This month, Thai AirAsia returns to Don Mueang International Airport, a newly-revamped home base from which to drive the low cost revolution.
Words: Beverly Rodrigues
Built for military purposes in the 1990s, Don Mueang Airport saw its first commercial flight take off in 1924, and by the 1990s, it was considered one of Asia’s most important air hubs with some 25 million travellers passing through annually. Although it was replaced by the ultra modern Suvarnabhumi International Airport in 2006, Don Mueang has been given an impressive facelift, and is now ready for some aviation action. AirAsia operates out of Terminal 1, where the airline has been allocated space to grow its fleet to advance low cost travel in the region and beyond.
Reintroducing Don Mueang
Located at the northern edge of Bangkok, Don Mueang is closer to inner Bangkok and surrounded by urban development including Future Park Rangsit, which was once the country’s largest mall, as well as Chatuchak Weekend Market, an extensive bazaar selling everything from funky fashions and quirky home décor to pets and local cuisine.
Just outside the airport, travellers can easily hail taxis and hop on buses plying routes into the city, and the outskirts. It’s less than 30 minutes to reach Mo Chit BTS Station, which offers easy connectivity to areas like Petchburi, Sukhumvit and Bangna. North and southbound trains run directly across from Don Mueang offering a classic travel option. Additionally, The Airports of Thailand Company offers free transport between Don Mueang International Airport and Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
This new terminal dedicated to AirAsia is uncongested, offering faster Immigration processing and a quicker baggage reclaim experience for smooth travels.
Business and leisure travellers will enjoy comfortable and affordable range of 3- to 5-star accommodations nearby including the Amari Don Muang, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao, Miracle Grand and Rama Garden.
Don Mueang offers fabulous duty free shopping with a wide range of good quality products similar to what you’d expect at other major airports worldwide.
A theme park with roller coasters, fun houses, games and water rides!
Newly refurbished, this department store offers coveted brands, local labels, chic eateries and a multiplex.
This manmade island is home to beautiful temples and sacred sites like the Wat Phailom, Wat Saotong Thong and Kret Buddha Garden, as well as the leaning pagoda, Chedi Mutao.
CHALOEMPHRAKIAT CALADIUM VILLAGE
Dedicated to the cultivation of the Caladium flower, this botanical village is abloom with dual pigmented caladiums known as Bon Si.
WAT BOROM RACHA KANCHANAPISEK ANUSORN
This majestic temple is Thailand’s largest Chinese temple and a centre for the study of Chinese Mahayana Buddhism.
NATIONAL SCIENCE MUSEUM
This science park boasts an interactive museum, natural history showcase, ecology and environment centre and an aviation and telecommunications museum.
MUAY THAI INSTITUTE
This institute is the place to go for casual spectators or serious students interested in muay thai (Thai kickboxing). Open to foreigners, it offers both short and long term courses covering the art of traditional Thai boxing, as well as knowledge of its history and culture.