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Sukhothai to Don Muang Airport

  • Madara

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    Hello!
    I am trying to find the easiest way to get to Don Muang when coming back from Sukhothai.
    I read on LP that there is a bus from Ayutthaya to Bangkok, which stops at Don Muang (I have to be at the airport at about 8 am). Can someone give me some details or pointers on this, please?
    Thank you!

    #1 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 00:26

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  • LeonardCohe-
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    Just get a bus back to Bangkok then taxi it to the airport. That's the easiest way. 8am means you should overnight in Bangkok.Just pick a hotel near Victory monument. Only 20 min cab ride from there.Saxophone pub is a good place for a drink or 2 the night before. Heck i'd stay 2 nights in Bangkok at the end so you can enjoy it.

    #2 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 02:19

  • amnicoll

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    As far as I know buses (and mini vans) from both Sukothai and Ayutthaya all pass the airport - just make sure the drivers know in advance so they do not take the toll road

    #3 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 05:13

  • DLuek

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    I'd be inclined to take Leonard's advice and go to Bangkok the night before. Getting dropped off on the main road in front of Don Muang after an all-night bus trip just sounds a little stressful. It is doable -- just make sure the bus will drop you there before you buy the ticket (a lot of them take the tollway and skip over the airport). Of course, you could just take a bus that arrives to Morchit station at around 7:00am then taxi it to Don Muang from there, which isn't too far. Another option would be to take the train from Phitsanulok to Don Muang, which would leave you a short walk from the airport. The only potential problem there is unreliable trains. Last time I took a train from Phitsanulok it was a good four hours late.

    #4 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 05:21

  • amnicoll

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    The early morning ordinary trains from Ayutthya are normally quite reliable (within 15 mins or so)

    #5 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 05:50

  • Madara

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    Thank you all for the replies.
    I would like to avoid staying in Bangkok, but I do know how unrealiable transport is over here, so I guess I will have to stay there overnight.

    #6 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 06:40

  • LeonardCohe-
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    Why? Bangkok is a great city and the victory monument area is good. You've good food on rangnam rd plus live music options. Raintree Pub is another good place with great food and folk music. Quick run to old airport from there.

    #7 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 06:47

  • Madara

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    So how far is Victory Monument from the main bus station?
    I dont know, I just spent 4 days in Bangkok in the Baglamphu (sp?) area and did not enjoy it that much. Perhaps it is the debilitating heat that gets to me. :)

    #8 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 07:01

  • LeonardCohe-
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    Bangkok grows on you and Thailand is hot all over. With Bangkok it's best to walk around early in the day then rest around lunch time to avoid the worse of the heat or head to MBK shopping centre - food court plus cinemas then go out at night or late afternoon.

    Victory is on the sktrain so easy to visit MBK or other places. Good street food around MBK as well.

    Banglamphu is very isolated and not a good area to stay in. Once you've done the grand palace, reclining buddha and museum it's got nothing but crawling with backpackers.

    #9 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 08:04

  • LeonardCohe-
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    Victory is on the north side of the city not that far from the airport. Taxis are dirt cheap in Bangkok and mo chit bus terminal isn't that far. About 7 kms from victory to mo chit and a further 15km to airport but they have toll roads for quick access.

    Banglamphu is the backpacker ghetto area - I don't like it either. Spent 2 nights there and couldn't see all the fuss with KSR was. Just a shitty little rd with heaps of tourists on it.

    I like victory area cause it's 90% thais, some good hotels, good food plus live music.

    http://www.saxophonepub.com/

    http://www.thaibis.com/bangkok/bars/raintree-pub

    #10 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 08:13

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  • Madara

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    Thank you, you have inspired me to try again. :)

    #11 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 08:18

  • LeonardCohe-
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    Good. I hated bkk the first time too. Now I really like it. tis hot but i get a hotel with a pool and avoid the worst heat from 11-2.

    Good luck.

    #12 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 08:26

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