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Airport tips for cheapies – Bangkok

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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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Chinese charged over test-taking scam

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by Khanathit Srihirundaj

A scam of a different kind has been uncovered today. In this case no one was being harmed but the system was being cheated.

The Nation reports that Thai police have arrested seven Chinese who were allegedly hired to take ACT (American College Testing) exams on behalf of other test-takers who wanted good results in order to apply to study in the United States.

The first batch of five suspects – Chinese nationals between the ages of 29 and 33 – were arrested on Friday afternoon at the ACT examination site at Mahidol University’s Salaya Campus in Nakhon Pathom.

The five suspects reportedly confessed to police that they had been hired to take the ACT exams on behalf of the real applicants for between 10,000 and 20,000 yuan (about 47,500-95,000 baht) per person.

They said a China-based agency had helped coordinate with the customers and arranged for their accommodation, travel expenses and fake passports – containing the real applicants’ details, but with the suspects’ photos – to undertake the task.

They were to get good results in the exam, discard the fake passports and travel back to their home countries, police quoted them as saying.

The second batch of two suspects – Chinese nationals 28 year old He Liu and 39 year old Huang Xiofan were arrested on Saturday at the ACT examination site at NIST International School in Bangkok’s Watthana district.

Police also found that Liu was carrying eight fake passports, and he reportedly confessed to having previously taken exams for hire in various countries, including the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.

The seven suspects, whose Thai visas have been revoked, were all charged with using forged passports, while Liu faces the additional charge of having fake passports in his possession for the purpose of selling them, Surachate said.

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Top 10 most popular Asian cities 2018 – Agoda

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Bangkok ranks on top of the list of most-visited Asian city tourist destination for 2018. This is from Agoda, a fast-growing online travel booking platform. With millions of online bookings each year they have the data to back up their findings.

Other cities in the top 10 include Tokyo, Kuala Lumpor, Hong Kong, Osaka, Taipei, Seoul, Singapore, Bali and Pattaya.

Agoda says both Thai and foreign tourists would normally lodge in Bangkok for a night or more before continuing to the other destinations.

Agoda also reported that Thailand was placed second after Japan among Asian countries most visited by tourists because of the country’s rich cultural and historical tourist attractions, clean beaches and world-class cuisine.

The 10 most popular cities among Thai tourists are Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Phuket, Tokyo, Khao Yai, Chon Buri, Krabi and Chiang Rai.

The most-favoured country for sight-seeing among Thai tourists is Japan followed by Singapore.

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Two foreigners arrested over cannabis oil raid in BKK

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A Canadian, a Brit and two Thais were arrested last week following a drug raid in Bangkok.

67 year old David Kulik from Canada was arrested last Monday in Chon Buri alongside 64 year old Brit, Joseph Toole.

The Thai Narcotics Suppression Division raided the warehouse in the Bang Phli area of Samut Prakan, south of Bangkok, which they say they operated for over a year producing cannabis oil.

During the bust Police seized 70 kilograms of oil and 6.6 kilograms of cannabis resin.

The cannabis was smuggled from Laos to the warehouse in southern Bangkok, where after having been processed into oil, was then exported to Belgium and other European countries.

Police claim that it was Joseph Toole, a former doctor, who was in charge of the oil production while Kulik helped finance the operation.  They also believe that it is a Japanese national who heads the operation.

SOURCE: ThaiVisa

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