Bangkok International Airport, There’s Two Of Them
I got to the hotel in Bangkok just after 10pm local time, after spending nearly 27 hours flying to Thailand and not accounting for the loss of day in travel flying west. In less than than 18 hours I’d be leaving Bangkok, heading to Siem Reap, Cambodia to tour Angkor Wat and some of the other temples in and around the city.
It was raining, but warm, almost hot, the city was still very active and I was dead set on eating Pad Thai and some other street food before sleeping a few hours and heading back to the airport. Upon returning to the hotel soaked top to bottom I booked a flight to Cambodia on AirAsia leaving out of Bangkok International Airport. This was where my weary traveler mistake started.
In the morning the sun and humidity were in full force while I roamed Khao San Road search of breakfast. The loud, busy and wet streets from just a a few hours before had been transformed and the city was just starting to wake up. After some delightful street food for breakfast, I grabbed my bag and hopped in a cab, asking to be taken to the airport.
Back at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), which is a huge, high ceiling modern airport, there was no AirAsia ticket counter to be found. Finally gave in and went to the information desk, at which time I checked the AirAsia app on my phone to see they fly out of Don Mueang International Airport (DMK). Bangkok has two international airports!
Headed downstairs to hail a cab and make the hour-long journey across the city, I had enough of a cushion in my scheduling to not miss the flight out of Don Mueang International Airport to Siem Reap.
When you’re in a new or different city, double check everything and don’t assume anything.
PS- New York City has two international airports, JFK and LGA.