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Departure Tax.

  • Red

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    Hi , I was just wondering about departure taxes.
    Over a 3 week period while in Thailnad, we will be departing from Chiang Mai to BKK, then from BKK to Ko-Samui, then Ko-Samui to back to BKK. Will we have to pay departure taxes each time we leave an airport even though we are still in the same country?
    Thank you in advance.
    13 days till we go, and counting. :)

    #1 Posted: 13/12/2006 - 10:24

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  • exacto

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    Hi Red!

    It depends. The domestic departure tax is often built into the price of the ticket for many domestic flights. Even if it isn't, the departures from Chiang Mai and BKK shouldn't be much more than 50 or 60 baht per ticket. The departure tax out of Samui will be significantly more. That's because the airport on Samui is a private gig and not government run. If memory serves, we got soaked for 300 baht per ticket on our Samui to BKK flight.

    The international departure tax was 500 baht per ticket over the last decade or so, payable in cash just before you entered the departing immigration line (Chiang Mai or BKK). But I haven't flown out of the new airport in BKK so don't know if that amount has changed or not. Regards.

    #2 Posted: 13/12/2006 - 11:01

  • somtam2000

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    Hi Red,

    From Chiang Mai the domestic dept tax (50B) is included in the ticket price.

    From Bangkok's new airport, domestic dept tax is 50B, international is 500B -- both these are scheduled to increase in Feb 2007 (to 700B and 100B respectively). The domestic tax is included in your ticket price.

    As exacto points out Bangkok Airways own Samui's airport and set the tax as they please -- making it the most expensive domestic dept tax in the region. Their departure tax is 300B for domestic departures and 500B for international ones. The domestic charge is not included in your ticket price.

    Hope that helps & enjoy your trip!

    #3 Posted: 13/12/2006 - 11:58

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