Flying is a mean of transport. There is nothing exciting about it, unless if it’s to fly a broomstick and play Quidditch with Harry Potter! And have you heard about Eddie Redmayne is in talks to play the lead in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off, titled “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”? I wonder if there’s any flying around on broomsticks?
Okay, let ‘s not get sidetracked by the hunkalicious Eddie Redmayne. Fell in love with him after I saw Les Miserables with his posh English accent.
So really, there is nothing exciting about flying. It used to be a glamorous and prestigious affair, but now everyone can fly. I don’t hate, I’m just not necessarily excited about flying nor traveling and having to spend time at the airports. It’s just a necessity.
There are two airports in Bangkok. Suvarnabhumi International Airport serves mostly the mainstream airlines. The old Don Mueang International Airport was revived in late 2012, and caters to low-cost airlines.
I would attribute the revival of Don Meuang to AirAsia. I read two versions of the same story. I thought Airasia announced the move was due to lower airport tax offered at Don Mueang, so I assumed that it was AirAsia’s choice. But I also read that the government of Thailand ordered all low-cost, chartered and non-connecting flights to relocate to Don Mueang.
Whatever the reason is, the move has brought more advantages than disadvantages to me personally.
Love it that it’s closer to home, less than 20km in distance.
Love it that we can reach airport in 15 minutes time on a good day.
Love it that we can skip taxi, and take Airport Bus A1 direct to MRT Chatuchak Park station, and then another 2 stations to reach home.
Love it that there are considerably less passengers vs. Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
Love it that it is super short queue at immigration counters.
Love it that I can still have my favourite local Thai foods at Doi Chaang Coffee before I leave the country.
Love it that my family and friends can get SIM card easily.
Hate it that it feels so ‘low cost’. Not as horrible as Malaysia’s old LCCT, but still …
Hate it that the facility is bare minimum.
Hate it that the parking facility is insufficient.
Hate it that it’s a dead without anything to see.
Hate it that there aren’t many shopping options.
Hate it that there’s no free wifi provided.
Hate it that there is no ATM facility at departure floor after immigration.
Hate it that the McD staff at Don Meuang outlet appear to be permanently having a bad day. Smile lah a little bit, aiyoo.
Let’s not give just a service, but an experience. Omotenashi.