Located approximately 25km east of Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi Airport is the busiest airport in Thailand and the sixth busiest airport in the whole of Asia. Servicing approximately 53 million passengers annually, the Suvarnabhumi is the world's 14th busiest airport and is home to 96 commercial and cargo airlines. The airport is a major hub for Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways International and Orient Thai Airlines but is also a regional gateway and connects with a number of foreign airlines.
Also known as the (New) Bangkok International Airport, Suvarnabhumi is located in the Sumat Prakan Province in the district of Bang Phli just a short drive from the downtown district in Racha Thewa. The airport was opened in 2006 and was named by King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Suvarnabhumi translates to 'Golden Land' and is named after a folkloric golden kingdom said to have existed somewhere in Southeast Asia. The airport is also home to the tallest free-standing control tower in the world, measuring 132.2m and is the fourth-largest single building airport terminal in the world.
Suvarnabhumi Airport is home to a number of services and facilities including internet access, lounges, a Muslim prayer room, VIP rooms, dayrooms, a medical clinic, ATM and currency exchange facilities, a police station, tour service counter, VAT refund counter, post office, smoking rooms and a number of food and beverage outlets. There are also a number of ground transport options including limousines, taxis, public bus services, an intercity shuttle bus, car rentals and an airport rail link.
Suvarnabhumi airport is also home to a wide range of shopping opportunities including the duty free shoppers paradise of King Power Duty Free. The shops are divided into four zones: World's Boutique, Walk Through Shopping Street, Specialty Luxury Retailers and Royal Project & Social Development Shops. World's Boutique offers high end international brands such as Swarovski, Hermes, Emporio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, and Hugo Boss. The Walk Through Shopping Street is the longest in the world and offers everything from perfume, cosmetics and jewellery to confectionary and liquor.
The Specialty Luxury Retailers feature ME cosmetics shops with products from La Mer, La Prairie, Dr. Brandt and Tri Aktiline as well as worldwide luxury watches including Jaeger - LeCoultre, Breitling, TAG Heuer, Hermes, Tissot and Gucci. The Royal Project & Social Development Shops feature government-initiated social and royal projects to aid the Sai Jai Thai Foundation, Doi Tung Lifestyle and more as well as local produces such as fresh fruit and vegetables.