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Flying to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
So, what can you expect when you finally touch down in Bangkok? Suvarnabhumi (we'll help you out: it's pronounced "su-wan-na-poom"), unofficially known as Bangkok Airport, is one of the largest international airports in Southeast Asia - it's a bit of a whopper, which is not all that surprising considering it serves the most visited city in the world. Sitting pretty just 30km east of Bangkok, it's currently the 17th busiest airport in the world.
Getting around Suvarnabhumi Airport
So, the flight's over. To be honest, arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport is a treat in and of itself. A pretty modern airport, designed by the folks at Murphy/Jahn Architects, on arrival you'll be greeted by a whole lot of passport control checkpoints, with 22 different baggage control conveyor belts on hand for the high volume of incoming flights the airport welcomes on a daily basis. Your arrival at the main terminal building will either be through a terminal gate or a bus gate, depending on where your plane lands within the airport grounds and which airline you fly with. The bus gates bring arrivals within a hop, skip, and a passport check away of immigration, found on the 2nd floor. And if you're a bit peckish after all that time in the air, there's a bucket load of restaurants. Essentials, like phone shops and ATMs are also available within the arrivals hall itself.
Getting to the city from the airport
This isn't the only option though! If you'd prefer something a but more chill, there's always the taxi option (you'll need to pay an extra 50 baht on top of the meter fare, plus any tolls) which will pick you up from the rank on the first level. Or there's always the airport limo, of course. Costing you around 3 times the price of a taxi, it's more pricey but if you ask us? Worth it.
Things to do in Bangkok
Street food shenanigans
Alright, you may very well have tried Thai food. But you ain't tried Thai food done proper. Only in the heart of this wonderful country can you really experience the age-old family recipes, the lavish combinations of sweet and sour, of spice and salt...okay, we're getting carried away. Forget your fancy fine dining. Actually, forget your regular dining experience altogether - Bangkok's street food scene has got a trick or two up its sleeve for you. Your job? Tuck in.
A city of many faces
Famously multifaceted, the varying urban sprawl of Bangkok takes you every which way. Temples. Gorgeous gold spires. Inviting alcoves and backstreets. Intimate bars. Squeaky-clean malls. Calming canals. All with skyscrapers of the future towering overhead.
Just going out for a bit of fresh air
If you wanna take a chill pill and get out of the city for a wee bit (we don't blame you - Bangkok is full on!), there's a bunch of more rural options to tickle the pickle of the outdoor adventurer. Whether you want to make a splash in one of the many waterfalls or take a tour of the nearby jungle, there's plenty of ways to quench the your thirst for Thailand top natural beauty. She's a stunner, that's for sure. So, breathe it in and enjoy.