Few questions about the new airport in Bangkok.
1. Are ALL flights now operating to and from this airport? My flight ticket says "Bangkok International Airport" so does this mean I will be flying to the old airport or the new one?
2. I arrive in Bangkok at about 6am in the morning and I have a connecting flight from the new airport to Ko Samui at 6pm in the evening. Can anyone suggest a way to kill 12 hours which will be cheap and hopefully not cost too much money?
3. Are there places we can leave our rucksacks in the airport while we venture out for something to eat etc?
From Sep, 28 international airport code "BKK" assigned to new airport (Suvarnabhumi). So, all domestic and international flights now arrive to and depart from the new airport.
You can take airport express to go to downtown (150 Bt). See details http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/node/55
I think, you can find "left baggage" service in airport. In old airport (Dong Muang) this service costs 90 Bt/day/piece in international terminal and 70 Bt/day/piece in domestic terminal.
Unfortunately I don't know exactly location of this service in new airport because while my previous visit to Thailand I used old airport
For something to do, for 12 hours, u could take a taxi, to Khao San Road, and hang out there, for a while. U will meet lots of people who travel, in the cafes and bars there. And there are lots of places, to use the internet there. The metered taxis cost around 400B, to get to the Khao San Road, from the airport. And the River is near Khao San Road. U could use the public transport boats, to ride cheaply up and down the river.
I am not sure, if all flights come and go at the new airport. I would check that, when u get there.
That is cool news Cyber..
I just read your post about the airport express bus.
Does it stop, at the Khao San Road?
Would u know, if there are any other busses, or trains, into the city, and how much they cost?
I am flying to Bangkok next April/May & thought we were flying to the old Airport, can anyone tell me how close the new one is to the city, I thought it was a good bit further from the city?
If i had 12 hours to kill i'd go to Khaosan for a bit but it's not near the Sky train, which is the best way to get around. If your stay falls on the weekend be sure to pop to the market at Mo Chit (end of skytrain). It's the biggest market in the world and great fun. Also, near the Khaosan Rd there is a lovely park (40 bhts by tuk tuk) which is good for a little lye down and read or you can get a boat on the lake. Another good one after a long flight is a 2 hour massage....at their prices you have to spoil yourself and you can also doze off for a bit and regain some energy. China town is also a good place to check out.
Mel, there are plenty of scheduled buses into town from the airport. The new airport is further from the Khaosan area then the old one but it is closer to the Sihukumvit Rd side.
Whats up with all this love for Soi Khao San.....Neary a thia Darling waiting for you...NOne but a bunch of droppy breasted hippie chikc with braided arm pit hairs......
Shopping..Mo Chit Market but far more hot that in town is fun but unless you want to buy things you can take home or drink snake blood go to Mah Boom Krong (not as hot as Mo Chit)...right on the Sky Train and has everything you want and more....First floor has one thousand school girls in their lil unis waiting to practice their english lessons. Make sure you only talk with the one who have long hair more older girl skirts as they will be in collage and there fore over 18, hint hint!
I have to admit that I'm not a fan of either Khao San Road or the Chatuchak Market. KSR is not the easy to get to; it's located far from both the Skytrain and Subway lines. If you're young and into Full Moon parties and body piercing then you'll enjoy the atmosphere there. But if not, there are better places to stay and absorb Bangkok atmosphere - and air pollution!
As for the Weekend Market, yes it's got tons of vendors and an amazing selection of merchandise but it is normally packed with wall-to-wall/elbow-to-elbow shoppers; both Thais and foreigners. For me, it's way too hot and crowded and unpleasant. But if you love to shop for bargains, go for it! It's easy to get to via the subway (Kampaeng Phet station).