: Arriving to Bangkok : :
There are two airports serving Bangkok,
Don Muang (IATA airport code
DMK). Located some 22 km to the north of the city, Don Muang, Bangkok's
original international airport, has now been replaced by Suvarnabhumi
Airport but still handles Thai Airlines domestic airline
traffic. If your Thai Airways flight has a four digit number beginning
with the number '1' then you will flying into Don Muang Airport.
As well all Nok Air flights and One Two Go flights use Don Muang
That said, most visitors arriving to Bangkok, will enter Thailand
via Bangkok's new international airport known as Suvarnabhumi
Airport (IATA airport code BKK) located about 30 km to
the southeast of the city. Opened in late 2006 Suvarnabhumi Airport
is much larger and better equipped to handle Thailand's growing
number of international visitors. The airport also handles the most
domestic air traffic especially connecting flights to Thailand's
most popular resort destinations and as such most tourists will
only use Suvarnabhumi Airport.
In any event after deplaning visitors need to proceed directly to
immigration. Visitors and tourists need a valid passport, a completed
disembarkation card and customs declaration (given to you on the
aircraft and filled out prior to arrival at the immigration desk).
The lines are frequently long however there are upwards of 20 immigration
officers at peak arrival times and the lines move swiftly as long
as all the forms are completely and properly filled out.
Upon successful presentation of these items to the immigration official,
most visitors will be granted access to the country for 15-30 days
depending on your visa (see main page). Once you clear immigration
you proceed to the arrival hall where any number of money changers,
ATMs and taxi companies are located. If you don't have any Thai
baht now is the time to change some money. The rates are not as
good as in town but they are not bad and, after all, what choice
do you have?
Lastly, if you need any travel assistance, there is a Tourist Authority
of Thailand (TAT) kiosk in the Arrival Hall at the airport open
daily 8.00 am until midnight.