Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok
Don Mueang airport is popular for Thai domestic flights and flights to neighboring countries. It is a very easy airport to get to and once there it is small enough not to get lost. Air Asia is one of the bigger airlines that have many flight in and out of Don Mueang.
The international departure gates have plenty of shops, food and Duty Free stores. There is a second level down for gates 1 - 6. Departures from these gates require to board a bus an they take you to the plane, boarding from the Tarmac.
I have flown in and out of Don Mueang about 8 times and always found it easy to navigate with short lines. But always give yourself enough time just in case.
When you decide to leave your bag in the airport of Don Muang for some days, just to travel light to another city of Thailand, there is a good service on the level of Departures, just before check in desks. The couter is left luggage of lost luggage, you have to show your passport an ticket and for some dollars you can leave your heavy bag there and continu with a week-end bag.
Hi, The train from Hua Lamphong is VERY reliable, as it's still the main mass transit mode of getting about. And VERY inexpensive, one-way ticket for 8 THB! Plus plenty of storage space/facility for your luggage.
After trying the riverboats, modern subway, modern skytrains, and taxis, this is another way to travel worth experiencing. For me, it was the quirkiest, with lots of friendly locals who are only too eager to assist!
Plus the journey is nice & relaxed, get to see the suburbs, people navigating small boats along the narrow river canals, residences scattered around, etc.
The airport is easy to spot on arrival too, approx 40 minute trip.
Taxi time depends on traffic, can take over an hour many times, costs around 300 THB.
The cheapest way into town from the domestic Don Muang airport is to take the local train from the airport to Chinatown (Hua Lamphong station). Ignore the taxi touts and the outside taxi que - just walk outside through the car park - and to your right. About half-way down the now-closed domestic-international walkway - you'll see a break in the fence and a pedestrian walkway over the highway. Just walk over to the small train station.
It will cost 21 baht to take the very interesting local train one hour (22 kms) straight to the end-of-the-line. You'll get out at the historic terminal - and then can walk to the underground subway. Or you can take a taxi to the backpacker Khao San road. (If you arrive in the morning, the trains go every 20-minutes but after lunch they'll only be every hour.)
The old-option of going from the international terminal to the main Don Muang train station doesn't work since they've closed the overhead pedestrian walkway from the terminal to the Amari airport hotel. Anyway, this sub-station is much closer to the domestic terminal!
Of course the easiest way into town is just to walk out the arrival hall and join the taxi que. You can't choose your taxi but it's all quite efficient. Along with paying the 50 baht airport charge, taxi meter cost, and any toll-ways - it's a smooth ride to where you want to go. It'll take 45-minutes (or more) to get to town.
FREE shuttle bus from Don Muang to the underground subway - MRT Blue Line (Chaloem Ratchamongkhon) Lat Phrao Station for Thai Airways passengers who show their boarding pass stub at EXIT 2.
If anyone's ever taken a local bus into town - I'd be interested to know the number and route. I'm thinking this could be a very long ride of a couple hours.
29 – Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong Station) - Chinatown
59 – The Emerald Buddha Temple (Sanam Luang) - Closest to Khao San Rd
95 – Ram Indra Rd – Ramkhamhaeng Rd.
4 – Silom Rd.
29 – Victory Monument – Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) - Chinatown
10 – Victory Monument – Southern Bus Terminal
13 – Sukhumvit Rd – Eastern Bus Terminal
We would like to share our experience upon our arrival in Bangkok: From the airport, we took a taxi: The airport is about 3 km from the city centre airport taxi to anywhere in town cost about 120 baht for up to only four people in the cab.
The absolute best piece of advice I have for people visiting Bangkok is to skip the lines at the taxi waiting area, walk around the outer edge of the airport, and then head towards the main highway that runs directly parallel to it. There are cabs that have stopped at the side of the road that you hire just as you would in any part of the city. Saves you time from waiting on line with the added bonus of not having to pay the surcharge.
there are loads of way to go between the airport and the city.. the cheapest way is by train.. it's at least 10 times cheaper than the next option!! a train between hua lamphong station and the airport costs 5 (old train with fan), 10 or 20 (with aircon and stewardess) baht per person depending on the type of train.. basically, you don't get a choice.. the type is fixed with the timetable.. the other thing to note is that there are no trains between half past eight and two in the afternoon.. so try to avoid departing or landing at that time and you'll save loads of money.. ;)
the other alternatives include airport bus (100 baht per person), taxi (approximately 300 baht, if there is no traffic jam) and minivan (80 baht per person)..
I find the most convenient way getting into city is by metered public taxi. There will be many offering limousine taxi service as you walk into the reception/greeting area. Of course the fare is much higher. Just follow the taxi sign to the taxi queue outside.
Public taxi has a Bth 50 surcharge on top of the metered fare. Taxi drivers will always encourage the use of toll way. During peak hours, it make sense for a smoother ride that cost another Bth40-60 extra (depends on your destination). Also taxi drivers expects you to pay cash for toll, so get some small change handy. However if you arrive late in evening (say past 9pm), city bound traffic has eased and you may choose not to.
At times when queque for taxi is too long, the allternative is to head up to the departure hall level where taxis come to drop off passengers (no Bth 50 surcharge here).
After exiting the customs check at Bangkok airport, ignore all the taxi touts and follow the taxi sign to the taxi stand located outside the airport building. When taking a taxi in Bangkok, always confirm with the taxi driver that the meter will be used before boarding. The starting fare is 35 Baht.
There will be a 50 Baht airport surcharge for taking a taxi from the airport. Tell the driver to use the tollway for a fast journey to your hotel. However, you will have to pay for all the toll fees. There will be 2 toll stations along the way, and you will need to pay a total of 60 Baht (20 Baht for the first toll station, and 40 Baht for the second one). If you give the driver a 100 Baht note at the first toll station, he will give the note to the cashier and return you 40 Baht, retaining 40 Baht for the second toll station. A typical journey from the airport to the central area will cost about 160 Baht (excluding airport surcharge and toll fees). I usually round up the taxi fare to the next higher 10 Baht.
From hotel to the airport, you should definitely make sure that the taxi meter will be used, even if the hotel doorman got the taxi for you, and especially so if the taxi was waiting just outside your hotel. In my case, the taxi driver did not want to use the meter and tried to charge me a fixed fare (including toll fees) of 350 Baht!
If you don't have much luggage (in fact no big deal even if you do, depending on you!!), you could consider taking a train from Hualamphong Train Station. It's a straightforward 60-75 minute ride to the airport. There are several stations on the way, but the airport is so visible on your right, you can't miss it.
At Hualamphong, there are tourist information advisers happy to be of assistance. At the ticketing window, they speak enough English to explain when the next train is & from which platform. Cost for this journey is a paltry 5THB!!! Platforms are on the left, before you go to buy tickets.
Frequency is roughly 2 trains an hour, best to check before your departure day.
Benefit is you can compare & contrast the several forms of transport in Bangkok, this being one of the oldest & most neglected. Also you will pass over several khlongs, seeing boats whizzing goods/passengers along the narrow canals, often at impressive speeds!!
Bangkok International Airport is an important hub of Asia and the hub of Thai Airways International. It serves the most air traffic in Thailand with more than 80 airlines in service. It has three terminals. Terminals 1 & 2, for international flights, are in practice just different sides of the same building. The domestic terminal is a kilometer to the south, and you can either make the long trek on foot via a walkway or hop onto a free shuttle bus which goesevery 15 minutes from just outside the terminal.
Bangkok charges a departure tax (called the "Passenger Service Charge") of 500 baht for international flights, payable in cash after check-in.
The taxi stand is located outside the arrivals area at the end of the terminal, and is the best way of getting into town. It's also your only option after 11 PM. Give your destination (English is understood) and you will receive a two-part ticket at the booth. The charge into town will be the meter + 50 baht + toll if you take the expressway (recommended during the day).
Bangkok International Airport will be replaced by the new Suvarnabhumi Airport, which has been under construction since 2002 and is currently expected to open in 2006.
The old airport of Bangkok is one of the largest airports in the world! I remember that i was walking for 15 minutes to go to outside!