Thailand’s breathtakingly beautiful islands and tropical beaches lure visitors from all over the world, making it a top destination frequented by travelers. With the number of people visiting Thailand increasing each year, it has been increasingly focusing on its tourism, which greatly includes its airports, and thus expanding the facilities wherever needed. The Thailand airports cater to both international travels and domestic and are well connected making commute hassle-free for its travelers.
The Top 10 Thailand Airports
Thailand is well connected domestically and internationally through its airports. Here is a list of the 10 best Thailand airports.
1. Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
The busiest airport in the country, Suvarnabhumi Airport got its name from H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It means the ‘Golden Land’ which was the ancient name for the Thailand-Cambodia-Laos-Burma region. This is one of the two Thailand international airports serving Bangkok. The airport is located 30 km east of Bangkok and operates all 24 hours. It has 2 parallel runways and taxiways, making arrival and departure easy simultaneously. The airport also has a business class luxury lounge by Oman Air for the comfort of its travelers. A 600 room hotel, Novotel Suvarnabhumi is right in front of the passenger terminal building which makes it pretty convenient for travelers.
Location: 999 Bangna – Trad Road, Racha Thewa Subdistrict, Bang Phli District, Bangkok 10540
2. Don Mueang International Airport (DMK)
Don Mueang International Airport is one of the oldest airports of Asia which began functioning in 1924. It shut down when Suvarnabhumi began to operate, but huge traffic led it to reopen in 2007. Now it is the hub of regional and domestic travel. Located in Bangkok’s northern suburbs it provides one with cheap flights to places inside the country. The airport sports a few food and coffee joints. In case of a stopover there is Amari Don Muang Airport Bangkok Hotel if you are looking for something more comfortable than the airport chairs. There are also some VIP lounges, souvenir shops, and money exchange facilities at this airport.
Location: 222 Vibhavadi Rangsit Rd, Khwaeng Sanambin, Khet Don Mueang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10210
3. Phuket International Airport (HKT)
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Situated at a distance of 32 kms from downtown Phuket, Phuket International Airport is the second busiest airport in Thailand airports due to the high number of visitors choosing the beautiful Phuket beaches for their vacations. It supports a traffic of almost 16 million passengers flying via Phuket airport per year. Transfers from the airport are hassle free as their are multiple services like public taxis, airport buses, limousines, and minibuses. You can also try amazing Thai food at the Thai Airways International Restaurant.
Location: Mai Khao, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
4. Samui Airport (USM)
This is one of the most beautiful airports in the world. The airport leaves a lasting impression on its visitors with tasteful wooden interiors. Taxis are pretty cheap here and one can hire rentals to reach their stay conveniently. Sea connections and ferries are available easily too. Direct flights to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Phuket and Bangkok are available from here. You can enjoy a traditional Thai massage at the airport and it has some of the choicest holiday item stores. The airport greets its travelers with total warmth and hospitality and there are complimentary snacks, beverages and wifi at the departure.
Location: Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320
5. Hat Yai International Airport (HDY)
Near Hat Yai lies the major southern hub airport of Thailand. Transfers from the airport are easy as public buses run from the place. There is also a taxi facility and the counter is just outside the Arrivals hall. The airport has currency exchange facilities and ATMs for the aid of its travelers. For food and beverages there are a few restaurants and you can also spot a Dunkin’ Donuts. There are a few souvenir shops along with two duty free stores each at the International Arrivals and Departures halls. Within the terminal there are other facilities like the prayer room, both Muslim and Buddhist. There are medical facilities, a VIP room, spa, and a Thai Royal Orchid Business Lounge too.
Location: 99 หมู่ 3 Khlong La, อำเภอ คลองหอยไข่ Chang Wat Songkhla 90115
6. Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI)
At a distance of 10 kms from the city centre is the Chiang Rai Airport in northern Thailand. Local Thai buses run to and fro for an easy commute from the airport. Taxis can also be hired outside the exit gate 3. The local ride of Thailand, the vibrant tuk tuk is also available outside the airport. Throughout the airport there are two currency exchange facilities and a few ATMs. The airport has a few food joints including a bakery and ice cream parlour for the ones with a sweet tooth. There is a bookshop too for those who believe in keeping a book handy while traveling. The airport also houses a spa, meditation room and a prayer room.
Location: 404 moo 4 Ban Du – Rim Kok Ban Du – Rim Kok Amphoe Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000
7. U-Tapao International Airport (UTP)
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Amongst the Thailand airports near Pattaya is the U-Tapao International Airport lying midway between Pattaya and Rayong. It is also known as the Pattaya Airport. Other than operating commercial flights, the airport is also a Royal Thai Navy Air Station. The main cities that the airport caters to are Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Udon Thani in Thailand, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Shanghai, Macau, Nanchang and Nanning in China and Singapore. There is a single terminal operating for both domestic and international flights. Getting to Pattaya and other neighboring cities is very easy as there is a good taxi and bus service available. At the airport one can find a souvenir store, a coffee shop, restaurant, internet cafe and postal services.
Location: 70 หมู่ที่ 2 Sukhumvit Rd, Tambon Phla, Amphoe Ban Chang, Chang Wat Rayong 21130
8. Krabi Airport (KBV)
Around 15 kms from the city centre lies the Krabi International Airport. It operates flights daily from Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. It also serves Darwin and Singapore. The airport has the facility of private taxis, shared minivan transfers and car rentals are available too. The airport has two different terminal buildings for domestic and international. The airport has a couple of ATMs, along with the money exchange facility. There are a few eating places including Subway and a coffee shop. Travelers can also find a small souvenir store on the airport.
Location: Nuea Khlong, Nuea Khlong District, Krabi 81130
9. Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Chiang Mai airport is a popular and busy airport having two connecting terminals operating each for domestic and international flights. Commuting is easy owing to taxis and hotel transfers. The airport has the provision of currency exchange and duty free stores for shopping. You can also find some stores selling local handicrafts here. A restaurant operated by the Thai Airways is open on the second floor. Other than this there are a few food outlets including a pizza stand and coffee places. The airport also houses a lounge for the comfort of its travelers. The Coral Executive Lounge at its international terminal which provides shower facilities and the Bangkok Airways Blue Ribbon Lounge at its domestic terminal. It also provides with free WiFi for a good two hours!
Location: 60 Mahidol Rd, Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200
10. Surat Thani International Airport (URT)
The airport of the Thailand airports is located at a distance of 21 km from the Surat Thani city centre. It has a single runway and one large terminal which caters to both the domestic and international flights. Other than the commercial base, it also caters to the military and is an active RTAF base. The commute is easy with private taxis and shared minivans. Bus transfers are also available near the Arrivals exit for Surat Thani city, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Krabi, Phang Nga and Phuket. There are a few duty free shops along with souvenir stores. There are also two cafes where with food you can find wifi. And for all the book lovers, there is a mini library too!
Location: 73, Hua Toei, Amphoe Phunphin, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84130
Now that you know all about how to reach the amazing places of this tropical country conveniently through these Thailand airports, book your trip to Thailand with TravelTriangle and have an amazing vacation!