Transiting at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport

Transiting at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport

Transiting at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport

Transiting at any airport for long periods of times can be frustrating for any traveller who is keen to get to their next destination and begin a new adventure. Transiting at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand, puts a new perspective into long layovers, because this crazy airport, built in 2006, is hip, modern and a fantastic stroll through a wave of fellow travellers or business people with jet setting on their mind.

 Suvarnabhumi Airport focuses on traveller’s needs and nails it in many ways. While the prices are through the roof on most purchases, Suvarnabhumi airport has a unique design with plenty of shopping, food outlets and relaxing available when your stay in Bangkok is longer than anticipated. Let’s get into it, a deeper look at this fascinating airport.

Suvarnabhumi airport

Suvarnabhumi airport

 

Relax in comfort: Chilling on a relaxing chair with your smart phone out or perhaps enjoying a transit nap, you are more than covered with plenty of lounges available inside the airport that comes at a cost. Even if you don’t want to wander into a lavish lounge area, there are plenty of quiet spots throughout the airport on various floors of the airport to spread out and relax for a little quiet time.

 Shop till you drop: Every International Airport has duty-free shopping available, at Suvarnabhumi airport there just seems to be a little extra. It is an airport that covers about one kilometre in length and when walking through busy foyer, it will seem as if it goes on forever. Duty-free stores make up a lot of the space from one end to the other and finding right alcohol spirits or perfume won’t be a problem. Be prepared to spend big however.

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Duty-free at Suvarnabhumi airport.

 

Have a transit massage: Not your normal cheap Thai Massage, but perhaps your back needs some treatment after spending hours on the plane. Located throughout several floors on the airport you can get in a relaxing foot, shoulder, back or Thai massage at the Chang Foot Massage and Spa.

Restaurants and Café’s: At either end of the lengthy airport you will find plenty of cafés and restaurants to sit down to enjoy a good meal or drink while waiting for your next flight. Thai Cuisine, Western Cuisine, Starbucks, or a cold frothy, whatever your tastebuds desire, this airport will have you covered and generally the food is not too pricey.

Airport food.

Enjoy delicious Thai food.

 

Transit Hotels: The Miracle Transit hotel is available for those who need a little longer transit while stuck in the airport. Book in blocks of hours and enjoy a good sleep and shower ahead of your eagerly awaited holiday. The Boxtel is also another cosy Transit Hotel where a good sleep and a shower is provided and all within the airport walls without needing to go through customs. 

Take in the Sights or have a prayer: While in Thailand see Thailand with some lovely cultural sculptures spread throughout the airport that will get your camera out for picture or two. Also available for those International travellers with religion, is a prayer room, which is generally the case in most major airports worldwide.

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Great Thai scupltures inside the Airport.

 

It is Suvarnabhumi airport, it is big, crowded and expensive. But it will occupy most travellers who need to be stuck in transit for a few hours. Then again there are worst places to spend a few hours of your life, for example your day job, where you would normally be if it wasn’t for the holiday you are about to embark on.

Suvarnabhumi airport

Suvarnabhumi airport on a bleak Thai day.

Suvarnabhumi airport

Lovely Thai decorated designed shops.

Bangkok

On the way to Bangkok.

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Travel Report: Jan to June 2017 – Six Countries in 6 Months

Travel Report: Jan to June 2017 – Six Countries in 6 Months

Six countries in six months won’t break any records but it was good to get out and explore the world and see different cultures at every opportunity. It started with Vietnam and ended with a brief trip to Bangkok. Every country had its own unique difference but each six countries were as unique and special as the next.

Let’s take a peek at the travel report for January to June 2017 –  Six countries in six months.

Patuxai Monument, Laos

The stunning Patuxai War Monument.

Vietnam

The year in 2017 started with little madness in chaotic Ho Chi Minh City. The first visit to the Vietnamese city, it was a real eye opener from the moment we arrived, grabbed our Visas, luggage and made our way on to the streets of the city using Uber. The chaos had well and truly begun.

A family trip and our first visit to Vietnam, we didn’t waste any time checking out the great attractions of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting great locations such as the four islands on the Mekong River, Cu Chi Tunnels, the War Museum, Ben Thanh Markets and stunning French architected buildings like the Cathedral and the Old Post Office. BTW the Vietnamese food is the real winner around these parts, especially the rice noodle soups and so cheap.

Da Lat was the next little city we visited in Vietnam, a short plane ride and we were in greener pastures with divine mountain ranges. The city centre of Da Lat still packed a punch, it’s what’s on the outside that delivers its real beauty with lovely lakes, stunning waterfalls and epic scenic nature.

Bitexco Financial Building

Bitexco Financial Building in Ho Chi Minh City.

Da Lat

Beautiful Da Lat

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One night in Kuala Lumpur, certainly not enough time in the Malaysian city, but enough to get a little tease. A modern city that delivers on all fronts, with shopping, food stalls and of course famous high-rise buildings known around the world. This great city left such a positive reflection on me, that I will be back in April 2018 for a longer stay.

K tower

Kuala Lumpur Tower in all its lights

 

Bali, Indonesia

An accidental trip to Bali but I will take it any way I can, especially when I got the opportunity to work with two luxury resorts on the Indonesian Island. It started on the white sands of Tanjung Benoa, a real hit with the water sports. I stayed at the Sakala Resort, a perfect stay for any luxury escape in paradise, with a stunning beach club, swimming pools and restaurants.

Check out the link to Sakala Resort post.

Sakala Resort

The Sakala Resort

 

Next stop in Bali was inland to Ubud, a pretty tourist township known for its rice fields and monkeys. I stayed at the incredible Alaya Resort, beautiful in many ways with its stunning rice fields being the back drop to the Manisan Restaurant. The resort has lovey lovely outdoor setting with large palm trees and boutique swimming pools as well as the decorative Indonesian theme throughout Alaya. It was a pleasure to stay in a fine resort such as the Alaya.

Check out the link to the Alaya Resort post.

Bali

Alaya Resort.

 

Perth, Western Australia

A quick trip to Perth for a camping in a slightly different environment away from the woods and in the vicinity of the CBD. The time in Perth during this Easter break was not wasted at all, exploring the city centre and the beautiful Elizabeth Quay, discovering Whiteman Park and getting up close and personal to a few Australian Native Animals and we even stopped in at NIB stadium to watch Perth Glory play a little soccer.

City of Perth

City of Perth, so close you can touch it.

 

Vientiane, Laos

A journey of a different type, this time volunteering to school kids and Monks in Laos. It was an incredible experience like no other in my life. The proud feeling of giving back to travel and helping a community in need gave a great strength of personal satisfaction. The trip was not cheap but it was fulfilling nonetheless.

Obviously, there was a time to do some sightseeing, checking out Vientiane and the attractions it had on offer such as various temples, markets, shopping malls and the Patuxai War Monument. It is a smaller city but it is steep in culture and tradition.

Vang Vieng was another little city that I visited in Laos. A pretty city with lovely mountain ranges and the Nam Song River giving I is picturesque scenic look. The city itself is full of foreigners looking for a good time, with a range of bars and clubs that keeps the party going all night.

Golden Palace

Golden Palace, Vientiane, Laos

Blue Lagoon

The blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng, Laos.

 

Bangkok, Thailand

Another one night transit stay and another tease. Not too far away from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, I stayed at the Thong Ta Resort, perfect for transit stay. In the brief visit, I explored the streets of Bangkok, wandered through some markets and tasted some delicious food from the streets of Thailand.

artwork of Thong Ta

Great artwork at the Thong Ta resort in Bangkok.

 

What’s next in 2017?

Right now, the second half of 2017 is a little low key, but that’s what I initially thought of the first of 2017 when in planning. As of this stage, travel plans for the rest of the year are planned around the great state of Western Australia and another trip to Thailand where I will visit Phuket and Khao Lak. Stay tuned for some great travel stories to come and who knows where I will land next.

Six countries

Six countries in Six months

One Night in Bangkok – Transit at Thong Ta Resort

One Night in Bangkok – Transit at Thong Ta Resort

The convenience of the Thong Ta Resort cannot be underestimated. Being literally a stone throw away from the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, it makes the perfect transit resort to spend a night or two in the fine confines of a neat and tidy accommodation at a budget price.

Thong Ta Resort

Thong Ta Resort, Bangkok, Thailand

 

The Shuttle Bus

Getting to the resort from the Suvarnabhumi Airport is as simple as riding a bike. Once you make your way out of customs, make your way to gate 3 to 4, and in-between you will see bunch of guys carrying signs to certain hotels. Find the sign that says Thong Ta Resort and in a moment, you are in a shuttle bus and five-minutes later you are at the resort.

Even better, upon your return to the airport, the same shuttle bus will return you to the airport free of charge, it is as simple as that. The buses leave the resort every half hour throughout the day or night.

Thong Ta Resort

Take a convenient shuttle bus to Thong Ta Resort.

 

The Resort

The Thong Ta Resort has the basic facilities but at the price you could let it pass for luxury. It is surrounded with lovely gardens, decorated artwork throughout the grounds of the resort, a neat restaurant which serves daily breakfast, a spa centre and a souvenir store to buy that little piece of Thailand.

artwork of Thong Ta

Great artwork at the resort.

Thong Ta Restaurant

Thong Ta Restaurant.

 

The Rooms

Thee rooms are spacious; the beds are comfortable and each room comes with a balcony to peek at what’s around you (sorry no big city views). Whether you are after a single, double or triple room, you will find whatever you are after for any number of travellers. If you do need an extra room, at least it won’t break the bank.

Inside the room, is tea and coffee amenities, air conditioner, television with about a hundred cable channels, a private bathroom, slippers and dressing gown to rug up in the evening and even a quick and easy room service, with a decent menu. It is hard to believe these rooms are only around thirty bucks a night.

Thong Ta Resort

The spacious rooms

 

Around the Resort

Even though the resort is still a little way from the action of the city, there is still plenty of life going on around the resort. There is an abundance of food stalls, drinking bars and restaurants in the area, as well as massage parlours and market stalls in the area, so you can still rush around and grab your souvenir of Thailand.

Even if you do want to make it to the heart ofBangkok, and time allows it, grab a city tour through the resort and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the big city lights.

Markets in Bangkok

Hairdresser’s in the markets, close to the resort.

Suvarnabhumi Thailand

More great street artwork in the Suvarnabhumi of Bangkok.

 

The Verdict

It is the perfect transit resort, simple as that, and even if you are seeking a few nights stay in Bangkok, you won’t go wrong at the Thong Ta Resort. It is clean, convenient and most of all, a very affordable resort.

Want to stay at Thong Ta Resort? Check out TripAdvisor for reviews.

 

Bangkok Resort

Enter the resort.

Thong Ta

Villas of Thong Ta.

Artwork of Thong Ta, Bangkok

More artwork

3 Cultural Points to Keep in Mind When Travelling through Thailand

3 Cultural Points to Keep in Mind When Travelling through Thailand

I’ve spent over 2 years in Thailand during my 6 year world tour.

Thailand is my favourite country on earth for a number of reasons. The stunning beauty of the place, amazing food, low cost of living and friendly locals all make for a dream destination.

Before visiting the Land of Smiles keep one thing in mind: Thai face saving culture is likely quite a bit different from how things are done in your home country.

Like all things travel this is not a good or bad thing. It is simply a group a people agreeing to live by a certain code, a code you should learn if you decide to spend time in that area.

Thailand

Culture is important within Thailand.

 

Keep these 3 cultural points in mind to enjoy your travels through Thailand.

 

1: Saving Face Is Critical

Thai culture is a face saving culture. Meaning you should never, ever intentionally demean, embarrass or humiliate anyone in a public setting. In a nutshell, be nice. Be courteous. Be polite. Even if you are waiting for 2 hours at immigration, put on a smile.  

Is it easy to adjust to a face saving culture as a new traveller to Thailand when your patience is tested? In most cases, heck no. Even if we don’t regularly abuse each other verbally in Western nations we are accustomed to complaining, whining and starting a verbal tussle or two when we’re having a bad day.  

I made the shift by choosing to smile – no matter what happens – and to say “thank you”, or “kop khun krap” in all situations. Over time, the cheeriness of locals and acceptance of the culture grows on you. To the point where you will eventually be living according to the Thai standard of “mai pen rai”, or “whatever happens, happens.” No big deal. Go with the flow. Accept and smile.

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Even when things don’t go your way, remember your manners when in Thailand.

 

2: The Customer Is Not Always Right

In face saving culture it is all about not offending or humiliating anybody. So if you huff and puff and throw a customer service related hissy fit, at best, you will receive a smile and apology. At worst, you will be completely ignored.

You are probably used to “the customer is always right” type service in Western countries. In Thailand, the locals are kind, helpful and polite in all dealings but beyond a certain point the customer is definitely not always right. I love this mindset. Helps you to face, embrace and let go all business and service related stuff that arises. Enlightening.

I recall one of the first times we flew Air Asia in Thailand. My vegetarian wife ordered a special meal. She received a meat-based meal. After pointing out the situation to the stewardess the kindly woman said “Oh, I am really sorry”, with a sheepish grin, then continued with her work.

Was she supposed to Halo drop 36,000 feet from a plane to prepare and deliver a vegetarian meal to my wife? 

All she could do was apologize and move on, knowing how strict vegetarians almost never eat from dishes where the meat was simply removed/scraped off of the plate.

Thai customer service is pleasant, friendly and engaging. They will do their best to help but in some situations where things don’t quite work out the way you want them to work out, be at peace with the fact that folks will not bend over backwards and contort themselves like a gymnast just to make you happy.

Thai bar

Customer is not always right, even in a Thai bar.

 

3: Don’t Be Offended by Heartfelt Lying 

This point is about the toughest to accept for a Westerner like myself. Especially an American Westerner.

In the good old USA we are more direct and honest in our dealings. Factor in my New Jersey upbringing – where being honest and truthful are even more common – and I had a tough time understanding how Thai face-saving often involves lying to people to avoid disappointing individuals now, only delaying the inevitable disappointment.

Just accept it as not either good, or bad, but simply how it is in Thailand.

Example; someone may promise to meet you for drinks one evening but when the time arrives they do not show up. After 3 subsequent reschedules and no-shows you may think your alleged Thai friend is a real jerk, only to find out from a mutual friend that they hate to drink but didn’t want to offend you by telling you this.

When you learn to see the lie is not meant to offend but rather to be nice it helps to embrace a custom you may see as weird, or outright rude, or thoughtless in your culture so you can gracefully glide through the concept of “heartfelt lying” with a smile.

Koh Samui, Thailand

Thailand is a tourist paradise, but always resect the country’s cultural ways.

 

Your Turn

What cultural points can you add to this list?

How have you adjusted to face saving culture in Thailand?

Ryan Biddulph lives a life of Island hopping and is a travel blogger/Coach at Blogging From Paradise. Ryan is also an author of many E-books that can be found on amazon.

Picture of the Month – Kayaking Ang Thong

Picture of the Month – Kayaking Ang Thong

I had to go back into the archives to find this one, but not so far back into the memory bank, all because kayaking Ang Thong remains one of my greatest memories in my travel experiences to this day.

It is easy to see why too. Clear blue skies, the calm waters of the Gulf of Thailand and the breathtaking experience of kayaking between the 42 islands that make up the Angthong National Marine Park.

Situated a short ferry ride from Koh Samui, the lead up to the Marine Park as you edge closer to the beautiful islands sends chill to the bones, because you know you are about to witness something so mesmerising and beautiful, that you can hardly wait to reach this slice of paradise. Not that Koh Samui isn’t paradise enough already.

Once you hit the waters and begin Kayaking Ang Thong, all of a sudden you are hit with a peaceful tranquillity with your significant other and you don’t want the moment to pass. Although I can assure the time will pass by too quick.

It may not provide the greatest adrenalin rush for any thrill seeker out there, but it will be an adventure you will cherish for a long time and that is why Kayaking Ang Thong is this edition of picture of the month.

 

Kayaking Ang Thong

All smiles when Kayaking Ang Thong.

 

Caves of Angthong

In the caves of Angthong.

 

Angthong

Overview of Angthong National Marine Park.

 

Check out TripAdvisor for day tours to Ang Thong National Marine Park.

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2017 – Rise to Another Level

2017 – Rise to Another Level

If you are not looking for ongoing improvement in the world of travel blogging, then you should get out of the kitchen. This is not for you and perhaps your passions lie elsewhere. Because in life that is what we are all about, Improvement, whether it is being a better father or husband, or better at your job, we are always looking to rise to another level.

That is what it’s all about for Fair Dinkum Traveller in 2017, improvement. To create better content, better photography and videos, improve social media skills and as I have mentioned already, rise to that next level.

Follow me on this ride that will be 2017 year in travel, it promises to be a wild and exciting one.

All set for 2017

Travel Plans for 2017

Travel plans can often change, or hopefully added to, but let’s take a look at what is already planned for 2017 as new cultures and destinations are discovered.

  • Vietnam: My first trip to Vietnam kicks off the year and I can’t wait. Not a long enough trip but I will be exploring the Southern half of the country with a good amount of time in the chaotic Ho Chi Minh City and the more laidback small city of Dalat.
  • Malaysia: Another short stop, but heck I will see what I can get out of my really trip in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Laos: This will be my first volunteering trip and how excited am I. Landing in Vientiane, I will travel an hour out of the capital to a small village where I will put my English skills to the test as I teach to the youth. Follow me on this journey as I delve deep into the world of volunteering.
  • Thailand: Chiang Mai and Bangkok will be on the list the next time I head to Thailand. Once again new destinations will be discovered and that is the joy of travelling.
  • Bali, Indonesia: My second trip to Bali and why not, it is close to home and it is a great place to visit for cheap cold beer and relaxing by the pool.
  • Australia: My home country. Therefore, I am bound to find a thing or two about this great country.

 

Great food will hopefully be found at outlets like this.

What’s new for 2017

Rise to another level will be my personal motto. But how will it happen? I do have plans for a big year with ideas being conjured up all the time. Whether they go live in the near future or scrapped altogether is another thing completely. This is what is in store for 2017.

Live Facebook Videos: Catch a few snippets of some amazing destinations as they come with Facebook live. It will be quick, so don’t blink.

Fair Dinkum Travel Show: Video is the way of the future and I don’t want to be left behind as I look to improve my skills. I will be running a regular travel show, going for about ten-minutes, and will be putting it on YouTube channel and Facebook page. Stay tuned for this one.

looking to rise in 2017.

Winter Snow

My first fictional novel has been in the works for a long time now and I am sick of living in fear at whether it will be any good. Come Christmas time I will be looking to release my debut Novel, Winter snow. If you love, adventure, travel and romantic thrillers, this novel could be perfect for you. Read the synopsis below.

Tormented by his childhood. Left devastated a broken love. Charlie Bennett flees his home town of Karratha in Australia in hope for a new life. His new found adventure unexpectedly lands him in Muju, South Korea. Awaiting is a new journey, new cultures and a forbidden love that threatens to throw his young life into further turmoil.

 

There you have it, a quick look at what’s in store for 2017. Follow Fair Dinkum traveller closely and see if it lives up to the hype. Happy Travels.