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Airport tips for cheapies – Bangkok

Tim Newton

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Heading out of Bangkok and looking for a few financial short-cuts?

Getting to the airport, Don Mueang or Suvarnabhumi, needs a bit of planning. To get to Don Muaeng from the Bangkok on time a taxi is probably going to be your best bet. If it’s in one of the peaks the taxi can take the ‘top floor’ route which will be faster at any time of the day. It will also add to the cost of your taxi. They are currently contracting a BTS (Skytrain) line all the way to the airport. Always consider the peak hour traffic when heading to the airport as it can add an hour to your journey before you even get on the plane! Good luck if you want to try a motorbike taxi (too far!) or a public bus (forget it).

To get to Suvarnabhumi you have plenty of choices – the cheapest is the BTS which leaves from several strategic locations in the city. Less than 30 minutes and 35 baht later you’ll end up in the airport at the B1 level. If it’s a quiet time of the day, and there’s a few of you, you can usually bargain with a taxi driver for a trip to the airport.

Food at the two Bangkok airports, like any airports in the world, is hideously over-priced. There’s plenty of choice but if you’re on a budget you won’t beat the little food court on the public transport floor (Ground Floor). You’ll get a plate full of just about anything Asian for around 60-100 baht. There’s always a few Chinese tourists in there so the Chinese food must be ok as well. There’s a similar food hall in Don Mueang.

Most of the budget airlines fly out of Don Mueang. But if you’re looking for a ‘cheapie’ from Suvarnabhumi to Chiang Mai or Phuket, for example, you don’t have a choice, right? Well there is a budget alternative to both destinations out of Suvarnabhumi besides Thai, Thai Smile or Bangkok Airways. VietJet fly from BKK to both a few times a day. And fares will usually be less than 1,000 baht (plus your luggage if you have more than 7 Kg to take with you). 20 Kg of luggage will cost 370 baht on VietJet.

So there are still a few short cuts if you’re traveling on a budget. Bon Voyage.

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for nearly 40 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented 3,200 radio news bulletins in Thailand alone, hosted 360 daily TV news programs, produced 1,800 videos, TV commercials and documentaries and now produces digital media for The Thaiger - Website, Radio, TV, Instagram and Facebook.

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Humanitarian aid provided to Chinese man swindled by condo broker

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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PHOTOS: Tourist Police Bureau

The Shirrine Clinic at Chamchuri Square shopping centre in Bangkok this week offered 10,000 baht cash and other necessary items to a Chinese man who was left penniless after a condominium broker in Bangkok had allegedly swindled him out of almost one million baht.

A case against the suspect is being handled by Phra Khanong police.

The Chinese victim and his baby boy are in trouble as he is also suffering from cancer.

After learning about his the plight of the Chinese victim on the Tourist Police Bureau’s Facebook page and other Thai media, Shirrine Clinic immediately contacted tourist police to provide humanitarian assistance to the Chinese man and his child.

SOURCE:  Tourist Police Bureau

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Chronically ill man jumps to his death from Bangkok apartment

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A 66 year old man who lived alone and suffered from chronic ailments has been found dead outside a 15 floor apartment building in Bangkok’s Bang Sue district.

It is believed he committed suicide by jumping from the rooftop this morning.

Taopoon police were alerted at 11am that Charn Wanngern died after he fell to the ground in front of the entrance to Building A of Taopoon Mansion.

Police found a suicide note in the man’s room on the 15th floor. No foul play is suspected in the man’s death.

The note also had the mobile phone number of his close friend. Police called him and learned from the friend that Charn used to own a cabaret troupe in Silom and he recently fell and had been suffering from chronic aliments since.

Charn needed to see a doctor regularly and the friend had to take him to his hospital as he lived alone. The friend said he had a schedule to take Charn to see his doctor this Friday.

Police said Charn’s room was on the west side but he fell from the east side of the building so he likely went up to the roof and jumped down.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Man arrested over 50 million baht scam

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A man has been arrested for allegedly defrauding around 100 stock market investors of about 50 million baht.

Pol Lt Gen Suchate Hakparn, the Immigration Bureau chief who also heads the economic crime centre, says 52 year old Jittaraphon Nisarat was arrested on Tuesday at his apartment in Bangkok’s Phra Khanong district.

Surachate says Jittaraphon was arrested under a warrant issued by the Criminal Court on Friday.

Jittaraphon was accused of collaborating with two other accomplices to convince over 100 victims to invest in their company with a promise of a 10 per cent yield per month for their investment. The investors were asked to invest at least 300,000 baht.

The investors were told that Jittaraphon’s company would invest in the Wall Street stock market for profits in short sales.

Surachate said the investors received the promised returns for just the first three or four months but Jittaraphon then stopped paying the yields and closed his company and disappeared.

Surachate said police are still hunting for the two accomplices, 40 year old Sorachat Klamsaeng and 34 year old Pirayuth Arj-amnuay.

SOURCE: The Nation

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