Don Mueang International Airport is one of 2 airports that serve the city of Bangkok, capital of Thailand (the other being Suvarnabhumi Airport). With its older infrastructure and smaller land area, it is considered secondary to Suvarnabhumi and serves mainly domestic and low-cost airlines (including Air Asia, Nok Air, Orient Thai and others) that have relocated from the main airport due to operating pressures there.
Once considered the oldest operating commercial airport in Asia, Don Mueang’s streak ended when it was closed in 2006 to make way for the then-new Suvarnabhumi Airport. It was, however, reopened in 2007 as a domestic airport and then returned to international airport status in 2012 due to overcrowding at Suvarnabhumi.
The airport sports multiple terminals but only Terminal 1 is in use (as of September 2014). However, plans are underway for the reopening of alternate terminals in the near future.
Don Mueang Airport offers both domestic and international flights to destinations within Asia, including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and more.
To get from Don Mueang airport to the city of Bangkok is relatively easy due to the large number of public transport options available. Passengers can take any of a number of public buses that connect the airport to train stations or landmarks within the city at very low fares; however, these can get a little crowded and are generally used only by locals.
For tourists, the Special Bus A1 is a more popular choice; it goes direct from the airport to one of the city’s central Metro stations - Mo Chit - at only 30 baht. From there, tourists can continue on a BTS or MRT train to just about everywhere within Bangkok.
Otherwise, a train service is also available from the airport: simply walk (about 15 minutes) from the airport terminal to the Don Mueang Airport train station and take a train towards the Bangkok Railway Station Hua Lamphong. From there, tourists headed to Bangkok can access the city’s MRT system whilst those heading to other parts of Thailand can take an inter-city train.
For those in a hurry, airport taxis are also readily available outside the terminal, but do note that an added surcharge of 50 baht is applicable for taxis leaving from the airport.
What to see and do
Once you arrive in Bangkok, be prepared for an adventure like no other! With its colourful streets, eye-popping megamalls, hopping nightlife and noisy roads, the entire city is really a treat for the senses. Head over to a massage parlour for an authentic Thai massage at unbelievable prices, have some spicy ‘tom yum’ soup and visit the iconic Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of Bangkok’s most famous attractions. Considered one of the world’s largest weekend markets, Chatuchak houses more than 15,000 booths selling wares derived from all over Thailand, so if you are looking for a unique souvenir or one-of-a-kind trinket this is definitely the place to go.
But even if you are out for normal clothes, shoes and accessories, this city would still be your heaven on earth. Visit Platinum Mall, one of the best megamalls you’d be able to find in Asia, and prepare to have to buy a separate suitcase for carting all your steals home! Besides shopping, Bangkok also offers beautiful architecture in the form of ancient temples such as Wat Arun, as well as the stunning Grand Palace and Golden Buddha.
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