Suvarnabhumi Airport Sawatdi Kharap Bangkok – Thailand Trip Day 1 – Bangkok
So, finally it is Bangkok. The flight was overall smooth. The service by the in-flight crew was quite pleasant. As I alighted into the terminal, Bangkok airport “Suvarnabhumi” seemed overwhelming. It is quite sprawling and always inundated with people. Following the arrows I finally found the visa on arrival department. It can be quite daunting to get the visa on time due to long queues, so note this. I finally deduced that it is better take the visa before flying in. So do keep this in mind if you are heading over here.
The Swanky Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
Suvarnabhumi airport is one of the two airports in Bangkok. The other older one is Don Mueang International Airport. Suvarnabhumi is one of the biggest international airports in Southeast Asia. It is the regional hub for aviation for Thailand. It is notably the world’s fourth largest single-building airport terminal.
Duty-free shops at Suvarnabhumi airport are well stocked. Suvarnabhumi offers duty-free shopping for liquor, tobacco, perfume, cosmetics, fashion, watches, pens, lighters, accessories and costume jewellery, skincare and aromatherapy, toys, electronics and confectionery. There are almost all prime brand boutiques out there.
However, for alcohol, they present duty-free shopping restrictions. For example, only 1 Bottle of JWBL is allowed per person transiting to Chiang Mai. More frustratingly, the Indian employees of Thai Airways at IGIA were also clueless on duty-free import to Chiang Mai. Despite being a tourist destination, the Thai information desks were not equipped to handle situations as immigration formalities. This came in as a big disappointment.
I queued up with our visa request forms in a never-ending long queue. The forms were readily available. A tout came across and promised to get the visa issued promptly. He managed to get our photos clicked and helped fill up the forms. He also suggested that we keep Thai Bahts handy to pay for the visa fee, which I didn’t have. So the local money changer in the same line of shops came in handy.
While the visa is supposed to be express, however handling the lasting queues at arrival and immigration can be quite a task. If you are taking a connecting flight from Bangkok, push the “get it done fast” button and get your visa.
The cigarettes and lighter were checked and ignored. However, this can be an inconsistent action. So keep this in mind.
If transiting from Suvarnabhumi Airport
Since Suvarnabhumi airport is sprawling, your connecting flight gate can be really far-flung. So be prepared to walk and quickly.
I reached the connecting flight gate comfortably and was shortly on my way to Chiang Mai with a single bottle of JWBL.