Haven't flown on my own and am a bit nervous
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71As to drinks on planes...I meant that on a long trip...the new traveler should relax and not try to anticipate everything that could happen... Plane travel is perfectly safe...and long flights are nothing to worry about... These flights take off and land every day without incident...
If a couple of drinks helps ... go for it... Their should be consideration given to dehydration...which is possible on long flights...especially when alcohol is consumed... Always stay well hydrated while traveling...!
Whatever it takes to just relax and go with the flow is what is needed on long fights...
The point is...don't worry...things have a way of working out...
It is important to get Tuk Tuk drivers that will take you where you want to go...not to their "nice market"... Sometimes this can be difficult...and aggressive drivers are usually the worse... Try to get a Tuk Tuk that is not too pushy... Also expect that you will be charged more for a direct trip...than a trip with a side track to the "nice market"... Get this clear with the driver in advance that you want the fare with "NO SHOPPING!"... And it is best to repeat that over and over...NO SHOPPING!
They understand what that means...and if they don't get another driver...
As to safety on Tuk Tuks I have been all over Bangkok and other Asian cities in Tuk Tuks or similar vehicles and Taxis without incident... That said...South Asia does have a high accident rate...so there is some luck involved...
But As a Western driver...I do not claim to know what "unseen force" protects people in places like Bangkok, Cairo, Jakarta, or other big cities were traffic laws seem to be "optional"... and you just "make your own lane" where none exists...
There are aggressive "touts" everywhere...and you have to learn to say "No" in a way that means No... Its an art form... Try not to show any interest at all in the tout...even the slightest show of interest or weakness and they will never leave you alone...and worse...the friends might show up...!
Oct 21, 2012 9:47 PM
72Unless you are really in a hurry or have a very odd destination, do not take a taxi at Bangkok airport! Since a few years, there is a high-speed train from the airport into the city called "Airport Rail Link" which is really cheap. There is an "express" version which is slightly faster, and more expensive, but for me, the regular line was fast enough. This airport rail link connects to the Bangkok "Skytrain". Connection to the Bangkok subway (metro) is less straightforward. I do not say that Bangkok taxi's are bad, the Airrport Rail Link is just more convenient, cheaper and potentially faster.
To more tips for the novice traveler.One is: prepare. There is so much information on the internet nowadays! Use Google maps. For me it proved particularly important to plan the initial hours in advance, because at that time you are not in the best mood to improvise
Another general comment is: ask, ask, ask. It has often been said: there are no stupied questions, just stupid answers. Or: the most stupid thing is not to ask if you are not sure!
Finally, as many people have said already, allow plenty of time. The brand new Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is one of the nicest airports I know to kill some time.
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74"Try not to show any interest at all in the tout...even the slightest show of interest or weakness and they will never leave you alone"
Better still show no interest what so ever. Just ignore them, walk straight by them. Don't even stat a conversation. remember if somebody tries to start up a conversation in the street they are a tout or it is a scam. Genuiune Thais simpley wont initaite a conversation.
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