Originally Posted by Travel Forum Guest
I'm due to land in Thailand on Tuesday Morning - at 6am, I've got the D&D Inn on Khao San Road booked, I was just wondering what is the best way to get from the airport to Khao San Road, I do not want to use the Skytrain as I think I would need to use the subway as well? I was thinking of using a taxi, how would I do this and is there a set time that they operate?
Thanks Hope you can help!
Before you hunt up the meter taxi desks change some of your currency over to Thai baht. Remember to get some small bills and even coins. A 500 or 1000 baht may be too large for a simple taxi driver to make change for.
The Public Taxi sign up desks are located on the first floor in 2 places, out at the curb area. Have a good address for your hotel. The desk people will tell the driver in Thai where to go and give you a receipt. Keep the receipt it identifies the taxi if you have a problem. Bangkok Airport Public Taxi Service | Suvarnabhumi Airport | New Bangkok Airport Guide
Roughly the cost of the taxi ride will be the meter fare, plus a mandatory 50 baht surcharge payable at the hotel. You look at the meter and add 50 baht. You pay any toll charges during the ride. Some drivers skirt the toll booths and some may only go through one. Price is clearly marked. The most I pay now days is 2 tolls coming to 70 baht. But KSR is off route a bit. That's it! Do not bargain the cost of any meter taxi in Bangkok. Meter starts at 35 baht and will probably go up in the next month or so. (Meter has been at 35 baht for 10 years and we all know that the cost of gasoline has risen since then, a fare increase would be fairly deserved.)
Expect to pay roughly 350 baht. This is meter fare, plus surcharge. Also any toll charges. The fare you pay is for everyone in the taxi and not per passenger. In the city when you need to use a taxi tell the driver to use the meter before you get in. When he agrees then get in. If you bargain the cost of the ride you pay more. Meter taxi is cheaper than using tuk-tuks.
When I am in a taxi alone I do not put my bags in the trunk. I put them on the back seat with me. I get out and drag the bags with me and then pay the driver. I am sure there have been incidences when passengers have forgotten their bags in the trunk and just paid the driver and he drove off with bags. When I have someone else with me in the taxi the second person stays in the car until the bags are accounted for. Don't pay the driver with your bags in the trunk! On any bus, plane or taxi keep your passport, cash, valuables and meds with you at your seat or within sight!