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#1 BiggusDikkus

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 11:22 AM

What would be the fastest way to get to Soi Convent from Suvarnabhumi Airport on a Saturday afternoon, maybe around 3 if the lines are short at immigration? Should I take the SkyTrain or a taxi?

#2 ggobkk

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 03:45 PM

Sky train to BTS to Sala Daneg is about 75 THB and takes an hour. A taxi is minimum 350 THB and time is minimum 35 minutes - assuming traffic flows. On Wednesday with similar times I chose the sky twin option. I only had carryon. If you have luggage could be some issues transitioning at stations.

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 04:55 PM

I always take a taxi or Uber. I don't want extra stress on arrival.



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Posted 17 March 2018 - 04:57 PM

I'd take train - take advantage of very good exchange rates in booths adjacent to airport railway station



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Posted 17 March 2018 - 06:13 PM

It depends on the traffic situation.

Saturday afternoon, I think I'd take the train. Even with luggage it's no problem as they have elevators on the platforms.

There's nothing worse than getting caught in a traffic jam in Bangkok.

#6 BiggusDikkus

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 08:36 PM

Thanks everyone. That's great information. I think I'll use the train and take advantage of one of those foreign exchange booths. And it's good to know Uber is in Thailand.

#7 bucknaway

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 08:58 PM

How much luggage are you traveling with?

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 02:26 AM

Don't forget the inconvenience on the train/skytrain/subway of having to open your luggage for inspection at every ticket gate.



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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:31 AM

The security people make a token effort at looking in small bags, but when I rock up with my full luggage (all 15kg of it in a large rucksack), they wave me through.   So don't let that put you off.

 

Although I favour the public transport, it's only fair to warn you that if traveling with very heavy wheeled luggage, you may lose a little time looking for escalators & lifts at one or more of the public transport stations. 

Doesn't bother me, as even at my age, I can just about run up a flight of steps with the rucksack, although I wouldn't want to make a habit of it.

 

Vinapu is correct to point out the benefits of the excellent forex rates in the airport rail station.   A mere 0.4% loss from mid-market on my last transaction.  This is exceptional.



#10 rollingstone

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 07:39 AM

Never used airport link. Where is the transfer point to Skytrain or MRT?



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Posted 18 March 2018 - 07:45 AM

I did that when I was travelling home during the last trip.

Basically I took the Skytrain and do a switch at Phaya Thai.

The only hindrance was that (almost) 8 minutes walk from the Skytrain line to the Rail Line.

 

There is an alternative but I won't recommend that because the walk on that overhead bridge seems forever as I had luggage with me.

 

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#12 vinapu

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 09:37 AM


There's nothing worse than getting caught in a traffic jam in Bangkok.

yes it is -  getting caught in a traffic jam in Bangkok while having stomach problems 



#13 vinapu

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 09:41 AM

 

The only hindrance was that (almost) 8 minutes walk from the Skytrain line to the Rail Line.

 

 

make it 4 minutes and 15 seconds to be closer to truth, LOL



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Posted 18 March 2018 - 10:42 AM

Don't forget the inconvenience on the train/skytrain/subway of having to open your luggage for inspection at every ticket gate.


Nobody has ever checked any of my bags - neither at the Skytrain station, nor on entering a building such as Siam Paragon.

They are all too busy on their phones!

#15 abang1961

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 11:21 AM

make it 4 minutes and 15 seconds to be closer to truth, LOL

 

Haha..this potato queen must have sashayed through the many platforms and escalators in my heels..

No.. but I tend to walk a bit slower when I have a backpack on me...

 

What's in my backpack?

All my shopping from Platinum Shopping Mall, MBK and Big C....

 

 

Forget about taking a taxi within Bangkok ..

That traffic would cause a massive heart attack.. moving at snail pace...

If the vehicles are moving, fine ..if not,..

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 06:31 AM

Could I ask this same question EXCEPT for a flight arriving from Hong Kong on a Sunday night at midnight?

 

I assume the SkyTrains stop at some point.  But even tho taxis seem the most efficient, are there any other options at that late hour after clearing customs?

 

Thanks



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Posted 19 March 2018 - 06:59 AM

Airport train runs 6am to midnight.

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 07:35 AM

 are there any other options at that late hour after clearing customs?

 

 

Try uber...for more efficient and swift ride into town



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Posted 19 March 2018 - 07:52 AM

How much luggage are you traveling with?


I always have a small carry-on that I wear like a back pack and a suitcase that always gets weighed in at just under 20 kg no matter how much I pack into it. I've never had trouble lugging it up and down stairs, and it has four wheels so sliding it along most streets and sidewalks is no problem, though I think crowded Silom might prove to be an exception.

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 07:54 AM

yes it is -  getting caught in a traffic jam in Bangkok while having stomach problems 

Or a migraine. Ouch.




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