Suvarnabhumi Airport is named after traditional labelling of the Thailand area as “The Golden Land” or “Golden Peninsula”. It was opened in 2006 to handle only domestic flights and is now operating at full capacity with international flights as well.
Located in the Bang Phli district, 30 kilometres east of Bangkok, the airport is huge and boasts 360 check-in counters with 100 extra counters for passengers without luggage. For convenience, there are 107 moving walkways, 102 elevators, and 83 escalators.
Suvarnabhumi Airport has the capacity to handle 76 flights per hour, both international and domestic flights. It has two parallel runways and two parallel taxiways. Since it is basically still under construction, the future holds two more runways and the capability of handling 45 million passengers per year along with 3 million tonnes of cargo.
The Novotel SuvarnabhumI Airport Hotel is a convenient amenity that is relatively new and easily accessed from the airport. Shuttle service is provided, but it is a brief three minute walk from the main terminal. It is designed for excellent environmental control. Over 600 rooms are available for the convenience of Thailand’s travellers. Dining includes authentic Thai, Cantonese, Chinese and Japanese cuisines.
Bangkok’s peak season is from November to March. The humidity is at its lowest and the temperatures are in the mild 80s. Hotel and flight fees can double what they are in the off-season and the cheaper hotels tend to be fully booked. May, June, and September seem to be the least crowded months and airfare prices are far more reasonable. If a little rain and humidity don’t bother you, this may be the best time to book travel plans for Bangkok.
Arriving in Thailand’s capital city, you will see that the Suvarnabhumi Airport is colourful and artsy. The architecture, like most of Thailand itself, is magnificent and makes a cultural statement for its venue. Excellent stores and restaurants full of friendly people crowd the airport with busy fervour. Flights can take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours, depending on layovers. Most of the flights are one-stop, with layovers in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. There are a few two-stop flights and they seem to average lower rates than the one-stop flights. These flights can be gruelling. It is smart to plan well with snacks, clean underwear, and extra daily medications available in a handy carry-on bag or backpack.
Departing from the UK, all flights are routed through London. Several different airways accommodate. China Southern, Oman Air, British Airways, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia, and Singapore Airlines are all popular airways for travel to Bangkok. The flights are priced anywhere from £400 to £500, depending on the airlines and stopovers.
Of course, the best flights are non-stop flights. The average non-stop flight from Heathrow in London to Bangkok is the Thai Airways non-stop flight that averages between 11 and 13 hours on arrival and departure flights. Gulf Air and Emirates offer one-stop flights that average between 13 and 19 hours. These seem to be among the briefest one-stop flights. Remember to give yourself plenty of time to get to the departure gate, especially if you are not familiar with the airports.
Flights from Australia:
When travelling to Bangkok, it seems to be one of the more remote areas from the rest of the world. Flights from Australia to Bangkok usually originate in Sydney and Melbourne, but flights are also available through Perth, Adelaide,
Darwin, and Cairns. These flights are usually routed through the main hub of Sydney. Flights from Melbourne are the most remote, since Melbourne is on the southernmost edge of Australia. Melbourne to Sydney is a quick one hour hop, but the next leg from Sydney to Bangkok is about 9 hours. Quantas is a favourite airline for this trip with a super economy price package. Some cheaper two-stop flights are available which land in Singapore along the way. Singapore Airlines often has a connecting flight that is quick and marks about the half-way point from Sydney to Bangkok.