Grand President at Sukhumvit, Soi 11 for THB1200 (one way). I also booked the van with them to ferry us back to the airport from the hotel for the same fare. You can pay using your credit card and payment for toll is included in the fare. The journey took about 45 minutes and traffic was bad as we got nearer to the city. Overall, the ride was comfortable. The van, clean and new. On the day of our return, the van was already waiting for us before our appointed time. When we reached the airport, the driver got down, found us a trolley and unloaded our luggage for us.
The airport has a bus to the airport bus station every 10 mins. But after that you need plenty of time to get to your destination. Chatuchak weekend market (Jatuchak) pronounced in thai Jat oo chuk, market is "talard" in thai. Sunday afternoon is early close for many of the stall holders so my advice catch a taxi and get there with plenty of time as it would take many weeks to see it all! when the skytrain operates from the airport next year thayt will be the best and fastest system! Not convinced, catch a bus from the airport to Mochit bus station ( Northern bus station ) the markets are very close
The price at the taxi stand should run you about 600B and that should also include the toll. You could get a meter run taxi and that may run you about 400-500 but probably about the same to Khao San Rd. You are better off with the taxi stand. Unless it is way out of the way, the price will be the same in the general area of downtown.
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We caught a taxi at the departure hall instead of the arrival hall. We negotiated the price with the taxi driver and quickly hoped into the taxi. The taxi is not supposed to pick up any passengers at the departure hall but a lot of taxi drivers are doing that.
Initially we asked for 250 baht and the taxi driver told us we need to pay toll. We asked what is the best price inclusive of toll and settled for 300 bhat. Later we found that there is no toll on the way to the hotel.
The Suvarnabhumi Airport is located about 40 minutes away from downtown Bangkok. It boasts of the tallest control tower in the world and one of the biggest terminals in the world. I was pleased that even though I had arrived shortly before midnight that there were still a lot of immigration desks open and the staff were kind enough to direct us to shorter queues. Getting my luggage was also a pleasant experience. There were also a few shops as well as money changers available at that time.
Just like in any airport around the world it is advisable to get cabs only at the designate area. Do not entertain any people who will approach you offering their services. Do remember that you are responsible for the toll fee which will be levied on your taxi.
On my way home, the lines were quite long at the immigration area and I had to wait 20 minutes in line before I went through. This is not because of the lack of open immigration counters but because of the volume of people who were about to fly out of Thailand.
In the departure area there is a vast area for duty free shopping where you can do some last minute shopping, eating and foreign exchange. Do be careful though as this area is quite far from the gates so it would be a good idea to allocate some extra time getting to the gates.
from the airport, there is a metered taxi queue on the left side after you come out of customs. It may be long, but it's pretty fast. you tell the person at the counter where you are headed and he'll tell the cab driver.
beware: there is a toll charge along the way, but make sure that you pay at the toll instead of the driver, coz some drivers pay first and then charge you a much higher rate. That's what happened when the 6 of us took 2 cabs, and the other group was asked to pay the total fare at the end, while our cabby asked us to pay at the toll booth (25baht) and our cab fares differed by 70 baht, even after including the toll charges.
Suvarnabhumi Airport has not entirely replaced the old airport and due to some - hopefully teething - problems, some flights and airlines have been transferred back to the old airport.
Suvarnabhumi is a classic case of avant-garde architecture replacing functional demand: imagine a modern French or Chinese airport and remove the charm - now you have Suvarnabhumi. Architecturally it is stunning, but funnily enough, have my architectural aesthetic senses tingled is not high on my list of priorities at 1 in the morning while waiting for a flight for Jakarta.
Furthermore, one of life's biggest irritations (noted here and at CDG2 and Guangzhou in particular) is walking for huge distances and THEN having to get on a bus to board the aircraft at some remote corner of the airport. I mean, what's the point of building a gargantuan airport with the aircraft service fees so high that budget airlines cannot afford to use the gateways?
Check-in is straightforward but it is important to know what door you need for your check-in counter - it is a very, very long walk the length of the terminal. Also note that some doors are locked shut ....again, what's the point of doing this?
I negotiated a taxi fare of 400 baht (including tolls) to the airport. This seems to be about the average price. I checked with the hotel and they said it was about right. Whatever price you negotiate you need to make sure it includes tolls or not. I guess some taxis may use the meter for the airport run but tolls will be additional to the meter fare.