Don Mueang Airport is also known as the old Bangkok Airport. The IATA code is DMK, ICAO code is VTBD, and it is one of the two existing airports in Bangkok. Don Mueang Airport is located in Rangsit District, north of Bangkok, 23 kilometers from downtown Bangkok, and Suvarnabhumi International Airport is also an important aviation hub in Southeast Asia. Every year, a large number of tourists enter Thailand through Don Mueang Airport or transfer to other cities in Thailand and all corners of the world.
Don Mueang Airport Introduction
Don Mueang Airport is the second airport in the history of Thailand and the oldest airport in Thailand. From the beginning of operations in 1914 until the completion of Suvarnabhumi International Airport in 2006, Don Mueang Airport has been the airport with the largest passenger traffic in Thailand and one of the most popular airports in Asia.
Layout inside Don Mueang Airport
Don Mueang Airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 is for international flights, Terminal 2 is for domestic flights, and Terminal 1 is older than Terminal 2. Terminal 1 has 4 floors:
The first floor: Arrival hall with bus platform;
The second floor: customs clearance;
The third floor is the departure hall, with a total of 8 gates, where there are shops, restaurants, and airline ticket counters;
The fourth floor has restaurants and shops;
The first-floor underground is a parking lot, which can hold more than 500 cars.
Terminal 2 is for domestic flights, which was opened in 1995 as an auxiliary international flight to Terminal 1. There are 4 floors in total, and are divided into two parts: passenger area and office area (non-staff prohibited):
The first floor: Passenger arrival area
The second floor: airline office area and office
The third floor: departure hall
The fourth floor: cafeterias, restaurants, shops, small hotels in the north and south of the terminal
How to store luggage at Don Mueang Airport
Don Mueang Airport provides 24-hour luggage storage service for domestic and foreign passengers at the price of 75/Baht per item. The luggage storage counter is located in the departure hall on the third floor. It is very easy to find. There is a sign board with the words "Left Baggage" in blue.
The specific process of baggage storage is: give the passport to the staff to check and register, the staff will routinely ask how many bags or the like, and then he / she will give you a luggage storage slip for you to sign with the information of passport number, storage time, price and other information, after signing, they will take your luggage in, and then give you a printed storage slip, then it is done.
In fact, there is also a storage point on the first floor to the lobby. If you store it on the first floor during the day, remember to pick up your luggage at the storage point on the third floor after 20:00 o'clock in the evening.
Transportation at Don Mueang Airport
1. From Don Mueang Airport to Suvarnabhumi International Airport
You can choose to take the free airport shuttle bus or take a taxi. Of course, you can also take the bus if you have less luggage or you want to save money. You can take the airport shuttle bus to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in about 40 minutes. You need to show the ticket that departs from Suvarnabhumi International Airport when you take the bus; if you take a taxi, you can wait in line at the counter at Gate 6 of the arrival hall. The fee will be took by meter amount + 50 baht service fee + highway toll. And from Don Mueang Airport to Suvarnabhumi International Airport, the whole journey is about 47.5 kilometers, it can be reached in 45 minutes without traffic jam, but if the traffic jam is serious, it may take 2 hours, the price is around 350 baht; Suvarnabhumi International Airport can also be reached by bus 554 or 555, which will take about 1-2 hours.
2. From Don Mueang Airport to downtown Bangkok
Don Mueang Airport is not far from the city center, where it can be reached by taxi or bus number 29. The time will be took approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. The taxi fare is about 350 baht, while the bus cost is 20 baht. Note that the taxi service price in Don Mueang Airport is relatively high. If you want to save money, you can go outside the airport to take a taxi. Go out the airport gate and turn right to see a Taxi Stand. The price is fair, but you need to wait in line.
3. From Don Mueang Airport to the nearest BTS / MRT station
Take the A1 bus from Don Mueang Airport to the nearest BTS platform Mo Chit and MRT platform Chatuchak Park. The A1 platform is located at the airport's Exit 6 and can be seen when you go out. The bus operates from 5: 30-23: 00. The whole journey is about 20 minutes, and the cost is 30 baht.