Suvarnabhu what? Suvarnabhumi!
Bangkok’s largest airport opened its doors in 2006 and took over the baton as the most popular airport from Don Mueang, which has been operating since the beginning of the twentieth century. Every year, the airport receives more than 50 million passengers.
‘Suvarnabhumi’, the name of the airport, comes from Sanskrit and means ‘golden land’. The name was chosen by King Bhumibol Adulyadej and refers to a long-gone ‘Golden Kingdom’ that was once the spot in Southeast Asia for gold seekers.
The architecture of the airport was designed by Murphy/Jahn Architects. The impressive terminal has a surface area of more than 563,000 square metres and ranks as the fourth largest airport terminals in the world. The air traffic control tower, at 135 metres, is the world’s tallest.
If you would like to admire the airport from a different angle, an easy option is to do so by bike. At the end of 2015, the ‘Sky Lane’ was opened: a large bike path that will take you around the airport. During your bike ride, which is around 23.5 kilometres long, you'll have a front-row seat for watching the planes take off.
How does time fly at the Bangkok airport?
If you are leaving from Suvarnabhumi to fly home or travelling on to another destination, bear in mind that the airport has a great deal to offer so as to make your wait more bearable.
Would you like to have a rest, read a book or get some sleep before your next journey? At Suvarnabhumi, they have kept such travellers in mind, and you can find enough chairs and quiet corners spread all over the airport. If you have a bit more time to kill and want a real sleep? There are also a few hotels near the airport where you can get caught up on your sleep.
If you are looking to relax fully before boarding your flight, you can let the people at ‘Chang Foot Massage & Spa’ take charge. For under 20 euro, you will feel reborn after a foot, back or neck massage.
Getting hungry? There are numerous (fast food) restaurants where you can grab a Thai snack or Asian dish.
Keen to get a news update before you return to Belgium? You have access to (two hours) free Wi-Fi throughout the entire airport.
The airport is around 36 kilometres from the centre of Bangkok, which in regular traffic conditions means a 45-minute car drive. There is a wide range of transport options to get to and from the city, with something for everyone.
A taxi can take you to your destination at any time, and a ride to the city centre will cost around 10 euro. If you are travelling with a group, you can hire a taxi minibus to reach the city, which will cost you around 36 euro. Do you prefer the train? In that case, the Airport Express Train (around 2.5 euro per journey) is an option. In 15 minutes, this train will get to you Makkasan, a centrally located train station where you can easily connect on to your destination.
There are also two types of buses connecting the city to the airport. The Airport Express Bus (around 4 euro per journey) connects the airport with a number of popular spots – there are four routes in all. Bear in mind that you will not be dropped off at the door of your hotel, and so you will have to find it yourself. The same is true of the city bus, which follows 11 different routes. The latter option is also the cheapest, as it will take you to your destination for less than a euro.
So, now all that’s left to do is book your tickets to Bangkok! Discover the options at Connections or in our travel shops.