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1. Posted by den2cabo (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

Hola, My family & I are going to Thailand In July we arrive late & was wondering what was the best mode of transportation to get from the airport to downtown Bangkok? What would be a clean & safe hotel to stay in? In the morning we leave to Pattaya & was wondering the mode of transportation for this trip as well? We also are going from Bangkok to Hanoi then to (Hue or Da Nang) which one is better? Then to Saigon. Once we get to Siagon then we would like to go to Phnom Penh then Siem Reap & then last but not least Bangkok. I have read about the trains & I have read good things about it & what I have read was to take the night trips then you do miss a whole day traveling. Does anybody know if you need to book you internal flights before hand or can you wait a couple days before you want to travel? Any suggestions anybody has or input I would LOVE to read about it. Has anybody used the Hanoi kids for their tour guides?

Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond!
Janell

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

Hola - I can answer a few ? about Vietnam. These were my favorite places: Hanoi, Sapa and Hoi An (near Danang). I also used Hanoikids - how's your English? seriously, I don't know if they'd work with Spanish speakers or not? They were wonderful! Here's a site which was very helpful to me:

http://www.reidontravel.com/home/

3. Posted by dwitch (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y

/den2cabo/
Hello Jane,
Hi I have been to Pattaya many times, always arrived around 11:30pm .Inever stay overnight in Bangkok it's a waste of time and money,I find it easier to get in a taxi and go direct to Pattaya.(approximately 1,400bht) Book your hotel in Pattaya ,let them know you will be arriving late,It saves all the extra expense and travel.I will be in Vietnam in August and have decided to use the very cheap flights on offer. I booked my flights with www.jetstar.com.This is a budget airline servicing the domestic route in Vietnam.I found them to be "very cheap" in fact> cheaper than the night trains!!<.You never mentioned how many travelling ??and if you have young children etc.If you need any information re-Pattaya feel free to ask.//Heather.

4. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 8y

If you are hading for Pattaya, i would tend to agree with the above. Suvarnabhumi airport is on the main route to Pattaya (route 7) Pattaya is about 1.5 to 2 hours by taxi and they ae available through the night........if you arrive at an ungodly hour so long as you have a room in Pattaya you should have no problems......even if you don't have a room a hotel should check you in.
you won't get to see Bkk if you just get off the plane go in for a few hours and then head straight on to Pattaya, and you'll be traveling in the wrong direction.

Depending on the size of your group and budget, there are taxis (standard & "Limo"), buses & minibuses to both Bkk and Pattaya.
Not the cheapest option but if you are a family of 4 or more I would suggest you pick a hotel in Pattaya and get them to arrange a taxi to meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 8y

[quote=den2cabo]Hola, My family & I are going to Thailand In July we arrive late & was wondering what was the best mode of Qtransportation to get from the airport to downtown Bangkok?

A. If you are going into Bangkok why not stay a couple nights and make the ride worthwhile? Since you are in a family group you should take the meter taxi into Bangkok. After midnight your choices are limited anyway. There is a meter taxi sign up desk outside the arrivals hall, near the curb. You are responsible for the meter charge, a 50 baht surcharge (only form the airport, no surcharge for return to airport,) plus probably two toll charges amounting to around 65 baht total. Probably a total charge of around 340 - 400 baht for the ride. You pay the tolls as you cross them (price is easy to see) and the meter charge and the surcharge after you get to the hotel.

Info link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293916-i3687-k2016740-Airport_Taxi_in_the_middle_of_the_night-Bangkok.html

When you use a meter taxi in Bangkok only pay the meter price, it will be cheaper than bargaining the price. The price on the meter covers everyone you can safely cram in, it is not per pax.

What would be a clean & safe hotel to stay in?

A. How much do you want to spend per night? Hotels with air (small room) will start around 600 baht, Other hotel rooms go for 6000 baht per night - something in the 1400 - 1800 baht range isn't too bad. Get a hotel near the Skytrain so you can use it during the day hours to get around town. (No Skytrain service late at night.)

In the morning we leave to Pattaya & was wondering the mode of transportation for this trip as well?

A. Not worth it if you are only going to stay one night. But, you can take the Skytrain to the Ekamai bus station where you can take the VIP bus to Pattaya. Only buy the tickets from the Pattaya window, right side of terminal. The ride will take around 2 hours and the price is around 120 baht. You can also take a taxi from Bangkok or make arrangements for a shared van service. With a family perhaps the taxi is best.

Does anybody know if you need to book you internal flights before hand or can you wait a couple days before you want to travel?

A. I have been able to book a flight in Bangkok and Pattaya within a couple days of the trip without any problem. The more time in advance the better. Flights booked while in Thailand have been cheaper than using outside booking services, my opinion! Lots of travel agencies often post the prices of flights to other countries right on their windows or doors. No problem asking for quotes and prices and other info.

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 8, 2008, at 12:17 PM by karazyal ]

6. Posted by den2cabo (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

Thank you everybody for ALL your replys!!!!

7. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

DEFINATELY spend some time in Bangkok. It is one the worlds amazing cities. Lots of people don't like it, but I absolutely love it. If you are going all that way you really should check it out for a few days.

8. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 8y

I would recommend visiting Bkk at the end of your visit, once you are a little aclimatised to Thailand, you will find it a lot more rewarding.

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