Airport Departure Tax, Bangkok
The airport departure tax cost 500baht per person. It is a must to buy. Haha I wonder what will happen to those who do not have the money to buy it. In some countries like Singapore, it is included in the airticket already.
Scrambling around the duty free trying to spend the last of your baht? Just bear in mind that in addition to the fee you paid for your flight ticket, there is also a departure tax of 500 baht for ALL flights leaving Thailand. Ignorance is no excuse, and the airport staff will be only too happy to point you in the direction of the ATM!
This is a serious tourist trap!
In May i met this fat belgium guy wearing a hawai-shirt. He calls himself Paul de Mulder. He was there with his wife and a few children. Telling me a story about a robbery in the train he lost all his money a few thousand bahts and that he had to go back to Belgium and needed money for the Airporttax. He is telling he lives in Brussels and is a restaurant owner (le cheminee) which doesn't exist actually.
I gave him 1000 baht..........i shouldn't have done that.
I talked to a friend last weekend and o wonder he met the same guy with the same ***story! A year before i did!
You are WARNED IGNORE THIS MAN!
This is not a trap. More like a 'tip.' Don't spend all your baht before going to the airport. You'll need 500 baht for the passenger service charge.
If you did some VAT refund shopping, pack the things you bought in one easy to show bag and make sure that you get your VAT refund form stamped BEFORE you check in your luggage, or you'll lose the right to the refund. The customs inspection booth is near row 9 of the check-in counters at the departure area.