The airport departure tax is 500 baht... Unlike other airports, this is not included in your air-ticket... So make sure that you have the necessary money when you leave Thailand thru the airport...
Only Thai baht is accepted... If you do not have the Thai currency, you can change at the many airport money changers...
You can purchase the airport departure tax at the booth next to the the entrance to the restricted departure hall... or at the automated machine for the purposed...
When you arrive at the airport, walk right outside of the arrival area.
You will see many people carrying signs to pick up guest with transfer arranged.
Some will approach you to take their Limo service which cost 400THB.
Just avoid them and walk out of the airport and turn right and you will see the offical taxi booth (100m away).
Join the queue and tell the counter staff where u are heading to. They will assign you to a driver.
Be sure to tell the driver your destination and ask him to turn on the meter. It should start from 35THB. Ask him to take the expressway.
You have to pay a 40THB + 20THB for the 2 tolls. An additional 50THB will be charged for trip departing from the airport.
Taxi fare to town will cost 150-200 THB with smooth traffic on the expressway.
Spend all the $ u have but do keep 500THB if you wish to depart from Bangkok Airport.
You can choose either to queue up at the counter or pay at the vending machine. Remember to collect your receipt to be presented to the staff at the entrance to the airport.
Remember to have enough Baht left to pay your departure tax!
There are ATM machines in the airport, but these machines are NOT available once you pass customs.
So, if you plan to do any Duty-Free shopping inside, use your credit card, or change currency inside.
I have heard people talking about traffic in Bangkok and this time I got to see for myself. It's really bad !
Not as bad in KL city so I guess people in KL should be thankful !
Fondest memory: We were in a taxi after 8pm (suppose to be off peak hour) and still there was a jam. Probably due to the rain. We were heading for dinner at the Water Front restaurant. The taxi man told us it would take about 45 minutes and yes, we still went !
It was a 12km taxi ride in 52 minutes and we paid 155 Baht !
Save 500 baht for your departure, that is if your are leaving by plane. This is the amount of the passenger service charge and value added tax subject to be paid by anyone leaving Thailand by plane.
Note: this is the amount I paid in 2003, I guess it can change with time.
Favorite thing: An airport tax of 500 baht for international flights and 40 baht for domestic services is charged for each passenger on departure.
Favorite thing: At the moment (2004) the departure tax is 500 bahts and you have to pay it at the airport before entering the gates and shops.
Favorite thing: There are two terminals in Bangkok airport. Do ensure which terminal u should proceed. You were required to pay an amount of 500 Baht for the airport tax. (Pay thru machine)