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    There are 38 commercial Thailand airports. Of all the airports in Thailand, there are 11 busiest airports servicing international flights. Chiang Mai International Airport, Koh Samui International Airport, Surat Thani International Airport, Udon Thani International Airport, Hat Yai International Airport, Mae Fah Luang (Chiang Rai International Airport), Krabi International Airport, U-Tapao International Airport, Phuket International Airport, and Suvarnabhumi Airport (the biggest airport and busiest airport) and Don Mueang International airport (near the city centre and the second busiest airport in Bangkok) are all international airports in Thailand. All other airports operate domestic flight routes throughout Thailand only.

    Of the small domestic airports of Thailand scattered throughout the country, there are a few worth noting that service certain routes and scheduled flights.

    These are the five busiest airports in Thailand that have non-stop domestic flights to Khon Kaen Airport in the east of Thailand. From Bangkok, direct flights are offered by Bangkok Airways, Thai Smile and Thai Vietjet Air. From Don Mueang International Airport, there are non-stop flights with Thai AirAsia or Thai Lion Air. From Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai International airport, are direct flights are offered by Nok Air and Thai AirAsia. From Hat Yai and Phuket airport, you can fly with Thai AirAsia.

    Phuket International Airport

    Millions of passengers visit Phuket each year to travel to nearby tropical beaches, making this airport the second busiest in Thailand.

    It is estimated that more than 16 million passengers fly via Phuket Airport each year to both domestic and international locations.

    Tapao International Airport

    The U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport is one of the most modern international airports in the world. It is also the airport serving as the airfield for the Utapao Royal Third Navy.

    The U-Tapao International Airport only hosts a small number of both local and international flights. However, the Royal Thai Navy is actively working towards adding additional terminals and a second runway.

    Don Mueang International Airport

    The Don Mueang International Airport is the second busiest airport in the Kingdom of Thailand. Formerly known as the Old Bangkok International Airport, the Don Mueang Airport reopened in October 2012. It has since grown to become to main hub for domestic and international flights to areas in Northern Thailand, South West Thailand, and South East Thailand.

    The Don Mueang International Airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 hosts all international flights. Terminal 2 only hosts domestic flights to local airports, such as Phuket Airport and Samui Airport.

    Nok Air services flights between Mae Hong Son and Bangkok with four flights per week from Bangkok to Mae Hong Son. Nok Air, Thai Smile, Thai Airways International, Thai Lion Air and Jet Asia Airways Thai Vietjet Air all operate flights between Udon Thani and Bangkok.

    Chiang Mai International Airport

    Chiang Mai International Airport has regular direct flights to Bangkok, to Phuket International Airport, Krabi (Nuea Khlong district), Hat Yai international airport, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, U-Tapao and Surat Thani and services various international flights. Chiang Mai to Bangkok flights run daily and to other parts of northern Thailand. Chiang Rai airport scheduled flights travel to Bangkok, Phuket, Changsa and Hat Yai.

    Phuket flights to and from Bangkok run throughout the day. Thai AirAsia operates flights from Chiang Mai to Phuket. Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports operate flights to Krabi and Krabi airport only offers visitors to fly to Bangkok and nowhere else. Flights from both Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International airport serve domestic and international flights and go to all the major and minor destinations and airports in Thailand.

    Bangkok Airways services flights between Bangkok and Koh Samui Airport and Nok Air, Thai Lion Air, Thai AirAsia, Thai Smile and Thai Airways international fly the route between Bangkok and Surat Thani.

    Thailand domestic airlines include the boutique Bangkok Airways, the full-service airline Thai Airways, Thai Smile – a low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways, Thai AirAsia, Nok Air, Thai Vietjet and Thai Lion Air. Bangkok Airways operates passenger lounges in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, Chiang Mai International Airport, Samui International Airport, Trat Airport, Sukhothai Airport, Krabi International Airport, and Phuket International Airport. As one of the pricier domestic airlines, passengers can enjoy the perks of Bangkok Airways boutique club lounges and courtesy corners.

    Smaller commercial airports are Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport that serves flights to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, Khon Khaen, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai. The Nakhon Si Thammarat airport flies connecting routes to international destinations. For other southern destinations like Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, the Surat Thani Airport flies only domestic routes to and from Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang Airports and the Chiang Mai airport. Airlines servicing these routes are Nok Air, Thai Smile Airlines, Viet Jet Airlines, Thai Lion and Air Asia.

    The Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base is the airport serving Thailand’s Air Force and is situated in Ubon Ratchathani Province, some 488 km northeast of Bangkok.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Which Bangkok Airport is best to fly or closest to City?

    Don Mueang International Airport is 24 km from Bangkok’s city centre, making it closer. Suvarnabhumi Airport is 25 km away from the city centre, in Samut Prakan province. However, it has a lot more transportation options.

    What is the major airport in Thailand?

    There are two major airports of Thailand, both located in Bangkok, the capital city: Suvarnabhumi Airport, the newer main airport and Don Mueang the older airport and one of the world’s oldest airports in Southeast Asia. Most international airlines flying into Thailand will arrive in Suvarnabhumi. There you can find first-class lounges, extensive check-in counters and a large number of duty-free shops and a huge passenger terminal. Melbourne to Thailand, Sydney to Thailand, Brisbane to Thailand and Perth to Thailand will all generally arrive in Bangkok via the Suvarnabhumi airport

    How many airports does Thailand have?

    In the latest list of airports, the airports of Thailand are a total of 38.

    What airport should I fly into for Thailand?

    Most international flights arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport, the largest and main airport in Thailand. From there you can switch to a domestic flight to multiple destinations across Thailand. You can also refer to the list of airports for Thailand in the internet.

    Are BKK and DMK the same airport?

    No, BKK is the code for Suvarnabhumi Airport and DMK is the code for Don Mueang Airport which are the two main airports in the city of Bangkok.

    What month is the cheapest to fly to Thailand?

    March, April and May tend to be the cheapest months to visit Thailand. This is the hottest time of year when the heat can become unbearable some days. It would be better to stay by the coast rather than in the city or landlocked areas because at least you can get some relief from the sea breeze.

    Are there two international airports in Bangkok?

    Yes, the capital city of Bangkok has two major airports: Suvarnabhumi Airport, the newer main airport and Don Mueang the older airport. Most flights into Thailand from various parts of the world arrive in Suvarnabhumi.

    What is the best month to go to Thailand?

    The Thai seasons are divided into dry, hot and wet. The best time to travel to Thailand is any month between November and February. This time of year is warm, dry and sunny in the country. Thailand weather in December and the New Year into January is at its tropical best, with sunny skies, warm breezes and cooler evenings.

    Which is better Don Mueang or Suvarnabhumi?

    Although Don Mueang Airport is closer to central Bangkok City, Suvarnabhumi Airport is the main airport and is more impressive in its colossal size, duty-free shopping opportunities and other facilities. Further expansions established a direct airport rail link connecting into central Bangkok making it easier to travel around the city.

    Is there a shuttle from DMK to BKK?

    There is an airport shuttle bus that runs between passenger terminals of the two airports.

    Can I go to Thailand without a visa?

    Citizens or passport holders from 64 countries in the world are currently granted a free visa on arrival in Thailand for up to 30 days. This visa exemption only applies to persons with a confirmed onward ticket and at least 6 months passport validity from his/her home country.

    How many flights between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur each week?

    There are 93 flights between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur each week and 13 flights per day.

    What are the top ten most beautiful airports in Southeast Asia?

    The latest World Airport awards of Skytrax aviation website has made a list of the top ten most beautiful airports in Asia from 550 airports surveyed by 13 million-plus flyers from 106 countries. Criteria include facility comfort, location of bathrooms, language skills of airport staff, and 39 service and performance variables.
    No. 10. Kuala Lumpur International Airport
    No. 9. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
    No. 8. Beijing Capital International Airport
    No. 7. Tokyo Narita International Airport
    No. 6. Kansai International Airport
    No. 5. Central Japan International Airport
    No. 4. Hongkong International Airport
    No. 3. Tokyo Haneda International Airport
    No. 2. Incheon International Airport
    No. 1. Singapore Changi International Airport

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