Big Plans for Bangkok

Andrew Leeson


Bangkok Airport
The Thai capital is one of the World’s top tourist destinations and its infrastructure is about to receive a huge boost with plans to upgrade its airports, expand major highways and begin building an exciting high speed train network. Its great news for the Thai economy and even better news for tourists, long stay visitors and retirees. So just what can we expect in coming years…

Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

Completed in September 2006, Suvarnabhumi is Thailand’s busiest airport, and ranked 20th in the World in terms of aircraft movements. Its large single terminal was originally designed to manage 45 million people per year, however the next phase of the airports expansion (due to begin later this year) will see capacity increase to 90 million. Plans include a second terminal and another runway, with an increase in the Eastern end of the current terminal already in progress.
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Don Mueang Airport (DMK)

Bangkok’s second international airport, is now the Worlds largest low cost airline hub. It was originally built in 1914, and whilst it closed for renovations once Suvarnabhumi was opened, it wasn’t long before the newly renovated airport hit capacity. Despite the introduction of a second Terminal in 2012 the double digit growth the airport has enjoyed (lifting passenger numbers to 35 million) means a third terminal is now being planned.
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U-Tapao International Airport (UTP)

In addition to the plans for Bangkok’s two existing airports, the Government has also set aside funding to create what will effectively become Bangkok’s third international airport. Whilst technically outside Bangkok’s greater metropolitan area, and closer to the resort city of Pattaya, U-Tapao will service increasing capacity not only to the capital, but also to the fast growing ‘Eastern Economic Corridor’ (EEC).

Formerly a military base, a brand new commercial passenger terminal is being developed, and a second runway built. Passenger numbers have been increasing rapidly and are expected to hit 1.2 million this year. 

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Within Bangkok itself the BTS (Bangkok Transit System) and SRT (State Railway of Thailand) systems are being expanded to extend their reach into new areas of the city, and importantly the SRT Red Line will link Don Mueang to the city.

The construction of a High Speed Rail link between Bangkok and Rayong appears to be close to reality (after much delay). The 193km line will have stops at Suvarnabhumi Airport and Pattaya, greatly reducing the time between the capital and Pattaya to only 60 minutes. Discussions are also ongoing to build further high speed train lines to both Hua Hin and in time Chiang Mai.


The hugely popular and heavily used ‘Highway 7’ which links Bangkok to the Chonburi district also continues to be developed as extensions are built to U-Tapao , the broader EEC and key ports.

Yes, there will be delays…

Thailand being Thailand you can expect a few delays (and/or modifications) to the introduction of these new services and upgrades, but the plans really are another big step forward for visitors and residents alike, as accessibility to one of the Worlds most popular destinations becomes even easier.

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Andrew Leeson

Andrew Leeson

Over 20 years of experience helping people live a better life in SE Asia. Having worked in financial services in Asia I understand the challenges when moving to and living in a new country. I have travelled extensively throughout the region and experienced what SE Asia has to offer to retirees.

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