Bangkok is a hub airport for the following airlines:Thai Airways Flights
Cathay Pacific Flights
China Airlines Flights
Bangkok, long the backpacker’s paradise, opened a brand-spankin’ new airport in 2006 and thought it could close its old one. The old one was reopened by the Thai government in early 2007, however, after airlines complained about the new airport’s high landing fees and safety concerns came up about cracks in the new airport’s runways. So, for the moment, Bangkok has two major international airports serving it. Be warned that they are quite a long distance from one another, so if you need to connect between them you’ll need – at a minimum – three hours to transfer.
Suvarnabhumi Airport (airport code BKK) in Bangkok is also sometimes called (New) Bangkok International Airport. It sits about 25 km from Bangkok, and it’s a main hub for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways and Thai AirAsia. It’s also a focus city for China Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Air India, Emirates and SriLankan Airlines. Suvarnabhumi boasts the world’s tallest control tower and the second largest single building and airport terminal. A map of the terminals is here. You can track flights on here.Your dining options are here, and shopping options here. There are plenty of choices in the ground transportation department, and they’re all listed here.
Don Mueang Airport (airport code DMK) was reopened in March 2007 for non-connecting domestic commercial flights only. The only airlines currently using Don Mueang are Thai Airways, Nok Air and One 2 Go. A list of all the airlines serving Don Mueang is here – though that list appears outdated, from the time before the new Bangkok airport was opened. You’ll find a map of the terminal here, which also points to some of the various services available at the airport (including a left luggage facility). Your ground transportation options are listed here.
Bangkok is Thailand’s largest and most populous city, which can be both good and bad. The city is quite used to travelers coming through, so it has a relatively well-developed tourist infrastructure and it is notoriously cheap to eat and sleep in Bangkok. On the other hand, it’s crowded, dirty and noisy. As a jumping-off point for visits throughout Southeast Asia, Bangkok is ideal – and you can certainly find things worth writing home about. It’s not as if you’ll need a reminder to eat, but don’t forget to savor the food that makes Thailand so famous. The old city area of Rattanakosin will give you a sense of what makes Thailand so popular with visitors, and get your tastebuds ready for the rest of the country.