Don Muang International Airport, Bangkok
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.
When you land in Bangkok, don't forget to stop by the free tropical fruit tasting booth at Don Muang Intl Airport. Located just after customs inside the arrival hall, the booth is operated by Thai Tourism board and manned by beautiful and friendly Thai ladies in traditional dresses. They will explain the characteristics of each fruit and cut them up for you. Among the fruit available for tasting are rambutans, longkongs, mangoes, mangosteens, and pomello. You can take as many as you want and the best thing of all is that it's FREE!
Hats off to Thai Tourism Board! The booth really puts me in a good mood after a tiring flight and provide positive first impression of Thailand!
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.
Thailand and Indonesia (especially Bali island) are very common in views, temperature and nature condition. So, visit this country looks like going somewhere in my Indonesia, except the lingo. The most I like to see is about aerial views from the plane's window before landed at Don Muang airport. Seems so welcome and mirroring my country and Thailand have a good relationship since few centuries ago :)
Fondest memory: The beautiful scenery on board in my flight to Bangkok.
Fondest memory: Being on the SAME PLANE as the legendary DAVID BOWIE!!! Yes, that's him in the photo - taken at Bangkok's Don Muang Airport. Swoon.... I've ALWAYS loved his music eversince I was a little girl! (Oh... incidentally, that little boy standing next to David Bowie is my little cousin).
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)