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Old Dec 29, 18, 4:11 am
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Originally Posted by atsak View Post
Without wandering into OMNI territory, I wish gender didn't matter. But it does. *I* am fine either way, but I am acutely aware that other people don't always feel that way because of some bad actors out there. I'm merely trying to be considerate of cultural norms I may not really understand very well.
OK, so the Billy Graham rule as followed by VP Pence doesn't apply here and is unecessary as long as you mind your manners and/or just say no. Please get serious, or don't. Maybe you should stick with the bus.
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Old Dec 29, 18, 4:49 am
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....... I'm merely trying to be considerate of cultural norms I may not really understand very well.
OP…. Your concerns for not wishing to offend Thai culture are admirable, but you need not be overly concerned. Bangkok is generally open minded and it’s not unusual to see older males (both Thai and westerners) in the company of much younger females. What would cause offence is kissing and cuddling in public.

I would not be put off by being shown around Bangkok by a Thai female (who may be much younger than you) as they are far more likely to welcoming than their male counterparts who tend to be a little stand-offish and remote. Also, your Thai guide should be wearing an ID badge which should always be visible so others will know what her status/function is.

Whilst a few other posters have advocated a doing-it-yourself tour, which is quite feasible, a fair proportion of your time is going to be ‘eaten-up’ with trying to find your way around in unfamiliar surroundings. Given your limited time, I’m sure you would prefer to make the most of your time seeing the sights than having to navigate. Then there is always the need to be constantly watching the clock to ensure that you leave more than enough time to get back to the airport. And what will you do if you just happen to miss a river bus or the SkyTrain/Airport Rail Link train breaks down (which can happen)?

Frankly, for the peace of mind and being able to see as much as possible in the limited time available, I would opt for guided tour.

Hope you have a great visit and enjoy your time in Bangkok.

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Old Dec 29, 18, 8:02 pm
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OK thanks all - going to find a guided tour - guess I better get on that time draws short.
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Im having the same layover where I arrive on the 4th Jan 6:20am and departing 6:45pm - I was wondering how the traffic from the city centre to the airport would be at that time?

Ive read some sites where it was said that the traffic could take hours, in that case. Is it advisable to travel several hours ahead (1-2pm) back to the airport?
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Old Jan 2, 19, 7:31 am
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Originally Posted by sAmmm View Post
Im having the same layover where I arrive on the 4th Jan 6:20am and departing 6:45pm - I was wondering how the traffic from the city centre to the airport would be at that time?

Ive read some sites where it was said that the traffic could take hours, in that case. Is it advisable to travel several hours ahead (1-2pm) back to the airport?
Just take rapid transit/ airport train back, and do not worry about traffic.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 4:52 pm
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Originally Posted by sAmmm View Post
Im having the same layover where I arrive on the 4th Jan 6:20am and departing 6:45pm - I was wondering how the traffic from the city centre to the airport would be at that time?
Ive read some sites where it was said that the traffic could take hours, in that case. Is it advisable to travel several hours ahead (1-2pm) back to the airport?
Which airport(s)? Have you ever been to Bangkok? What do you want to do?

International arrival? International departure? Passport country (visa issue)? Local currency in hand? Any luggage in hand?

Very generally speaking you would be hitting peak travel times going into the city and returning to the airport. The SARL (airport train: assuming SBIA/BKK) is more or less reliable these days, but it can be quite crowded after the first stop coming into the city. Connecting to the skytrain or subway is easy, but it will be quite crowded. Often I see a hundred people queued just to get a ticket.

You should be able to get into the city within 45 minutes once boarding a train, a taxi might take a bit longer - maybe not much to do that early? Maybe a temple visit first?

Wat Traimit: http://www.bangkok.com/attraction-temple/wat-raimit.htm

Golden Mount (Phu Khao Thong): http://www.thaiwebsites.com/goldenmount.asp

Wat Pho: http://www.watpho.com/index.php?lang=en


Heading back to the airport, assuming an international departure? I might start out 3:00 - 3:30 PM just to be safe. Fridays tend to be quite bad for traffic, but this week seems unusually light traffic-wise, so far.

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Old Jan 2, 19, 5:20 pm
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Maybe go to a few of the fresh markets since it's early , not sure where the flower market got moved to but that would be interesting , then maybe the fish market or veggie market.......plus walk around Chinatown some
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.now it will be 11am or so and time for lunch....
then some shopping .....and you would need to let us know what you wanted to look at.......Super high end Malls or local places.....

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Old Jan 5, 19, 7:45 pm
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I'm arriving in BKK @ 10:30pm and departing to HAN @ 7:45am the next morning. The review for the Miracle Transit hotel is very poor and the rate is quite expensive... Is it worth the hassle to go outside and stay at a hotel close to the airport? I'm with wife and 3 young kids.
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I'm arriving in BKK @ 10:30pm and departing to HAN @ 7:45am the next morning. The review for the Miracle Transit hotel is very poor and the rate is quite expensive... Is it worth the hassle to go outside and stay at a hotel close to the airport? I'm with wife and 3 young kids.
One of the very few times I would suggest transit hotel.
With 3 kids, you will not emerge from immigration before 11:15 PM at best.
You would have to be back by 6:00 AM the next morning to pass security and immigration.
That's leaving 6 hours 45 minutes for shuttle bus /taxi X 2, check-in and check-out, and herding around and settling down 3 kids,
then shaking them awake from too little sleep.

Under these cicrumstances, I would just make do with the too expensive, too small, transit hotel.
You will all get at least one hour more sleep.
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Old Jan 6, 19, 3:12 pm
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Originally Posted by FFSaver View Post
I'm arriving in BKK @ 10:30pm and departing to HAN @ 7:45am the next morning. The review for the Miracle Transit hotel is very poor and the rate is quite expensive... Is it worth the hassle to go outside and stay at a hotel close to the airport? I'm with wife and 3 young kids.
More detail is required.

When, approximately? This month? Next? Are you on one, single ticket, say HAN-BKK-YYZ, with bags checked through to YYZ? Everyone carrying passports from which country? Has the airport tax been included in your ticket? IMO, you might be lucky to get to a nearby hotel by midnight (Immigration, bags, customs, waiting for and finding hotel van, waiting for van to load up, driving to hotel, etc.). For a 07:45 international departure you might be advised to arrive at the airport by 05:45, which means you might have to wake up by 4:45.

Entering Thailand means clearing both Arriving Immigration and Departing Immigration. Then maybe getting some local money for a hotel or taxi (using a credit card for a nearby hotel which includes airport transpo solves this challenge, obviously).
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Old Jan 6, 19, 6:28 pm
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I would not be put off by being shown around Bangkok by a Thai female (who may be much younger than you) as they are far more likely to welcoming than their male counterparts who tend to be a little stand-offish and remote.
This is an interesting observation and not one that I've experienced when visiting Thailand.
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Old Jan 6, 19, 6:28 pm
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Thanks for the replies.

I think we'll stick to the airport hotel for the few hours we'll be in BKK. Not worth the hassle of getting out and then having to come back a few hours later for the flight to HAN (BTW, we are going from NRT-BKK-HAN in March).
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Old Jan 13, 19, 4:31 pm
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One of the very few times I would suggest transit hotel.
With 3 kids, you will not emerge from immigration before 11:15 PM at best.
You would have to be back by 6:00 AM the next morning to pass security and immigration.
That's leaving 6 hours 45 minutes for shuttle bus /taxi X 2, check-in and check-out, and herding around and settling down 3 kids,
then shaking them awake from too little sleep.

Under these cicrumstances, I would just make do with the too expensive, too small, transit hotel.
You will all get at least one hour more sleep.
I found the transit hotel to be excellent. A bit dark but pretty comfortable
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Old Jan 29, 19, 8:57 pm
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Tours by locals worked out great. Wandered around for a few hours, got a bit of thai history and culture. Will go back one day.
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Old Jan 30, 19, 2:25 pm
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Good to hear.
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