Welcome to my review of the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge in the international area at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. It is a Star Alliance Gold lounge at Concourse A.
After presenting your boarding pass and Star Alliance Gold member card to the lounge agent. You find yourself at the buffet section of the lounge. You can find here an intensive selection of hot and cold food. Hot tomatoes, bacon and eggs in the morning. Fresh fruits like water melons, papaya and pineapples and biscuits can also be found.
A selection of alcoholic, and non alcohol drinks in the fridge, are available.
There’s also a coffee machine which makes espresso, cappuccino, latte macchiatto and other.
There’s something special in the fridge: Coconut juice ready to drink from a coconut.
Want to check your emails? Singapore airlines offers free WiFi throughout the lounge.
Also check out the view over the airport garden from your seat, while enjoying a cup of ice cream.
It is a small lounge, but it offers plenty of relaxing armchairs and a warm atmosphere.
Overall this lounge is a good place to spend some time before your next international flight.
Tuk-tuk or auto rickshaw is a usually three-wheeled cabin cycle. You can hire them like a taxi.
Never ask for a price, otherwise they tell you a fantasy price or take you on a “shopping tour” across Bangkok. Tell them a price that you think is right.
When bargaining remember that transportation is cheap in Thailand. A ride across the city with the BTS skytrain costs ruffly 50 Baht.
First of all, use this type of transportation only if you want to kill yourself.
Motorcycle taxis are for short distance journeys. They drive between car rows and there’s basically no safety/protection. Like with the tuk-tuks, you have to know the fare otherwise you pay the farang price.
You can recognise them by the orange vests they’re wearing.
They usually wait in groups near the same shops and restaurants and corners of main streets during daytime.
Have a look at the following video about Motorcycle taxis by Tony from Thai-faq.com
Stay tuned for more upcoming posts about Bangkok and Thailand.
When you think about Bangkok and getting around in this big city, 2 things come into your mind.
“Tuk-tuks” and the dangerous moto-bikes.
But there are far more ways getting around in the city of angels known as Bangkok.
BTS Sky train
this is a train service that runs through many parts of the city.
It runs on tracks above the streets. The fares start at 10 baht for a single journey. Take the stairs from street level to the station.
Go to a ticketing machine select the fare for your route and pay, receive your paper ticket, go through the fare gate.
Next take the stairs or escalator up to the trains. Board the train, get off and exit the station through the fare gate.
Day passes are also available for 150 baht. You can purchase them only at the ticket counters located at some stations.
There are currently 2 lines running through the city, you can use your ticket on all lines.
The government of Bangkok is still working on extending the existing ney network. E.g the trains don’t run to the northern districts yet.
Bangkok also has an underground/subway train service.
There’s an interchange with the BTS Sky train at the Asok BTS station. The MRT network is still very simple. There’s one line and it runs from the north to the south.The Bangkok goverment is still expanding the network.
There are two different types in Bangkok. Taxis and metered taxis.
The metered taxis work like in most other countries. But you can also find taxis without meter. Then you have to know the price for they journey and know how to negotiate with the driver.
You can recognise the difference by searching for a sign on the roof of the car. As Thai people write things differently in english, look for “Taxi-meter”.
If you just want to get around, take a metered taxi. Please make sure that the driver starts the meter. Otherwise you may end on a jewellery and tailor shopping tour through the whole city. 😉
Getting around by bus can be a unique experience in Bangkok.
There are not only modern air-conditioned buses, you may see some of the older ones that look like, they’re from the 1960.
Get on the buses at bus stops that consist of signs with the buses’ numbers on them. Make sure you give a sign to the driver that you want to get on the bus.
Tickets are bought on board the buses. Show the driver you want to get off the bus by standing up approaching the doors.
Stay tuned for part 2 of Bangkok – Getting around, in which I write about more Bangkok styles of getting around.
Gardens By The Bay is a brand new attraction in Singapore.
About 1 year ago Singapore finished the construction of a garden with gigantic super trees and two fantastic flower domes.
The entrance to the garden is free, but if you want to either visit the flower domes or go on top of the super trees then you have to pay admission.
Tip: You get a discount when you present a Singapore airlines boarding pass at the ticket counter.
This is a must visit district in Singapore. Chinatown has a unique atmosphere. lots of little shops and restaurants. It can be conveniently reached by the SMRT on the North-south line.
Tip: Do a “Original Singapore walks” tour on Friday nights. It’s amazing!
The tallest Ferris wheel is not in London. It’s in Singapore! Welcome to the Singapore Flyer – the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. It’s located across the Marina Bay Sands hotel. On top you can enjoy a view of Gardens By The Bay, Marina Bay Sands, The Esplanade and the Singapore Skyline. Breathtaking views – worth the admission fee.
The Esplanade (Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay) is an amazing event location with indoor concert hall and outdoor theatre. The outdoor areas often feature free concerts and plays.
There are also retail and food spaces at the Esplanade Mall.
You can visit this place easily by SMRT, look for station CC3 – Esplanade. 10 minutes walking from there.
Singapore Changi Airport is one of the most awesome airports.
It features lots of leisure and business facilities. Also, you can dine and shop at over 300 stores and restaurants. All terminals have several gardens.
For example you can visit the butterfly garden in terminal 3. It contains more than thousand different butterflies.
Other highlights are free WiFi, phone charging stations, TV and entertainment areas, free movie theaters and a swimming pool on the roof of terminal 1.
Tip: if you have at least 5 hours, do a free Singapore city tour. Counters can be found in all terminals.
[note color=”#FFCC00″]Info: This guide is outdated! Click here for the updated 2012/2013 edition of the article.[/note]
The team of Changi Airport offers international travellers free WiFi in all terminals. Just connect to the WiFi and you’re online? It’s not that simple. You can find here the original information page. Here’s a short and simple step by step guide:
step 1 – check requirements:
You need your passport
Your Netbook/Notebook/Tablet/Pad/Smartphone oder other WiFi enabled device
Okay, let’s start.
Go to any information desk in the transit area, you can find them every few hundred meters in all terminals.
Ask for the “Free WiFi Pass”. The staff of the information desk will eventually ask you for your passport to note the details.You get a piece of paper with login details.
Connect your WiFi device with the access point “Wireless@SG” (SSID). As soon as you want to visit the first website, you will be redirected to a login form.
Enter your the login details from the paper and submit. Now you’re online!
Select as service provider “M1net”. The username contains @m1net.com.sg. The password is uppercase.
I’ve used this WiFi in Terminal 3 at Singapore Changi Airport a couple of times. It should work the same way in the other terminals.
[note color=”#FFCC00″]Info: The access for each Username/Password combination is limited to a few hours.[/note]
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