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Posted by steviej on 17/12/2006 at 04:41

Hi fellow fishes,

We're looking to book a few flights with Discovery Airpass and my question concerns transit times in the new Suvanabhumi Airport.

We arrive at approx 13:35hrs and there is an opportunity to catch a flight to Vientiane at 15:10hrs on the same day as we don't really want to stop in BKK. Are we being a little unrealistic or does the new airport lend itself to easy transit.


#1 steviej has been a member since 18/3/2006. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 270

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/12/2006 at 19:45 admin

Hi steviej,

It depends on if you need to clear Thai customs or not when you arrive.

The new airport is MASSIVE -- and if your flight lands at a distant gate, you're looking at a 20 minute walk from the gate to bag clearance etc.

So, if you land at a distant gate and take off from a distant gate and have to clear immigration, then it may be a little close, but you'll probably be ok as it is unlikely that both your flights will land at far away points from customs etc... just pack some jogging shoes ;-)

There are still ongoing complaints about bags being slow to appear though, so bear that in mind as well.

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Posted by steviej on 18/12/2006 at 00:35

Cheers for that Stu; it's not that I've anything against Bangkok, it's a great place, but time's a premium.

I suppose the fact we'll be on 'International Transit' means we’ll not have to clear customs when we arrive, so BKK-VTE here we come.


#3 steviej has been a member since 18/3/2006. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 270

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