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Arriving in Bangkok on Chinese New Year....

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1. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

Will be arriving 19th Feb in Bangkok, am I going to have a problem getting transport from Bangkok Airport? I will be staying one night & then hoping to get to Kanchanaburi the next day. Last year I arrived in Hanoi during Chinese New Year & didn't realise how much of a big celebration it was, had trouble making my way out of Hanoi. Am I going to face the same problems in Bangkok and the rest of Thailand?

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Laura

I dont know how much traffic, there will be, in Bangkok, for the new year, but at least there is plenty of transport from the airport. Taxis, for around 400 bahts, Bus for 150bahts, and the number 556 bus for 35bahts. Surely, even with more people wanting to get to the city centre one of these will not be completely full.
Most tourists dont seem to know about the 556 bus, so maybe that will excape the stampede and have plenty of empty seats. U cant get the cost free shuttle bus, to the stop, for it. It is at the old airport. But, if u do get it, make sure u know where to get out. They dont speak much English, and dont stop right beside the Khao San Road(if that is where u are heading).

Buses go very often to Kanchanaburi. Around every 20 minutes. Could they possibly all get full? Dont take the train. It only goes around twice per day.


3. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

Thanks for the info Mel.

Anyone else? Do many people in Bangkok & rest of the Thailand celebrate Chinese New Year as they do in Vietnam?

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

I have been in both Pattaya and HaNoi for Chinese New Year. Big difference. In VN, Tet is their biggest holiday and things really do shut down for almost a week. Almost nothing open and buses/trains packed with locals going home. It was interesting, but a bit frustrating to spend Tet in HaNoi last Jan. None of the sights open and very few restaurants open as well.

Thailand will celebrate CNY, but not like the Vietnamese. You should have no trouble getting into BKK. It maybe more difficult getting to Kanchanaburi than 'normal', but the Thais add more buses during busy holidays so you should be able to get where you want to go few few delays.

Good Luck and 'chuc mung nam moi' Laura.

5. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

Thanks Mike. I was also in Hanoi during Tet and it was a bit of a misson to get anything done, couldn't book a train to Danag, so had to fly instead.