Can anyone tell me the fastest way to get from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) airport to the Hualamphong train station..
I am arriving on a 16:35 flight from Yangon on Bangkok Airways on Wednesday 20 January..
I would ideally like to take the 20:00 (8pm) overnight train to Nong Khai (for Vientiane Laos) from Bangkok.
Realistically.. Can I land in Bangkok at 4:30pm in the afternoon, retrieve the luggage, clear Customs & Immigration, jump into a taxi (or MTR) and make it to Hualamphong train station with enough time to catch the 8pm train?
Or should I not risk it and stay one night in Bangkok?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
Many Thanks and Happy New Year!!
#1 sashanyc28 has been a member since 20/12/2009. Posts: 6
You may make it if you're plane is on time and you get a good run through Immigration etc. But then you've got to deal with the traffic if you go by road and 1700 is peak time..Not sure if the 'skytrain' link is operating yet.If I were you I'd plan on staying in Bangkok for the night and go the next day.Hope this helps.
When I was last in Bangkok (last month), I landed at 3.55pm and was out of the airport getting into a taxi to Rayong by 4.30pm. If I'd have been working to the same schedule as you I would have been able to get the train after landing at 4.30pm, if you see what I mean. It's always a gamble but you might well be able to do it.
I'd say yes, it's possible, but it's doubtful that you'll get a sleeper berth unless you've got one reserved already.
You might want to try to catch it at Bang Sue Station. It's a bit further from Hualamphong, but you will probably avoid some congestion.
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In contrast to Kruzon, I highly recommend a massage and a beer to start off your trip the right way. I do agree with his (her?) position that I wouldn't rush about right out of the plane. But a cooking class? WTF?
Here's two good reasons why to take a cooking class and particularly a Ma-SA-Man Cooking School Class.
First you will learn about the fruits and vegetableas of Thailand on the market tour, things like which ones are hot in body and which ones are cold too many hots without a cold fruit can make you sick.
Second good reason is you will learn what deliscious Thai food tastes like and what makes that difference and you will know when you've been served poor food on your travels. You will learn to request all outside food vendors to not add MSG to your meal and you can learn to say these expressions in Thai.
A third reason: Chef Lee has spent a lifetime in Bangkok and area and is a very useful source of information and is a most friendly personal contact.
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