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1. Posted by rocky2709 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hello All,

Im flying from the UK to BKK with Thai airlines (Arrive 4pm) and then flying on to Siem Reap with Bangkok air (Depart 7pm) .

Both flights have been booked seprately, im reading conflicting stories for transfering at BKK.

1) go through immigration, pick up luggage, go through Customs, Check in as normal with Bangkok air.
2) Go through immigration, go transfer desk, book in with Bangkok air and ask them to transfer luggage.

Any suggestions? Normaly id see how it goes when i get there, but 3hrs from what im reading is cutting it fine and if there are any delays etc id like to have it sorted before i go.
Also what about entry visas and paying for them? will i need a multiple entry visa?

Thanks

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1592 posts) 10y

Quoting rocky2709

Hello All,

Im flying from the UK to BKK with Thai airlines (Arrive 4pm) and then flying on to Siem Reap with Bangkok air (Depart 7pm) .

Both flights have been booked seprately, im reading conflicting stories for transfering at BKK.

1) go through immigration, pick up luggage, go through Customs, Check in as normal with Bangkok air.
2) Go through immigration, go transfer desk, book in with Bangkok air and ask them to transfer luggage.

Any suggestions? Normaly id see how it goes when i get there, but 3hrs from what im reading is cutting it fine and if there are any delays etc id like to have it sorted before i go.
Also what about entry visas and paying for them? will i need a multiple entry visa?

Thanks

You can e-mail Bangkok Air and check with them. After you de-plane and before passing through immigration there are some transfer desks available. There are information booths available too. If you only have an e-ticket and not paper tickets may or may not be a problem.

There are two international terminals, check with Bangkok Air to see which terminal they will be using.

Next problem - are your bags checked through to Siem Reap? When you first check in (UK) see if the first airline (TG) will forward the luggage to the next airline. I do this all the time, you need the e-ticket confirmation number. If you can't do this the luggage is picked up AFTER you pass through immigration. Since you are in transit to Cambodia, and under 8 hours, you will be exempt from paying the 500 baht departure tax.

3. Posted by rocky2709 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Thanks, will speak to the airlines and see if they can forward it to Siem Reap with Bangkok air.

So if I cant get it sent to bangkok air, can i still collect it and then go via the transfer desks? or will i have to go the usual route?

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1592 posts) 10y

Quoting rocky2709

Thanks, will speak to the airlines and see if they can forward it to Siem Reap with Bangkok air.

So if I cant get it sent to bangkok air, can i still collect it and then go via the transfer desks? or will i have to go the usual route?

Most of the time the immigration procedures are pretty smooth and doesn't take too long. Your bags are arriving about the same time you finish with immigration.

Your best bet is to see if you can get your bags transferred to your final stop in Cambodia. Both international terminals are close and you can walk from one to the other without passing through immigration. Make sure you check with Bangkok Air to see what they recommend and if they will have a representative available.

By the way, this problem comes up all the time with flights scheduled close together with or without immigration, different airlines and even different countries involved. Perhaps you could have taken a couple days off in Bangkok, rest up, shower and then go to Siem Reap. Sometimes plane tickets purchased in Thailand are cheaper than tickets purchased overseas. You'll have a good time in Siem Reap - when you get there.

Good luck. Hope you get some additional information from this board before you leave home.

5. Posted by onl (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I have recently travelled to BKK twice in the past 3 months I dont think thai air is going to transfer your luggage to Bangkok Air. The visas are available on arrival for 1000 THB they do not accept any other currency and you will nedd passport size photographs(preferably keep 2). This procedure takes anywhere from 20 - 45 minutes depending on the rush. Customs is 2 min thing. 3 hours is good you don't need to check in for you other flight till 1 hr before flight.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1592 posts) 10y

Quoting onl

I have recently travelled to BKK twice in the past 3 months I dont think thai air is going to transfer your luggage to Bangkok Air. The visas are available on arrival for 1000 THB they do not accept any other currency and you will nedd passport size photographs(preferably keep 2). This procedure takes anywhere from 20 - 45 minutes depending on the rush. Customs is 2 min thing. 3 hours is good you don't need to check in for you other flight till 1 hr before flight.

You get a free 30 day permit stamped in your passport on arrival at BKK. If you leave for another country, before the 30 days are up, you can get another 30 days when you return to Thailand. Doesn't seem to be a limit on how many times you can do this.