Archive for March, 2011

Bangkok Airport BKK. Bangkok’s beautiful Suvarnabhumi Airport. Plus some Taxi Tips for Southeast Asia.

Monday, March 28th, 2011



Bangkok Airport BKK. Bangkok’s beautiful Suvarnabhumi Airport. Plus some Taxi Tips for Southeast Asia.

Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is one of the world’s newest and most beautiful facilities. Located somewhat outside of Bangkok you’ll need to take a taxi ride into the city.

Taxi Tips:
Note that even with the long distance from BKK to the downtown area, a taxi should cost you under $20, where public transportation will cost just a few dollars. Also note many hotels will pick you up at the Airport – generally just follow the signs through to your baggage pickup and watch for the crowds of hotel pickup folks.

Taxi overcharging is one of the key things to look out for as you travel in and around major Airports in Southeast Asia such as Saigon, Bangkok, and Hanoi. It’s common for drivers to go “off the meter”, pretending this will save you money when generally the quoted rate will be higher – sometimes by as much as 5 times what you’d pay with a meter. If you do negotiate rates, be sure you and the drive have a very clear understanding of what you’ll be paying for the ride. This is especially true with Bangkok’s “Tuk Tuks”, the small taxis that are zipping all over the city. There are enough scammers in the Tuk Tuk trade that you’ll want to negotiate very, very clearly if you choose this type of ride, and avoid falling victim to the “helpful” locals who sometimes direct people right into Tuk Tuk or other scams. Generally you can be friendly and act friendly, but always be aware that overly nice and “helpful” folks are often … trying to sell you overpriced things.

http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com/

Bangkok Airport (BKK Suvarnabhumi) “free” WIFI

Friday, March 4th, 2011



Pattaya to Bangkok Airport 040

Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

Bangkok Airport has a very odd system for “free” wifi which involves first signing up for a code card that entitles you to only 15 minutes of free internet after which you can buy more time. I’m skeptical of this type of system and would guess they’d do better by simply using advertising supported free WIFI.

Perhaps better for most than using this type of system is to find actual free unrestricted WIFI in one of the many restaurants located in the departure terminal. That said, if you only need to quickly check email and have a short layover, BKK’s free WIFI may be all you need.

Bangkok Airport BKK, Bangkok, Thailand

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011



Pattaya to Bangkok Airport 034

Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

Dozens of amazing art statues grace the halls of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport which serves all of SE Asia and beyond. Here you’ll find colorful and shiny Thai figures in various poses watching over the swirl of activity in this award-winning airport.

Upon entry BKK reminded me of Beijing’s airport design – massive large rooms with a sweeping grand architecture. In the halls past security BKK Suvarnabhumi is filled with stylish shopping as well as many dining choices from Burger King to upscale Thai venues. Our meal at a Thai restaurant was fairly good and reasonably priced for an airport, with a Pad Thai that was almost as good as some of the especially delicious ones I’d had in Bangkok and Pattaya.

As you roam your connecting airports be sure to check out the exhibits and art you’ll often find there. Let the airport be part of your destination experience.

Bangkok Airport BKK 023

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011



Bangkok Airport BKK 023

Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is a very impressive modern facility – one of the finest major airports in the world. At the international departure terminal over a dozen huge statues stand guard as you check in at any of many major airlines serving the facility. Over the next week we’ll profile this impressive airport in a special series about BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok’s gateway to the world.