Airports in and Nearby Bangkok
Bangkok is one of Asia’s busiest air transportation centers. The city is served by two international airports as mentioned below.
Bang Phli, Samut Prakan and Prawet/ Bang Kapi/ Lad Krabang, Bangkok
With an area of 3,240 ha, BKK is one of the biggest international airports in Southeast Asia and a regional hub for aviation.
Bangkok Airways, Jet Asia Airways, Thai Airways, Thai Smile,
2. Don Mueang International Airport Official Name:
Don Mueang International Airport
222 Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Sanam Bin Subdistrict, Don Mueang, Bangkok, Thailand
The airport is recognized as one of the world’s oldest international airports and Asia’s oldest operating airport.
Nok Air, NokScoot, Thai AirAsia, Thai AirAsia X, Thai Lion Air
- Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
- Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI)
- Hat Yai International Airport (HDY)
- Phuket International Airport (HKT)
- Samui International Airport (USM)
- Krabi International Airport (KBV)
- Udon Thani International Airport (UTH)
- Surat Thani International Airport (URT)
- U-Tapao International Airport (UTP)
Best Time to Visit Bangkok
Most travelers choose to book their flights to Bangkok towards the end of the year – November to March. These are the times when outdoor temperatures tend to be the least humid and coolest (below 20 °C/ 68 °F). Colder temperatures in the high tourist season make walking tours of Bangkok all the more enjoyable – the best way to check out the many street markets, food stalls and alley shops in town. Try booking your air tickets to Bangkok well in advance of your travel date to enjoy the cheapest airfares and early bird discounts.
Flight Distance and Time
Most of the airlines from the airports in the United States depart to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) of Bangkok. Only a few international airlines connect to the Don Mueang International Airport. Currently, no nonstop flights to Bangkok are available from the US. Passengers need to interchange at stopover airports in Korea, Japan, or Europe. Take a look at the flight distance and flight time from a few popular cities in the US.
| Flight || Flight Distance || Flight Time |
| San Francisco to Bangkok Flight || 7,929 miles/12761 km || 16 hours 22 minutes |
| Los Angeles, CA to Bangkok Flight || 8,276 miles/13319 km || 17 hours 03 minutes |
| Chicago, IL to Bangkok Flight || 8, 568 miles/13789 km || 17 hours 38 minutes |
| New York City to Bangkok Flight || 8,667 miles/13947 km || 17 hours 50 minutes |
| Dallas to Bangkok Flight || 9,034 miles/14538 km || 18 hours 34 minutes |
| Philadelphia, PA to Bangkok || 8,726 miles/14042 km || 17 hours 57 minutes |
A Traveler’s Guide to Airport Security Screening
1. Carry-On Baggage Screening
Take a look at the security procedures exercised or may be exercised at departure airport in the US.
Place your personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone like include laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles into a bin for X-ray screening. Items like hair dryers, electric shavers or electric toothbrushes are exempted.
Listen to the instructions of the TSA officer. In most cases, food or snacks such as fruit, health bars, and sandwiches can stay inside your carry-on bag. There are special instructions for liquids, gels, and aerosols, as well as for baby food, breast milk and medically necessary items.
2. Checked Baggage Screening
If you are preparing for your flight, be aware that how and what you pack can impact the screening process. Be sure that you check for prohibited items and remember to follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule. TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate other items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Keep your bag organized to help ease the screening process as it takes time for TSA officers to make sure a jam-packed, cluttered, overstuffed bag is safe.
Checked baggage items are scanned using a computer tomography (CT) scanner. A CT scanner is a hollow tube that surrounds your bag. An X-ray mechanism revolves slowly around it, bombarding it with X-rays and recording the resulting data. The scanner calculates the mass and density of individual objects in your bag based on this tomogram. If an object’s mass/density falls within the range of a dangerous material, the CT scanner warns the operator of a potential hazardous object.
3. Pat-Down Screening
To enhance safety on international travels, TSA works closely with 280 foreign airports with direct commercial flights to the U.S., in more than 100 countries around the world. International passengers might have to go through an extensive security screening process. Hence, arrive earlier at your airport so as to allow enough time for the screening procedure. Take a look at the security advisory of the Federal Aviation Administration to know about hazardous materials.
4. Secure Flight
Pat-down procedures are used to determine whether prohibited items or other threats to transportation security are concealed on the person. The process involves the manual inspection of the head, neck, arms, torso, legs, and feet. This includes head coverings and sensitive areas such as breasts, groin, and the buttocks. The officer advises you about the process to help you anticipate any actions before you feel them. Pat-downs require sufficient pressure to ensure detection, and areas may undergo a pat-down more than once for the TSA officer to confirm no threat items are detected. You will receive a pat-down by an officer of the same gender.
5. TSA Pre?® Screening
Secure Flight is a risk-based passenger prescreening program that enhances security by identifying low and high-risk passengers before they arrive at the airport by matching their names against trusted traveler lists and watchlists.
With TSA Pre?®, you are able to speed through security and don’t need to remove your shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. You may apply for the TSA Pre?® membership.