Flight No. FD 2934
Depart Changi Airport 2040
Arrive Bangkok (Don Mueng) 2205
Date 18 May 13
Boarding Time 2000
This Bangkok trip was initiated by Dad’s pal, T, who was responsible for handling the administrative part such as the air tickets and hotel reservation.
Initially, I presumed it to be a group of five – my parents, grandmother, T and me. However, an additional member popped up at the airport. Uncle K, who was mentioned in ngày một (Day 1) . T invited him soon after the tickets were booked, resulting in Uncle K paying a higher price than us.
Coincidentally, the staff who assisted us with the check-in happened to be the brother of T’s friend and he asked if Mom and I are his wife and child. Duh. With his help, T and Uncle K each have a row to themselves at the back while the four of us were given two rows of seats to share among ourselves.
Back to the topic, Suvarnabhumi replaced Don Muang as the main airport in Bangkok w.e.f Sep 2006. Hence, the latter is pretty quiet. According to Don Muang Airport’s official site, only three airlines are operating there, namely AirAsia, Nok Air and One-Two-Go. Out of the three, Nok Air and One-Two-Go serve domestic flights. Therefore, instead of Suvarnabhumi Airport, we landed at Don Muang Airport since it was an AirAsia flight.
The route from the aircraft to clearing immigration:
Despite objections from grandmother (more about her in the next few posts) who insisted on taking that steep flight of stairs or the already-switched-off escalator, a friendly lady staff led us to the cargo lift. (No passenger lift?) This was necessary as grandmother has been rather frail, weak and restless of late. Her legs went numb and she had to sit down while on her way to departure hall in Singapore.
All six of us proceeded to the taxi stand located in front of the Arrival Halls International & Domestic Passenger Terminals. More like a taxi hub. The taxi fare is calculated based on the figure reflected on the taxi metre, 50-baht airport surcharge and tollway fee, if applicable. More details here.
The amusing part comes when the cabs approached the three toll booths on the way to hotel. Considering the fact that passengers would have to pick up the tab for tollway fee, one would deemed that the total would be settled when it reaches the destination. But not! Whenever a tollway booth is within sight, the taxi would slow down and stop, then turn their head to the passenger beside them and ask for money. This happened thrice. 😄 Hence, it is advisable to have small change.
The flight took us two-and-a-half hours while the taxi journey took us about half an hour. I would love to try the rail though. More information here.
T said hotels with complimentary Wifi were snapped up and he was left with no choice but Indra Regent Hotel. Sounds valid as he wanted a place in the shopping district which he was familiar with.
Seriously, I do not know what T was trying to do. He booked two rooms, with one having an extra bed at first. Then, he went to reserve yet another room. Therefore, we had three rooms.
1. Room with King-size bed (Mom & I)
2. Room with twin bed (Dad & Grandmother)
3. Room with twin bed + extra bed (Terence & Uncle Khoo)
We left all our luggage in our rooms and went out again. All because T wanted to satisfy his hunger, as always.
Most of the roadside stalls were closed for the day by the time we walked there. Luckily, there is the highly recommended stall which sells noodles. Each of us had a bowl each. T and Uncle K had two bowls each. Sides such as pig’s blood were also served. The stall owner cooked it for a second at our request cos’ it was too soft. Apologies for the lack of photos since the lighting was not ideal and I’m tired then.
And I had the so-called heavenly bottled OJ, as recommended by T.
Time to call it day~