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Easiest Travel tip from Bangkok Airport to Peninsula

Easiest Travel tip from Bangkok Airport to Peninsula

Old Feb 9th, 2006, 07:34 PM
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Personally, I think Thomas Wolfe had it wrong. Although Pico Iyer has a saying I like which is that "you shouldn't return to a place that has transported you, because epiphanies rarely repeat themselves." In any event, if I had listened to MY mother, I would never have moved to Asia, which even she now admits was the best thing I ever did. So when in doubt I always suggest that people do the Campbell thing and follow their bliss . . .

Of course Bangkok will have changed hugely, but virtually any city you lived as a child will have changed hugely so you have to expect that. I am sure there are things you will remember, and tastes, smells and sounds will instantly bring back memories. I am sure that the wonder Thai people and the great food have not changed very much at all.

I think overall you will find it quite safe; like any city be careful of your purse and wallet. I generally am not afraid to venture out alone at night, I think parts of Khao San Raod are not that great, but I think that is more because of the backpackers that congregate there than because of the Thais. I think the touts at the entrance gates to many of the sights, esp. the Grand Palace, will be the only hassle you will encounter. Just avoid them

For shopping and great Bangkok info generally, get the Nancy Chandler map now, go to Nancychandler.net and order it, you can usually buy it at Amazon or order it through your local bookstore. It is invaluable, it is also a guidebook with restaurants and other suggestions, she also lists other books to get. Her map/guide is an excellent start.

As for hotels, many of us on this board far prefer to be on the river unless for business reasons you need to be off the river. It is quieter at night, its much easier to get around by water taxi, hotel boat or private long tail boat to many of the sights, it more peaceful during the day if you are by the pool or at a hotel restaurant outdoors, and the river is just so full of activity its a great thing to just sit and watch it.

I don't know the Davis, it certainly looks impressive. I could find everything there expect the prices, which I found curios, and they have not updated the site since 2003, which is also curious. The Hotel is in Klongtoey, a kind of office/industrial area, which is changing somewhat in character. I would not say it is unsafe, and there are some shopping areas around, I just don't think it is that interesting a neighborhood. I can't tell how long a walk it is to the expressway, distances can be deceiving. The hotel is quite far from the river, they even admit as much on their website, estimating 30 minutes by car (with traffic, add another 30 minutes). However, I looked at tripadvisor .com, where it ranks a very respectable #7 out of 230 hotels and got some great reviews, although several mentioned that the locations was out of the way. My two favorites, the Peninsula and the Marriott Riverside, where #1 and # 5 respectively, you might see what prices you could get at the hotels to meet or better the Davis price, as they are on the river so IMO would be a better choice. Otherwise, I think you are fine at the Davis. Room size looks good.

Don't know when you plan to travel, but I understand that the royal barges will be on procession along the river on June 12 or 13 for the first time in like 15 years or more, a rare event indeed. If you can schedule your trip to be there then, that might be a great thing to see.

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Old Feb 9th, 2006, 08:09 PM
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davis would be perfectly safe, just a bit remote from public transportation...one other single lady stayed there last summer or fall and wrote that she quite enjoyed it...

it is much nicer on the river but maybe you don't want to spend that much...

serviced apartments are another option...centre point silom is nicely located and very safe...
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Old Feb 10th, 2006, 01:11 PM
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Thanks Bill... I originally thought that we should leave earlier as well, but I was told by the limo service (AAC Limo) that a 1:30 pickup should be fine for my flight... since I have never been to Bangkok, I didn't have too much basis to question it too much... what time do you recommend?? Thanks.. Ken
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Old Feb 10th, 2006, 04:03 PM
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Thank you Cicerone, and rhkkmk for the responses. I would LOVE to see the Royal Barges on the river, and the river also sounds like a better location. Funny I still remember some of the language, and a smell from some food at one of the markets, I'm dying to know what it was, it looked like something cooked in what looked like a corn husk, and smelled quite a bit like cinnamon??? I guess I'll find out... In the past few years, I notice things that I do routinely that I learned as a child in Bangkok, I always lower my head and smile if I have to walk between two people conversing in a hall, etc., funny isn't it. I am planning to stay for three weeks, to get the most out of this trip, and Cicerone, thanks for the Mom advise. She knows that I'm going to go anyway, I just have to, but she is worried I will be disappointed, I don't think that will be the case by a long shot! Any additional advise is very welcome.
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Old Apr 12th, 2006, 04:57 PM
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Hi How was the penisula, as we are going to stay there the beginning of june? did you arrange a vehicle from the penisula? If You did How did you do that and how did it work.
Thank You so much
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Old Apr 12th, 2006, 05:25 PM
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Maimu - How about doing a search on this forum? There are a zillion reviews on the Penn. You can e-mail the Penn to arrange transportation if you want to pay big bucks. They will indeed take very good care of you. We have used them and have been very satisfied.
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Old Apr 13th, 2006, 06:30 AM
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In Nov, we walked into the arrival area, and on the right was a "Limo" stand. Cost was 700 BHT (about US$18), and what we got was a Toyota Camry. It wasn't luxury, but it got us there with our total 3 suitcases.
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Old Apr 13th, 2006, 09:26 AM
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Every one talks about Julie Taxi. I was going to take a Volvo from the airport to the Penn with her.
I then use Ratt for 4 days.
Ratt was tied up.
Will Julie help with luggage etc.
If plane lands on-time 4:10 PM how much time on average should I expect it will take to get baggage, customs, immigration and to the taxi. Is 1 hour reasonable? If so,at 5:15 how long via expressway to the Peninsula on a weekday?
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Old Apr 13th, 2006, 02:16 PM
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We had booked, confirmed, and reconfirmed the day before our flight Julie Taxi and a Volvo for airport transfer to the Conrad. She or whoever, was a noshow. Heard the same from a few other people as well who replied to my trip report.

You must get your own luggage from the baggage pickup and bring it though customs and out of the secure area. If a driver is meeting you, they meet you there. If you get a limo from the limo counter, you have to walk 10 more feet with your baggage trolley. Regardless of prebooked or limo counter driver, they take your bags for you from that point.
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Old Apr 13th, 2006, 08:15 PM
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stan---you are over managing again and asking things that have huge variables...

getting through immigration depends on the line you are in, how busy it is, etc....but allow at least 30-45 minutes for that from the plane door....also the walk from the plane which can be quite far...

luggage comes out very quickly...

carts are free under the stairs...

customs is a walk through...

it takes 5-20 minutes to get your car/taxi and load up...

driving to penn may take one hour at that time without huge traffic jams....you have to go over at least one bridge which can be backed up...you never know about this leg of the journey

i would allow 2 hours overall and if you make that you will be golden...

given julie's track record lately, i would not use her...

remember there is not much incentive for these poeple to pick you up unless you are using them for other things during your trip....it probably involves them for 4+ hours... to do so for 400-500 B....would you spend 4+ hours for $10-12 pay??
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Old Apr 14th, 2006, 12:59 AM
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RHK

uhh 100 baht an hour is big money in thailand.

midlle managers in many companies barley make that much.

So i think that girl should be happy to do that job.
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Old Apr 14th, 2006, 03:00 AM
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Yes, I tend to over-manage. But, with a bum knee I need as much advanced knowlege as possible on a number of things.
I prefer not being put in a wheel chair for that is overkill but that long walk, as in most international arrival airports, can be almost a 1/4 mile.
I am going to cancel Julie based on above comments.

Thanks.
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Old Apr 14th, 2006, 05:40 AM
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stan---you might have to walk quite a ways in bkk....so if you want a wheel chair there are some definite advantages...i had one on my last trip and it was fabulous as i had hurt my back a few days before and had trouble walking the first week of the trip...

the wheelchair takes you right through immigration with not waiting in line...you go to a special desk....

ask for one if this is an issue and you will be very pleased...they then take you in a special elevator to baggage claim...

fantastic....ask your airline in advance
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Old Apr 14th, 2006, 06:08 AM
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The complaints I've heard about Julie or Ratt or other drivers not showing up has almost always been at airport pick-ups. I can't see any reason to use them for that - that's what the airport limo services are for! You can make a reservation in advance or can walk up when you arrive. I have to admit I've never gotten around to making a reservation in advance, but I've never had a problem getting a car immediately.

I would think that an airport pick-up for a Bangkok driver would be a time-waster for them when they could have a customer out touring with them for the whole day.
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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 07:12 PM
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Hi everyone, Regarding the pennisula car service. I emailed them to ask as I will be going the end of may. For three adults from the airport this is what they said: We are pleased to offer a Mercedes Benz S Class of US$ 57 net per car per way. Maimu

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Old Apr 17th, 2006, 07:55 PM
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maimu...that is probably $57++ as well more than 3 times AAC limo for the same car...
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