Monday, October 6, 2008
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport arrival guide
I've been addicted to visiting Thailand in the last 6 years because of Thai smiles, tasty food, the holiday atmosphere, reasonable prices etc. It never makes me dull.
This time I feature the arrival navigation at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. Have flown into there several times myself.
After disembarkation, walk toward immigration via travelators.
Then clear Thai immigration.
You need to be finger-printed, and have your photo taken. Depending on the officer, you may be asked to show the proof of onward air ticket within the 30 day window in case you enter the kingdom on a visa waiver program.
Then collect your luggage.
Then get out of the airside. A kind of a mess.
Get Thai currency via an ATM or a money changer. There are a lot of banks at the arrival area, and the rate is uniform in the airport.
Those who catch a taxi should proceed to outside on the same level to the taxi rank. At the counter, tell the clerk where you're headed, then s/he will give you a paper with the taxi number and your destination. Don't lose the stub of the paper in case you need to make a complaint to the taxi association, e.g. taxi driver not using the meter. Insist the driver use the meter, otherwise get off it and take another one.
Those who plan to take the limousine bus should go dwonstairs to the ground level. You can get to Sukhumvit, Silom, Khao San Road and the main station areas on the bus.
It costs 150 baht each way. Go to the bus counter, tell the clerk where you're going and purchase the ticket and take a seat until the correct bus will show up.
Have a nice stay.