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    Airport Link opens

    By david, Created on: 16/08/2010, Last updated on: 12/01/2016

    » The new airport rail link opens August 23 and Only three problems impede its linkup with the skytrain and the underground? Once these issues are sorted out, however, the benefits for Bangkok's tourism industry will be phenomenal? The airport link will be good for single travelers, but for 2 or more...

    • gipchimsa commented : I want to give it a try and will probably do so when I return to BKK for the Euro winter (Ugh.) Taxis are getting a pain, or at least getting a meter was quite hard on my last visit and limo prices are a scam. I also like the time for the Express service as I always seem to sit in rush hour trafiic as the taxi nears my apartment (Ekamai.) I would appreciate some information from those who have used the Express service. Mainly because I have big luggage and a slight disability. (1) I have read that it is easily accessable from the airport arrivals hall. Is this fact? (2) Because the Link is apparently basement level, are there lifts (elevators) as well escalators (moving stairways) on entrance and exit to the facility? Escalators are a nightmare with cases and a walking problem. (3) Does the Express get busy between noon and 5pm ie. enough to make juggleing with suitcases a problem. (4) Are there plenty of meter taxis waiting around Makassan as yet, as you would expect at any rail terminal? I would be very grateful for any input for any of the above considerations. RW (UK.)

    • gipchimsa commented : Thank you for your reply. Mr. Spencer's comments are enough to put me off the Link for the time being. Escalators and luggage do not go together and the taxi problem at Makassan is surprising. Every other car on Suk. is a taxi at times so this saturation will eventually lead to more at the Terminal, once the "penny" drops thst there are customers floating about ... hopefully. RW

    • 28 replies, 183,195 views

    Thai airports, trains, buses, public transport

    Suvarnabhumi hates "Dang Dao".

    By da_gateman, Created on: 11/04/2010, Last updated on: 04/05/2015

    » On the way to HCMC today, and officer at Suvarnabhumi claimed that I slammed my documents in his face, which is why he kept cursing at me. He taunted me by refusing to stamp my passport, and was picking on every small detail. I was standing on the yellow square and where the black footprint was,...

    • gipchimsa commented : [quote="clubsiam@yahoo.com":31xflugi]I landed at Thailands International Airport was was treated very badly by the immigration official. I made a small mistake on my entry card and the guy was outraged. I kept my cool even though this rude person treated me in a most disrespectful manner. I felt he was egging me on to start a fight.. I had just been to the Thai Consulate in Laos and was also treated in a disrespectful manner by a staff member there too. Land of Smiles? Don't think so. Just for the record, I am not a drunk or slob. I always am polite and well mannered. The treatment by Thai Officials is shocking.[/quote:31xflugi] I do not think that immigration officials anywhere are particularly gracious, except to their own countrymen. I have heard similar stories from foreign friends about Heathrow (London) officials, and as for [u:31xflugi]some[/u:31xflugi] of those Aussies. I had a bit of a ding entering at Sydney once. No reason, he was probably having a bad day. I have never encountered trouble coming into LOS, but agree thay are a cheerless lot. It certainly pays to be nicely dressed, casual or not, and also to emit an air of subservience. Say as little as possible, preferably nothing at all. Just look pre-occupied. Say "thank you." Leave hastily. It is not a fun job, and the Thai officials have the excuse that they get more than their fair share of idiots with attitude and problems. I have noticed this. Also, the Thai immigration system, with all those different visas and rules and stamps, would seem to be a little bit more complicated than many. This adds to their problems I should imagine. Maybe they get longer shifts? There are alsways a lot of queues. One factor that these officials universally fail to take into account ,when dealing with any small discrepancy, is that flying is stressful. Many of the people they deal with are from long haul flights and have been on the move for often more than twenty hours, (to airport, wait in airport, flight, disembark.) These people have a lot to think about (eg. baggage, on-going, reservations, currency, new environment) and are tired, stressed and jet-lagged. I myself assume a zombie like state after 22 hours of travelling. Maybe they should give immigration officials a free long haul round trip once a year.

    • gipchimsa commented : [quote="clubsiam@yahoo.com":is9qok47]I landed at Thailands International Airport was was treated very badly by the immigration official. I made a small mistake on my entry card and the guy was outraged. I kept my cool even though this rude person treated me in a most disrespectful manner. I felt he was egging me on to start a fight.. I had just been to the Thai Consulate in Laos and was also treated in a disrespectful manner by a staff member there too. Land of Smiles? Don't think so. Just for the record, I am not a drunk or slob. I always am polite and well mannered. The treatment by Thai Officials is shocking.[/quote:is9qok47] Sometimes

    • gipchimsa commented : Officials in Immigration offices (in Bkk.) are usually extremely helpful. Maybe they have a more relaxed existence. Thais love a cushy life, above all else.

    • 18 replies, 78,768 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    foreigners have got no rights?

    By majoy, Created on: 24/03/2010, Last updated on: 12/04/2010

    » We moved to this new house six months ago and everything is fine except for the noisy dogs next door. I spoke to the owner and asked if they could make their dogs quiet and she said it's not their dogs fault but the dog opposite who always stand outside their gate and make their dogs bark...how ridiculous!...

    • gipchimsa commented : I live in UK for the Summer and Bkk. in the Winter there. I am noise sensitive because my home in the UK is detached in a particulary quiet area. Bliss really, except for the dark, cold winter months. I always bring earplugs when coming to Thailand. The rubber ones are useless. Boots do a wax (I think) based product called Muffles. They have also just brought out new silicon earplugs. I find it more convenient for me to cut them in half and put a half in each ear. The muffles can be used more than once, many times, although the instructions are for one use only. Similar to disposable razors. The silicon last forever it seems. Of course you change them when they begin to get dirty, as is inevitable. Otherwise, an internet purchase can be done. A product called Joe's Earplugs (believe it) are particularly good and long lasting. However, these irritated my ears. Google: "wax earaplugs" For me there is no discomfort and I am sometimes half way through my coffee when I realise I am still wearing them. They are very useful for a quiet afternoon nap also.

    • 47 replies, 107,464 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    Maid in Bangkok

    By SiamBob, Created on: 05/04/2010, Last updated on: 13/08/2015

    » I recently purchased a condo here in Bangkok. I’m trying to be a good and considerate neighbor and resident, but without knowing I apparently violated one of the Thai cultural taboos. Sometimes while waiting for the elevator or walking around the building I speak to the neighbors and the condo...

    • gipchimsa commented : Have a talk with the Building Manager asking what it is all about and the possible consequences of you continuing in these harmless actions.

    • 28 replies, 98,509 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    The Value of a Tourist.

    By Sean Moran, Created on: 18/01/2009, Last updated on: 15/12/2010

    » What are some of the most common positive and negative results of foreign tourists from overseas visiting Thailand? Thai opinions welcome, kap.

    • gipchimsa commented : I haven't read all the above posts, it has become a long thread. I feel that there is a vast difference between the tourist and the ex-pat. In this sense, I am confined to largely referring to the English, as that is my nationality. I worked in Bkk. for considerable periods. I lived more or less as an ex-pat. I found some of the English tourists I came across as boorish and complaining, about everything; the pavements, the food (??) , the heat(???) the trafic and even the hard beds in hotels. Copious amounts of alcohol assisted in instilling an attitude of superiority. But holiday makers have some excuse for this over-consumption. Next week they are back at work. One instance I remember well was when a family of glums from Manchester, lardies to the extreme, marched into the German Beerhouse on Suk. Soi.11 when the televisions there were showing the truly marvellous events celebrating the King's 60th anniversary. The Thai employees, and others, were fixated. The lardies with their beer and their air of self-importance demaded that the "football" should be turned to because their beloved Manure game was being screened. Their disbelief and anger at at having their request refused was embarrasing. They stormed out, leaving the drinks they had ordered undrunk and unpaid for. Punks in extremis. Us ex-pats clubbed together to pay the bill, to the unfortunate waitresse's relief. Such commonplace nonsense does nothing to endear us to the average hard working and friendly Thai worker. Now I am a holiday maker and in new circles, I find the ex-pats I meet unfriendly, superior, smug and quite frankly know-alls. I seem to get on well with my fellow tourists (having not come across any glums yet) as we have something in common. Perceptions are what your circumstances dictate. What must the Thais make of all this? In sum, If I were to decide to come back to LOS to live, I would know what to expect and would only complain when necessary. Even though I have become rather a grumpy old man, who drinks too much.

    • 85 replies, 111,416 views

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