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Map showng bangkok's two airports

Bangkok's Airports

Bangkok has two international airports called Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang which are about 45km apart. Suvarnabhumi was opened in 2006 and is where most international flights depart and arrive while the older Don Muang Airport handles mainly budget airlines who run the bulk of the domestic flights as well as short-hauls to the rest of Asia.

Connection between the two is by motorway and usually takes under an hour though delays due to traffic congestion can occur. Transport options include a bus service, a free shuttle service, limousine services and taxis.

Passengers connecting at Bangkok with other flights would be well advised to check which airports are involved so sufficient time can be allowed in their itineraries.

As well as buses and taxis, passengers travelling into downtown Bangkok  from Suvarnabhumi can use the fast rail service which connects with the MRT at Makkasin Station and the Skytrain (BTS) at Phaya Thai Station.

Staying Near Suvarnabhumi Airport

Bangkok's Main International Airport

Suvarnabhumi Airport

The area surrounding Suvarnabhumi is outside the the urban sprawl of Bangkok and, aside from the frequent sound of jets arriving and departing, is rather quiet without a lot to attract tourists so the prime reason for staying there for most people will be to rest up before catching their next flight.

Accommodation in the area is plentiful and covers all price ranges. There are many small guest houses and boutique hotels providing clean and comfortable rooms ideal for people who are just looking simply for a good night's sleep at reasonable rates. Some are actually quite removed from the airport so it would be wise to check this before booking.

Good hotels very near to Suvarnabhumi tend to be in the upper price bracket such as the Novotel which is the official airport hotel and situated right next to the main passenger terminal. Features such as a swimming pool, restaurant and room-service added to the location convenience can make a stopover a lot more pleasant for those who are prepared to pay for it.

Bearing in mind that most travellers want quick access to or from their flights, the hotel suggestions below have been chosen not only for their high customer ratings but also for being very close to the terminal.

Top Customer-Rated Hotels Close to Suvarnabhumi Airport

1Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport - located actually within the boundary of the airport with a free shuttle to the terminal, the Novotel Suvarnabhumi is an upmarket 600+ room hotel. Service is geared towards guests arriving and leaving at all hours so check-out time is calculated 24 hrs after arrival time. Facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Generally well-rated by most guests.

2At Residence Suvarnabhumi - a 40 room boutique hotel that offers clean and comfortable accommodation at reasonable rates. The airport terminal can be reached by the hotel shuttle in just a few minutes. The At Residence has its own restaurant but others are within walking distance including some well-known fast food outlets. Guest reviews are mostly very high with many commenting on the friendly service.

3Summit Windmill Golf Residence - an upmarket hotel with 70 spacious apartments that overlooks a day & night golf course. The location is attractive, quiet and secluded so may suit travellers looking for a peace and relaxation as well as keen golfers. A good range of facilites are on site including a small swimming pool. The airport can be reached in less than 15 minutes using the hotel's shuttle service. Highly rated by most guests.

4Best Western Premier Amaranth Suvarnabhumi Airport - a 270+ room hotel with a full range of services and facilities including restaurant, bar, a nice swimming pool and a free airport shuttle service (approx 15 mins). Guest reviews are mostly very good.

Staying Near Don Muang Airport

Bangkok's Secondary Airport

Karon market stalls

For a long time Don Muang was bangkok’s only international airport and as a result still has more accommodation choice than the busier Suvarnabhumi though, as its now primarily catering to the domestic market, the hotels to be a bit cheaper.

The area surrounding Don Muang is quite a busy part of the city but does not have much that will be of interest to foreign visitors nor is it handy to the city centre so most will stay there simply for its convenience to Don Muang.

The four suggested hotels listed below are just a tiny sample of what’s available but have been chosen carefully based on their guest-ratings and location.

Top Customer-Rated Hotels Close to Don Muang Airport

1Novotel Bangkok Don Muang - a 370+ room hotel located 6km from Don Muang Airport. Located in the massive Impact exhibition centre which allows easy access to the events held there which include concerts and sports events as well as nearby restaurants and shops. Probably best suited to people who specifically wish to be next to Impact as there is plenty of other good accommodation nearer to the airport. Reviews are generally very favourable.

2Donmuang Airport Modern Bangkok Hotel - a small boutique hotel (9 rooms) set very close to the airport that offers clean and comfortable rooms for those who simply want to rest and don't need the added frills of larger establishments. Rates are very reasonable and reviews are mostly good.

3Amari Don Muang Airport Bangkok Hotel - a 420+ room mid-priced hotel situated within 10 minutes walk of the airport. A full range of facilities and services are available including restauraunt, bar, 24hr room service and a decent swimming pool. Guest reviews are generally good.

4Tewa Boutique Hotel - a small (6 rooms) boutique hotel in a quiet location just a few kilometres from the airport. The Tewa's attractive Thai-style buildings and pleasant gardens create a peaceful and attractive setting to relax in though it is not close to any entertainment or shops which will not suit some people. Guest reviews are mostly very good though possibly it is more suited to people happy with its secluded Thai ambience.

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