Thailand Air Travel Guide providing you with information on all the major airports in Thailand as well as some of the domestic and international carriers operating in and out of the country.
Suvarnabhumi Airport is Bangkok's international airport, opening its doors on 21st September 2006. I might add that this has got to be one of the best airports I've encountered in all my travels. With the airport being only a decade old, I'm continually impressed with the neatness and easy access on entering and leaving the airport. I wish more airports could be like this one.
It takes approximately 40 minutes to reach central Bangkok from the airport and vice versa. I'm also pleased to tell you that there's no longer a 500 Baht departure tax when leaving. I never found out why this was so, but who cares. It simply means that you can have three more beers when you come back next year. Leave it any later and you might only get two beers.
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Don Muang Airport is Bangkok's domestic airport. But up until 20th September 2006, this was Thailand's international airport. I remember arriving at Don Muang in early September that year and left two months later from the new Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Chiang Mai International Airport is your gateway to the north and only a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Ten airlines operate from this airport and approximately 2 million passengers pass through here every year. As I have only done a road trip to Chiang Mai from Bangkok, I have yet to experienced air travel from this airport.
I'm told that there is a 700 Baht airport improvement fee payable on all international flights and 100 Baht for domestic flights per passenger. It's included in the price of your air ticket.
Phuket International Airport is located in the north of the island and it's also a gateway to the south. This is Thailand's second busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers. It will take approximately 45 minutes to reach Phuket Town and approximately 30 minutes to reach Patong Beach from the airport. Rental agencies such as Hertz and Avis have counters for your convenience at the airport should you require a car.
Koh Samui Airport is located approximately two kilometres from the northern part of the island near Bo Phut Beach. It is a privately owned airport and operated mainly by Bangkok Airways.
The beauty of this airport is in its design and superb natural surroundings. Apart from the airport's wooden construction, this location is unusual in all manner of speaking affording you a true tropical destination. Also from the airport, you will have a magnificent view of a 15-metre high Big Buddha.
Sukhothai Airport is situated 27 kilometres (18 miles) out of town and although quite small in size, it sure makes up in sheer beauty. This has to be one of the prettiest airports you may ever see as a more relaxed atmosphere prevails with less traffic than most other airports. Bangkok Airways fly several times a day from Suvarnabhumi airport.
Trat Airport is a small airport that has recently opened its doors. Due to its location on the east coast, this airport is fairly close to the Thai-Cambodian border, allowing easy access to the island of Koh Chang. Bangkok Airways fly here daily from Suvarnabhumi airport with a flight time of around 45 minutes.
Krabi International Airport first opened its doors in 2006 allowing easy access to the beach resorts of Koh Lanta, Ao Nang, Had Yao and Rai Leh. The airport is conveniently situated 10 kilometres or 6 miles from Krabi town and 25 kilometres or 14 miles from the mainland beach areas on Highway 4.
There are direct daily flights from Bangkok with Thai Airways as well as direct flights from both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. I do believe you can also fly direct with Asia-Pacific's Tiger Airways to and from Darwin in Australia.
From this Thailand air travel guide, you will be able to find some of the many airlines in Thailand that service both the international and domestic sectors from all the airports around the country.
Thai Airways International is Thailand's international carrier and operates daily flights to 11 destinations around the country as well as numerous international flights around the world.
Bangkok Airways main location is at Suvarnabhumi Airport. This carrier services around 20 destinations around Thailand as well as some local international flights to Cambodia, Vietnam, China as well as a few others. Bangkok Airways is a privately owned company who has also built three airports in Thailand.
The first airport that the company built, is on the island of Koh Samui. The second one built is at Sukhothai, servicing central Thailand and the third one is at Trat, servicing the growing tourist destination on the island of Ko Chang.
One Two GO Airlines operates from Don Mueang International airport and flies to local destinations including a few international ones. I used this airline once when I flew from Bangkok to Phnom Phen airport in Cambodia in 2007. Reasonably price seats make this airline popular.
Nok Air is a fairly new carrier that has opened its
doors. The airline derives its name from the Thai
language meaning "Bird" which represents the freedom to travel. Nok Air
operates out of Don Mueang airport in Bangkok to local destinations such as Hat Yai, Chiang Mai, Trang and Nakhon Si Thammarat.
SGA Airlines first began operating in 2002 out of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok for flights to the seaside resort of Hua Hin and then opened a second route in 2007 from Chiang Mai International Airport for flights to Chiang Rai, Pai and Phrae.
SGA is the perfect airline to use if you'd like to explore the smaller regions of rural Thailand as the carrier currently operates a 12 seater with flight times ranging from as little as 20 minutes to less than one hour.
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