Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Suvarnabhumi Airport

Suvarnabhumi Airport is being rushed to open for 28th September 2006. It has been a long time coming (more than 40 years from conception) and many people cannot understand what all the rush is. Surely a few more months wouldn’t hurt anyone as Don Muang airport is still functioning perfectly. Wouldn’t it be better to wait for the paint to dry or at least wait for the public transport links to the capital to be finished? But no. The common belief  is that Thaksin is rushing to have the airport opened before the national elections due in October. Let’s hope that nothing serious will go wrong that will lead to a tragic accident.

Duty-free at stylish Suvarnabhumi is far less like picking your way through a crowded market than former Don Mueang (now reverted to the Don Muang spelling). Shops, operated by King Power’s duty-free conglomerate, include general duty-free outlets heavy on alcohol, tobacco, perfumes and confections. Prices are slightly steeper than in Hongkong or Singapore (see Hongkong and Singapore below). However, sudden and sometimes short-lived discounts make Suvarnabhumi less pricey for some items. If you’re not going to the other airports, make sure you get what you need. You’ll make big savings. The caveat: know your prices. Thai silk (fabrics and garments) and upscale handicrafts aren’t always cheaper than downtown, but prices are fixed and presentation is beautiful.

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