With more budget airlines such as AirAsia switching from Savanapumbhi Airport to landing at Don Muang Airport, the need for more transit hotels near Don Meuang airport near Bangkok's north CBD has become more important. We recently stayed at an older hotel built when Don Muang was the only international airport in Bangkok. Signs in the Don Muang terminal building still show the name "Don Muang International Airport" We had a one day stop-over before a domestic AirAsiaX flight from Don Muang Airport to Udon Thani, so we booked the "Louise Tavern Hotel" near Don Muang airport and were pleasently supprised by the affordable price and good hospitality service with a smile. As owner of www.hotelmarketingasia.asia, I've been doing incognito, hotel familiarisation tours and hotel reviews for years and this airport hotel would rate as one of the best for service in the world.
If you're a short time transit passenger at Don Muang airport, there are plenty of new shops including a "7 Eleven" in the departure area after you clear the second airport security checks. Up the escalator, near the airport entrance is the agreeable "Silom Restaurant" See in photos of Don Muang. The inexpensive airport lounge in the Don Muang departure area has worthwhile buffet, tea, coffee and internet.
There are plenty of good restaurants and street food vendors near Don Muang airport. My family ate delicious chicken boiled in oil in a cart on the side of the street. I ate delisious pig grilled over charcoal on sticks known in Malay/Indonesian cuisine as satay. If you want even cheaper than cheap street food there are food markets near Don Muang for budget travellers who want to DIY their own cooking and buy fresh food closer to the source.
With Don Meuang Airport being the largest low cost carrier (LCC) airport in the world, the needed second 3 billion baht passenger terminal at Don Muang airport is expected to be completed and open to services, November 2015, capable of accommodating 30 million passengers per year. Since 2012, the number of passengers at Don Meuang airport increased about 50 percent each year while the number of low-cost flights upped 30 percent annually. In addition, the Airport Of Thailand has plans to build the third passenger’s terminal at Don Meuang which will increase the airport’s capacity to accommodate up to 40 million passengers each year and to make Don Meuang aiport the maintenance hub. AirAsia CEO has, asked AOT to increase the parking space for aircrafts at Don Meuang, pointing out that traffic is normally congested in the mornings and evenings.
The most famous weekend markets in Bangkok, the "Chatachuk Markets" are near Don Muang airport so if you have a day and like shopping, eating, people watching etc these markets are major tourist attraction near Don Muang Airport.
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