✅ Trip Verified
| I've seen a lot of moaning about this airport, and it doesn't match my experience at all. Yes, it's old and run-down. It could do with a paint and a clean-up. But it's the budget airline terminal: if you want something fancy, pay more for your flight and be disappointed by Suvarnabhumi. I arrived at this airport on Air Asia from KL at about 9pm. We landed 30 minutes early, taxied for two minutes, and were connected almost immediately to an airbridge. We deplaned faster than I've ever seen before. There was no queue for immigration, but there was a slight delay because I had to go to a counter to ask for an immigration form: there were none in the queuing area and they were not handed out on the plane. So getting through immigration took me five minutes, including two minutes to fill out the form. By the time I got to the baggage hall, an official told me that our bags had all been taken off the carousel and were on the floor awaiting collection. Mine was there. There was then no queue for a taxi. I was in a taxi on the motorway before I was actually scheduled to land. Departure was on Scoot to Singapore, a week later, mid-afternoon. The check-in area was very crowded. There was a 5-minute queue for check-in for my flight. I then had a five-minute queue for passport control, and two or three minutes for baggage scans. That was it. I was through. Food options are limited, but there is a McDonald's, which was fine, and which charged normal McDonald's prices. I was able to get a seat there with no problem. The gate area was quite peaceful, with plenty of seats and plenty of recharging stations, and a good view of the apron. We pushed back 5 minutes early. Don Muang is not pretty. But, for me at least, it was efficient. Suvarnabhumi, on the other hand, is grand, but it's too big, it's horrible to get around, and immigration and security are slow and inefficient. And the food options are abysmal. Given the choice, I'd choose Don Muang over Suvarnabhumi every time.