First Day: Bangkok

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After a long preparation (almost a month) covering where to stay, to eat, to go, prices, time schedule, and bookings, finally I start this journey. We left our house at 2 o'clock heading to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. This time, we go with my parents and my older sister. They supposed to meet us at the airport because we live in different areas with them in Jakarta.

This is the first experience of going abroad under a new regulation from Indonesian government that will free Indonesian citizen from fiscal tax payment obligation if we have registered as a tax payer previously. About this matter, I will describe furthermore on the travel list/tips. I think the information is useful for other Indonesian fellows when they want to go abroad in Year 2009 and 2010.

Well, in short, after we do check-in, immigration procedure, and take the flight, at 08.
Immigration queue
15 pm we arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok. Someone from the hotel has already waited for us at the Exit gate 3 to take us to the hotel, Great Residence Hotel, which is near the airport. We chose that hotel because we have to catch up for the connecting flight to Hanoi by tommorrow morning. At the airport, the arrival floor is on the second floor. I need to buy dinner for all of us at the airport because from what I learned in the internet, our hotel is located on nowhere. From this second floor we saw a lot of restaurants above (on the third floor) so I go upstairs and buy burgers and french fries as our dinner. These burgers are unique, I forgot to take pictures of them.
The bread is white and taste like -what we call in Indonesia- bakpao, a chinese bun. So, it is basically a combination of a bakpao as the bun and a burger as the filling. The price is quite expensive, according to our Indonesian pocket, around USD5. I think it is normal because usually at the airport all over the world, everything is a bit pricey than at the same scale restaurants in downtown areas.

After waiting for the burgers and the fries ready, which turns out to be more than a half hour (I am amazed with how slow they serve us! Even this is a fast-food restaurant, I wonder how it would be if it is not a fast-food one, how many hours should we wait?), we split into 2 sedan and less than 5 minutes, we arrive in front of the hotel. There are many bell boys who is very handy and efficient. They bring our luggages to the rooms very quick, the check-in process is also quick because I have reserved previously through their website. We fall asleep as soon as our head touch the pillow.

sansanz says:
traveling with a precious family is great!!
Posted on: May 27, 2009
ariwardani says:
Yeah, you're right. I think to make a planning is important especially if you travel on a budget like I did, hahhaha....
Posted on: Apr 14, 2009
bkretzer says:
I like all of the planning you did! It always helps.
Posted on: Apr 12, 2009
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Bangkok Hotels & Accommodations review
An adequate stay for the ones need to catch up an early flight on the next day.
I have surveyed several hotels nearby the Suvarnabhumi Airport and finally I chose the Great Residence Hotel. As stated in their official site (http:/… read entire review
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