Suvarnabhumi Airport opened in 2006 as the new International Airport serving Bangkok to replace the former airport which had become too small to meet the needs of the city. As with many of the new airports in the far east that opened around the same time, the purpose of Suvarnabhumi Airport was to present the modern face of the country and act as a showcase for the nation. The airport is located around 25KM east outside the city centre in the suburb of Racha Thewa. The airport has been designed to cater for more than 30 million passengers each year, and it is the home of both Thai Airways and Bangkok Airlines, as well as being a major hub for both Qantas and British Airways.
Many people are initially daunted by the prospect of driving in Thailand, but aside from the throbbing streets of Bangkok itself, the rest of the country is a joy to drive through. From the airport, you can soon get onto the open roads, and the journey to resort towns such as Hua Hin or Pattaya is straightforward along modern motorways. Many people find that hiring a car for the duration of their stay in the country provides them with much more freedom than relying on organised tours, and this often works out cheaper than booking transfers.
Car hire desks at Bangkok Airport are located in the main Terminal building just inside the arrivals hall overlooking the taxi pick up area on the ground floor. Companies offering car hire at the airport are Thai Rent-a-Car, Avis, Sixt , Europcar, Budget , and Hertz.
If you are coming from the centre of Bangkok, then you should head out of the city along the route 7, which is the major highway in the north of the country. This road can be very busy during rush hour, so leave at least an hour before check in to set off. Continue along Route 7 as far as Prawet, and then turn right onto Route 9, the Bangkok Eastern Outer Ring for about 100metres, before turning left onto the airport entry road which takes you right up to the Terminal building and car parks.
You can find out most information about Bangkok airport via the website which is at bangkokairportonline.com. This has flight information and advice about most airport services. You can also phone for information on 02-132-1888, or email at email@example.com.