Airport Improvements Offer New Tourism Options In Thailand

Nha Trang, Thailand credit Aleksandr Zykov on flickr

The Department of Airports in Thailand has been undertaking an ambitious programme of expansion and improvements on a number of airports in the country.

The projects are designed to relieve pressure from other airports and also open up more areas of the country to tourism and business travellers


The project that will affect most tourists will be at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport, the main airport hub in the country and for much of the region.

Man drives onto Bangkok Airport runway

Prior to the pandemic Suvarnabhumi was catering for around 60 million passengers a year far more than the 45 million it was designed for.

Plans have been approved for a major expansion project that will include the construction of three new terminals that could increase capacity by a further 60 million passengers per year. It is hoped that construction could be completed by 2024.


The main international airport for Krabi province, home to Koh Phi Phi, Ao Nang, Koh Lanta and Railay Beach has seen development work for a few years now.

Terminals 1 and 2 have had renovation work carried out and a 3rd terminal is being built.

Nok Air plane at Krabi Airport, credit Binder.donedat on flickr

The project is now just over half complete and will increase capacity from around 4 million to 8 million passengers a year.

Once complete it will enable more passengers to fly direct to the province rather than using Phuket International airport which is up to 3 hours from many areas of Krabi.

Nakhon Si Thammarat

Many people only experience Nakhon Si Thammarat as they travel overland from Krabi or Phuket on the way to catch high speed ferries to and from Koh Samui.

They are missing out though as the quiet, largely undeveloped beaches in Nakhon Si Thammarat province offer a glimpse into Thailand before millions of tourists poured into the resorts each year.

The city itself is believed to date back over 1,500 years and offers many glimpses into ancient and modern Thai life. The most famous landmark is Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan with its imposing 77-metre high chedi surrounded by 173 smaller ones. 

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand credit toastal on flickr

The construction of a new passenger terminal at Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport is now 41 per cent complete and will treble the capacity of the airport to 4 million passengers per year.


The Trang area offers some of the most beautiful islands and beaches throughout Thailand but are currently overlooked by most in favour of the much more popular neighbouring provinces of Krabi and Phuket.

Trang town itself is a wonderful stop-off point on the way to and from the islands and offers some of the best food throughout Thailand.

Nha Trang, Thailand credit Aleksandr Zykov on flickr

Koh Mook is probably the most accessible and popular of the Trang Islands but travellers should also consider Koh Kradan, Koh Libong and Koh Sukorn.

The construction of a new passenger terminal at Trang Airport is still in the early stages but once complete will double the airports capacity to around 3.4 million passengers per year.

Khon Kaen

The northeastern province of Khon Kaen is not on many tourists list but the area provides an excellent insight into more traditional Thai life, away from the main tourist trail.

The construction of a new passenger terminal will double capacity at the airport to around 5 million passengers per year. The project is now more than three quarters complete.

khon Kaen, Thailand credit Stefan Maurer on flickr

Khon Kaen is famous for the traditional silk trade and there are also a number of ancient ruins and temples worth exploring. The city is near to Nam Phong National Park and Phu Pan National Park, both of which are worth exploring.

The city also offers road links to both Laos and Vietnam for the more adventurous traveller.

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