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1. Posted by kramer2be (Budding Member 42 posts) 10y

Hey,
im getting into Bangkok at about 11pm at night and dont really want to worry about public transport or taxis and getign ripped off or geting taken to a guesthouse i dont want to go to.

I was wondereing if anyone had any suggestions about a guesthouse in Bangkok that is fairly central and that also offers an airport pickup service. Im looking to spend about 500baht. BUt cheaper would be preferebale. This price doesnt have to include airport pickup.
Cheers
James

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1654 posts) 10y

Quoting jrozorio

Hey,
im getting into Bangkok at about 11pm at night and dont really want to worry about public transport or taxis and getign ripped off or geting taken to a guesthouse i dont want to go to.

I was wondereing if anyone had any suggestions about a guesthouse in Bangkok that is fairly central and that also offers an airport pickup service. Im looking to spend about 500baht. BUt cheaper would be preferebale. This price doesnt have to include airport pickup.
Cheers
James

Good luck! Airport pick-up and a room for 500 baht or under is not too common!

There is an Airport Bus that costs 100 baht, this bus will take you to Khao San Road where you MAY find a place for 300 baht and leave a 100 baht for the return bus ride. The Khao San Bus ride is just about the last Airport Bus to leave the airport. The bus kiosk is just outside the arrivals hall, not far from the taxi kiosk. The ladies working the Airport Bus kiosk will ask you where you want to go to and get you onto the correct bus. Like I said the KSR bus is most often the last bus to leave the airport after midnight.

Make sure you have some small bills for paying taxi cabs or busses when you change your money over. A lot of shops, street vendors and taxi's can't make change for 500 baht or 1000 baht notes.

If you take a taxi in Bangkok tell the taxi driver "meter only" and the ride will be cheaper than bargaining! It's the law, they have to use a meter! Avoid taxi cabs parked at hotels or in front of the bus station, they will want to bargain and will be more expensive than hailing one of the thousands of roving taxi cabs on the street!

Meter taxi cabs are cheaper than Tuk-Tuks unless you speak Thai!

From the airport you are not being ripped off if you are asked to pay for the toll charge - that's normal! Ask the taxi kiosk person how much the toll charge is and then only pay the meter price for the taxi ride plus toll charge. Pretty simple. She or he will write your destination down for the driver.

3. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

Assuming you are arriving within the next month, you will still be using the current Bangkok airport. The new Suvarnabhumi Airport is slated to open on September 28 - come hell or high water. It is a bit more remote than the current airport but I assume the Airport Bus service will be operating from the new location with the same efficiency. As for the airport bus service itself; I believe it stops at midnight. I know I have arrived on "scheduled" 11:00 pm (23:00) flights, only to endure long waits in the immigration line, claim my bags, and then ... it's after midnight and the buses have stopped running! So...be aware of the time.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1654 posts) 10y

Quoting buzzard

Assuming you are arriving within the next month, you will still be using the current Bangkok airport. The new Suvarnabhumi Airport is slated to open on September 28 - come hell or high water. It is a bit more remote than the current airport but I assume the Airport Bus service will be operating from the new location with the same efficiency. As for the airport bus service itself; I believe it stops at midnight. I know I have arrived on "scheduled" 11:00 pm (23:00) flights, only to endure long waits in the immigration line, claim my bags, and then ... it's after midnight and the buses have stopped running! So...be aware of the time.

Hi

When I fly on NWA or UA into Bangkok they arrive just before midnight and for the last year I have been able to take the Airport Bus to the Sukhumvit area even if it is after midnight. The Khao San Road Airport Bus seems to be scheduled to be last bus to leave the airport. Sometimes when I miss the Sukhumvit bus I take the KSR bus to New Phetchaburi Road and from there a 40 or 50 baht taxi to Sukhumvit.

I expect that the new airport to have the same type of Airport Bus and Taxi kiosk arrangement like the old airport.

What I would really like to see is a direct cheap bus to Pattaya, like the VIP bus out of Ekamai or Morchit. Now it seems that to catch a bus to Pattaya you would have to go BACK to Bangkok, catch the bus at Ekamai, and then while on that bus pass by the new airport again. There is a bus repair facility near the new airport (sometimes the bus stops there on the way to Pattaya for passenger pick ups or repairs,) perhaps they will modernize and enlarge it to make that place a new bus station.

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

[quote=karazyal)

What I would really like to see is a direct cheap bus to Pattaya, like the VIP bus out of Ekamai or Morchit. Now it seems that to catch a bus to Pattaya you would have to go BACK to Bangkok, catch the bus at Ekamai, and then while on that bus pass by the new airport again. There is a bus repair facility near the new airport (sometimes the bus stops there on the way to Pattaya for passenger pick ups or repairs,) perhaps they will modernize and enlarge it to make that place a new bus station.

karazyal,
My buddies in Pattaya assure me that there will be direct buses from Suvarnabhumi to Pat. up and running shortly after Sept. 28. I hope so. Will make it even easier & faster to get to Pat. once you have arrived in BKK. This should give Pattaya even more visitors every year, not that it isn't crowded already!