Don Mueang Airport, or DMK, is an international airport serving the region of Bangkok in Thailand. It is the secondary aviation hub to Bangkok’s main Suvarnabhumi Airport, serving as the main centre for low-cost and domestic flights. Opened in 1914 and receiving commercial flights since 1924, it is considered one of the world’s oldest international airports and Asia’s oldest operating airport. DMK is located 24km from Bangkok, with a single terminal consisting of the Departure Hall on the second level and the Arrival Hall on the first. Airlines flying here include Air Asia and Nok Air, serving destinations in Asia including Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
From Bangkok Siam, the cheapest transfer is by Bus 29; however, note that there is little luggage space on board. Another adventurous option is the train, which connects Hua Lamphong (Central Railway Station) to the station opposite the Airport. Taxis are the easiest mode and can be flagged in the city.
If you’re transferring here from Suvarnbhumi Airport, the fastest and easiest way to travel the 50km is by taxi. Otherwise, look out for Bus 554 or 555.
Within the Airport, the entire passenger terminal and its facilities are accessible by foot.
What to see and do
Spending some time in Don Mueang Airport? Walk just behind the building to the Royal Thai Air Museum, a small but interesting museum documenting the entire history of Thai aviation. Stroll through its large converted hangars and check out its thirty airplanes on display – some, like the Curtiss Hawk III, are the very last of their kind.
You may also travel to the multipurpose IMPACT Exhibition and Convention centre if you have more time. Just 5km away, this complex is the site of numerous seasonal events, such as pop concerts and expo fairs. Check out their schedule online and you might find an affair or two to while your time away.
The nearby area of Don Muang in Bangkok has a thriving commercial district where you can spend a day or two when in the area. Several giant shopping malls can be found here, offering exciting brands and department stores. For more authentic Thai treats, head to the world-famous Chatuchak Weekend Market, a labyrinthine bazaar that offers everything imaginable – from artisan art to handmade leather products.
Or, if you’d rather spend the day or night near Don Mueang Airport, simply head to Amari Don Muang Bangkok, a deluxe transit hotel just opposite the Airport. Dine on delectable Thai cuisine at one of its superior restaurants, take a dip in its large pool, or retire into the comfort of your very own furnished suite.