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    Suvarnabhumi International Airport

    by traveldave Updated Nov 19, 2013

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    When I traveled to Thailand in 1999, I flew into Don Muang International Airport. Since then, it has been replaced by Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) which was built to handle a significant increase in air traffic into Bangkok. The new airport opened in 2006, and is located about 19 miles (30 kilometers) east of the city center. The airport is served by most major international carriers, which makes for easy connections to Thailand from Asia, Europe and North America. The old Don Muang International Airport is now used mainly for domestic flights.

    Airlines serving Suvarnabhumi International Airport: Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines, Air Astana, Air Austral, Air Bagan, Air Berlin, Air China, Air France, Air-India Express, Air Koryo, Air Macau, Air Madagascar, AirAsia, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Bismillah Airlines, British Airways, Business Air, Cambodia Angkor Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, Cebu Pacific Air, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Drukair, Egyptair, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Garuda Indonesia, GMG Airlines, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Gulf Air, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Hunnu Air, Indian Airlines, Indonesia AirAsia, Iran Air, Japan Airlines, Jeju Air, Jet Airways, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways, Jin Air, Juneyao Airlines, Kenya Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, Lao Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Mahan Air, MAI-Myanmar Airways International, Malaysia Airlines, Nepal Airlines, Norwegian Air, Oman Air, Orient-Thai Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Philippine Airlines, QANTAS Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Jordanian Airlines, SAS-Scandinavian Airlines, SCAT Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spring Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, S7 Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways International, Tiger Airways, Transaero Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines, T'Way Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Uni Air, United Airlines, Ural Airlines, Uzbekistan International Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, and Xpressair.

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    Traveling by train

    by lotharscheer Written Jul 17, 2013

    Sometime ago it was possible to book online, at the moment you can only see the timetable...
    on the pull down buttons Bangkok is on top, the other stations are unfortunately to the order of the Thai letters, it might be easier to go to "Download Timetable" and click on the for you relevant line then you get a old fashioned timetable, but this does not work for the northern line at the moment. If you go to "Timetable" you get only the times of the first and the last station, clicking on "Fares" gives you at the moment only the fares from the northern line in english, all the other lines only in Thai. (Hopefully this site will improve)
    Second class sleeper is quite comfortable, but if it is aircon it might be quite cold.

    Bangkok station 2. class sleeper in daytime Bangkok Bangkok Bangkok
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    Cheap ride

    by littleman Written Jun 25, 2013

    Inexpensive and fun way to get around,although night time is the best when riding in a tuk tuk,as it is not as hot,less traffic and less pollution.The name tuk tuk came from the sound they would make.

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    Tuk Tuk

    by solopes Updated Feb 16, 2013

    My previous idea was to rent a car in Phuket, to visit the island; upon arrival, and watching the traffic, I decided not to risk, and to use public transportation.

    Tuk Tuk was a wonderful solution: we were seven, but that was no problem, and it was quick, cheap, available everywhere, adapted to the weather, and all the drivers we met were nice guys. We used it everyday and everywhere.

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    TRAIN TICKETS ON-LINE

    by davidjo Written Jan 21, 2013

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    AS OF 14th JANUARY 2013 IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE TO BOOK TICKETS ON-LINE WITH THE STATE RAILWAY OF THAILAND.
    HOWEVER www.thailandtrainticket.com will accept bookings, but you have to make them a day in advance, because they send a representative to the station to purchase the ticket.

    Don't have a foto of a train so enjoy this

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  • Thailand - Tour Bus from Hell !

    by xTimeTraveller Written Nov 23, 2012

    Doing a web search I clicked into 'ThailandHighlight.com' and after paying an online deposit I received a confirmation email from 'Lotus Country Travel'. On Wednesday 21st Nov 2012, I set out from Chinatown for a full day trip. The tour was to 'Bridge on the River Kwai' and 'Tiger Temple'.

    After picking-up people from a couple of other hotels a group of 9 (plus driver and tour-guide) finally left Bangkok city at 7.45 a.m headed to River Kwai. On the first section of the tour we had for company 2 people from France, a British lady, a Canadian lady, myself and 4 others (3 men, 1 woman). We travelled in a silver-grey minivan (Licence Plate 4043).

    We had a 15 minutes stop outside Bangkok. The distance from Bangkok to River Kwai is approx.130 kms. After checking with other drivers and on the web we find that on average drivers travel at between 60 kph to 100 kph. Google Earth suggests this takes between 1h45mins to 2h15mins to reach the bridge from Bangkok.

    On the Lotus Country Travel tour bus, we reached the bridge in 1 hour 10 minutes as the tour bus was going - for 80% of the time - at 100 kph to 130 kph. All this in heavy traffic and along narrow carriage ways. The driving was not only well over any speed limit but reckless. Weaving in and out of traffic, tail-gating, overtaking from left and right.......Clearly passenger comfort and safety did not matter to the driver.

    It would all have been fine if not for 3 near-misses in One-Day.

    Incident One:
    At a U-turn the tour bus travelling at 120 kph suddenly braked heavily. Passengers were all thrown forward. Those asleep jumped wide awake. One lady wanted to vomit as she began to feel unwell. The Thai tour guide (a young lady) turned and explained it was the fault of the other driver. Passengers (who had not done so before) grabbed their seat-belts and buckled up. Nobody felt comfortable anymore since we were now all watching the road ahead anxiously. The Lotus Company mini-van continued to speed in heavy traffic and along narrow lanes at 120 kph.

    Incident Two:
    Once at the River Kwai bridge, new groups were formed for the remaining part of the tour. We were now a group of 8 happy people mostly in age-group 20 to 30 - 2 Americans, 1 Brit, 3 Australians, Julie (from Canada) and myself (from Australia).

    The Tiger Temple is 60 kms from the River Kwai bridge. Narrow roads and heavy traffic mean regular drivers take an hour or more to cross the distance. I confirmed this after talking to other drivers following our nightmare ride and checking Google Earth.

    The tour bus took just 25 minutes “drive-time” from the Bridge to Tiger Temple. We had a break for lunch on a boat in-between. A man and lady driving slowly on a motorbike in front of our bus got tail-gated by our driver. The road was narrow and the motor-bike had little road-space to move to the side. This irritated our driver. Our driver proceeded to side-swipe the bike. A frightened motor bike driver lost his balance and braked sharply to avoid being pushed into the shallow ditch which ran at the side of the road. The passenger on the motor bike fell off. Our tour-guide (a Thai lady) put her head out of the window to make sure that “the bus was not damaged” whilst our driver happily sped away at 120 kph. We passengers on the tour bus watched in shock as we saw how the Lotus Company driver treated other road-users. It is not the gentle, smiling Thailand many were expecting. What should be a safe, enjoyable bus trip was turning to a nightmare. We wondered if the Lotus Company driver was on a suicide mission.


    Incident Three:
    The over-speeding, tail-gating and immense lack of concern shown by the driver for the safety of passengers (and other road-users) continued on the way back to Bangkok.

    By this time people on the mini-van began to softly refer to the driver as 'the driver from hell' . Some wished they had rented a private car / driver. Many never wanted to travel on a tour bus again. As a long time resident of Thailand I am lost for words.

    Just as we thought there would be no more "near-misses" and no more “drama on the road” the Lotus Company mini-van braked heavily and lurched sideways. Our tour bus jumped across 2 lanes. This means that from the median lane (ie: the centre lane) it landed at the very edge of the road - all in 10 seconds.

    The passengers were in shock. I asked the driver what was happening. The tour-guide explained that the driver had to "swerve sharply" quite suddenly to avoid a pot-hole which had appeared from nowhere. This meant that the mini-van jack-knifed across 2 lanes to reach the edge of the road in 10 seconds. Luckily for us passengers there was no traffic flowing in the other lanes or else the mini-van would have either:
    1) hit vehicles travelling in the next lane OR
    2) tipped on its side when it hit the pot hole at 120 kph.

    Pot-holes are common on many Thai-roads especially in the provinces. That’s okay. For this reasons people drive at speeds of 60 kph to 100 kph......especially when carrying passengers on a relaxing day tour. None of us had paid for a High-Speed Road Race. Hence, for any driver to tell passengers that the "pot-hole" appeared from nowhere whilst speeding at 120 kph is simply not normal, not acceptable.

    Three near-misses were too much even for me who live in Thailand. I told the driver and tour-guide that I will be writing to the office and expressing the views of passengers. At this the driver got upset. A few minutes later, the driver displayed his anger by turning off the air-con. After sitting for 15 minutes without an air-con, one of our fellow-passengers (Joanne, the British lady) requested the driver please switch on the air-con. We reached Bangkok at 5.30 p.m.


    The drop-off to hotels
    5.30 p.m. to 6.15 p.m:
    The tour driver goes past Royal Palace & some other places of interest in Bangkok.

    6.15 p.m.
    My 3 Australian friends are dropped off at their hotel.
    Remaining on the bus are 5 people. We hope to be dropped off at hotels around Sathorn & Chinatown.

    6.15 p.m. to 7.20 p.m.
    Nobody gets dropped off. All this time, neither the tour guide nor the driver inform passengers who is going to be dropped off next or which hotel we are driving towards. We sit for over an hour patiently.

    The 2 staff ie: driver & tour guide seem angry and upset after being told that I am writing to the office to express our concerns about the speeding and the total disregard for passenger safety.

    7.20 p.m.
    Outside Pathumwan Institute of Technology the 5 passengers ask the driver to stop. We get off and ask help from a policeman who shows us the Skytrain station. We reach our various hotels using Skytrain.

    All of us happy to be alive.

    Conclusion:
     We are not sure if the tour company is aware of the risk to life (and to other road-users) posed by the over-speeding we witnessed firsthand.
     We are not sure if the real reason is the pressure the tour company puts on drivers in designing the tour-schedule.

    Customers have not signed up for a high-speed shock-and-awe adventure on the roads. Living in Thailand I can assure you that the driving style I witnessed is not normal, even for a tour company trying to squeeze a lot of trips in one-run. Having 3 near-misses (all in One Day) on the roads is also not normal for Thailand.

    Friends who did the same trip by private car only last month left Bangkok at 7 a.m. Reached River Kwai at 10.30 a.m. They drove at 12 noon from River Kwai and reached the Tiger Temple at 1.15 p.m. Leaving Tiger Temple about 3 p.m. they were in Chinatown at 7 p.m. If you compare the drive-time’s and distance of this with your tour bus you will notice the big difference.

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    The Kanchanaburi-Nam Tok Railway

    by traveldave Updated Aug 17, 2012

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    The Kanchanaburi-Nam Tok Railway is often referred to as the "Death Railway" because it was built by Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts during the Second World War, and thousands died during its construction.

    The railway used to connect Thailand and Burma, but nowadays only the 31-mile (50-kilometer) section between the River Kwai Station in Kanchanaburi and Nam Tok is in use. Although the train is taken by locals traveling between the two towns, it is popular with tourists who come to Kanchanaburi to see the "Bridge on the River Kwai."

    The train consists of an old diesel locomotive and several ancient wooden passenger cars. The route follows the course of the Khwae Yai River and passes through limestone hills and along steep cliffs. Along the way, the train slows to cross an old, shaky wooden trestle that hugs a steep cliff over the Khwae Yai River. The wooden pillars and sleepers creak and groan as the train crosses high above the river. Once thought impossible to build, the 1,312-foot-long (400-meter-long) trestle was completed in just 17 days by prisoners of war.

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    Long-Tailed Boats

    by traveldave Updated Aug 16, 2012

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    Bangkok is known for some of the worst traffic in the world. A fast and convenient way to get around is by long-tailed boat. Riding on a long-tailed boat offers a unique perspective of Bangkok's riverside attractions.

    Called ruea hang yao in Thai, a long-tailed boat is a type of craft native to Southeast Asia. For power, they have an automotive engine mounted in the back of the boat on an inboard turret-like pole which can rotate 180 degrees. The propeler is attached directly to a long driveshaft, or "tail," which extends from the engine into the water and propels the boat forward.

    Long-tailed boats vary in size and style, depending upon the purpose for which they were built. Some passenger long-tailed boats in Bangkok have a 98-foot (30-meter) hull covered with a canopy, and can hold dozens of passengers.

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    "Tuk-Tuks"

    by traveldave Updated Aug 16, 2012

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    One of the fun ways to get around the crowded streets of Bangkok is by tuk-tuk. These three-wheeled open vehicles, named for the sound they make, are a common way to get around Bangkok, and the price is very inexpensive. However, they do not have meters, so the trip cost must be negotiated before getting in.

    Tuk-tuks are a type of auto rickshaw, a motorized version of the traditional pulled rickshaw or cycle rickshaw. Auto rickshaws are popular throughout Southeast Asia and India, especially in cities where traffic congestion is a problem. And the design and name differs in each country.

    Although tuk-tuks are a convenient and fun way to get from one point to another in Bangkok, they probably should not be hired for a tour of the city, as the low roof makes it difficult to see any sights. Their open design also means that passengers are exposed to pollution and the elements.

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    Minivan from Vientiane,Laos to Chiang Mai, Thailan

    by chengdu Written Dec 20, 2011

    I travelled to Thailand in July 2011. Before that trip, someone told me that there was only one choice if I wanted to go to Chiang Mai, Thailand by land from Vientiane, Laos. That was, first taking bus from Vientiane to Nong Khai, second taking bus from Nong Khai to Udon Thani, then taking bus from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai.

    When I was in Vientiane, I found that I had another choice which was cheaper and more convenient. I purchased the minivan ticket from Vientiane Asian World Guest House where I stayed for two nights. That was the direct minivan from Vientiane to Chiang Mai. The fare was only 600 Baht including the free pick-up service from the guest house to Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge.

    The Tuk-Tuk picked up me at the guest house at around 5:00PM.
    I transferred to a minivan at Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge.
    The minivan stopped at Nong Khai, Thailand for entry formalities. Then, the minivan stopped at two 7-11 stores.
    The minivan got to Chiang Mai at around 5:00AM.

    By the way, the passenger who had booked the accommodation in Chiang Mai would be sent to the guest house or hotel which he/she had booked.

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    How to get to Royal Barge Museum

    by earthflyer Written Oct 5, 2011

    THe Royal Barge Museum is near Phra Pinklao Bridge which crosses the Chao Phraya River just north of the Grand Palace. If getting their by river taxi get off at Tha Rot Fai river pier and should be just a short walk to the Royal Barge Museum.

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    To/ Fr Sukhumit airport

    by wandering_wing Written Jun 9, 2011

    This is really convenient and cheap to travel to the city.

    Cab: 350 B (inclusive of 50B processing fees)
    Airport bus: 150B
    Subway/ Metro: 65B (To Siam Centre, MBK / Siam BTS)

    Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link
    Train fr 6am to midnight
    Time: departs every 15 min, app 30min to central bangkok

    Go to Basement 1st floor, take SA City line(blue line) to final station Phaya Thai station
    (8 stations, 45Baht)

    From Praya Thai, take the linkway to change to skytrain (BTS)

    e.g. to go to Siam Centre
    Change Skytrain (BTS) from Phaya Thai station for trains heading towards On Nut, Sukhumvit Line. Get off at Siam Station. (Siam Discovery Centre/ Siam Paragon)
    (2 stations/ 20 Baht)

    To go MBK, you could go to the upper platform at Siam station to go to National Stadium BTS

    Aternatively, walk there through the skywalk (linkway between the different stations)

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    airport bus to pattaya

    by xymmot Written Apr 19, 2011

    Here is a copy of SirHalbred post.:::May 5,2010

    Re: best way to reach pattaya
    Posted: Wed May 5, 2010 12:58 PM EDT Your transportation depends on the time you arrive. If you arrive late at night you have fewer options.

    During the day to early evening hours you have a couple bus options.

    One of the options is Bell Travel. They operate a transportation service that takes you by bus from the Suvarnabhumi to the bus terminal on North Pattaya Road. From there they deliver you by van to your hotel. You need to reserve this service ahead of time. Bell travel posts are available using the search function.

    http://www.belltravelservice.com/

    A second bus is "Bus 389" which leaves from the terminal and from the little bus station at the airport. This bus takes you to Pattaya and will drop you off on Sukhumvit Road (Pattaya) and you take a baht bus from there to your hotel. I used this bus just a month ago, they will drop off where North Pattaya Road and Central meet Sukhumvit. This bus ends up in Jomtien.

    http://airportpattayabus.com/Home_Page.html

    So, what time do you arrive at the airport? If you arrive after 10 PM you could stay in Bangkok and then in the morning use a bus from the Ekamai bus terminal. If you arrive real late at night or early morning you can just wait your time at the airport until 7 A.M. until the first bus leaves.

    You can take a taxi at any time you want. Several people sharing the cost of a taxi ride makes that ride reasonably priced. You can even take a taxi to Ekamai bus terminal and get the last bus from there to Pattaya that leaves at 11 PM.

    http://www.pattayabus.com/en/route_schedule.htm

    The Airport Express bus does not go to Pattaya, it will take you into Bangkok. Also, it does pass by the Ekamai Bus Terminal too. Bus 552 leaves from the airport bus terminal and can drop you off at the On Nut Skytrain stop and you take that Skytrain to Ekamai Bus Terminal. (No Skytrain after midnight.) Bus 552 is only 35 baht and will take at least

    Read more: http://forum.virtualtourist.com/forum-1449746-1-Travel-Pattaya-1-forum.html#ixzz1K1vlLiJL

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    Overnight sleeper

    by jojes Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A lot of people seem to have doubts/questions on the overnight sleeper trains in Thailand, so I hope this helps a little !

    We've used the overnight sleeper several times.

    Only once we used a shared cabin : it was clean but extremely cold (AC was on high and we couldn't put it down). Since you're staying with a lot of people in 1 large cabin, you hear all kinds of noises at night. When the train takes off, it's all seats. After a while they come to transform the seats into beds. You get a pillow and a blanket, but it was still too cold.

    So the next 3 times we booked a private cabin. The first class private cabins aren't luxurious, but they were clean. You have 2 beds (n upper and a lower) with pillows and blankets. The cabin has it's own AC and a small washing bassin. The toilets have a shower and are shared, but are for use by 1st class passengers only, so not a lot of people use them.
    All in all, we had a quite decent night sleep every time.

    We only ordered breakfast once and I have to be honest, it was awful ! So on our next trips we made sure we had something small to eat and we made sure to have a decent BF on arrival.

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    Air Asia

    by GracesTrips Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We booked our domestic travel with Air Asia. The online site was a little confusing to use - when I indicated I resided in the USA, I couldn't put in California for my state. I went ahead and included it in my street address entry. You need to provide your passport number and the number of checked luggage you will have. If you don't indicate this in advance, I believe it will cost you more at the time of check in. The prices of the flights are deceiving because the taxes and fees are not included. The price of the flight for the two of us was 3,168.00 (US$96) baht and by the time I was done, the total was 7,222.00 baht (US$212). I opted the purchase for travel insurance because it was really not very much and covers cancellations, lost luggage, etc. About US$6 per person.

    Some airlines have very strict luggage requirements. On Air Asia your checked bag has a weight limit of not very much. I had to pay an additional 940 baht or about US$28 for the additional weight. I think my bag weighed in at 50 lbs. The dimensions can't be any larger than 31.8"X46.8"x46.8" but I don't think they enforce this. Your carry on no more than 15.4 pounds and have dimensions of 22"X14"x9".

    Air Asia operates from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Check in requirement is 1 hour before your flight. The flight from Bangkok to Krabi and the return, both legs were running late by about 30 minutes.

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