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1. Posted by louloul (Full Member 75 posts) 11y

Ill be arriving in bangkok airport on 17th Jan and would like to be fully aware of whats waiting for me when i step off the plane. Just so im prepared and so i dont fall for any well known scams/tricks carried out on newly arriving tourists, i'd like a bit of advice.

Not sure if im getting a bus or taxi into the city yet, but if i get a taxi is there a specific one to look out for? I have heard the 'blue' cabs are the 'official' ones and the 'yellows' are the ones to avoid. Correct??

Thanx
Lou

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Hi Lou,

There have been a few reports here recently claiming that the tourist bus services there were the ones to watch out for.

Our fellow members claimed that cash and valuable belongings in the bags, which were put inside the luggage compartments at the bottom sides of the bus, had been stolen. According to the members, the bags were quickly unloaded from the compartment before the passengers were able to get out from the bus. They believed that this was the time that the driver and the assistant searched for cash and valuables. The bus will then sped off the scene immediately after all passengers got out from the bus.

I'm not sure if those claims were true, but with the reports coming from different members, it's hard not to believe them. I suggest that you keep all your cash and valuable things with you in a bag and take that bag along with you in the bus. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Happy new year,
Hien

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

You have to pay an extra service charge if you get a taxi fom Bangkok airport. Instead of getting a taxi at the "arrivals" area you could walk over to the "departures" area. A cab dropping someone off would be happy to take you into town at the metered rate.

4. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 11y

From the Airport, airport bus costs only 100 Baht. Choose the right line that you to direction of your hotels. If you take the right line and if it passes the place you stay, you can ask them to drop you at your hotel. If not, get of at the closest spot and take Tuk Tuk.

5. Posted by travelem (Full Member 117 posts) 11y

If you plan to visit a temple or any toruist area, and someone walk to you and tell you the site is closed for the day and he/she offers to take you somewhere for shopping. Don't go with them, the site isn't closed. They simply want you to buy something and earn the commissions.

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Chada

From the Airport, airport bus costs only 100 Baht. Choose the right line that you to direction of your hotels. If you take the right line and if it passes the place you stay, you can ask them to drop you at your hotel. If not, get of at the closest spot and take Tuk Tuk.

Thanks for the tip, Chada

I haven't decided which way I'll go from the airport yet when I arrive on 9th January

Which is the right line if I want to go close to Nana BTS ?

Which is the right line if I want to go Khao San Road?

7. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 11y

I hope this link can be helpful:

http://www.bangkokbob.net/airport_bus.htm

No. A2 goes to Banglamphu. That's where Kao San Road is.

No. A3 goes to Sukhumvit Road. It passes Nana.

At the exit door of the airport, you will see the counter where they sell the coupons. Once the bus is ready to leave, the conductor will come in to check the coupon and ask where you would like to get off. Be precise at that point. She will note that down for you and give the info. to the driver. On the bus, keep your ears opened. The bus driver will announce the name of the place when he stops at your destination. I think for both places you mentioned, you will just have to walk a bit after getting off the bus. No need to jump on Tuk Tuk.

It's the rule of Bangkok Metropolitan Office that all buses, including Airport Buses, must stop at the bus stops. So, the driver may drop you just at the closest bus stop and not exactly in front of the steps of your hotel. I once saw a westerner yelled loudly at and used very bad language to the driver as he had to passes his hotel a bit. You know how to call that kind of people, and I am sure you don't want to be one of them.

I found this the safest and cheapest way to travel into town. You don't have to play mind game with the drivers like sitting in taxi.

BTW, there will be few hours of the day that the buses don't run. Hope your arrival time fit their schedules.