Enroute to Manila: Waiting A Little in Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok)

My gateway to Bangkok was once inhabited by snakes. And they are not just any snake; they are the mythical Nagas – creatures that was believed to inhabit the netherworld and keeper of earth’s treasures.  Thus to appeal to Naga’s not to be angry for invading their territory, the gatekeeper erected this monument.

Demon pulling a big snake in Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand

The gateway, which is the Suvarnabhumi Airport, was actually built in an area previously called as Cobra Swamp. So, I guess, the reference to the mythical Naga is not only based on superstition.

Angry naga in Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok, Thailand)

The name Suvarnabhumi means “Realm of Gold” and was the name given by the King of Thailand.

I read in Wikipedia that Suvarnabhumi Airport, a.k.a. Bangkok International Airport, is the largest airport in the world in terms of area. It has the world tallest control tower and the largest single-building airport terminal. Suvarnabhumi Airport is ranked as the top 20 busiest airport in the world and top 6 busiest airports in Asia.

Inside Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand

Suvarnabhumi Airport was my only gateway to Bangkok because I entered Thailand only through this airport. I passed through it around six times and I couldn’t say anything bad about. In fact, it is one of my favorite airports.

The Naga statue is not the only monument that welcomes air passengers. Popular Buddhist myth characters are also present like Indrajit.

Indrajit in Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok, Thailand)

Indrajit is one of the statues that also welcomed me in Wat Arun.

Ceiling of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand

There are plenty of things that I like with Suvarnabhumi Airport. One is that they have walkalators. Another is that they have drinking fountains. And what I like the most is this airport is spacious and have plenty seats for passengers waiting for their flight. They even have free WiFi connection, which I used to chat with my loved ones before I board the aircraft.

Passengers checking their flight status in Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok, Thailand)

Just like other airports, Suvarnabhumi Airport has restaurants and a Duty Free Shop.

Coffe shop in Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangko, Thailand)

Suvarnabhumi Airport replaced the old airport located within Bangkok. It was developed in conjunction to Thailand’s booming tourism industry. I guess that the Thai government realized, like what the Philippine government is realizing now, that the old and small airport will hinder the growth of tourism industry.

How I Went to Suvarnabhumi Airport from Bangkok

I usually went to Suvarnabhumi Airport by riding taxi cabs since it is the easiest means of going there. However, I also tried riding the train going to this airport.

Railway to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand

The train is another reason why Suvarnabhumi is my favorite airport. Just imagine the convenience that it gives to tourists and local passengers who don’t want to be trapped in the heavy traffic in Bangkok. How I wish that our MRT or LRT in Manila have stations in each terminal of NAIA. I believe that being connected to the train system will make predatory taxi drivers behave because people have alternative way of going to Metro Manila from the airport.

The growth of tourism industry goes hand-in-hand with the improvement in the transportation system. Thai government realized this thus they built Suvarnabhumi Airport. My country, the Philippines, is now having the same realization. There are plans of building another commercial airport in Cavite or transferring flights to faraway Clark in Pampanga. I do hope that the Philippine government take a look at what the Thai government has done and copy some of the positive things, particularly the (1) development of big airports that can handle large volumes of air traffic and (2) the connection of the airport terminal with the rapid train system.
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9 comments:

  1. Maganda nga kung magkaroon ng airport sa Cavite para naman ang mga tagaroon at kalapit na lugar ay doon na lang sila sasakay ganundin pabalik..

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    1. Tama po kayo jan. At para ma-decongest din ang Metro Manila. Yun nga lang kailangan may mabilis na byahe from Cavite to Manila.

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  2. You're in Thailand again? Naga is Malay/Malaysian for dragon. I'm astrologically a dragon according to the Chinese horoscope.

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    1. Actually I'm in the Philippines. I was very late in posting my adventures in Thailand.

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    2. Wow! My brother is also a Dragon. :-)

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  3. It's me again. A Thai who just reply you minutes ago. Hope you don't mind if I add some more info, esp. about culture since from my guess (from reading your blog) you seems to interested about the topic. Not so many would affected in Ramakian or Ramayana painting like you do. (I would also add some info in that post, esp. why no Buddha image.)

    Now the Suwannaphumi. It's just FYI. The scene of the naga in the airport is taken from the legend of Kshir Sagar (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kshir_Sagar) You may already know, TH is Buddhist country but, like most Buddhist countries, we adopted many of deities from Hindu.

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    1. Actually, I'm happy that a Thai frequents my blog. Thank you for visiting and leaving comments.

      I read about Kshir Sagar and now the scene with the naga now made sense to me. :-)

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  4. Now, i really feel bad for NAIA, really sad, Haven't gone insde the airport but just simply looking at it, i know that bangkok's way better than ours.

    I love the train embedding and historical figures inside the airport.

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    1. Kaya nga eh. I do hope that the new president work double time to improve our airports.

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