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    Suvarnabhumi Airport Transfers

    What is the best method to make Suvarnabhumi Airpot transfers? Is there an internal-tram system, taxi or a long walk?

    We will need to transfer from International Arrivals to Domestic Departures in early April. My wife is a wheel-chair passenger and we will have two checked-bags and two carry-on bags. We have eight-hours between our arrival at 2210 and our departure to Udon Thani at 0605. Any advice will be appreciated.

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    I see security guards pushing wheel chairs every time I've been there and they have the electric carts for vips and people with disabilities. It's not a great distance between terminals at Suvarnbhumi, so there no tram, for most passengers it's a short walk. Your airline should be able to arrange assistance without a big problem.

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    Thanks. The map I found online was not really a good indicator of distance. I am sure we will be able to manage. Afterall, Swampy is a world-class airport, just ask the folks in charge.....

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    These should be up and running by April

    News | Don Muang Airport Guide

    And get a taxi from Suvarnabhumi to Don Muang ,unless there is a better way?
    Last edited by oldgit; 24-01-2012 at 11:02 PM.

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    I was just online and Nok Air, on its web-site, says that they will still be flying from Swampy to Udon Thani during the month of April. So, no need for a taxi......

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    Sorry, just saw you are with wife.

    You don't wanna stay in the airport for 8 hours though.

    I can tell you of some cheap hotels in Bangkok if you like

    And for your flight times there will be no traffic

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    8 hours, take off two hours for faffing about with customs, checking in etc.

    Get a taxi into Bangkok, grab a meal in Tong Lor or Ekkamai (not far geographically) then watch a movie at Major Ekkamai or Central Bang Na, chill out, grab another snack and that should be the 5-6 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luangtom
    arrival at 2210 and our departure to Udon Thani at 0605
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    Get a taxi into Bangkok, grab a meal in Tong Lor or Ekkamai (not far geographically) then watch a movie at Major Ekkamai or Central Bang Na, chill out, grab another snack and that should be the 5-6 hours.
    How's that going to work then Pat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    How's that going to work then Pat?
    Look out for the keyword Sloth in the reply

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    stay at the airport. get drunk. eat. take two pisses. show up an hour early at the ticket line.

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    ^ 8 hours ?

    Even in the Biz Lounge, there is no alcohol on domestic flights

    Taxi, hotel, shower, Cable TV, catnap, alarm call...............For me

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    traffic, wheelchair, check in/chech out, customs. and bkk aint exactly wheel chair friendly. 8 hrs just isnt enough time. i would white knuckle it at the airport.

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    They have people to whisk them off the plane, wheelchair waiting, and they get priority through immigration,so do people with kids, only have to worry about cabin luggage also.

    8 hours is a long time, when your stuck with the wife

    And you're guaranteed the plane will be half hour ahead of schedule on a long haul flight

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    close call. i just get hinky about being late. no way i could sleep. and with the wife 8 hrs i just a drag. alone it would be cool.

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    I appreciate the suggestions. I still haffta decide if it'll be Thai Air, Nok Air or Air Asia to Udon Thani and back. Any bad words about Air Asia? I have heard some about Nok Air. Thai Air is pricey, but reliable. Any suggestions on airlines?

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    That airport is a drab place to put it mildly.

    The constant hum of the machinery is unescapable. It affected me bad because I'm epileptic and am sensitive to such sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luangtom View Post
    I appreciate the suggestions. I still haffta decide if it'll be Thai Air, Nok Air or Air Asia to Udon Thani and back. Any bad words about Air Asia? I have heard some about Nok Air. Thai Air is pricey, but reliable. Any suggestions on airlines?
    All Air Asia flights I ever boarded in Bkk (no matter domestic or international) didn't have gangway(?)/ Skybridge access. You'll have to board a bus with about 150 other passengers, will be driven out to the airplane and have to make your way up some very old school stairs. (Unless there's something wrong with the plane, in which case you take the bus back and get resettled in the waiting area....)

    If you are coming in with Thai Air, it might be a good choice to use them for the last bit as well. They'll take good care of you. (Only reason ever to bother with Thai - as they are pricy as you say.)

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    make sure your domestic flight leaves from Suvarnibhum, not Don Muang.
    If you have an 8 hour overnight wait, check into the aiport hotel

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    Quote Originally Posted by luangtom View Post
    I was just online and Nok Air, on its web-site, says that they will still be flying from Swampy to Udon Thani during the month of April. So, no need for a taxi......
    Try to keep up Blake7
    Where is Sabaii Sabaii when you need him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luangtom View Post
    I appreciate the suggestions. I still haffta decide if it'll be Thai Air, Nok Air or Air Asia to Udon Thani and back. Any bad words about Air Asia? I have heard some about Nok Air. Thai Air is pricey, but reliable. Any suggestions on airlines?
    Air Asia is alright.

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    I always fly AirAsia between Udon & Bangkok. Many flights use a skybridge rather than a set of stairs at Swampy, but they don't use a skybridge at Udon. You will have people waiting to help your wife at both airports.

    Thai Air & Nok Air both use old, crappy planes and the service that Thai give on their domestic flights is often terrible.

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    Thanks for the insight. How soon in advance is it recommended to book flights from BKK-UTH-BKK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luangtom View Post
    Thanks for the insight. How soon in advance is it recommended to book flights from BKK-UTH-BKK?
    I am watching for a reply to that one as we will fly Nok air to Roi et later in the year, do I book the day before or buy tickets on the same day we fly?

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    I think hiring Taxi would a best option for luggage transfer and also for you and your wife because as you said that your wife is having a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeAdler10
    I think hiring Taxi would a best option for luggage transfer and also for you and your wife because as you said that your wife is having a problem.
    There might be a problem if he's transferring between terminals in Swampy, don't you think?

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