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Bangkok Late Arrival - Transfer to Ko Tao

Posted by tristan99 on 30/11/2009 at 19:04

Hi All - seeking advice: am arrivinginto Suvarnabhumi at 10.45pm on a Sunday, looking to get to Ko Tao - quickest seems to fly to Surat T (Nokair have flights for B1250/person leaving at 7am - but from Don Muang).

Is there a way to do it that isn't totally painful? wondering if we'll get through customs before midnight - where should we cab to and stay the night in order to make the connection? (some have suggested loitering around the airport...)
Or should we can the idea and stay a few nights in Bangkok??

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Posted by sirhalberd on 5/12/2009 at 19:10

What is the big rush to avoid Bangkok? Bangkok is Thailand's capital city and worth a look. Spend a few days in Bangkok and see that city, why fly all the way to Thailand just to see a beach? Even in Bangkok and Chiang Mai you can get a tan walking around. You can take in some tours (travel agencies in major cities have menu selections of common popular tours.) You may even be able to arrange your own transportation from a local travel agency during this time. You will be able to catch up on your sleep, see the city, eat some good meals and in a relaxed way make your flight or other transportation. You can take a meter taxi to Don Muang from a hotel in Bangkok pretty easy. Just substitute Don Muang for Khao San Road in this sample, for Don Muang the taxi driver can use the side highway without the toll if it is early in the morning.

Spend the last night in Bangkok also so you can do some last minute souvenir shopping and maybe an evening dinner cruise if you are a couple or some bar hopping if you are single. This way you will be closer to the airport where you only need a simple meter taxi ride to the airport. Some connecting flights can break down or be canceled and if you intend to fly in at the last minute you can lose your ride home.

When you Google up "how to get from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok" you will get lots of old posts telling you how to get a meter taxi or even how to get a bus. As of October 1, meter taxi sign up desks are now on the first floor out at the curb, not far from the Airport Express bus.
Here is a link I wrote on another travel forum (near the middle) explaining transportation choices.

(Remember to ignore touts in the arrivals hall, you won't need an limo or other expensive transportation. Meter taxi or bus is okay. Fodors usually has a lot of wealthy travelers asking questions.)

I have been through the airport immigration and customs process many times, almost all of the time I have been able to complete the process and get my passport stamped before my bags have finally come out on the carousel. Wait until you get to Thailand to change your money over to Thai baht. You have to use their currency all the time. Lots of BANK money changers all over the city making it easy to change money. Get small bills when using taxi cabs, sometimes they claim to not have any change hoping you will say (stupidly) "keep the change!"

If you need hotel recommendations always mention how much you want to pay per night for you room to make it easier to find a place that fits your budget.

Good luck.

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Posted by tristan99 on 6/12/2009 at 10:45

Great thanks very much.
We do plan on spending some time in Bangkok - i don't know why i got so hung up on getting straight down to the beaches.
After further thought/reading i think we will stay in Bangkok for a few days and then get an overnight train south.
I envisage we'll spend time in Bangkok at several different points in our (13 week) trip.
Thanks for the posts.

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