Finally, after 3 hours, our plane touched down at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand. We hurriedly walked to the immigration gates to have our passports stamped for entry in Thailand. After we claimed Ed’s tripod at our assigned baggage claim area in this huge airport, we hurriedly took turns freshening up for yet another long journey after we meet up with our friend, Den. While we left the Philippines from Clark Airport in Pampanga, Den flew in from the Ninony Aquino International Airport on this trip to Bangkok an hour after we left Clark.
As we awaited for her arrival, I went to look for free maps inside the airport and it showed useful information on how to navigate the City of Bangkok. Aside from those maps, I checked for Bangkok Hotel information online prior to the trip to get access to all the hotels which are located strategically within the tourist destinations of Bangkok. My first choice was to look for Bangkok hotels near Khaosan road, the backpacker’s mecca of Bangkok. Any tourist who would want to see almost all the tourist attractions in Bangkok must consider finding a hotel near Khao San Road since this place transforms into one of the busiest and most sought after place to dine, drink, chill and loosen up while in Bangkok with its bohemian atmosphere. You will see all sorts of nationalities in here chilling at different establishments with those cool lightings and enjoying the vibrant night filled with music, partying and much more.
However, if your are into shopping or if you want the convenience of cheap and easy transportation in this very busy city, you can opt to stay at Bangkok Hotels near Ratchathewi or simply within Bangkok City Centre since you will have access to the BTS Sky Train and MRT and let yourself be surrounded by different shopping malls in the city.
But for those who are flying in early in Thailand for an overland trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap, you might need a place to stay while you wait for the 1st trip to Aranyaprathet the next day. I’d suggest to either book at any cheap Bangkok Hotels near Hua Lamphong to avoid the morning rush or simply kill time by going to famous night spots in Bangkok thereby being deprived of sleep and just show up before 5:55am at the Hua Lamphong Station for the first trip from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet.
Since we arrived close to midnight, and the travel time to Bangkok is approximately 2 hours, we decided to go straight to the Hua Lamphong Station and waited for our 5:55am train ride to Aranyaprathet on our overland trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap. But before we did that, we just took our time and explored Suvarnabhumi Airport since we still have 4 hours to kill before the train schedule 😉
To be continued…
This is a series of blog posts documenting my trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap and back in January of 2011. If you haven’t read the first posts, please check on the links below:
** Off to Bangkok and Siem Reap
#1 – The Accidental Trip to Bangkok and Siem Reap in 2011
#2 – Trip to Bangkok and Siem Reap: The Planning Stage
#3 – How to Create Your Bangkok to Siem Reap Itinerary
#4 – Arriving 5 Minutes Late on our Connecting Flight to Bangkok
#5 – En Route: Clark to Bangkok
#6 – You are reading this now 😉
#7 – Suvarnabhumi Airport a.k.a. Bangkok International Airport
#8 – Bangkok Train Station: Waiting for our Train Ride to Aranyaprathet