Going from Don Mueang to Pattaya
If your flight has reached Don Mueang Airport, read on. You should refer to my earlier blog if you landed at the Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Knowing Don Mueang Airport
I’ve been to this airport in 2013. So if any changes have taken place, I would not be knowing. It is comparatively a smaller airport than Suvarnabhumi, with fewer duty-free shops. After landing, it just takes 2-3 minutes to reach the immigration counter. Get in line with all the documents, pay the fee and get it checked and off you go to the immigration counter for the visa stamp. If you haven’t read my earlier blog, please do so, to understand the formalities of visa in full detail. Once out, collect your bag and head out. The way out is also not long.
Mode of Transportation to Pattaya
Here again, you can hire a taxi for 1000-1500Baht or you can go by bus to reach Pattaya. The bus doesn’t go from Don Mueang airport directly. Nor there is a metro station at the airport. You have to take a cab to reach the metro station.
There are two bus stations that you can choose – Eastern Bus Station (Ekkamai) and the Northern Bus Station (Mo Chit). I took Mo Chit bus station as it was less tricky. I took a cab for150Bhat from the airport to reach Mo chit. Then I took a bus from there to Pattaya for 150Baht. The first bus service starts at 4 AM; it would be beneficial if you have reached early in the morning. It takes two hours to reach Pattaya from here also.
Information on Hotel Before You Reach
The check-in/check-out time in all hotels in Bangkok and Pattaya are 1400/1200 hrs respectively. Do inform your hotel in advance if you want an early check-in and also if you are checking in late do inform the hotel so that they don’t cancel your booking. Things like these usually don’t happen, but you never know, they might have overbooked, and you will be on the back foot for not informing.
Tip – One hotel hack is, do ask if you can get an upgrade. The point is simple you don’t ask you don’t get, so give it a shot. I have been lucky myself all I have to do was pay a onetime fee of 500Baht for all three days.
After your check-in, the first thing you should do is get an oil massage and without the extras. You need to save a lot of energy for the rest of the day. I would go for a beer after the massage…what would you do!!
PS: What to do when you reach Pattaya, read my next blog `Pattaya Travel Guide’.
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