Surviving Suvanrabhumi

Surviving Suvanrabhumi

Suvanrabhumi International Airport in​ Bangkok is​ one of​ the​ newest airports to​ be built. it​ replaced the​ old Don Muang Airport after it​ put in​ about 50 years of​ service.

Don Muang (or Mueang under the​ current, new spelling) is​ still operational and​ handles primarily domestic flights in​ and​ around Thailand. it​ isn’t maintained as​ well as​ it​ used to​ be, but it​ is​ still functional. the​ airline code changed for​ Don Muang from BKK to​ DMK.

Suvanrabhumi International Airport (BKK) is​ a​ marvelous architectural work of​ glass and​ steel. it​ is​ absolutely enormous and​ stunning. When you arrive and​ head for​ Immigration, you will be amazed at​ the​ structure and​ the​ beautiful works of​ art that grace the​ hallways.

You will also be amazed at​ how far it​ is​ from your gate until you finally reach the​ Immigration officers. You will walk and​ walk, or​ take the​ horizontal escalator, and​ it​ will seem like miles and​ miles until you finally reach the​ booth where you can show your passport and​ be allowed into the​ country. Don’t forget to​ smile for​ the​ camera.

Once you clear Immigration the​ next step is​ to​ locate your luggage. Immediately after you get through Immigration, you will see a​ big sign that displays all of​ the​ airline logos, flight numbers, and​ what carousel your bags are on.

You need to​ check this, as​ there are about 30 different places your suitcases could be. Find the​ correct carousel first and​ then look for​ your bags.

Your bags should be waiting for​ you, since it​ took so long to​ hike from the​ arrival gate to​ Immigration. Usually they are spinning around and​ waiting for​ you.

Once you claim your bags, find the​ "Nothing to​ Declare" line and​ exit into a​ sea of​ arrival signs and​ taxi mafia personnel with clipboards touting fares to​ any city or​ location in​ the​ country.

Fight your way through the​ horde and​ make a​ right turn and​ head for​ the​ down escalator. Once you are on the​ first floor, exit and​ head for​ the​ official taxi stand. This is​ a​ good place to​ grab a​ cigarette if​ you are a​ smoker.

Tell the​ girl where you are going and​ you will have a​ taxi in​ a​ matter of​ seconds and​ be on your way to​ your hotel in​ Bangkok or​ Pattaya or​ wherever else it​ is​ that you are going.

Depending on where you are going and​ the​ time of​ day, it​ can take anywhere from 30 minutes to​ 2 hours to​ get to​ a​ hotel in​ Bangkok. Usually, I plan for​ an​ hour and​ hope for​ the​ best.

Suvarnabhumi can be a​ bit daunting to​ the​ first time arrival in​ Bangkok and​ even for​ old hands who have been to​ Don Muang numerous times. the​ good thing is​ that there are signs easily visible and​ in​ English that will guide you right along. the​ bad thing is​ that you will walk and​ walk and​ walk. But, who cares? You have finally arrived in​ Bangkok.

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