When I first visited Bangkok, I landed in Don Muang Airport. That was the Airport of Bangkok till we returned from Thailand in 1999. However, when I visited Bangkok in 2018, I landed in Suvarnabhumi Airport. Don Muang was a very good airport. However, Suvarnabhumi is a much bigger airport.
Between June and July, 2018, I visited Suvarnabhumi Airport for 2 trips to Bangkok. The first time, our aircraft from Bangalore was allocated a Aero Bridge. So, on getting off the plane, I walked out of the Aero Bridge and then walked down the aisle towards the On Arrival Visa Center.
Walking about 100 meters, I found a nice Smoking Room. I was relieved. However, there is no lighter in the Smoking Room. This is a major problem for smokers travelling from India as we cannot carry a lighter in the flights from Indian Airports. Anyway, I found a fellow smoker who was carrying a lighter.
In the arrival area, there is a walk along escalator. So, it eases the travel. I needed to get my on-arrival visa. The counter is about 1 KM walk from the Aero Bridge. There are lots of sign boards leading to the on-arrival visa counter.
The second time we visited Bangkok, our Aircraft was not allocated a Aero Bridge. So, we got down in the Airport and took a bus. This was much more enjoyable.
The Suvarnabhumi Airport is fairly large. So, we needed to tell the Taxi Driver that we are departing by Thai Airways. This ensured that we were dropped at the correct terminus. It is a short walk from where the Taxi dropped us to the Check In counters. Thai Airways International Flights Check In counters are in row C and H. Any counter can be used for any of the flights.
The sequence of steps to Check In is to first go through the Security Check followed by the Passport Control. At the Security Check, we needed to remove all the metallic items on our body including our Shoes, Belts, Watch, etc. Fortunately, they did not tell Deepshree to remove her ornaments. I have a chain on my neck. I did not remove that as well. However, they checked it manually for about 2 minutes.
There are about 10 counters at the Passport Control. However, at a time about 6 of them are operational. This is one place where it took nearly 40 minutes for us on each occasion.
Once we were through the Passport Control, we were in the Terminus. The first thing we saw was a massive status of “Churning of the Ocean”. This is a Hindu Mythology. However, the Thai people seem to know all these stories.
On either side of this Status, there are series of Duty Free Shops. There are lots of Duty Free Shops at the Suvarnabhumi Airport.
If you have done any shopping in Thailand, you can claim the VAT Refund at the Airport. However, you need to get the Receipts stamped by the Customs before entering the Security Check. We did not do this and we could not get the VAT Refund.
There are lots of Exchanges inside the Airport.
We had to spend over 3 hours before our flight took off. So, we went to the Miracle Lounge. Miracle Lounge accepts Priority Pass.
Miracle Lounge has a wonderful Smoking Area. There is a nice garden maintained here.
After spending 2 hours in Miracle Lounge, we proceeded to our Departure Gate. Our departure gate was the last one on the C Wing.
There are lots of places to charge mobiles.
There is ample space to sit in the Departure Area.