Thailand Trip Guide(Th)
Bangkok is the capital and largest city of Thailand. Covering an area of more than 1500 square kilometres, it is home to roughly 8.5 million people or more than 10% of the entire kingdom's population.
The city has its origins as a small, but strategic, trading post in the delta of the Chao Phraya River during the 15th century. Its fortune changed in 1782 when King Rama I, the founder of the present Chakri dynasty, shifted the capital of his kingdom here. Since then, the city never looked back and has developed into the political, cultural, commercial and spiritual centre of the Thai people.
Today, Bangkok is one of the most cosmopolitan, vibrant and happening cities in Asia. Being the only country in South East Asia that was never colonized, Thailand kept most of its unique culture and heritage intact. This couples with the Thại openness towards modern cultures leads to a unique blend of contrasting attractions - from opulent palaces to gleaming skyscrapers; from awe-inspiring Buddhist temples to exotic red-light districts; from centuries-old floating markets to ultra-modern mega shopping malls; from mouth-watering local dishes to haute cuisine at Bangkok has a treasure trove of attractions waiting for you. Don't miss this fascinating destination when you are visiting South East Asia!
Bangkok is the aviation hub for Thailand and is served by 2 airports.
1.Suvarnabhumi International Airport Airport Code: BKK. This state-of-the-art airport is situated about 30km to the south east of Bangkok city centre. It caters mostly to full-service airlines (i.e. non-budget airlines).
It is the hub for Thai Airways, the flagship carrier for Thailand. Other airlines operating from Suvarnabhumi International Airport include Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Qantas, United Airlines, Japan Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, etc.
To get to Bangkok city centre, you have a few options:
Airport Rail Link offers a high-speed train service to downtown Bangkok. The station is located on the basement level of the airport.
The Express Line is a non-stop service that brings you to Makkasan station. The ticket is THB 90 one-way and the journey takes 15 minutes. There is a train every 20 minutes during peak hours (Monday to Friday, 6AM-9AM and 4PM-10PM) and every 30 minutes during off-peak hours. The Makkasan station is within walking distance of the Petchaburi MRT station.
The City Line is the same train service, but with 4 stops in between the airport and Makkasan station. After Makkasan station, the train continues to Ratchaprarop and Phaya Thai stations. There is a train every 15 minutes. The Phaya Thai station also serves as the interchange with the BTS SkyTrain.
2.Don Mueang International Airport Code: DMK is one of two international airports serving greater Bangkok , the other one being Suvarnabhumi Airport. Before Suvarnabhumi opened in 2006, Don Mueang was previously known as Bangkok International Airport is in the north of bangkok city centre. Don Mueang International Airport address : 222 Vibhavadi Rangsit Rd, Sanambin, Don Mueang, Bangkok 10210
To take a public bus, first take the free shuttle bus available outside Level 2, Gate 5 to the Public Transportation Center a few kilometres away.
From there, The public bus lines are:
549: Suvarnabhumi to Min Buri
550: Suvarnabhumi to Bang Kapi
551: Suvarnabhumi to Victory Monument
552: Suvarnabhumi to On Nut
552A: Suvarnabhumi to Sam Rong
553: Suvarnabhumi to Samut Prakan
554: Suvarnabhumi to Don Muang Airport 555: Suvarnabhumi to Rangsit (using the expressway)
558: Suvarnabhumi to Central Rama 2
559: Suvarnabhumi to Future Park Rangsit (using the outer ring road)
The bus tickets cost around 30-50 baht. The journeys generally take 1-2 hours depending on traffic condition.
Ordinary metered taxis are available on the first floor (one floor below arrivals). Follow the "public taxi" signs that lead to the outside of the airport premises, queue up and state your destination at the desk (English is understood). You'll get a two-part slip with your destination written in Thai on it. The small part is for your driver, the large part is for you. This ticket is for complaints and is how the system is enforced: hold on to it to help avoid arguments later. There is a 50 baht surcharge on top of the meter (not per passenger!), meaning that trips to the city will cost 250400 baht (plus possible expressway tolls of 45 and 25 baht, depending on time). Make sure you have change ready to pass to the toll operators to avoid being overcharged for the tolls later on. With very smooth traffic (which rarely occurs other than say in the wee hours), the ride takes about 30 minutes and costs under 250 baht (excluding tolls and surcharges). Otherwise, count on it taking 45-60 minutes and closer to 300 baht (excluding tolls and surcharges). During rush hour it can take much longer. No other surcharges apply
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