Thu 12/01

11/01: 23:40 - Emirates Limo will transfer us from Ivanhoe to MEL 

  • Check our luggage and present our tickets for both EK 409 MEL / KUL & MH 782 (was: MH 788) - KUL / BKK and get confirmation that our bags will be transferred at KLIA.
  • Go to the Emirates Lounge.

12/01: EK 40903:40 - MEL | KUL - 08:25

  • Go to the MAS Transfer Desk and ask where the Regional Golden Lounge is located on the Contact Pier. .
  • MH 782 (was: MH 788)  - 15:15 - KUL | BKK - 16:20 (was: 12:25 - KUL | BKK - 13:30)Level 4, Contact Pier

On Arrival @ BKK: Withdraw around THB15,000 from a VISA / PLUS ATM.

  • Go to dtac Service Centre in the Arrivals Hall and purchase 2 x pre-paid Happy Tourist Sim Cards (THB99 each) plus 2 x THB500 Refill Cards (about AUD35.00)
  • Go to the Limo desk and pay for a car to the Shangri-la Hotel, Bangkok - Krungthep Wing

At the Shangri-la: After check-in...

  • Ask our butler to...
      1. Confirm our booking - Premium Buffet A La Carte @ Baiyoke Sky Hotel - Telephone: +66-(2)-6563-000 ext. 4, +66-(2)-6563-409 - 19:00Bangkok Balcony http://baiyokesky.baiyokehotel.com/index.php?main_page=restaurants
      2. Confirm our booking - Shangri-la's Horizon II Dinner Cruise for this evening.
      3. Give an estimate time required when taking a taxi from the Shangri-la to the Ancient City, it seems to be around 31Km and Google Maps suggests it takes 50 minutes, but is this right during morning peak-hour... Some TAs have advised taking the BTS to Bearing, and then catching a taxi, which would entail our boarding at Saphan Taksin and employing the inter-change at Siam. What does the butler recommend
      4. Confirm our bookings for the Siam Niramit Show and have her/him pay for the tickets (THB4700) via... Telephone: +66-2-649-9222 - Query butler on transport to Siam Niramit... they advise that they have a free shuttle service that runs from Exit 1 of Thailand Cultural Centre MRT Station but would it be better to catch a taxi? Warning: Peak Hour... what time to leave? - The tickets (Gold Seats & Dinner) are to be collected at the Box Office on the 14th,but, Siam Niramit have not yet replied to our email regarding confirmation of our Booking Reference Number.
      5. Arrange our transfers from CNX to the Shangri-la Hotel, Chiang Mai and, our return to the airport... we don't really require a Mercedes, so which type of car and how much?

Afternoon: Shop at MBK - Don't forget to acquire a Tourist Discount Card...

  • Decide how to get there (butler again?) after checking-out access to Saphan Taksin BTS Station - if it looks like it will be too hard, take a taxi... if we take the BTS - alight at National Stadium and take the sky-bridge to MBK - 2nd Floor
    • Ring - 2nd Floor
    • Shoes, sandals - 2nd & 1st Floors
    • Wraps, scarves, etc., - 2nd & 1st Floors
    • Smart Casual - 1st Floor
  • Whatever... don’t forget to look for a displayed sign advising that the store can offer VAT refund for tourists. - Because of the MAS flight bump, we'll have to forgo this.

Evening: Shangri-la's Dinner Cruise

BKK Terminal Map: