feifei: You need to spend an accumulated receipt of minimum 5000THB to claim VAT. Not valid for foodstuff and roadside or hawker. Yes its valid at almost all shopping centre. Some shops/shopping ctr require a min expenditure before they complete the VAT form. eg. Isetan - you need to spend 1000THB to get VAT form otherwise you can't claim.
All VAT refund is claimed only at airport.
As for your answer to other post in this forum, most shops in chatuchak don't have fitting room, even if they do, its a small area enough for you to stand with cloth curtain. Otherwise usually for shorts/jeans, they have a big piece of cloth to cover your waist down then you wear your jeans/skirt meaning your body will be exposed to everyone and your bottom is covered with big piece of cloth.. look like an oversized skirt. For shirt or Tees, usually people would just wear over it to test since its easy.
tks for the information..Glad you are here to answer my questions lor, if not i really mountain turtle..hee
Where can we find out whether those shops can claim this VAT? where can we get the Vat form?
Actually hor, this VAT,does it matter even if we din claim? like lets say I buy 5000THB of clothes, then din claim VAT, will they tax me or something?
Tink most of the sporeans will claim VAT hor?
Oic..hmm....like that i got to be prepared..keke...tink i will need to go get mineral water cos heard from one of the ger who stayed at the same hotel that our hotel doesn't provide kettle lor...so better buy mineral water from Big C =D...
feifei: Nope. Not compulsory to claim cos sometimes you might not have the time to claim especially when you are in a budget flight or long queue when checking in. No tax for not claiming, its just an extra cash for ya. There are many different way VAT form are issued. For Isetan type of shopping, usually you make payment, then ask cashier where to get VAT refund form. After you finish all your shopping in that shopping ctr, you will go to a VAT Refund Counter to get the actual form done with company stamp.
As for those single shops, usually its done directly inside the shop. Much faster than Isetan. For 5000thb, you can claim abt 250 to 300thb. Enough for 1 person food expenditure at airport.. lol. Depends on what kinda person you are, cos its kinda troublesome just to claim that little amt unless you really spend alot.
When you reach airport, you have to go VAT refund office to verify the documents before check in, then after check in to the Custom, then inside you can claim your VAT $$$.
Yeah some hotel do provide mineral water, whereas some don't. Better to drink from mineral water/boiled water cos Thailand has cases of malaria previously. Usually go buy fruit juices
feifei: Very troublesome to claim unless you really can accumulate SG$100 then claiming would be good. but just claim SG$10 and u need to go thru so many signatures and queue just to get that little money. Seems like the amt you claim = the amt of quality time u spent queueing
yeah quite safe. drank alot of fruit juices esp orange juice, coffee from roadside stalls as well as Chatuchak. As long as the stall doesn't have much housefly flying ard, then i would buy
feifei: Healthland spa is definitely much better.
If you want cheap massage, there is 1 at Pratunam area. 1st floor entrance looks like a hotel reception (very cheapskate type), 2nd floor is their massage. Not many people there but their skills are definitely much better than those at Suan Lum. There is a foot signage (lightbox) hanging perpendicular to the building 2nd floor. Don't worry, it may look very lousy or dirty but its clean massage
Anyone intending to go Bangkok By Jetstar Asia but have not done the booking?
A reminder to those who booked their hotels thru Asiarooms...
FYI on Asiarooms cancellation/refund...
Asiarooms has a good service for booking for rooms however even though they have promised you refund. They take very very long to refund your payment. Abt half a year or more to get back your money, so my advise to those who booked thru Asiarooms to think twice before you proceed to postpone or requesting for refund.
Go and do some research on their refund / postpone service. Its really not as good as their booking service. Thats why i would prefer precision reservation more than Asiarooms because of this.
There are alot of bad comments for the refund/postpone service they provided. So if you have really booked thru them, DON'T CANCEL & REQUEST FOR REFUND. You will cause yourself more trouble to get back the money.
Same for budget flight cancellation. It takes 3mth for the money to be processed and refunded reason they have to verify all the info and forward to several different department for processing.
Hi Criz... me n hubby oso travelling fm 27-30 oct...
jus went to their website n it states tat there will be public taxi outside the arrival hall.. previously don hv... mostly likely will be taking public taxi... it cost 1300baht(toyota vios) to n fro if book fm the airport. Any1 can advise how much will it cost to take taxi? Distance not much dif fm old airport...
WOW! Which hotel are you and your husband staying at? 1300baht sounds steep! From Don Muang Airport, we usually pay less than 400baht to the main shopping areas (Siam Square and Pratunam area). And this is for the meter taxi.
Bluebell: Your taxi is by metered or fixed? you met with a jammed on your way from airport to hotel?
It doesn't cost that much from airport to hotel. At most only 200baht max, but should be ard 170+ baht usually.
yukie: i think almost all the cab in Bangkok is running on toyota vios hybrid model. So its kinda overpriced by 3x for that booking.
I think from new airport to hotel only cost 200baht since its only additional 5km difference. Still waiting for feedback from those who came back taking metered cab n feedback on new airport service.
I jus came back from Baiyoke sky hotel. u can take taxi (by meter) to the shoppin area. It cost abt 40 Babht.
I took the taxi from Baiyoke sky to the new airport and it cost me abt 250 (include toll charge).(again, by meter)
A new place to stay in with a wide range of breakfast.
Babyshannon: Wow.. looks like the new airport is much further away than old airport. Baiyoke sky not new place to stay.. an old place. Anyway yeah wide variety of breakfast. Never got bored of it.
Yukie: Were you the one who email me asking for the Bangkok Itinerary?
Anyway Arnoma is quite a good hotel considering its price and location.
ian matthews: You getting Baiyoke Suite or Baiyoke Sky? Its located in the heart of Pratunam Market. No BTS/MTR accessiblity, have to walk kinda far distance. Taking cab would be a preferred choice esp if you are travelling with at least 3 or 4 pax. Can walk to Platinum, Pantip Plaza, WTC, Siam Paragon then to MBK. Abt 40mins slow walk to reach MBK
mi just back from bkk last thurs, weather fine but take note of rain/drizzling starting from late aftn-even.
We depart bkk at the new airport, cab fare from Eastin Hotel to airport is ard 250baht (incld highway toll) which take ard 45mins. Suvarnabhumi Airport is huge and carries alot of retails in e departure hall. Not hard to find e flight counter, however on our day (28th Sep)..system down so our flight was delayed by 2hrs. Crews at e counter look slobbish. Inside departure hall, there isn't seats to rest. Trolleys are located at one far end..at e insolated corner. We were given maps of the new airport when we board Jetstar at SG side, which you can easily get it at the new airport as well.
BTW great shopping in bbk, went to Platinium recommeneded by the gerls. Had a ride at the Suan Lum Ferris Wheel which Yanling posted (100bht?), fantastic!!must try
BE AWARE of pickpockets esp. Chatuchak crowded areas. Those who like to carry bagpacks etc. whether at e back or side. The pickpockets will try to pull the bag front causing the zips to open (esp. those bag w/ 2 zips close up to mit 2gether).Pickpocket then walked away. 2nd accomplice will follow closely behind to get the item out of it.
We love Levis and Addidas! If you shop at the malls (Emporium, Central and Zen) you'll be assured of genuine stuff. And yes, we bought Levis and Addidas there and they do cost less! Isn't BKK fantastic?
ian matthews: Pratunam market is open everyday. But more stalls on weekends. Pratunam market and chatuchak sells alot of cheap t-shirt. Most things at Pratunam are wholesale whereby you need to buy a few to get cheaper rates but still they are available in single piece too.
How many days are you going? Only 1 limited size hand carry luggage is allowed to plane. Other luggage are deposited. Excess weight will be charged which isn't worth it, so try to bring less.
Tink hand carry can only be 8kg and a certain dimension of bag lor...try not to bring too many clothes there as u can be SURE that you will get your clothes there =)...try to minimise your clothes...bring soem folded big sports bag to be put into your luggage so that they can be used to put the loots u bought bk from bkk...hee
Okie, back to your questions...I took a cab lor..din take the shuttle bus cos scare bery far lor...I got the telephone no of the taxi driver whom we engage...bery nice man...friendly and honest too...We even booked him to send us to the new airport on our last day...We paid 400THB for him to send us from hotel to airport...
Tink should be around 240-250 thb from the old airport to samran cos our flight was the last flight at the old airport...Tink if frm new airport to Samran, might be also 400THB lor...
Good choice for staying at Samran =)..But they dun provide kettle lor...u need to buy mineral water...most of their mineral water taste saltish leh...
heya thanks for the inputs yanling and mao mao.. ill be going for 4 days 3 nites.. i dun think i have a problem from singapore to bangkok since ill be carrying minimal stuffs.. im more concerned when im there in bangkok fully loaded with stuffs to bring back to singapore.. im not sure how it works at the airport there in terms of depositing baggage.. anybody with experience care to enlighten on this? thanks a lot
Hmm...let me share my experience here...When u go in to check in your luggage,u will put your heaviest luggage onto the belt 1st...then see whther u have exceed the baggae limit. I travelled by finnair the other time so each pax baggage limit is 25kg each. So as long as you dun exceed too much, still okie one lor...Tink those bulky bags, u should check in, the rest can hand carry..But do know that they have a limit fo rhand carry luggage too...cannot exceed 8kg..
Different airline diff limit leh...Which airline will u be travelling by?