Metro Manila · To Megacity Bangkok (Thailand)
A lot of Megacitizens travel from Manila to Bangkok and back. Bangkok is well-known and well-established as a prime tourist destination in Southeast Asia and as a hub to Thailand's beautiful beaches.The city itself is host to several national and regional headquarters of international organizations and companies. The nightlife, shopping malls and close proximity to Pattaya complete the list of reasons that might make you want to leave Manila for Bangkok.
In order to catch your plane to Bangkok, you will leave from Manila's NAIA Airport. Thai Airways departs from Terminal 1 (International Terminal), Philippines Airlines departs from Terminal 2 (PAL Terminal) and Cebu Pacific departs from Terminal 3. Tell the cab driver the airline and terminal number as the terminals are not interconnected.
NAIA is crowded. Therefore, make sure you are not too early or too late when getting there. As this is an international flight, try to be there at two to three hours before departure of your plane.
For most nationalities, including Filipinos, no prior visa arrangements are needed. Visa on arrival lasts up to 15-30 days and can be obtained directly at the airport. For more information, see here.
Arriving at Bangkok Airport (Suvarnabhumi)
Assuming you are in Bangkok only for a short-term tourist stay (for everything else you have to obtain a visa before-hand), there are three different methods of obtaining a visa for Megacitizens from different countries. ASEAN Nationals do not need a visa for the short duration of their stay anyway. Citizens inter alia of European Union countries can just go to the Immigration Desk and get their visa stamped in there. Members of countries mentioned in the section visa-on-arrival (link) have to go to a different desk - following the signs visa on arrival - and fill out a form with picture and hand this one in.
There is no need to bring money in cash with you. There are ATMs directly at the airport.
After leaving the immigration area, before trying to find a cab, there is an area where hotel services are located. In this area, you will also find money changers, ATMs as well as booths selling SIM cards for your mobile phone and loading it with a prepaid plan (also Internet access for smartphones). They configure your phone right there and then.
There are several ways of getting into the city. The easiest way to just take a cab. Follow the signs 'taxi' and you will find yourself in a taxi line. Make sure that it says 'metered taxi'. As the airport is located quite far outside the city centre, it can take you between 45 minutes and 2 hours to reach your destination in Bangkok itself. The distance plus toll fees and another extra fee which will be added at the end of your ride will make a cab trip quite expensive (roughly 20 EUR or 30 USD). Make sure you have the name and address of your destination written down in Thai language. That always helps a lot.
Another way is to take the Airport Rail Link. This inexpensive and fast mode of transportation will bring you to the heart of the city within 30 minutes tops. From the city station you can then take a cab or another train to your destination.
Leaving from Bangkok Airport
Leaving from Bangkok Airport is quite straight forward. You can go back to the airport by Airport Rail Link or cab. Try to avoid the rush hour, as it will take you hours to get from the city to the airport during rush hour, therefore screwing with your planning. If in doubt, ask the staff at your hotel when you should leave to catch your flight at the particular time. Add 30 minutes to an hour and order a cab for that time.
As usual, try to be at the airport 2 - 3 hours before departure of the flight. There is only one drop off from which you can reach all the terminals (as opposed to the Manila airport).
The airport is beautiful and offers a lot of shopping options and invited to have a coffee or an entire meal while waiting for your flight. Several coffee shops also offer free Internet access. Therefore, try to be a bit early at the airport, so that you are able to enjoy the atmosphere and buy some goodies for your beloved.