Suvarnabhumi Airport – also known as Bangkok International Airport, for those preferring less of a tongue-twister – is one of 2 airports serving Bangkok, the other being Don Muang International Airport. The difficult-to-read name, meaning ‘The Golden Land’ in Sanskrit, was conferred by Thailand’s King Bhumipol Adulyadej in 2000. Being the newer of the 2 airports in Bangkok, getting it set up involved one of the largest logistical operations in global aviation history as millions of tonnes of aircraft and equipment had to be moved from Don Muang to Suvarnabhumi. Today, the airport is bustling with activity; a mere 25km away from the city of Bangkok, it covers a huge expanse of around 8,000 acres and can accommodate millions of passengers per year.
Now considered one of the regional hubs for Asia, there are few places you cannot reach via this airport as it is served by many major airlines such as KLM, Emirates, Lufthansa and Qantas.
Thailand is an interesting, diverse country rooted in tradition and steeped in culture, also boasting spectacular islands and natural scenic beauty. If you’d like to discover more of what the country can offer, a speedy domestic flight from Suvarnabhumi Airport can get you to popular tourist destinations, Phuket or Chiang Mai, for a refreshing experience completely different from Bangkok.
Chiang Mai literally means ‘New City’ (though it is sometimes also known as the ‘Rose of the North’), and is one of the few places left in the world where one can experience both historical and modern culture at one go. With historic temples and pagodas situated next to boutique hotels and convenience stores, you can enjoy modern creature comforts whilst immersing in the past. Besides visiting temples, be sure to stop by the old city that is well-preserved with moat, much of its old fortified walls, and four main gates still intact.
If history is not really your thing, then head to Phuket Island instead for a relaxing beach holiday consisting of nothing more exhausting than basking in the sun. With more than 5 major beaches and countless beach resorts as well as some of the clearest seas and whitest sands in Asia, Phuket is a must-have in every beach-lover’s repertoire. For the water-sport lover, every major beach also comes equipped with instructors and equipment for diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and sailing.
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From Suvarnabhumi, you can take a short international flight that zips you over to Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, less than an hour away. There, you have a whole new palate of tastes to savour; from Rendang, Popiah, Rojak toChar Kway Teow, your taste buds won’t know what hit them. Go up the majestic Petronas Twin Towers for a panoramic view of the entire Malaysian peninsula, or unleash the shopaholic in you -- Kuala Lumpur was once featured as the world’s fourth best shopping cities in CNNGo, and contains 3 of the world’s 10 largest malls.
If you’d prefer going somewhere further, you can grab a flight from Suvarnabhumi to Paris, the city of love. With non-stop direct flights from Suvarnabhumi straight to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris sometimes available on airlines like Etihad and Qatar Airways, what’s stopping you? Visit the iconic Eiffel Tower, admire the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum, or marvel at the majestic Arc de Triomphe – all accessible from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
From Suvarnabhumi you can also fly to far-flung places like Cape Town, in South Africa, for priceless encounters with wildlife you've never before seen in their natural habitat. Go for a thrilling shark-cage dive, board a whale-watching expedition boat, or simply walk along some of the beaches on the coast; wild penguins are known to sometimes hop on and off for a rest and a quick sunbath. If you'd prefer something more on the cultural side, you can also fly Lufthansa direct from Suvarnabhumi to Frankfurt, the heart of Germany, for a look at the city's famous museums. Go for a walk along the river Main and you'd find more than 10 museums side-by-side for your viewing pleasure. You can pick and choose your subject of interest and immerse in culture and history for as long as you wish.
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