Over the years I've travelled to Thailand and Asia many times and for various reasons I've always sought out the best available bargains. Previously the fact that I looked for bargains and have never opted for business class etc. has been the reason that I have been able to travel there so many times. Now its because I'm skint .
Whilst I agree that if you go on holiday once a year, you want a little comfort and the minimum of fuss, like me you could have reasons to seek out a cheaper alternatives. I'm not talking about flights here, we already have a long running thread on that subject and because of that, finding the cheapest flights should be relatively easy for all members here.
What I'm refering to is the cost of getting to and from airports etc. which can add quite a lot to your total costs. For me, when working out the total cost of all travel - Heathrow always wins out as a departure airport but I have to get there. If you are prepared to put up with dragging your cases around a bit, there are some real bargains to be had.
Example: I'm travelling to Bangkok on 20th August and need to get from home to Heathrow in time to check in for my 21.30 flight.
I could drive down and use an airport parking service - this would be the most convenient for me as there is no bus service where I live. However, the total cost - parking and fuel would be around £115 return (14 nights with Purple Parking @ £65).
I could, as I usually do, go on the train - hassle but usually cheap. This involves me driving to Leeds, parking at a friend's house, friend takes me to Leeds station, Leeds to Kings Cross by train, and tube to Heathrow. Same on the way back except that I get a taxi from Leeds to pick up my car. However, the total cost this time would have been £76.25 return because I couldn't get the cheapest train to Kings Cross.
I looked around and have now booked Megabus at £11 for my journey to London - coming home by train as its much more convenient and at £14.25 on East Coast, not a bad price. All the other expenses remain the same and the total cost is £50.25 (although I will have one extra traveller with me on my way back ). So against the drive and park option, I've saved £65, not a fortune but it makes a big difference for me. Incidentally, I could have booked the Megabus trip for £1 if I'd been prepared to travel at 2am or £5 if I was prepared to risk arriving at Victoria coach station at 18:00.
There are also various options for travelling within Thailand once you get there and I'm often surprised how few travellers know about them. Example, most people use a taxi to get to and from Suvarnabhumi - although I'm aware of an express bus service to central Bangkok, I have no idea of the cost.
Is there any mileage in having another Sticky thread where experienced
miserstravellers can share their knowledge of the other parts (other than flights) of the total travel costs with members?