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Bangkok Airport On Bridget Jones 2:  
User currently offlineAirbusCanada From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 326 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2473 times:

Have anyone see the movie, Bridget Jones: the edge of reason.
There are quite a few interior shots of Bangkok airport. But the airport looked like an oldish dirty airport with very tight space. Personally I never been to Bangkok but I have heard it’s a very nice airport comparable to Singapore and Hong-kong. So how is Bangkok airport like? Any comments:


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User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2996 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2444 times:

When I was there in 2000, it was indeed "an oldish dirty airport with very tight space." Definitely not in the same league as Changi or Chek Lap Kok. The immigration hall was rather depressing, and on departure (BA to LHR), I remember waiting in a dingy, windowless downstairs room before being bused out to the plane at a remote stand. However, I believe renovations were underway at the time, so maybe it has improved.

Also, I would note that my comments above are limited to the international terminal. The separate terminal used by TG for its domestic flights was newer and, although nothing special architecturally, fairly modern and comfortable.



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User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6558 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Bangkok Don Muang IS an oldish, dirty airport with very tight space.  Smile That's why they are building a new airport that will open late next year. That airport, Suvarnabhumi, will be in the same class as HKG and SIN.

Haven't seen the movie yet, but will someday soon.

The777Man



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User currently offlineFXMD11 From Thailand, joined Aug 2004, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2341 times:

Well, not quite correct. It is true that BKK is an old airport and for your information, it is actually the OLDEST still operating airport in South East Asia. I am at BKK (my home base) once or twice a week and I never found anything dirty. The Thai's are pretty clean when it comes to public facilities. Also, BKK is one of the most friendliest airports I have ever been.

User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2298 times:

Hey


they also have three plane interior shots and one of LHR.


The airplane interiors where of course filmed in a studio. But one of them was taken on a BMI, I guess a sponser, they flew it from LHR-ZRH. To LHR-BKK
it was the same interior but with a different name on the seats.

I am guessing the LHR seen was shot at LHR? This also brings up another movie Love Actully which has a lot of LHR seens.



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User currently offlineCopenhagenboy From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2250 times:

"Bangkok Don Muang IS an oldish, dirty airport with very tight space."

Not at all. Okay, Don Muang is maybe not the most charming place in the world and sure old, but it is not tight or dirty. The international terminal once inside is quite big, with a lot of shops, I think the biggest problem is the lack of rest areas. In fact it is quite functional. I have seen worser airports around the world, CDG as an example.



User currently offlineSpk From Thailand, joined Jun 2001, 458 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2183 times:

With the recently completed renovation of the concourses (piers), the departure experience has been much improved. The new decoration sports higher ceiling, bright lighting with adequate natural light which gives a roomier feeling. The arrival side has also been improved but, due to the design of the airport building, still not too attractive.

User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2155 times:

Old and ragged at the edges perhaps, but perfectly clean and spacious otherwise - in fact airside is very spacious. And with the Thais being some of the friendliest people on earth, it's not a bad airport at all. Looking forward to going back there and to see the new airport when it opens.

Geoff M.


User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2142 times:

That airport, Suvarnabhumi, will be in the same class as HKG and SIN.

You're definitely correct about HKG, but I'm not too sure about SIN. Changi's architecture is not based on steel-and-glass modern design you'd find in HKG, KUL & ICN. To me SIN has more of a late 80's look, kind of remind me of the old KUL airport in Subang. With that said, it's amazing how SIN always manages to maintain a VERY high level of service and efficiency, making the most of a rather old airport to the max by consistantly upgrading its facilities. So it would really be a shame if these "space-age" airports i.e. HKG, KUL, ICN & the new BKK only look pretty on the outside, but fail to match SIN when it comes to passengers statisfaction. We'll have to wait and see how BKK will improve when they move to the new airport because looks alone is not everything.

[Edited 2004-12-19 16:18:18]

User currently offlineTravellin'man From United States of America, joined May 2001, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

I agree that BKK may be a bit frayed around the edges, but it is not dirty or ugly. The architecture is a bit old, things look a bit brownish, but it's well organized, well lit, and the staff are all helpful and nice. Try Dhaka for oldish and dirty. I flew into BKK once at night from LA, and had a 5 hour evening layover there on my way back from Chittagong to LA, and quite liked it. No, it's not Changi or Muenchen or the new terminal at CDG, but it works just fine. Besides the Thai who work in the shops are so cheery and friendly that they totally animate the space.


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User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

Go to some places of MIA or BOG and that would be what you call oldish and dirty.


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User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6558 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

I was just saying in comparison with HKG; BKK is old and with tight space. Personally, I like Bangkok a lot and the current airport has a nice place to spot planes on the fourth floor. Very true that Thai people are very clean and polite.

I haven't seen the movie so I can't say if it was filmed at BKK or not. I guess in hindsight, something that's old and dingy and dirty is LHR T3 in the gate areas (the transit lounge is okay).

That said, I still very much look forward to the new airport!

The777Man



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User currently offlineSAS-A321 From Denmark, joined Mar 2002, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1993 times:

I came through the airport just this Friday and it was still old and dirty. People where sleeping in the children's playground and the shops look like something they brought in from the streets. Definitely not comparable with HKG or SIN!



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User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2996 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1986 times:

Fair enough, I'll take back the "dirty" bit. I honestly don't remember it being particularly unclean, just a bit worn. But definitely old, and that downstairs departure lounge from which we were bused to our plane was more than a bit cramped.

That said, the airport is no reflection on Bangkok itself, or Thailand in general--it's still one of my favorite places in the world. And besides, I live in New York, home of many old and dirty airport terminals--as they say, those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.  Smile

In any event, I look forward to trying the new Suvarnabhumi airport.



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User currently offlineCopenhagenboy From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

I came through the airport just this Friday and it was still old and dirty. People where sleeping in the children's playground and the shops look like something they brought in from the streets.

Well SAS-A321
Was just wondering if we have been in the same airport. I must admit it is almost 2 years ago I was there for several hours. Maybe things have changed to the worse. Hope you had a nice trip.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

PS. For me the tax-free shops looked like the shops in Newark, from where I have just arrived. No better no worse. Well maybe better in terms of service.

[Edited 2004-12-19 20:16:25]

[Edited 2004-12-19 20:20:46]

User currently offlineSAS-A321 From Denmark, joined Mar 2002, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

FoxBravo: You are right. It is not dirty, just worn.


It's Scandinavian
User currently offlineFastenseatbelt From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1753 times:

To get back to the movie: the airport shown is definitely NOT Bangkok. I am not sure though where they filmed it. Guess it was Phuket.

They have done quite a lot to improve Don Muang over the past year. Go there at least once a year as I am from there. They have completely revamped the piers. You don't get those horrible old seperate rooms for each gate anymore. Each piers is now one big open space. If feels a lot more calm.

Some might ask why bother investing so much in the airport when the new one is due to open soon.

No one thinks the airport will be open on time. Believe it or not it has taken half a century to be where we are now. We are just a little bit slow with these kind of things. But i'm sure once it is open it will be a fab airport. Seriously can't wait. Drove passed it on the highway over the summer and it does look stuning.

Btw.: TG's new lounge at Don Muang was voted best by Skytrax.



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User currently offlineMegatop From Denmark, joined May 1999, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

I have been flying into BKK, SIN and KUL several times. The latest time in BKK was October 2003. Maybe not as modern as KUL, and not as clean as SIN, but to call it dirty is not the right word.

Megatop


User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1508 times:

Phuket, although small, is quite spacious too! More modern looking than BKK. It looks completely different to BKK. Are you sure it was even Thailand? Maybe even a film studio?!?! (I haven't seen it, but if they can film a movie like the terminal area in "The Terminal" in a studio, then it wouldn't surprise me).

Phuket departures area consists of a long, oblong room with lots of seating. The back wall consists of shops and snack bars, and a lounge. The front wall is a glass wall, then the external wall of the terminal. From there there are about 4-5 gates. The glass wall is to segregate arrivals from departures.

Geoff M.


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