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Arriving in BKK late at night

Posted by amylou on 26/1/2010 at 11:12

Hiya, I have found a cheap flight to Bangkok from Sydney in April but the only catch is that I arrive at midnight in Bangkok. I am a female backpacking solo (never been to Thailand before) so I would ideally like to sort out a airport transfer to a near by hostel that is friendly & can meet fellow travelers. Can anyone suggest a good place to stay for a couple of nights? Thanks for your help! Amy

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Posted by MADMAC on 26/1/2010 at 15:27

Amy
When you use the term "traveler" I assume you are meaning the narrow definition of that - backpacker. If that assumption is correct, then the Khao San road area is where they are to be found in the greatest density. There are lots of posts here on recommend guesthouses there.

If you take a taxi, I recommend you try and share one with someone going where you are. Just look for other backpacker types. This will save you money and provide for more security. I have taken taxis at all hours in Bangkok, but I'm a male and pretty capable of taking care of myself. Women traveling by taxi alone at night are much more at risk.

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Posted by borisborough on 26/1/2010 at 18:57

I agree with Madmac.

There'll be lots of taxis at the airport. Ask for Khoa San Road and ask for it to be on the meter. You should then be asked also to pay the 70thb for the expressway. The meter will eventually show about 320thb meaning a total fare of less than 400thb. Don't let a driver talk you into paying an unmetered fare of 500thb - if one sticks to that, move on to the next taxi until you get one that'll do it on the meter.

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Posted by MADMAC on 26/1/2010 at 21:23

I forget to mention - when I'm at the airport, I always go up to the fourth floor, where taxis are dropping people off. No wait up there and the taxis want to make a quick pick up. As Boris says, insist on the meter and agree to pay the tolls. You'll look like a tourist and they'll be angling hard to rip you off.

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Posted by ms1892 on 27/1/2010 at 01:32

I will be in a similar position when I arrive and was also a little concerned about my options. I am hoping to be able to share a cab with some fellow travellers when I land. Hopefully there will be safety in numbers. (Although perhaps 'peace of mind' is a better expression than safety!)

I have a friend who had a bad experience at BKK some years ago. A rougue taxi driver placed her backpack in the trunk of the car and then drove off without letting her retrieve it. Suffice to say, she now puts her backpack on her lap when travelling by taxi.

Has anyone else heard of a similar thing recently?

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Posted by Gorey on 27/1/2010 at 02:42

I've never had any troubles with taxis from the airport at around that time, my last flight arrived into BKK at around 2 am. My only concern was that my taxi driver was clearly drifting off whilst driving. He asked if he could stop and to get energy drink, i just moved into the front seat and spoke to him the whole trip.

Often i find that when ive agreed at the start to pay the toll fee, they've made me pay the fee before setting off and then not taking the express toll way, but i bring it up and they have alsways admitted defeat with a smile (fake though it may be). Find out the toll fees in advance, virtually everytime the driver has asked for many times the fee saying 'new price'. I had to go to the airport 3 times in 4 days once and every trip there was a 'new price' which wildly fluctuated.

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Posted by MADMAC on 27/1/2010 at 11:54

I've honestly never had a problem. I always do sit up front, I always put my bag in the bag seat for easy retrieval, and I always chat with the driver. My Thai is just good enough to manage a basic conversation of the where are you from, what are you doing here for work, do you have family kind. Maybe now I'm a bit better than that... but I'm sure not talking politics or nuclear physics with these guys.

But I've heard stories about the risks to women from Thai ladies I dance salsa with. There may be some hyperbole, but they're sufficient to make me believe there's at least some truth in them.

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Posted by amylou on 28/1/2010 at 08:27

Thanks for all your advice, very helpful. One more question...Has anyone stayed at the Lub D Bangkok on Decho Road
Suriyawong Bangrak? I was recomended by my travel agent but thought i'd see if anyone has stayed there before? I am looking at staying somewhere for a couple of nights that is reasonably social so i can meet some other backpackers (but not full of drunk 19 year old!) and in a good central location. Many Thanks. A

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Posted by MADMAC on 28/1/2010 at 09:42

Afraid I can't help you there as I personally stay in Sukhimvite (where the salsa dance scene is centered).

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