Best and worst airports in SE Asia

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Re: Best and worst airports in SE Asia

Post by ExPenhMan » Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:39 pm

Someone once called BKK Swampy "the world's worst mall with an airport." Nowhere else that I know are the gates like prison cells, where you are thrust into a basement for a gate, No wonder in 2017 it was listed in Top 10 world's worst airports.

Anyway, I agree PP Airport is a delight arriving and departing. Renovated SR is not bad too. SGN is pretty easy to navigate.
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Re: Best and worst airports in SE Asia

Post by username » Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:54 pm

Borum-Ex frm TOForum wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:48 am
Dhaka hands down, if it’s still as shitty as a Brussels underground station these days, haven’t got the luck to be there for at least 10+ years, so it might have changed a bit since then... if you like psychedelic then google Biman Banglsdesh airlines interior! :thumb:
Was at Dhaka airport in 2014, and it's definitely the most dirty airport I've ever been to. Immigration took forever too.
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Re: Best and worst airports in SE Asia

Post by Borum-Ex frm TOForum » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:09 pm

username wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:54 pm
Borum-Ex frm TOForum wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:48 am
Dhaka hands down, if it’s still as shitty as a Brussels underground station these days, haven’t got the luck to be there for at least 10+ years, so it might have changed a bit since then... if you like psychedelic then google Biman Banglsdesh airlines interior! :thumb:
Was at Dhaka airport in 2014, and it's definitely the most dirty airport I've ever been to. Immigration took forever too.
i was sitting there to collect my luggage some 15 years ago, along with other whiteys that i didn't know, suddenly 2 badly dressed young Bangladeshi's showed up, customs were standing in front of the baggage, 5 of them, the two young guys openend some luggage and took both two packages of about 1kg of what looked like china white and put it in their socks. Afterward they just left, like all was alright. they left without any problems...
I actually don't give a flying fuck, furthermore nice to meet you all here! :thumb:
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Re: Best and worst airports in SE Asia

Post by timmydownawell » Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:21 pm

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Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:11 pm
I travel to the Australian Gold Coast twice a year and have lost count of the times it's out of the plane, into the rain and having to walk down those steep alloy steps then a walk to the shelter of the airport. But the worst thing is , of the 320 Asian { Chinese ] passengers I am ALWAYS the only one pulled out of the line by Border Control and searched, even when I have just a small carry on bag with nothing in it but a spare shirt and underpants. Once I had no carry on or luggage bags but they still held me for about one hour in case I had given my baggage to someone else to carry through. Nothing but a bunch of power crazy assholes.
I think the smaller airports are a bit overzealous, because they assume people might think small airport = soft touch.

I got targetted flying into Palmerston North (NZ, when AirNZ had budget flights ex SYD), they swabbed my toiletry bag with a round test paper which I guess they sent it off to the lab as they didn't have a fancy wand for detecting drugs. On my arrival back in Sydney I got the full pat down and bag search because I had tested positive for "ketamines" (as the guy said, even pronounced it ketamYnes lol) so obviously i had been flagged. Repeatedly got the bag search for a few more trips before they finally let up on me.
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Re: Best and worst airports in SE Asia

Post by Jamie_Lambo » Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:47 pm

Yeah i love PP airport, always a breeze at arrivals, very quick immigration and luggage collection
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Re: Best and worst airports in SE Asia

Post by King Keil » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:46 am

Don Muang immigration was a fucking monkeyhouse when I arrived last Monday.
Chinese jumping queues and westerners being pissed off.
Of course non of the officials would give a rats ass about that.
Reminded me of Kathmandu one day after all flights were cancelled the day before.
Pochentong and Klia 2 are nice.
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Re: Best and worst airports in SE Asia

Post by cautious colin » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:25 am

King Keil wrote:
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:46 am
Don Muang immigration was a fucking monkeyhouse when I arrived last Monday.
Chinese jumping queues and westerners being pissed off.
Of course non of the officials would give a rats ass about that.
Reminded me of Kathmandu one day after all flights were cancelled the day before.
Pochentong and Klia 2 are nice.
I'd put Don Muang on the list of the worst airports in the world that I have visited. The queueing at immigration is a pain in the arse no matter what time you are there.

Phnom Penh is very quick and easy to get into town from. if you already have a visa you are through in no time at all.

KLIA 2 is nice if a little big, all of the gates seem like at least a 30 min walk away. A huge improvement on KLIA 1 though

Favourite airport in SEA goes to Coron airport. One of the smallest I have ever seen, they don't have a baggage carousel, just a few guys handing out luggage. In and out in 10 mins flat.
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Re: Best and worst airports in SE Asia

Post by Cambo Dear » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:29 pm

Pochentong is mostly ok, except for the early Bangkok Airways flight. I used to take it regularly and quite often I arrived before the check in staff, which was weird. I much prefer transiting in Suvanabhumi for the fact you can grab cans of beer from the souvenir shops for about a buck and the good food choices.
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Re: Best and worst airports in SE Asia

Post by cptrelentless » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:42 pm

username wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:54 pm
Borum-Ex frm TOForum wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:48 am
Dhaka hands down, if it’s still as shitty as a Brussels underground station these days, haven’t got the luck to be there for at least 10+ years, so it might have changed a bit since then... if you like psychedelic then google Biman Banglsdesh airlines interior! :thumb:
Was at Dhaka airport in 2014, and it's definitely the most dirty airport I've ever been to. Immigration took forever too.
Does Mumbai count as SE Asia? Because that's a literal shithole. It stinks of shit.
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Re: Best and worst airports in SE Asia

Post by that genius » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:26 pm

SE Asia:
Myanmar
Thailand
Malaysia
Singapore
Indonesia
Laos
Vietnam
Cambodia
Philippines
Brunei

India is S. Asia
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