Leaving London Heathrow, 31st August 2016 at 9.40pm and arriving after nearly 12 hours flight at 3.30pm, September 1st, in Bangkok, Thailand. I had booked Thai Airways, to have my first experience of the country, I will stay for about a month. The plane was pretty new, clean and friendly stewardesses welcoming passengers. As the aircraft was not fully booked, I was offered 3 sits, as many others too. Good thing, so I was able to stretch myself and sleep. But even legroom is really good. Compared to (very bad) Virgin Atlantic or even acceptable (KLM). And I mean standard sit... The food and drink offered was surprisingly good. Whereby the coffee is a bit strong. During the 12 hours, I got up 3 times, exercising my legs a bit, but fell asleep again soon. Arriving at Bangkok`s new, futuristic and huge international airport, passing trough low clouds....monsoon season in Thailand. The rainy season, lasts from May to November and is dominated by the southwest monsoon, during which time rainfall in most of Thailand is at its heaviest.
...my goodness, what a modern airport! Pick up via airport bus. Entering the airport. As I have booked for VIP service, I am welcomed by a guide, holding my name up. From there on, everything went fast and smooth. Involving just a bit of walk, but then I am am at the "fast line check in" to Thailand. The officer had non of this proclamed smile. At my request, I was then guided buy my VIP guide, to buy a Thailand phone card (AIS), at the cost of about 900 BT, including 9 GB full internet and included 50BT (about £1.10) for texting or calling.
After I bought the sim card (full service, included setting everything up to go), I was guided to the underground railway station, changing some money on the way nearby, at an better rate than up in the airport hall or even back in UK. The rail ticket was about 38 BT.
A modern and fast train, just few years back inaugurated, linking the international airport with Bangkok city. Travel time about 40 min.
I could have used the cheaper and slow bus service or an VIP pick up at the cost of £42 pounds extra.
The train is actually the best and fastest way to get into the really very busy and flashing city...
- Will be continued - Hotel / 1st Night and Breakfast / Prices in Thailand
Arriving and welcome at my hotel for 3 nights, in Bangkok
Prices in Thailand. Is Thailand really so cheap, as so many claim? I don`t think so...
- Please see my next blogs - soon...