Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ways to Suvarnabhumi Airport – New Thailand International Airport

By Siripong T.

Suvarnabhumi Airport is a new international airport of Thailand opening since September 2006. The word “Suvarnabhumi” means the land of gold. Since the old international airport of Thailand named Don Muang Airport is very old and small. It cannot be expanded to build more buildings and runways. Also, it is located in the city where many people live around, and the traffic is very bad in rush hours. The new international airport, Suvarnabhumi, serves all needs and solves those problems at Don Muang Airport. The new airport is located around 50 kilometers away from the center of Bangkok metropolitan area. Currently, the sky train is being built to transport passengers from the center of Bangkok to the airport. It is very fast and convenient.
Before the sky train will be used in few years, there are currently five ways to get to Suvarnabhumi International Airport. In the south of the airport, there is a big four-lane road connecting to Bangna-Trad road and Burapawitee express way. People can get to the airport terminal using this way by Service Road, passing Long-term parking lots, Public Transportation Center, and turn to the road to the terminal. This is one of the main ways to get to the international airport especially those automobiles which come from Chalerm Mahanakorn express way (first Bangkok express way) or from Bang Plee, Pak Nam or Sam Rong areas.
In the northeast of the airport, another big four-lane road is connected to On-Nuch road. People can get to the airport from this road and use airport road to Service Road. Then pass the Long-term parking lots and Public Transportation Center, and turn to the road to the airport terminal. For people who come from Srinakarin road, they can also use this way.
In the west of airport, there is a big four-lane road connecting to King Kaew road. It is one of the ways from Teparak road. People can use this way from Bangplee-Ladkrabang road and turn to King Kaew road. This road is under construction.
In the northwest of the airport, a big six-lane road is connected to escalated Rom Klao road and King Kaew road. People can use this way by passing Duty Free Area and turning to the road to the terminal. This is the main way for the automobiles from On-nuch road, Suvintawong road and Chalongkrung road. Trucks from Ladkrabang industrial area and ICD on Chao Khun Taharn road can also use this way to the new airport.
In the north of the airport, an escalated wide eight-lane road is connected to Motorway. This road brings people to the front of the terminal directly. The road will expand to ten lanes when getting to the airport area. This is the biggest and main way to the international airport. It is very convenient for people who would like to park their own vehicles coming from the northern area of Bangkok including Rangsit, Ram intra and Ramkamhang. People can drive to the Motorway from the outer ring road, Rama 9 road and Srirach express way.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Bangkok New Airport ,Thailand's Suvarnabhumi

By Fred Tittle

Suvarnabhumi Bangkok New Airport

For most people coming through the new Bangkok airport for the first time, will see nothing that would be notable from any other new international airport that has been built in the last few years. Most new airports tend to be big box or tent like affairs, with little or no aesthetic appeal, and this one falls neatly into the pile of boring designs. Most of those who have been through the old Bangkok airport would prefer it to the new as it had a character all of its own. Wanting to keep the old airport is understandable as you know where everything is, like where you need to go to catch your favorite airline, as well as where and what the procedure is for getting your luggage, and the fastest way to get through customs and catch a taxi home, or to your favorite Bangkok Hotel, if you are a returning businessman or Thailand tourist.

If people have a problem with the new Bangkok airport it would be with the way that they have the taxi stand set up. In the past, you went out through the doors on the end of the customs area, past the money changers, then the limos, and out the doors and into the cue for a taxi. You would tell the expediters where you want to go to, and away you went, it was a very smooth and efficient process. The taxi stand at the new airport is downstairs and it is not marked, so the first time that you come through, you have to figure out that the price to get to town has not risen overnight to 800 baht, but that you are at the charter taxi stands, which are mainly there to fleece unsuspecting tourist I suspect. So, if you are reading this and you are going to be coming into Bangkok for the first time to the new airport, make note that you need to go down one level to catch the meter taxis from the baggage claims. When in Thailand always insist on the meter.

The good news is like a few of the best international cities in the world like Singapore, Chicago and San Francisco You will be able to get a mass transit train directly to the airport, this is suppose to happen soon and you can see the progress on your way into Bangkok as they extend the BTS line out. When this project is finished you will have access to the whole city, and you can get there quick regardless of the hour. On the last two trips from the airport to town, the fare all together was around 350 baht with the tolls and the airport taxi tax, a increase of 100 baht approximately, the time to a hotel on Suhkumvitt was just about the same, even though the distance increased.. If you are coming from or to Pattaya your travel time should decrease especially during the busy travel periods.

Fred Tittle has lived in holiday vacation resorts his entire life, from the famous Lake Geneva Playboy Club , Aspen Colorado where he was a rock jock for KSPN FM, Hawaii Scuba Diving in Waikiki on Oahu and now as a owner of EcoSea Dive in Sihanoukville Cambodia where he teaches PADI and SSI Scuba Diving and runs adventure tours, http://www.ecosea.com

Fred's 2 new projects http://www.CheapCharliesHotels.com where he reviews cheap hotels & budget guesthouses but really is an excuse to go on vacation more with his lawyers and http://www.Cheap-Lawyers.us where he gives up the free advise he gets on vacation.

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Introduction To Thailand

By Pauline Go

Few countries are so well endowed as Thailand with its breathtaking natural beauty, inspiring temples, renowned hospitality, robust cuisine and ruins of kingdoms. Thai is the official language. It is a complicated language with its own alphabet, and being tonal, the way a word is pronounced can give it different meanings. The population is about 65 million, 95 percent Buddhist and 4 percent Muslim, and they are 75 percent Thai, 11 percent Chinese, 3.5 percent Malay and Mon, Khmer, Phuan and Karen minorities constitute the rest. It is a constitutional monarchy, with the King as the Head of State, and the Prime Minister as the Head of Government.

Thailand is a land of natural wonders and cultural marvels. Highland trekking, national parks, island to explore, ancient cities, temple architecture, and traditional crafts - it would take years to see it all! The local climate is tropical and characterised by monsoons. There is a rainy, warm, and cloudy southwest monsoon from mid-May to September, as well as a dry, cool northeast monsoon from November to mid-March. The best time to visit Thailand is November to March -- a dry, cool period, and the beaches are at their best. From the stupas dotting the mountains of Mae Hong Son and the verdant limestone islands of the Andaman Sea, the dance clubs of Bangkok and the sleepy villages along the Mekong River, Thailand offers something for everyone.

The main gateway for tourists is through Bankok’s new international airport named Suvarnabhumi Airport (Golden Land), a modern airport with services and facilities to make air travel as comfortable as possible.

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Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok - Resurrecting the Golden Land

By Eric Lim

Suvarnabhumi Airport, the new Bangkok International Airport, aviation hub and gateway to Thailand was raised from the boggy Nong Ngu Hao or Cobra Swamp in an effort that took 43 years.

Location of Suvarnabhumi Airport

Located to the south-east of Bangkok in Bang Phli district, Samut Prakarn province, Suvarnabhumi Airport is barely 500 m beyond the Bangkok city limits and about 35 km from the city center.

The Bangkok – Chonburi Motorway runs two km to the north of the airport before crossing into Samut Prakarn and then on to Chonburi and the seaside resort of Pataya.

The other main road to the north of the airport is Soi Sukhumvit 77 which leads on the the main Sukhmvit Road at On Nut. Nine km to the south, the Bang Na – Trad Highway links Bangkok to the coastal provinces in the Gulf of Thailand.

Historical background to Suvarnabhumi

The name Suvarnabhumi has a long and interesting history, reminiscent of a golden era of peace and prosperity that's part of the cultural and historical legacy of Thailand.

Long before the first Europeans arrived in South-East Asia in the 16th century, the region had close commercial and cultural links with India, a civilization that existed more than 15 centuries ago. This cultural legacy is still evident in Thailand and many South-East Asian countries.

Indian scholars referred to the region east of India and south of China, i.e. Burma, Indo-China and Thailand or mainland South-East Asia, as Suvarnabhumi or the Land of Gold, a word in ancient Sanskrit, (Suvarn is gold in Thai). The islands of the Malay Archipelago to the south were called Suvarnadvipa or the Islands of Gold.

This was probably because of the rich natural resources in the region which the Europeans were soon to discover. It was no coincidence that the Chinese sea-faring traders had a similar name for the region.

The name Suvarnabhumi (pronounced su-wan-na-poom) or the Golden Land was bestowed on the airport by His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej.

The 43 long years

The development of Suvarnabhumi Airport from its inception in 1973 to its completion in 2006 was perpetually dogged by a series of political and financial problems.

Land for the airport was first purchased in 1973 in an area known by the unsavory name of Nong Ngu Hao or Cobra Swamp. But the 14 October 1973 uprising that overthrew the military dictator Field Marshall Thanom Kittikachorn and the subsequent political turmoil grounded the project for the next 20 years.

Suvarnabhumi Airport was revived in 1996 with the formation of the company New Bangkok International Airport (NBIA), to be stalled by the Asian financial crisis a year later.

It was only in January 2002, that construction actually started. This time the project was plagued by cost overruns, defects and delays in construction. By early 2005, it was apparent that the September opening date later that year just couldn't be met. In that same year, NBIA was dissolved and its functions transferred to the Airports of Thailand Plc.

A frustrated Prime Minister Taksin Shinawatra actually camped at the airport construction site in an attempt to drive the project on. Allegations of a massive corruption scandal over the airport bomb scanner equipment added to his woes.

Suvarnabhumi – the Golden Land resurrected

In spite of all these problems, Suvarnabhumi Airport by September 2006 is finally completed. The result is an airport complex covering 32 sq km or 8,000 acres! The passenger terminal, with seven stories, a basement and 360 check-in counters, has a built-in area of more than half a million sq m, just under the combined floor areas of Terminals 1 & 2 at Singapore's Changi International Airport.

With two runways, Suvarnabhumi Airport has a current capacity of 30 m passengers per year, soon to be upgraded to 45 m. The ultimate objective is to add another two runways to boost the capacity to 100m passengers per year.

It also boasts the highest control tower in Asia at 132 m, edging out the 130 m tower in Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Suvarnabhumi Airport has finally arrived after 43 long and arduous years. This impressive structure is now the new gateway to Thailand, the new Bangkok International Airport and an international aviation hub that's poised to be the pride of Thailand and the aviation world. Suvanabhumi, the Golden Land has been resurrected, symbolizing the peace and prosperity of an era gone by.

For details on the location of the airport and travel arrangements to the city, please see map to Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Suvarnabhumi Airport is the latest article in Tour Bangkok Legacies, a historical travel site on people, places and events that left their mark in the landscape of Bangkok.

The author Eric Lim, a free-lance writer, lives in Bangkok Thailand.

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT The New Bangkok International Airport

by Chayada Nutter

Suvarnabhumi Airport, a new international airport located 24 kilometres east of Bangkok, was due to be open on September 28, 2006. It replaces the old overloaded airport at Don Muang and accommodates all international and domestic flights to Bangkok.
About Suvarnabhumi Airport

Airport Layout


Facilities for both domestic and international passengers are situated in the same building. The concourse buildings are connected to the passenger terminal. There are 7 concourse buildings: A, B, C, D, E, F and G. The combined area of the concourse buildings and the passenger terminal covers over 563,000 square metres.

Passenger Terminal Complex floor plan

The Suvarnabhumi Passenger Terminal Complex comprises 7 floors above ground level and 2 floors below ground level.

1st floor: Bus Lobby Passengers travelling with a tour agency proceed to the 1st floor for buses and coaches. The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) office, a medical centre, AOT offices for electricity monitoring and airport control offices are also located on the 1st floor.

2nd floor: Arrivals Hall for both domestic and international passengers

3rd floor consists of airlines passenger waiting lounges, security checkpoints, meeting points, shops, service counters and CIP lounges

4th floor: Departures Hallfeatures facilities for both international and domestic passengers, lounges for premium passengers Thai Airways International PLC, customs control checkpoints, some governmental offices, airline booths, airport information counters and escalators in the centre take passengers right up to restaurants on 6th floor.

5th floor: Offices for Thai Airways International and Star Alliance airlines

6th floor: Restaurantscan be accessed via the escalators from 4th floor

7th floor: Observation area

The lower ground floors are referred to as Floor 0 which serves as the train station (when the airport-city rail link opens for operation in December 2007), and Floor -1 where the train platforms are located. The lower ground floors also house the baggage conveyor systems. Runways, Taxiways and Aprons Two parallel runways, with a total capacity of 76 flights per hour, will be in operation during the initial phase. The Eastern runway is 4,000 metres long and 60 metres wide, and the Western runway is 3,700 metres long and 60 metres wide. A 2,200-metre-wide corridor separating the two parallel runways makes it possible to accommodate the simultaneous departure and arrival of aircrafts. Upon full completion of all the phases, the airport will have four parallel runways, two on each side.

Control TowerThe 132.2-metre high control tower at Suvarnabhumi Airport is the world's tallest and provides the best visual coverage of overall airside. To facilitate smooth air traffic control, the air traffic control centre is fully equipped with state-of-the-art aircraft navigation and guiding systems and is one of the most advanced facilities in modern aviation. It has the capacity to manage approximately 76 flights per hour.

A total of 52 taxiways will be in operational service.

There are a total of 120 aircraft parking bays: 51 are contact gates and the remaining 69 are remote aprons. Eight of the parking bays (five with contact gates) accommodate large aircraft such as the Airbus A380. Aircraft parking space for 120 aircraft parking stands extends over an area of 1,053,000 square metres.


Concourse buildings A and B are for domestic passengers.Concourse buildings C, D, E, F and G are for international passengers.

Passengers walk to the concourse buildings from the terminal complex via concourse building D, which is directly connected to the terminal complex. The intersections of the concourse buildings are termed the airside centre.

There are 2 intersections on 3rd and 4th floors which will be used for shops; the exterior of the concourse buildings will be developed into airline offices and airline lounges. Concourse building A-G Please click to view details

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