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Late arrival - to hotel?

Our plane is due to land in Bangkok at 11:15 PM (if it is on time) and then we have to get luggage and get the 30 day visa exemption. What is the best way for 2 people to get to Sukhumvit area at that time of night or later?

Our hotel has a VIP visa service at 1600 Baht per person and an airport pick up service at 1200 per person. Do we really need the visa assistance or is it pretty clear cut for experienced travelers? Is there a better way to get to our hotel at that hour from the airport or should we plan to pay 2400 Baht ($78.)?

Please advise. Thanks

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1. Re: Late arrival - to hotel?

Save the money, and just go through immigration like everyone else. It is very staightforward.

Then go down one level to the public taxi stand, and get a cab, which will cost about 200 - 250 baht.

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2. Re: Late arrival - to hotel?

What about getting Baht in the airport- is there an ATM machine and if so where is it? I assume I cannot pay the cab in dollars.

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3. Re: Late arrival - to hotel?

No you don't need either the immigration fasttrack or the special limo service. I used them once as I wanted to get to a birthday party (I was also on an arrival similar to yours).

Fasttrack sped me through immigration in about 1 minute, but I still had to wait 25 minutes for my bag at baggage claim. You can now clear immigration in around 30 minutes and then just pick up your bags which would be on the belt waiting for you.

And the metered taxi to Sukhumvit is only about 350 baht, including the airport fee and tolls (they are added to the metered fare).

I did make it to the party, but I would have done so anyway without those extras.

Edit - yes there are ATMs at BKK, and bureau de change. I usually make sure I have cash with me for the country I'm visiting, and if that means getting some at the airport in the US, so be it. But that's just my choice.

Edited: 13 November 2011, 07:16
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4. Re: Late arrival - to hotel?

There are currency exchange kiosks right at Baggage Claim, and ATMs all over the place. No need to get baht in advance at unfavourable rates.

At the moment, toll charges on Bangkok expressways have been suspended, so a taxi to Sukhumvit would cost around 220 on the meter plus 50 baht airport surcharge (which you pay the driver on arrival). You save the 70 baht on tolls.

23:15 is not really late. You'll find the airport full of passengers and activity at that hour. Bangkok tends to be a 24/7 sort of place.

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5. Re: Late arrival - to hotel?

There is really no need to pay for visa assistance as others have said.

The other transfer option you have is to take the AOT Limousine service for about 1200 Baht. It is not as cheap as a taxi but cheaper than your hotel car.

They have service desks near the luggage carousel and also on the other side of Customs. Tell them the name of the hotel, pay your money and they will give you a receipt and drivers job sheet.

On the other side of Customs give the job sheet to the AOT desk and they will take your bags and escort you to a Toyota Camry or Teana that is waiting outside.

bangkok-travel-ideas.com/bangkok-airport.html

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6. Re: Late arrival - to hotel?

Public taxi is all you need:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293915-c116554/Thail…

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7. Re: Late arrival - to hotel?

^^^ That sounds just right. The meter to Adelphi Suites (Sukhimvit Soi 8) was 237 baht last time.

Just some advice.

1) See if your hotel's website has a location page in Thai, and print it out so that you can give it to the taxi driver for the precise location.

2) Before you board the taxi, the official will ask where you want to go, write out a form and hand it to you. Do NOT give this to the driver. Though it may have your location, the form is for you, and identifies the driver. In the unlikely event that he tries to scam you*, you can use the form to file a complaint. By keeping the form, your unlikely chance of being scammed is reduced even more.

(* don't get worried by this. Any scam here, if it did happen, is only in the region of 100-200 baht, or $3-6. Still much less than the hotel limo)

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8. Re: Late arrival - to hotel?

Thanks for all the great advice. I am relieved to know I will find an ATM in airport (any specific locations you can remember?), know how to get to hotel, and that it is easy to go through customs.

Next I will start to work on hotels in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, flights within Thailand, and some days of private guides.

Getting excited for this winter's trip: 25 days n Thailand plus 17 days in Bali. WOW

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9. Re: Late arrival - to hotel?

Hi,

Larktrav,

There are MANY ATM's just after you exit the customs hall.. there also a few air-side before clearing passport control, but are mostly nearer to the transit area as that's who they're really designed for..

I would not waste my time looking for one air-side (before passport control).. Just get to the Passport control area, reclaim your bags and exit the customs hall. Once you've done so, turn left or right and look for any Thai bank's forex desk.

Most ATM's are physically attached to the banks' forex desk to the immediate right or left.. so just look for any bank forex office and there will be at least one or more ATM's right there..

Travel Safe,

Edited: 13 November 2011, 16:12
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10. Re: Late arrival - to hotel?

Thanks...sounds familiar since they are often in that location in other airports of the world.