Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) officially opened on September 28th, 2006, replaces the old Don Muang International Airport. All domestic and international flights now arrive to and depart from the new airport.
The name Suvarnabhumi (pronounced as “su-wan-na-phoom”) was chosen by King Rama IX which means “The Golden Land”, specifically referring to the Indochina continent. “Golden Peninsula” or “Golden Land” is the traditional name for the Thailand-Cambodia-Laos-Burma region.
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is located (about 25 kilometers east of Bangkok) around approximately 40 minutes drive South East from the current Bangkok Don Muang International Airport. It is build on 3100 hectares of land in the Samut Prakarn province which you may know is where the famous crocodile farm is located. The main access road is an elevated 10 lane highway which is connected to the outer ring road network and also directiy connects to the Bangkok – Chonburi (Pattaya) motorway. Pattaya is now around a 1 hour and twenty minute drive.
A new rail network is currently under construction is a 26.6 kilometer high speed rail link from the airport to City Airport Terminal in Makkasan. Its planned completion date is November 2007. The City Airport Terminal network is connected to BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System) Sukhumvit Line and MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) Blue Line at Phaya Thai and Phetchaburi stations respectively. The total journey will take about 15 minutes.
The Passenger Terminal Complex (PTC)
The PTC has 10 entrance gates accessed by 2 roads which are Inner Curb and Outer Curb. The PTC is connected to 7 concourses, annotated A through G.
Domestic flights: Concourse A & B
International flights: Concourse C – G.
The Passenger Terminal Complex comprises of 7 levels:
Level 1: Bus & Taxi Lobby
Level 2: Arrivals, Transfer Service Counter, Baggage Claim, Immigration, Customs, Counters for Transportation and Accomodation.
Level 3: Meeting and Greeting Gallery, Parking Building Access
Level 4: Departures, Customer Service Center, Ticketing Offices, Immigration, Customs
Level 5: THAI and Star Alliance Offices
Level 6: Restaurants
Level 7: Observation Deck