Did You Know That?
My Korean buddy living in Bangkok taught me this trick that saves your taxi fare when you arrive Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport. When you get off the arrival hall after stamping your passport, take the elevator upstairs to the Departure Hall.
Walk out of the main door and you will see the long line of taxis dropping off passengers and you will have time to catch them while they unload the luggage. They will be very happy to see you as they are strictly not allowed to pick up any passenger. Instead of paying the normal cut-throat fare of 400 bahts to the city, I was charged only 190bahts!! He was so happy that he offered to use the meter on his own. My hotel was along Petchaburi Road which was right in the central Bangkok, so faraway!
We can do the same at KLIA but our taxi touts would make you walk with all your heavy barang-barangs to the other side of the multi storey carpark. Oh Shit, I did that once and that was the last time ever!
My mum boasted to me during the 70s that Bangkok had purchased this land at Samutprakan area to build the world's latest international airport. Cool....I thought then. It never got to open till 28 September 2006! That was over 30 years later, Whooaa!.... What happened actually?
So many budget overruns, construction problems and endless allegations of corruption that delayed the whole airport. They were further delayed by 2 economy crisis with IMF issues and a serious university students' protest against their government.
The street protests carnage killed so many innocent lives! This rare photo showed a university student bashing an already dead motionless corpse which hung from a tree. I better not name that university otherwise I might get bashed too.
Lastly, it was haunted by spirits and sightings of ghosts by the superstitious construction workers. Ex-PM Thaksin had to invite 99 Buddhist monks to chant prayers to calm those spirits. Eeeek? Gaaaah?
Remember to catch a cab from the departure hall and please buy me a gift with the money saved. Thank you buddies!
OM MANI PADME HUM