Scoot Airlines had good offer for airfares to Bangkok for just under $115 for a pair of return tickets so we decided to take a short weekend break to Pattaya and Bangkok for March 2016. We booked these air tickets five months in advance. The flight schedules were as follows:
Singapore to Bangkok – 6.55 am to 8.25 am
Bangkok to Singapore – 8.15 pm to 11.40 pm
With such flight timings, we could enjoy three full days by staying only two nights in Thailand.
As for hotels, since we are Accor Plus members, we booked Hotel Baraquda Pattaya – MGallery Collection and Bangkok Hotel Lotus Sukhumvit.
Scoot Airlines would fly into Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok so public transport options to Pattaya became a little tricky. Though public transports are available which will cost less, travel time will be longer and effort involved will be greater, not to mention we needed to wake up very early to catch the early morning flight which may take a toll on our enjoyment of Pattaya when we eventually arrive.
So we contacted Mr. T Taxi Service to arrange for transfers directly from Don Mueang Airport to our hotel in Pattaya and also from Pattaya to Lotus Sukhumvit Hotel in Bangkok for the next day. The cost for the transfers was quite reasonable at 1300 Baht and 1100 Baht respectively. Correspondence with him via emails were promptly received. His contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org. With direct transfer from point to point, this would cut short travelling and waiting time and we would arrive in better shape to enjoy our short break in Pattaya and Bangkok.
Day 1 – Singapore to Bangkok onward to Pattaya
Five months came quickly and we arrived at Changi Airport near 5 am. We got through Scoot check in procedure rather quickly and collected our boarding passes. We were given the impression we had to arrive at the departure gate early as the aircraft was parked quite far away. So we got through immigration and had a very quick and rushed breakfast at the McDonalds and then went to the departure gate to wait for boarding.
Actually, the departure wasn’t open earlier then scheduled and so boarding procedure was also as per normal and not as rushed as we were initially told. We waited for a while in the holding room and eventually called to board the plane. However, we didn’t use the aerobridge and had to wait for the airport buses to send us to the aircraft. Indeed it was quite a distance from the boarding gate to reach the aircraft.
Eventually, we boarded the plane and we were actually still quite early. We had to wait in the plane until batches of passengers were brought to the plane for boarding. Finally, the plane received green light to taxi to the runway and shortly after got clearance for takeoff and soon we were airborne. We sat back to relax and we enjoyed our flight to Bangkok.
We touched down Don Mueang Airport according to schedule and went through immigration without any problem. We then exited the arrival hall and walked towards door number 6 to look for our driver but we couldn’t find him. We decided to walk back to the other end and we found our driver with our names of a placard. Apparently, either Mr. T had given us the wrong location to look for the driver or the driver had waited at the wrong place for us. Anyway, it was just a small issue.
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