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.
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.