Thursday, February 14, 2013

Come Fly with Me - Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand

Suvarnabhumi Airport also known as (New) Bangkok International Airport, is one of two international airports serving Bangkok, Thailand. The other one is Don Mueang International Airport.
Suvarnabhumi was officially opened for limited domestic flight service on 15 September 2006, and opened for most domestic and all international commercial flights on 28 September 2006.
The airport is currently the main hub for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways and Orient Thai Airlines. It also serves as regional gateway and connecting point for various foreign carriers.
The airport is located in Racha Thewa in Bang Phli district, Samut Prakan Province, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of downtown Bangkok. The name Suvarnabhumi was chosen by King Bhumibol Adulyadej and refers to the golden kingdom hypothesised to have been located somewhere in Southeast Asia.
During my last trip, i transit at Suvarnabhumi before reaching KL. Here are some pictures that i took the moment before touching down the airport on my way back from Bhutan...
 Bangkok is a huge Metropolitan...the outskirt consists of very vast plantation land, and very integrated highways connecting the the city centre
 The below is a major highway connecting to city centre (i guess!)...it is a very long trunk highway
 we are getting nearer to the airport runway now
 in a few seconds we have touched down
 and our plane parked next to a local Thai plane
 That's for the outdoor view...
meanwhile, here's what you can see from the indoor boarding hall
 lotsa activities outside, transporting catered foods, luggage, passengers, etc...alot of movements around
 and way back into the airport...here is how the 4th floor (departure check-in) looks like. It has counters up till "W"
 after checking in (for my flight to KL)...and goin thru the custom, I adjourned to the duty-free shopping zone
 alot of international brands
it has many boarding gates, hence the shops spanned across the east and west wings...but mostly repeated shops
 due to some glitches, we are still unsure of our gates as it has yet to be announced, but not-to-worry, they have flight info boards all over the place
 I went to get myself some nice spot to work on my report (yea, i got an important report to send out!)...hence i adjourned to the boarding gate ahead from anyone else...jst to find a secluded area to get my task done!
It was still early from the boarding time...and it was less crowded @ the boarding gate...
Overall, this airport is superb...it may not supercede Dubai and Incheon Airport (in terms of architecture) but still looking sophisticated!

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