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    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 misers travellers can share their knowledge of the other parts (other than flights) of the total travel costs with members?

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    ha - wrote a massive reply to this and clicked the wrong button and lost it. Will write it again - later!!!!

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    ah, being a fellow yorkshireman, who's ancestors 100 years ago come from pateley bridge as it happens I can empathise with you.

    What I always try to do now, is to deliberately book a route that is not direct and get a free stopover on route.

    Did that last year from heathrow to hong kong with air china, via beijing for 378 quid. 4 days in beijing see the wall and the forbidden city then another few days in hong kong before jumping on a 30 quid air asia job to bangkok.

    Already planning my next trip, this time with air india via mumbai, to coincide with the icc world cup final, well you never know the cricketers may show the footy players how its done. Either way I will get to see some of india and on the way back it goes via new delhi, so a visit to the taj mahal will also be in order.

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    the scuttle service to central bkk cost 100 baht,cheaper than a taxi on arrival.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bristolgeoff View Post
    the scuttle service to central bkk cost 100 baht,cheaper than a taxi on arrival.
    lets get this into perspective.......2 quid and then lugging heavy cases any sort of distance to find your hotel versus 6 quid for a door to door service......no brainer me thinks

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    i hope this is not seen as mean spirited.........there was an old gardener from Yorkshire(the late Geoffrey Smith) once talked of a yorkshiremans spending habits. "a yorkshireman is a scotsman with the generosity squeezed out" . I,m looking forward to this new misers sticky thread. Will have its own mods ? Remove any talk of wasting money on taxis for instance.

    ---------- Post added at 21:48 ---------- Previous post was at 21:41 ----------

    flip ..................I,m looking forward to being old enough to using a free buspass all the way to the airport ?? might take a while. I always thought the problem with megabus is that its whats its says on the tin " A BUS"

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    great idea s to have free stop overs....were staying 5 days in moscow next april also a few days in hong kong for third year running........may go BKK from HK via cebu or manila
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flip View Post
    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).
    Have you tried Hotel Parking. I did this at end of May with Holidayextras.co.uk and stayed 1 night at the Holiday Inn J4 on M4 and got 15 nights free parking for £69. I then paid £4 each for a shuttle bus to take us to the airport in the morning.
    I thought it was good value.
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    Good to know for the future Gary - thanks.
    Last edited by Tobias; 27th Jul 2010 at 19:53. Reason: Removed quote of entire previous post.

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    Derren

    Who do you book your lounge pass with?

    Going through the VIP gate don't they pull you up if you have an economy boarding pass?


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    For those in the north (ish) part of england sould search emirates/china airlines of taiwan from newcastle or glasgow. Have seen flights as low as 425 outwith xmas and school hols.
    I have a business insurance that cost 126 per year but that includes my family (all of them covered) and best of all, it includes 'priority pass' airport lounges anywhere. Since I travel twice with family and 6+ for business it pays for itself. Cant be bothered with the hassle of bus at bkk end. I go upstairs where people get dropped of and always get taxi for 400 max right to the door of my hotel. The skytrain is up and running soon but again its lugging your suitcase around and personally the terminus is not good and requires further lugging of the suitcase about.
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    Always interesting how other people travel. Have had a great year so far. Jan and I returned to LOS for Songkran as her visa was up on a round trip upgrade on my gold card, she sat upstairs and I sat at the back in peaseant class. Coming home the first weekend after the ash cloud I was upgraded on my upgrade to first.

    Booked in at Heathrow beginning of July arrived at the gate to be told upgraded to Business. 3 flights 3 upgrades no such luck on the return last week.

    Flew down to BKK to apply for settlement Vias from Udon Thani with Nokair just over 6000 bhts for both of us. However to come home booked the overnight sleeper train. 2354 bhts plus 950 bht for supper and breakfast. However it takes 12 hrs, but an enjoyable experience.

    Sent an e-mail to Thai last nigh asking them why is a single trip nearly as expensive as a return and secondly why were their flights £200 more than anyone else. I await their ( hopefully ) reply with baited breath.

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    Just a quick reply regarding BKK into the city.

    I'm sure the Airport shuttle bus into the city is 150 THB, not 100. But whatever, its ok if its just for 1 person maybe.

    Another option is to use the vans that travel from the Transit center. Get the free shuttle bus from the airport, then on the van. Very limited luggage room though, but useful after a domestic flight ect. We sometimes stay around On Nut area of Sukhumvit, and van to here is around 40THB.

    Bus number 551 to Victory Monument (35THB) is also useful, depending on your destination.

    Having said that, after an International flight, we always use a taxi! But, a free Limo will be waiting this time...

    http://newthaiairport.com/airport-bus-express.html

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