Scoot Airlines TR292: Singapore to Bangkok Don Mueang by Plane

This trip to Bangkok lasts barely a day as I was thinking on the route I should take with my one-way Penang flight purchased on impulse a couple of months back. While in Bangkok the previous time, I was thinking of trying out the Thaksinarath as the train was already one year old and I can’t believe I haven’t taken it yet. A quick check online later for the airfares while still in Bangkok, I bought a ticket on the Thaksinarath and a cheap $68 all-in flight on Scoot back to Bangkok, again on impulse.

Scoot TR292 is the very last flight of the day to Bangkok from Singapore, departing at 10.20pm.

Despite already checking-in online two days ago, I was still required to do a document check at Changi Airport since I was on a one-way plane ticket, which isn’t normal. The queues at the FAST Check-In ironically wasn’t that fast.

And because I was thinking how far I could stretch my $68 without purchasing any add-ons, Scoot has kindly assigned me a seat in the very last row of the plane on the window side – 41H.

Hmm, Gate D41? That’s in Terminal 1. Guess it’s pretty full up in Terminal 2.

So off I went straight to Terminal 1 instead of spending my waiting time here.

The Enchanted Garden at Terminal 2.

Turn left to the Skytrain station. Don’t fall for the D40-D41 11-minute-walk trap along the E Gates.


The Skytrain takes just 2 minutes to get across, and up to 4 minutes of waiting time if you miss one. Which still saves you time and effort.


Even the Scootees on my flight decided to get the train.

Wave at those who decided to take the 11-minute walk, which is no one.



My Scoot flight TR292 to Bangkok-Don Mueang ready for boarding from Terminal 1.


Goin’ Scootin with 9V-OTC.

The interior of the Boeing 787-8.

And my assigned seat right at the back of the plane.

41H, the aisle seat, is my home for the next 2 hours. Though as Scoot actually charges a premium for these couple seats at the back since they’re the only couple seats on board, an extendable headrest is provided. But in my case, I got it for free because I was cheap.

It does have limited recline though, and 90% of people passing through the aisle has hit my left shoulder or arm.

On 41K, the window seat, there’s a lot more shoulder room as the aircraft body tapers at the back, leaving a gap wide enough to stretch out on the side but not wide enough to slot a seat in it.

The view from my seat, 41H…

… versus the spacious view that my neighbour has in 41K.

And since this is a Scoot 787, the mandatory sound and light show during boarding begins, no thanks to the strategically-located buttons on the armrests.

A quick hop to the toilet before take-off.

A pretty full flight to Bangkok-Don Mueang and onwards to Tokyo-Narita at this time on a weekday. The plane took off from Changi 15 minutes late due to refuelling.

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The flight was very quiet, since this is after all the 787. I slept through the first half of the flight in comfort with the additional headrest. It’s a good premium to have if you’re on a longer flight and too lazy to bring along a neck pillow. Certainly doesn’t feel like a budget flight at all.

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About slightly more than an hour into the flight, the captain made an announcement to greet the passengers and afterwards the descend into Bangkok started, with the cabin crew preparing the aircraft for arrival. This means having my seat back upright and my headrests flipped back to its original position. Oh well, nice short nap anyway.

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And the flight landed in Don Mueang 15 minutes ahead of schedule, which means my flight to Bangkok took exactly 2 hours. Pretty fast.

And everyone’s excited to get off the plane for who knows what reason. You’re at the back of the plane guys, the last of the last to get off. Relax.

Only one aerobridge was in use at Don Mueang.

Wish I was keeping left.


With the many arrivals into Don Mueang at this time, immigration was still pretty smooth. I was done with immigrations and customs in about 10 minutes, since I have no check-in bags to wait for.


From here, I crossed the highway and took a short walk to my hotel to spend the night before heading rightfully into Bangkok the following morning.

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AirAsia AK721: Kuala Lumpur (klia2) to Singapore (Changi Airport) by Plane

AirAsia has one of the most frequent flight departures between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Not wanting to take another bus ride back to Singapore on the same day I came up by bus, I opted to fly back instead.

From the SkyBus drop-off point which I pre-booked my ticket on, it was a walk through gateway@klia2 before I got to the main terminal building.

Printing my boarding pass at the Self Check-In Kiosk.

Immigration was surprisingly clear on a Saturday evening.

Upon checking my boarding pass at the gate, the staff informed me that my 7.45pm flight would be delayed by 15 minutes. Okay, no big deal I guess.

Inside the gate hold room, it’s obvious that there isn’t enough seats for everyone even for a small A320 aircraft. And because the entrance to the gate hold room is just beside the exit door to the aerobridge, the standing passengers like me had to move in to the rear to allow other passengers to board.

Is this a bus or an Airbus?

Boarding commenced at 8pm, 15 minutes after the original time of departure. So it isn’t a 15-minute delay after all.

Another WiFi-enabled plane. Too bad I doubt I’ll be using the free entertainment this time though.

And because I didn’t want to pre-book my seat, AirAsia has kindly assigned me the middle seat in the row as usual. 🙄

Inside the very full plane, which took off at 8.19pm instead. 34 minutes off schedule.

And of all people, the person beside me decided to be the most chatty person in the world, talking to me in a one-way conversation for 90% of the time about literally everything under the sun like how he had to pack his meal in order to rush for the supposedly-delayed-and-now-slightly-delayed flight, how KL Hokkien Mee is the best thing in the world and how the world is changing thanks to lithium-ion batteries.

I did pre-book my on-board Ashok’s Butter Masala Chicken Biryani meal inclusive of the Est Cola for only RM10 though, which is actually cheaper than eating at klia2 before the flight.

Oh, and chatty guy asked me “What is Masala?”, thinking that Masala is the main dish, but I just pointed the word Biryani out to him.

The chicken and vegetable curries were a little saltier than the usual Singapore ones, but every Briyani I’ve had in Malaysia so far are salty, so I guess this is normal? And if it’s already salty in flight it’s probably even saltier if I ate this on the ground. But nevertheless, still worth the RM10 for sure.

Chatty guy proceeded to tell me how bad carbonated drinks are. He’s now known as Chatty Annoying old (CHAO) guy.

Never been happier to get off a plane. Perhaps if I had pre-booked my preferred seat earlier, I wouldn’t have ended up beside CHAO, but then again, you can only choose your seat and not your neighbours.

How I wish AirAsia had a Pick-Your-Non-Annoying-Neighbour option.

Malindo Air/Batik Air Malaysia OD807: Kuala Lumpur to Singapore by Business Class

During the Malindo Business Class sale, I did buy more than one ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. So here I am, back at KLIA once again.

After coming in by the KLIA Ekspres and a light lunch at the KLIA Premier Access Lounge, I headed off for immigration and my gate, H8.

H8 is located at the Main Terminal Building itself, so it’s just a short walk from immigration.




Not much crowd for security screening, since the gate was now serving just one flight.

The new and retired Batik Air Malaysia Boeing 737 Max 8 all-Economy Class with no In-Flight Entertainment System. This aircraft will be transferred over to Lion Air instead.

Poor 747s, even with the found owner, it still looks as if abandoned.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 (40 Years Retro Livery) departing Gate H8, also heading for Singapore as MH619.

My plane is revealed after retracting the aerobridge for Gate H8/B8R once MH619 taxis off to the runway.



Didn’t take long after this for Malindo to announce boarding for passengers.

Hello 9M-LCP.

The interior of the new Malindo Economy Class without IFE.

Seriously, Malindo. At least get a seatback with a flushed back instead of just filling in the void and plug the holes in the bulkhead. The current form makes it look as if someone came in and stole 150 TV screens.

Even Business Class isn’t spared from this no-IFE disaster.

Here were the buttons and hinges to pop the IFE out.


My seat for this trip – 3A. With the bulkhead behind me, I could recline freely afterwards without bothering about the non-existent seat behind me.

How I wish all my flights had this amount of legroom.

Couldn’t even reach the seat in front of me after stretching out fully.

Before departure, the stewardess came around with welcome drinks of apple juice, orange juice or water. 11 out of 12 Business Class seats were filled on my flight.

My orange juice before pushback.

Oh here’s another free downgrade with no IFE – a former Firefly Boeing 737-800 now operated by Malaysia Airlines. Better hope you never ever board one of these.

Bye 73M, see you in Indonesia next time.

Bye guys, hope you find a better owner.

Just before takeoff.



Bye KLIA.

The development of KLIA Aeropolis taking shape.

What a pilot would see before landing on Runway 14R.


Eww, please stop throwing sewage straight into drains or rivers.


“Having here or take away?”

Why not both?


The same chicken pizza and muffin is served on this sector. The muffin is now a sane orangey-brown colour as compared with my previous luminous green one.

Also on this flight, beer was available, though I had to request it after overhearing another passenger in front ordering one. Seems like when Malindo informs you on what drink is available to order with your meal, they leave out the alcohol unless you specifically request for it.


Glad I’m flying above this on a Sunday evening.


So near yet so far.

Back in Malaysia for the approach to Changi.



Flying over the now-massive Pulau Tekong.

… and touch down!

Oh look, the KLM Orange Pride is back in Singapore, possibly heading onwards to Bali.

Oh man, literally the furthest gate of Terminal 3.

The Batik Air Airbus A320 at the adjacent gate.



And because I’m parked pretty far, it’s a Skytrain ride to the Arrival Hall.




And because of Changi’s efficiency combined with my Business Class priority tag, I had to actually wait longer for my bag as it already bypassed the start of the belt while I was clearing immigration (and possibly a couple of times factoring in the waiting time for the train), and I wasn’t going to run round to the other side of the belt with the risk of by bag entering back to the staff area.

So ironically, those without the priority tag got their bags first while I had to wait for the belt to spin another round. Truly first world problems. No complains at all though.

KLIA Premier Access Lounge: A Simple Lounge in the Public Area

The Malindo meal voucher allows for entry to various dining options (RM30 credit) and two lounges in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Since I’ve already tried the Sama-Sama Express Lounge, I decided to give the KLIA Premier Access Lounge on the landside a shot this time.

The KLIA Premier Access Lounge is located just before departure immigration, since its intended purpose was to provide a lounge area for passengers who purchase the fast-track immigration service. However, since I’m a Business Class passenger, this is already provided for and the sole purpose of this visit was to rest and to sample the refreshments.


Since this is meant to be just a passing-through lounge instead of for longer transits, the offerings here are limited to simple finger food, salads, plain porridge and fried bee hoon. Not the most inspiring food in a lounge.

A plus point as compared to the Sama-Sama Express Lounge is that there are canned drinks of Coke, Sprite and Root Beer. Beer is chargeable for Malindo passengers at RM22 a can though.


The lounging area of the KLIA Premier Access Lounge.

If there’s a complain which may be serious enough to address, it would be that there are no toilets in the lounge. If you wish to use the toilet, you have to exit the lounge and walk to the public toilets a few meters away. For something touted as “premier access”, this doesn’t feel very “premier”.

And because I was bored already with the limited food offerings and I needed the toilet anyway, I decided to leave the lounge early and visit the viewing gallery for a while instead.

Not much planes to spot, just this.


Would I come back to the KLIA Premier Access Lounge?

Probably only if I’m in a desperate need of fast-track immigration, which means that I wouldn’t have time to enjoy the lounge facilities anyway. If given a choice between the KLIA Premier Access Lounge and the Sama-Sama Express Lounge, I would pick the Sama-Sama Express Lounge.

But of course, if there are opportunities to visit any airline lounges or the Plaza Premium Lounge, those would easily exceed the quality of either lounge mentioned here.

KLIA Ekspres Wave & Save Promotion with Visa payWave: Almost Useless When KL City Air Terminal Does NOT Accept Visa payWave

I’ve got another cheap Malindo Air Business Class ticket, and since I had a bag to check-in, I might as well use the KLIA Ekspres to get to the airport, and take advantage of the Wave & Save Promotion with Visa payWave. There was just a slight problem…

The KLIA Ekspres Wave & Save Promotion with Visa payWave allows for a 15% discount on one-way tickets (final fare of RM46.75) when paid for with a Visa payWave card at the fare gates.

The slight problem at the KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) where I need to enter to check-in my bag was…

… that the KL CAT fare gate does NOT accept Visa payWave, or any other third-party cards such as Touch ‘n Go for that matter. What’s the point of offering a promotion on a non-existent mode of payment.

And yes, I did verify this with the counter staff just beside the fare gates. Either I go to the counter or kiosk to get my ticket without the 15% discount or I head straight to the gate to the platforms and check-in my bag at the airport itself.

Honestly, RM2.75 doesn’t make me a millionaire but it’s the principle of offering this promotion. ERL should have stated this clearly in their terms and conditions instead of having the ticket counter tell you only when you are just about to check in at KL CAT. If I had wanted to check in at the airport, I would have just gotten on the Airport Coach for an 82% discount.

My Point KLIA Ekspres

But I’m pretty sure this will happen, just like the other railway operators around here.



And because I still want at least a 10% discount, I got my ticket from the kiosk instead.


Back to the fare gates to KL CAT.

Checking in my bag at KL CAT.

My boarding pass for my Malindo OD 807 flight back to Singapore.


Down to the KLIA Ekspres platforms at KL Sentral.


Back at my favourite seat on the KLIA Ekspres.

Bye KTM and LRT.

Looks like Bandar Malaysia is starting to take shape.

The KL skyline with the Tun Razak Exchange and The Exchange 106 taking shape.


Still waiting for you guys to commence service.

Finally spotted the new CRRC KLIA Ekspres trainset. Honestly, I didn’t see this when looking through my camera, luckily I decided to be trigger happy when passing by the depot in order to catch the name as stated on the train.

Terms and conditions apply indeed. Albeit non-existent.

Scanning out of the KLIA platforms.

To go up to the departures level, you can wait for the lifts which may take quite a while.

Otherwise, you can just ride the escalators which will take equally long too since you have to go up four floors.

Ever since the fare increase, it’s already hard to swallow paying RM55 for a KLIA Ekspres ticket, and with non-existent discounts now, it’s even worse since it’s just giving you false hope. If I didn’t have anything to check-in and was slightly earlier, I would have opted for the Airport Coach or Jetbus instead, and will probably stick with them for my trips in future.

Thai Airways TG409: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Singapore by Plane

Thai Airways International is the national carrier of Thailand, and departs from the newer Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, which could be more convenient than Don Mueang Airport as compared to budget carriers like Scoot (Boeing 787 flights), AirAsia or Thai Lion Air since you can access this airport via the Airport Rail Link City Line.


And since this airport is bigger than Don Mueang with lots of King Power Duty Free shops around, there’s also lots of Mango Sticky Rice to be bought after immigration unlike in Don Mueang.

Yas.


Since I got to the airport slightly late, I didn’t really walk much around, but not that I was going to shop for anything other than Mango Sticky Rice anyway.

Luckily I didn’t get a far gate this time, but it was still a good 400m walk from immigration.


Getting my boarding pass checked.


Ooh WiFi.


My TG409 flight was served by the new Airbus A350-900 or Airbus A350 XWB (extra wide body), which explains the newer interior too.


Inside the washroom, cologne from Divana was also provided. I couldn’t seem to get the spray working though.

And because I’m now slightly bored, it’s time to fiddle around with the WiFi. (See I almost never get bored when on board a train, but just 15 minutes into a flight and this happens.)


Whoops, no thanks.

For dinner, there was a choice of either Green Curry Fish Ball with Rice or Chicken with Noodles. Since I had the Chicken with Noodles before, I opted for the former, which was the right choice in the end because they ran out and I had to wait two minutes for it – means that it’s the popular choice.

The green curry seems to have dried up a fair bit though, but at least the taste was there. But honestly, I may stick with the noodles next time since I’m not exactly a fan of white rice. Was hoping there would be liquefied curry for me to drizzle it with.

And because I got bored with the entertainment system halfway, I decided to just listen to music and watch the plane from the tail.

Back at Changi Airport for instant immigration.

Scoot Airlines TR291: Bangkok Don Mueang to Singapore by ScootBiz

Coming from my 5 Baht train ride from Bangkok city, I went to check in for my Scoot flight to Singapore, this time on board ScootBiz.

Scoot has a portal to Bid 4 Biz for a price that you’re comfortable with, between $70 to $300 for the flight from Bangkok to Singapore. Being cheap, I went to bid for the lowest price for the upgrade, and surprisingly got it considering the only add-on which I paid for last minute was for a seat assignment in Economy Class.

Well, till I saw the load factor once on board.

Scoot’s check in desks are at Row 6.

Das right.

Hope this won’t be a trend for me now or else my wallet will cry.

My receipt boarding pass for my Business Class flight back.

Since my initial purchase was just for the flight and seat, this $70 bid adds a 30kg check-in allowance, 2 pieces of hand-carry baggage, BoardMeFirst, in-flight meal, power socket and ScooTV*.

*More on this later.


Still made it in good time for my flight despite the short train delay earlier.

Immigration at Don Mueang at this timing was a little slower than my arrival, with the ASEAN lane closed. It took around 20 minutes to clear immigration and customs.

My plane to Singapore has already arrived from Tokyo. TR291 makes a 2-hour layover at Bangkok Don Mueang. Do consider this long layover timing if you are planning to take this from Tokyo to Singapore.

As compared with the newer Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang has only one main duty free store, which did not sell Mango Sticky Rice. *sob*

But I did find Mango Sticky Rice at Cafe Ritazza near Gate 23 for 180 Baht.

And since a certain country has the highest tourist numbers for Thailand, look out for rolling children and adults on the floor, or sprawled out oversized hand carry luggage when trying to repack after customs for who-knows-what reason.

Even one of the shops are catered for such dried goods to be brought back.

Luckily, since the airport was smaller than Suvarnabhumi, it was a short walk to the gates, at least for my flight.



My flight would be departing from Gate 26, the last gate at the end of this pier. Still barely a 5-minute walk from customs though.

Scoot and NokScoot.

The former Singapore Airlines and Scoot Boeing 777-200ER, now with NokScoot.

Nok Air + Scoot = NokScoot


Once boarding calls commenced, I decided to board first to get my $70 worth. To which the lady at the boarding gate told me to keep my Mango Sticky Rice in my bag for who-knows-what reason.

Unless the no outside food policy applies to Business Class passengers too? Hmm.

Surprisingly, only one aerobridge was in use for the Boeing 787.


My seat for this trip. Yes, the first row of the cabin would have offered an immense amount of legroom but I still prefer underseat storage.

Here’s the amount of space you get on the front row.

The ScootBiz cabin on the 787-8 seats 21 passengers in 3 rows, with a 2-3-2 configuration.


Before departure, the stewardess came along to serve me with my welcome drink – a 135ml cup of mineral water.

My meal order was also taken at this time, as Bid 4 Biz passengers do not have the option to choose meals online. That also means all the premium options are not available, since they have to be pre-booked more than 24 hours before departure, whereas my upgrade confirmation was done 24 hours before departure.

The windows were slightly tinted during boarding to give a slightly cozy atmosphere together with the Boeing Sky Interior. Honestly, I thought it was about to rain till I realised it was the window tint.

The view from my seat. This was the total load for ScootBiz on my flight.

Damn, shouldn’t have pre-purchased that seat assignment as backup.


Upon pushback, the Boeing Sky Interior changes to blue, together with a slightly brighter white lighting to match the external sunlight.

Passing by the Kantarat Golf Course to Runway 21L, the outer runway.


Bye Bangkok!

Please don’t hit your golf balls into my engine.


Looking back at Don Mueang Airport and the future Airport Link and Red Line.


Flying out of mainland Thailand.

Shortly after take-off, the crew comes around to hand out ScooTV access codes for entertainment during the flight.



Key in your details and the provided access code.




Unfortunately, ScooTV didn’t work for me no matter which show I choose. Even after disconnecting and connecting to the WiFi, uninstalling and reinstalling the app, and having the stewardess check on the connection for me, apparently I was the only one who couldn’t watch it.

Oh well, didn’t really need it anyway.

At least the much needed power socket was switched on.

Shortly after, the crew came around with my meal. Alcoholic drink choices are included as well.

Kind of regretted ordering the Beef and Mushroom Lasagna now. Should have asked the stewardess what she would have instead.

Yup, I thought it was tomato soup at first. Can’t see any trace of cheese anywhere.


We were clear for landing quite early, before scheduled time. It was a quick and almost straight line descend into Changi Airport.


Passing by the Senai-Desaru Bridge.


Crossing back into Singapore.


A former Tigerair A320 now in a hybrid Tigerair and Scoot livery.

Unlike full service airline’s Business Class, the curtains separating Economy Class and ScootBiz were not closed to allow ScootBiz passengers to disembark first, but rather having a free-for-all disembarking flow.


Now for the breakdown on whether this S$70 is worth it or not.

  • 30kg check-in allowance: S$44
  • 2 pieces of cabin baggage: S$24
  • BoardMeFirst: S$6
  • In-Flight Meal: S$21 (assuming paired with wine)
  • Power Socket: S$5
  • ScooTV: US$11 (approximately S$15)

Total cost of add-ons if purchased separately in Economy Class: $115

On first look, it looks pretty value for money considering you get to sit in a ScootBiz seat as well.

Now let’s look what I actually used, ignoring the price I paid for my initial seat assignment.

  • 20kg check-in allowance: S$24 (Champion me came back from Bangkok with a 5.4kg bag.)
  • BoardMeFirst: S$6
  • In-Flight Meal: S$21 (paired with wine)
  • Power Socket: S$5

Total cost of add-ons I used: $56

Remember that ScooTV was not working for me, if not the cost would have been $71 – a dollar more than the price I paid for the upgrade. This means I paid $14 to change from sitting in an Economy Class seat versus a slightly bigger ScootBiz seat. As compared with Malindo, the ScootBiz seat was slimmer and legroom slightly lesser.

As many online reviews compare it to, it’s like a Premium Economy product. Unfortunately, I’ve never flown on Premium Economy before so I’m unable to provide such a comparison.

Would I use ScootBiz again?

Perhaps for a slightly longer flight eg. from Taiwan, if the bidding price is the same. For a short flight from Bangkok to Singapore, I’m comfortable enough with Economy Class, carrying my small bag by myself throughout the journey and to have a meal which definitely does not cost $21 before or after the flight. The passengers who didn’t Bid 4 Biz, leaving a half-empty ScootBiz cabin, probably made a wiser choice.

Ordinary 211: Bangkok Hua Lamphong to Don Mueang Airport by Train

While the actual Don Mueang Airport Rail Link isn’t up yet, the existing railway on the North and Northeastern Lines pass right outside the airport. And since the railway departs from central Bangkok, easily accessible by the MRT Blue Line, this is certainly my choice to get to the airport.

At a fare of just 5 Baht (S$0.20), this is indeed a steal.

The Ordinary 211 departs Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station at 12.55pm, with a journey time of around 1 hour, which makes it perfect for my Scoot flight departing at 3.50pm. The final destination of this train is Taphan Hin.


The Ordinary 211 is formed by u-turning the rake of the Ordinary 202 from Taphan Hin, which departed in the morning.



A quick flip of the destination board later by one of the station staff and the train is good to go back to Don Mueang and Taphan Hin.

The interior of the refurbished non-air-conditioned Third Class coaches.


About 10 minutes prior to departure, the locomotive pulls in to haul the train northbound.




Hitachi 4518 will take the train to Bang Sue Junction.

At 12.55pm, the locomotive sounded her horn and off we went right on time.

A few seconds after, the conductor comes around to check tickets.

Exiting Hua Lamphong station.

Goodbye Bangkok jam.

And speaking of jam, there’s a lady who hawks her jam-filled sandwiches on board the train at just 5 Baht each (S$0.20).

My Sangkaya (Thai pandan custard) triple-decker sandwich for an on-board snack. And for such a price, it’s surprisingly generously filled throughout, not just the middle part which you can see the filling.

You can find this auntie plying on Ordinary trains between Sam Sen and Bang Sue Junction. Do buy a sandwich from her if you see her passing by your seat! It’s only 5 Baht!

Entering Bang Sue Junction with the new viaduct to Bang Sue Central.

The Hitachi and dead Alstom locomotive decouples from the rake and heads back to Bang Sue Locomotive Depot, which was replaced by another Alstom locomotive.

Passing by the highway to Don Mueang and the unfinished Hopewell columns.

Once the train departs Lak Si Railway Station, you can prepare to get your bags to get off the train.

If that fails, just look out on the right side when the airport and planes come into view.

The Ordinary 211 train ride took 65 minutes, 16 minutes off schedule due to the locomotive swap at Bang Sue Junction. Do factor in such delays if you are taking a train to the airport. Still faster than the BTS and Airport Bus combination though.

Do remember to get all your belongings and prepare to alight quickly – this is not a dedicated airport link and the train still has a schedule to catch. The train stops at Don Mueang Railway Station for one minute only.

For Ordinary trains from Bangkok Hua Lamphong to Don Mueang, fares are 5 baht (SGD 0.20) for foreigners and free for Thai citizens. If you wish to start from Bang Sue, fares are 3 baht (SGD 0.12) for foreigners and free for Thai citizens. 

Different fares apply for trains classified Rapid (still affordable), Express (may be affordable or otherwise, depending on available classes and what your perception is) and Special Express (prohibitively expensive).

Northbound trains stop at Platform 2. Cross back to Platform 1 to use the ramp up to the airport linkbridge.


Ascend the same ramp up to the bridge.

Turn left to access Don Mueang Airport.


At the lift ahead, go up to Level 3 for the Departure Hall.

From here, I headed to check-in for my flight, which probably didn’t match my mode of transport to the airport.

BTS Sukhumvit Line: Samrong Extension

On Nut and Bearing are now downgraded to the ranks of an intermediate station with the new BTS extension to Samrong! The new Samrong station is one of nine stations under the BTS Sukhumvit Line’s Bearing – Samut Prakan extension, which was sped up to better serve the community at Samrongnuea. The remaining eight stations to Kheha are expected to open next year.


The full length of the dynamic route map by CRRC Changchun, now rendered insufficient.

Samrong is served by a sticker instead of a lighted route map.

A new LED screen installed at Bearing. It may be due to some trains still terminating at Bearing to provide empty trains to pick up passengers there during peak hours, but I’m not 100% sure.

The full-red dynamic route map as the train travels ahead to Samrong.

Quite a healthy crowd to Samrong considering that I got this shot at around 11pm at night. Most of the passengers still got off at Bearing though.


Welcome to Samrong!



Samrong BTS Station is also the only non-cross-platform-interchange station with an island platform.

An off-service Siemens Modular Metro stabling at Samrong.

The updated route map at Samrong, featuring the extension to Kheha.

The interior of the now-empty train back to the city and to Mo Chit.

The switched-off dynamic route map just before departure from Samrong.

The almost-full green dymanic route map before and upon arrival at Bearing. (The map would be blinking red at Bearing on the way there.)

While the new extension seems to be targeting more on the neighbourhoods, you can still alight at Samrong to visit Imperial World Samrong, a big local shopping mall away from the tourist prices. But since I made the trip at 11pm, I didn’t get to see it for myself.

MRT Blue Line: Happy Blue Line Train

With the opening of the Tao Poon Extension, the Happy Blue Line theme spreads not only the sector where the Blue Line can breathe easily overground but throughout the line as well, with the Happy Blue Line themed train!

Every advertising space available inside the train is taken up by the Happy Blue Line theme.



The Blue Line progresses from the fully underground sector within Bangkok to linking to the Purple Line to access Nonthaburi province.


On the outside, the Happy Blue Line train carries a smile on her face.

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I wasn’t able to take this train all the way to Tao Poon to get an exterior shot, but hopefully next time on my next trip to Bangkok.