ya, once u spent 2000baht in the shop or shopping mall with VAT refund for tourist, then u can ask them to write u the VAT refund receipt.
Total u must accumulate more than 5000baht, then u can claim at airport.
At airport, must bring your goods and refund receipt to the customs inspections room (right at the corner of the departure hall), then they will stamp and sign the receipt.
After that you can check in and pass the passport control area, then you go to VAT refund office to claim your money with the receipt. there is a handling fee of 100baht, they will deduct from the claim.
Their rules is No inspection, No claiming of money. So remember to go for inspection first then check in., if not you can't come out once you pass the passport control area.
Hope this is clear for you, can feel free to ask if still not sure.
Popular Hotels within your range: Asia Hotel(got direct BTS in hotel), Baiyoke Suite Hotel(quite old), Baiyoke Sky Hotel(near Pratunam market), Arnoma Hotel(Just beside Gaysorn, good location), Indra Regent Hotel(near Pratunam market and WTC) or Novotel Siam Square Hotel(quite exp, but gd location at Siam square).
Or you dun mind 2 stars hotel can try Bangkok City Inn, i just stayed there, not too bad.
Yes, with varies receipt more than 2000bahts spent in a shop/ shopping mall (in a day), u can entitle to the claim.
No need to be 5000baht spent in a day but throughout your trip, total claim form must exceed 5000bahts then you can claim at airport.
You can also get a leaflet regarding VAT refund at the arrival hall of Bangkok International Airport.
Dun worry, it's quite easy procedure, just make sure have ample time for the inspection before you check in.
only shops and shopping malls with the "VAT Refund for Tourists" sign, if not sure just ask the shop ppl.
Most big shopping malls allows Vat refund.
Always remember to bring passport with you for VAT refund. And also must fill in your return flight.
I reach the airport less than 25min going by the highway(or tollway they called it), no traffic jam at all. It was 1pm on Sunday. However if you coming back on weekdays peak hour (12pm-2pm or 4.30pm-6.30pm), i will advised you to leave at least 1.5hrs before your check-in time.
And if you leaving at night, it's shall be ok, cause when i reach there(Tuesday ard 7.30pm), the opposite lane(going to airport) very few cars.
Do prepare another 15-30min for VAT refund inspection before check-in.
But i realised when shopping esp to sukhumvit road(near Emporium there), their traffic can be quite bad, thus i advised to take BTS when going shopping, no doubt the cab fare is cheap, but time is wasted on the traffic jam and we know time is too precious for us.
is the Calypso Cabaret show = ah gua show? do i have to go to Asia hotel to book or I can book at my hotel? is the show daily, and what time? how much you paid for this, i heard from this forum dun pay more than 500 baht, but i saw in the internet it's 27US$ (about 1060baht rite?)..so ex? http://www.morethailand.com/packages/thailand_bangkok_culture_calypsocabaret.cfm#price is there any offical price or do we have to bargain for the price? lastly.. worth to see? sorry so many qn.. me leaving this thurs! can't wait...
Yes. Cabaret show is Ah gua show.
Asia hotel one is called Calypso. I haven't been to this one. But I been to the one at Sukhumvit road(near Phrom Phong BTS station) called Mambo.
Mambo is in a big stage kind of show while Calypso is a smaller stage. Their performing style is abit different.
The ticket can be bought from the Asia hotel or you can get outside agent(whick may be in your hotel, can try asking) to book for you. Agent booking usually more expensive. I will advise you to go buy the ticket yourself if you have the time.
The tickets is about S$30+, not more than S$40.
There is 2 performance every nite 8.15pm and 9.45pm.
Beside the two Cabaret shows i mentioned, there is also 2 other one namely Golden Dome Cabaret (Ratchadapisek Soi 18, near to Grand Bangkok Hotel) and Ratchada Cabaret(Rathchadapisek, near Robinson shopping centre Ratchadapisek branch)
Dun worry. Novotel Siam Sq is safe. It is situated in Siam square where rows of shophouses selling funky things is. This must be the "small lanes" your friends talking about.
Nearest BTS station is SIAM. Opposite Siam Square(cross overhead bridge) is Siam Discovery centre and Siam Center. Nearby is MBK(Mah Boon Krong) Shopping place.
Attached is the Thai address for your reference, can show to the cab driver if they dun know.
If you didn't watch Cabaret show before, it's worth to see it once. Those performers are so pretty even though they not real lady, they also dances very well.
Overall it's enjoyable and you can have a good laugh too.
Enjoy your trip and do share when you back.
I am abck form my BKK trip and i had enjpyed myself too ..=) n thinking of going abck agin cos HUbby is addicted to the thai massage ...=">
been to suan lum market n its quite a nice place to shop cos more cooling ...def a place to go if u wanna get some decorative stuffs....
I stayed in First Hotel n overall its not bad though need to walk 5-10 mins to the Asia BTS station ...however if u dun mind walking its actually within walking ditance to Central world plaza and MBK
my friend saw the one in Ratchadapisek b4, but i'm thinking of seeing Calypso coz it's nearer to my hotel, also i saw it in your itinerary that u posted in this forum b4 (sorry i download without letting u know first.. hehe hope u dun mind).
So for this Mambo u also bought the ticket at Asia hotel, and may I know how much exactly did u pay? did u bargain for the price or it's official price?
for Calypso, i saw in the internet the price differs quite a lot, also for Thai is only 350 baht, foreigner cheapest is 650 baht. is this true?
did u stay in First Hotel or First House hotel? They are different, rite?
Which agency did u book your trip with, it sounds cheap and which airline u travelling by.
I booked a few days b4 the NATAS fair, my trip is 4D3N (everything same like yours), the hotel is Novotel Siam and it cost $540.
arrahh....shld have waited for the NATAS fair i guess, cld have saved $140.
King & I massage is located at Sol Sukhumvit 12. The nearest BTS is Asok. Near this massage place is this restaurant called Cabbages N Condoms. Plan to go there since I have heard so much about that place.
I booked my trip with Chan Bros during the NATAS fair. I paid S$360 (per person) for airfare, hotel (Novotel), airport transfers and 1/2 day city tour. Travelling by Jet*Asia as I did ask around other agencies and they quote me on average about $500 BUT travelling by Cathay or Garuda. Another reason why I chose Jet*Star in the end was also the timing. I leave Sing at 9am and leave BKK at 8pm.