How to reach Bangkok

    

 

An evening flight to Bangkok is probably the best choice if you wish to make the most out of you trip. The new terminal 3 at the Delhi International airport is a stunner at the first sight (although a lighting expert travelling with me strongly claims it full of corruption and all will fall apart within 2 years). The new terminal was built for the much hyped commonwealth games that have for sure changed everything you would see from outside when in Delhi.

 

Bangkok has a visa for arrival for Indian citizen so you don’t really need a stamp on your passport to clear the Immigration. Do remember to keep some cash for shopping at the Duty free which offers a huge range of quality products at cheap prices. Thai airways, the national carrier of Thailand has a huge fleet of well maintenance aircrafts (though mine did not have an in flight entertainment system) and can be a good option if you manage to get a good price. The low cost Air Asia, offering lower airfares is also owned by Thai Airways and can be a good option for budget travellers.

 

Once at the Bangkok Airport, there is nothing foreign you would feel about it. My biggest worry was my checked in luggage that I did not want to leave unattended at any cost, after having heard and read nasty things about the Bangkok International Airport. There are two different passport control counters:

  1. For people travelling to further destinations on connecting flights. You need to pay 700 Bath to clear the passport control.
  2. For people wishing to have their passports stamped with visas. This is usually a pain as they still have not managed to streamline the new system, recently introduced. You have to be in a either of the 2 longs queues. The regular moves slowly and will get you a visa for 1000 Bath and the fast track would move fast and get you a visa for 1200 Bath.

 

I went into the fast track as luggage was still my biggest priority.  Having paid 1200 Bath and getting a receipt for 1000 Bath made me feel at home. Corruption is everywhere. I split a taxi with a fellow traveller to the city centre and continued from thereon to my hotel in Khao San Road. Before beginning my travel I had reserved a hotel in Khao San Road, known to be a budget travellers paradise in Bangkok.

 

The hotel was easy to find even though the taxi driver did drop me at a wrong hotel with a similar address.

 

Taxi fare:        Airport to City Centre (S31): 350 Bath

City Centre to Khao San Road: 200 Bath

 

Resting a little in your confortable hotel is a good idea before you set out to explore the city and burn more energy and cash.

 

 

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