Q. Can you please recommend three “insider” tips for first time visitors to Bangkok?
- TAXIS AT AIRPORT: At the airport, never catch a Taxi from the taxi
stand, always go to the top floor (arrival area) and get one from
there. Taxis there are always more eager to take guest, lines are
shorter and the fare will be cheaper. Taxis to Bang na Pier / Wat Bang
Na Nok (Pier to cross over to Bangkok Tree House) should not cost more
than 250 baht.
Q. I want to plan a trip to one of Thailand’s beautiful islands, I’ve heard that Samui and Phuket are over rated, expensive and require taking the plane, do you have other recommendations?
A. If you want a place that has pristine beaches, is close to Bangkok and is not too developed nothing beats Samed Island, nothing! Plus, the Ekkamai Eastern bus terminal where you can catch a bus to Samed is only 20 minutes from the Bangkok Tree House via BTS.
BUS: The fare for the bus (which takes 3.5 – 4 hours to get to Ban Phe pier) at the Ekkamai Eastern Bus Terminal - Ekkamai BTS Station from Cherdchai Tour is 173 baht per person, the bus runs hourly from 6.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs (you should leave by 13.00 hrs to be sure to get to pier on time.)
BOAT: The bus drops you at Nuanthip Pier, where the ferries run hourly from 8.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs and cost 100 baht per person roundtrip. The ferry drops you off at Nadan pier, from there it's a 20-70B ride on the taxi-truck to anywhere on the island. (In addition to the 200 baht fee per person for foreign nationals to enter the National Park.) It is also possible to charter a speedboat to take you directly to your resort. The cost for this should be 2,500 baht per trip which is quite expensive but much faster and much more convenient.
HOTEL: I would recommend staying near but not on Sai Kaew beach where
all the restaurants and activities are, which means that the Sai Kaew
stretch can get a little noisy. Some hotels we would recommend age:
P.S. - Other less well-know islands you should definitely consider doing more research on are: Koh Tao (Choomporn Province), Koh Kood (Trat Province) and Koh Lanta (Krabi Province)
Q. I want to visit Angkor Wat, is there a way to do it by land from Bangkok?
A. Yes, the local van depot where you can catch a van to the Cambodian border is at Bang Na intersection which is only 15 minutes from the Bangkok Tree House. Many of our guests have made the trek, although the total trip will take 7-8 hours it is an affordable and safe way to make the trip to Angkor Wat.
Van from Bangkok (Bang Na Intersection) to the Cambodian border (Talad Rong Klua): The fare for the van (which takes 3.5 – 4 hours) is 230 baht per person, the bus leaves every 2 hours from 6.30 hrs to 16.30 hrs, you should leave by 10:30 or at latest 12.30 hrs.
To see location of van terminal on google map please click here
At the Cambodian border: walk across the border to Poipet and pay 20 USD per person for a visa, or even better come prepared and apply for an e-visa online beforehand by visiting the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website. After you cross the border, there is a free tourist shuttle bus to the international bus terminal (5-10 min ride).
Transportation to Siem Reap: At the international bus terminal, we would recommend either splitting a taxi with other travelers for US$48 (2 hours ride), or take the government bus which costs $10 per person (3 hours ride)
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