Don Muang Airport
Domestic Airport located in Bangkok.
History of Don Muang Airport is International Airport. But this moment alraedy change to Domestic Airport in Bangkok.
As replaced by Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Don Mueang International Airport (IATA: DMK, ICAO: VTBD) (or also (Old) Bangkok International Airport) is an airport in Bangkok, Thailand. It was officially opened as a Royal Thai Air Force base on March 27, 1914, although it had been in use earlier. Commercial flights started in 1924. Don Mueang Airport closed in 2006 following the opening of Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi Airport. After problems at Suvarnabhumi, flights resumed at Don Mueang on March 24, 2007.
Don Mueang was an important hub of Asia and the hub of Thai Airways International prior to its closure. At its peak, it served most air traffic in Thailand, with 80 airlines operating 160,000 flights and handling over 38,000,000 passengers and 700,000 tons of cargo in 2005. It was then the 18th busiest airport in the world and 2nd in Asia by passenger volume.
On September 28, 2006 the airport was replaced by Suvarnabhumi Airport. Don Mueang became a facility for charter flights, military aircraft and civil aviation. The airport was reopened for non-connecting domestic commercial flights on March 24, 2007. Two airlines are now using the airport:Nok Air, and One-Two-GO Airlines. All Thai Airways domestic flights were transfered to Suvarnabhumi airport on March 28, 2009. The airport is again in operation along with Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Don Mueang is a joint-use facility with the Royal Thai Air Force's Don Muang Royal Thai Air Force Base, and is the home of the RTAF 1st Air Division, which consists primarily of non-combat aircraft. Vibhavadi Rangsit Road is the main route linking the airport with downtown Bangkok. The Uttaraphimuk Elevated Tollway, running above Vibhavadi Rangsit, offers a more rapid option for getting into the city and connects to Bangkok's inner city expressway network. Besides travel by road, there is rail service connecting with Hua Lamphong station in the centre of Bangkok. The train station is across the highway and is linked with the airport by walkway bridge. An RTAF golf course is located between the two runways. The course has no separation from the runway, and golfers are held back by a red light when planes land.
Thai Immigration You will get herded to the immigration area where you will likely spend from 15 - 45 minutes waiting for your passport to get stamped. But Thai immigration officials generally ask no questions. So that part, other than the waiting in line, is relatively painless
Baggage Next step is collecting baggage and dealing with customs. You first experience here will be pleasant since baggage carts are free.
Thai Customs If you only have personal items such as camera, clothing, notebook computer and the like, check "nothing to declare" on the customs declaration form and look for a "green channel". If you have declarable items, list them appropriately and look for the "red channel".
Customs agents in Bangkok are quite lenient, and the chances are you baggage won't even be checked.
Currency Exchange You will need Thai Baht to pay for transportation, tips, possibly a deposit at the hotel, maybe a cool libation to help you relax. Several banks have currency exchanges at Don Muang airport where you will get the official exchange rate. Change enough funds to last a day or perhaps two ... until you can get to a bank or currency exchange around your hotel. Your hotel will exchange popular currencies, but you will get a lesser exchange rate, by as much as 10%.
Make sure you have smaller change for the taxi. They will usually claim to have none.
Don Muang also has ATM machines where many western credit cards can draw funds. The ATM machines can normally dispense Bt 20,000.
Domestic Terminal Most flight seem to arrive at Bangkok late at night. But if you are on an earlier arrival and don't wish to stay overnight in Bangkok, the Domestic Terminal is connected by a long covered walkway. Also, free shuttle buses at the curb outside the terminal can take you there.
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Hotel If you need a hotel, a kiosk in the lobby of the airport can help you out ... but not at the best rate. Take a hotel in the area you want to stay and use the following day to find a cyber cafe, book online and move. Caution Don't use the kiosk to check on existing hotel reservations. They will probably tell you that hotel is full, and try to book you at another.
Getting to Downtown BangkokThe last obstacle between your weary body and a relaxing drink, meal and sleep is the trip to the hotel. Most hotels don't have courtesy vehicles, so public transport is the only choice. But it is a relatively easy.
Bus An airport bus runs a regular schedule from Don Muang to downtown, with stops along in popular areas. Fare is Bt 80. But it is not recommended for the first time traveler. The bus service also stops at midnight. If you don't know how to get to your hotel from the bus stops downtown, a taxi will be required. Then there is the issue of baggage handling .. Bangkok Airport Bus.
Train For the seriously budget minded and intrepid traveler, there is a train station across the expressway opposite Don Muang. A pedestrian walkway takes one to the Amari Airport hotel, then exiting the lobby, the train stop is nearby. Just make sure you board a train headed in the correct direction.
Taxi Most will opt for taxis and Don Muang has a pretty good system. Ignore the touts who will approach you at the terminal exit. Find the taxi-meter service kiosk and ask for a taxi. The attendant will write the taxi number on a 3 part form, point out your taxi and give one part of the form to you and one to the taxi driver. The fee is an airport chare of Bt 50 that the driver will add to the meter charge. Don't let the driver have your copy ... it is a reference in case of any problem with the taxi.
It is usually a good idea to let the driver take the toll way. This adds Bt 30 - 70 to the fare but avoids much of Bangkok's traffic. The trip to upper Sukumvit or Silom should be approximately Bt 250 - 300.
Caution: Some drivers will try to convince you to stay at hotel they know about and can get you a really great deal. Don't allow that to happen. They are working on commission. If the drive offers to take you to any place other than your original destination, just say no.
Limo The limousine desk in the arrival hall will get you to most parts of Bangkok in a Volvo or Benz for Bt 500 - 700