Monday, January 11, 2010

Hot tips for BKK

1. The taxi touts were not as bad as we’d expected. It was easy to ignore them as we made our way to level 1 where we joined four quick queues to get an “official” taxi. The attendant prepares a chit with the destination and calls the next available driver. The charge is whatever is on the meter plus a 50THB surcharge—well worth it for the ease and confidence it assures!

2. Getting away from the airport. We wanted to get to Pattaya, and learned it would be about 1100THB by taxi. One of the many free shuttles at the Arrivals exit whisked to the its last stop, the public transport center. The airy clean station has public transit buses into Bangkok and longer haul buses to outlying destinations. First class A/C bus with reserved seating to Pattaya was 124BHT each. But we learned another tip: the bus looped back to the airport to pick people up directly at the airport!