We have put our phones on alarm apparently it just keeps on ringing, too sleepy to move our arse. We were in shocked to find out the time, it’s already 6:35 AM! We should be able to leave Jha’s place before that time. We were all in haste as we listen to Jha’s instruction on how to get to the airport. We’re not able to bid goodbye decently as we hurriedly leave her house with all our mess. Ha! We walked with large strides (even running) with backpacks, mine is a duffel bag which even makes “the walking” harder. Jha’s place is few blocks from the station, still a bit of long walk. I don’t know how we manage to do it but we’re in Ratchaprarop station in less than 10 minutes.
Our flight leaves 9:40 AM so imagine our worry. I’ve missed my flight once and I don’t want to experience it again. For international flights you have to be there at least two hours prior to your flight.
Ratchaprarop Station – is an Airport Rail Link station on Ratchaprarop Road and State Railway of Thailand Eastern Line.
Airport Rail Link is an express and commuter rail. The line provides an airport rail link from Suvarnabhumi Airport via Makkasan to Phaya Thai station in Central Bangkok.
7:30 AM – Arrived at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. Thanks to the Airport Rail Link we made it just in time.
Suvarnabhumi International Airport (pronounced ‘su-wan-na-poom’), BKK as an airport code – is situated about 30 km or 40 minutes by car from Central Bangkok. It officially opened September of 2006. It is Bangkok’s main international airport. The other airport is Don Mueang International Airport dubbed as the “Old Bangkok” international airport is one of the world’s oldest international airpots and Asia’s oldest operational airport.
I don’t have much pictures to display on this post. I’m unable to pay much on the details of the airport. As soon as we get off from the train we hurriedly walk to the walkway connecting the railway link to the airport. Thankfully we were able to checked in, we don’t have any baggage so less trouble.
We then look for somewhere to eat. There’s a handful of restaurants, food outlets, bars and coffee shops and most of them are open 24/7. From cheap to high end ones you’ll find it here.
We had our quick breakfast at Caffe Nero by Black Canyon in level 4 international departure. It’s a thai brand fast food restaurant. They also have another branch in the main terminal. They offer mid-range prices.
Breakfast: american fried rice (180 THB) | barbecue pork and crispy pork with rice (150 THB) | egg noodle and prawn wanton with roasted duck (150 THB) | american breakfast set served with black canyon coffee (200 THB) | water (25 THB) | service charge (35 THB)
9:10 AM – Here’s the only picture we had at the airport, before boarding the plane. Haha.
9:40 AM – The plane leaves on time. In fairness… Haha
Airport Link (express lines and city lines runs from 6.00 AM to midnight everyday)
- Via Express Line
SA Express Line – departs Makkasan and Bangkok Airport every 40 minutes in each direction. From Makkasan city terminal, Pretchaburi MRT station is just a walking distance.
SA Phaya Thai Express – departs Phaya Thai and Bangkok Airport every 30 minutes in each direction. Non-stop train service. At Phaya Thai terminal, Phaya Thai BTS station can be easily reached.
- Via City Line
Departs Phaya Thai (BTS) station and Bangkok Airport every 12-20 minutes. The train stops at Ratchaprarop – Makkasan – Ramkhamhaeng – Hua Mak – Ban Thap Chang – Lat Krabang and terminates at Bangkok Airport. Travel takes approximately 30 minutes.
Taxi – take a taxi from wherever you are to the airport. Make sure though that the taxi driver uses the taxi meter. Note also that traffic in Bangkok gets crazier at times.
Bus – a 24 hour public bus service is provided from the Bus Terminal at the Transport Center. Take a shuttle bus (express route) to the Transport Center. For more detailed bus route, services and area click here.
Lucky us, we have friends who lives in Bangkok so we’re able to save money in the “accommodation” area. But no need to fret, there are many cheap hotels in Bangkok, you just have to picked one that suits you in terms of location most convenient for you and of course budget. Many of the hotels are located close to the city centre, major tourist attractions and travel links.
Here’s the list of accommodation “area” options that might be helpful in choosing a place to stay at:
Khao San Road (Banglamphu District) – Being described as the centre of the backpacking universe, Khao San Road boasts many cheap accommodation from budget guesthouses, hostels to 3-star hotels, aside from its bars, restaurant and nightlife which is a plus factor especially to young people. It is also not far from the majority of attractions and historical sights.
Sukhumvit Road – The longest road in Thailand and serves as the main commercial street. This section is very accessible to BTS (Skytrain Sukhumvit Line) which will make exploring Bangkok a lot easier. It is home to many hotels, from budget to mid-range and 5-star hotels. Most convenient for shopping as well. Traffic can be insane here though.
Riverside – Where Bangkok’s historic roots lie, it is one the most fascinating and scenic areas especially at night. Most of the high end and 5-star hotels pile up along the Chao Phraya River offering the best view of the city and of course the river. Most of them has river bus stops and offers shuttle boat services to a Skytrain station. If you have more budget to splurge choose here.
Silom – They cater to those travelling on business or leisure as Silom is considered the centre of the business district in Bangkok. Getting around Bangkok is no biggie because of it’s close proximity to the shuttle boats and ferries (being near to the Chao Phraya River). BTS also runs above Silom so nearest stops is just a short walk away.