As the air travel hub of Thailand and South East Asia, Bangkok’s excellent connectivity combines with its many attractions to draw over 20 million visitors a year.  It comes as no surprise then that Bangkok has been named Most Popular City for International Tourists in the Global Destination Cities Index for the past two years running.

Also known as the City of Angels, Bangkok is now the destination of choice for affluent travelers thanks to its burgeoning creative scene, luxury dining, and mega-malls.  Whether visiting Bangkok for business or pleasure, First Class Guests are also discovering the glorious national parks, exclusive heritage sites and luxury resorts within easy reach of the city.  Here we look at five First Class Excursions from Bangkok for those who accept only the best.

BANGKOK TO PATTAYA:
DISCOVER ALL THAT THAILAND’S ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL HAS TO OFFER 

Bangkok to pattaya

photo credit – Donald Tong

A trip to Pattaya remains one of the most popular excursions from Bangkok. Upon arrival in Pattaya City, visitors are greeted by the sweeping panorama of Pattaya Bay and one of Asia’s largest beach resorts. A former fishing village on the Gulf of Thailand, Pattaya has today transformed itself into the global capital of dreams-come-true.

There is just so much to see and do on your Pattaya trip, from island hopping, water sports and diving, to exploring the corals and marine life on a submarine.  Pattaya’s excellent choice of museums, monuments, theme parks, botanical gardens and zoos provide fun and entertainment for individuals, couples and families alike.

You want to party?  The famous Pattaya nightlife exceeds its reputation.  Sport?  There are around twenty golf courses nearby.  Seclusion?  Take your pick from the array of 5 Star-plus resort hotels in Pattaya that promise ease and exclusivity.   And when at last it’s time to leave, travelling from Pattaya to the nearest airport is just a one-hour drive.

BANGKOK TO HUA HIN:

SOAK UP THE HERITAGE AND CHARM OF THAILAND’S ROYAL BEACH RESORT

Bangkok to Hua Hin
photo credit – bababeachclub

Long favored as a summer beach retreat by monarchs of Thailand, Hua Hin has the image among both locals and visitors as a First Class Enclave of tranquility.  So it is, thanks in part to the unspoiled sands and slumber-friendly temperatures.

But hotels in Hua Hin are of international standard, and the town is far from sleepy, boasting fine shops and restaurants, as well as the lively weekend Cicada Market with its handmade artifacts and live entertainment.

Kaeng Krachan Thailand
Kaeng Krachan National Park | photo credit – thainationalparks.com

A trip to Hua Hin and its environs can also take in waterfall hikes, the serenity of the beach at nearby Cha Am, a walk through the mangroves in Pran Buri forest, and a visit to Thailand’s largest national park, Kaeng Krachan, home to over four hundred exotic bird species as well as a chance to swim with carp.  With so much to offer, Hua Hin makes an ideal excursion from Bangkok for the First Class Guest.

BANGKOK TO KHAO YAI:

EXPLORE THE AMAZING FLORA AND FAUNA OF THAILAND’S NUMBER ONE NATIONAL PARK

The trip to Khao Yai is a journey into, if not the unknown, then at least the extraordinary.  A national park that’s part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, Khao Yai features lush expanses of forest, grassland and mountains, plus waterfalls such as Heo Suwat, which was featured in the movie The Beach.  Home to sixty-plus species of wildlife, including wild elephants, macaques, deer and monitor lizards, Khao Yai’s fauna are as much of an attraction as its stunning flora.

Haeo Suwat Khao YaiHaeo Suwat Waterfall | photo credit – Chris huh; wikipedia  

Just outside the park, Palio Khao Yai is a somewhat unexpected Italian-style village and shopping centre with a sense of humour.  The maze is populated with cartoon characters.  And with its crazy sculptures, the hundred-acre flower garden delivers belly laughs among the blooms.  In short, it’s Thailand in microcosm: sights to take your breath away and fun to lift your heart.

Khao Yai accommodation varies from the excellent luxury hotels in Khao Yai to caravans, tents – some with en suite bathrooms! – and tree houses.

BANGKOK TO RAYONG:

SPOIL YOURSELF WITH A CHOICE OF TROPICAL ISLAND PARADISES

Koh chang thaialnd

Koh Chang | photo credit – kohchangparadise

The eastern province of Rayong is home to some of Thailand’s most stunning islands. Long after the rest of the country had opened up to travelers, Koh Chang remained off the beaten tourist trail. Despite its pristine natural splendor, the largest among dozens of islands in a beautifully positioned archipelago bordering Cambodia remained a well-kept secret for decades. Only in recent years have visitors arrived in numbers, with a selection of luxury resorts and spas springing up to accommodate them.

Exploring Koh Chang couldn’t be easier. You can charter a yacht, hire a speedboat, take a jungle trekking or go diving.  If you prefer less strenuous pleasures, there’s bird watching and even lessons in Thai cuisine.

Rayong Aquarium Thailand
Rayong Aquarium | photo credit – fisheries

Another of Rayong’s island paradises is Koh Samed. With its numerous coves and long sandy beaches, Koh Samed is not only one of Thailand’s most picturesque islands but also a national marine park renowned for its stunning flora and fauna.

BANGKOK TO AYUTTHAYA:

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THAILAND’S RICH CULRURAL HERITAGE

Ayutthaya Thailand
photo credit – Justin Vidamo   

 Sometimes it’s OK to revel in the past.  In the archaeological wonderland known as the Historic City of Ayutthaya, eighty kilometers north of Bangkok, it’s impossible not to revel.  In fact, you’ll feel enveloped by the past, even transported to it.

A major trading port and one of the most powerful cities in the world in its heyday, Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries.  Razed by the Burmese in 1767, it has been kept just as it was, and is officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.  The gigantic palaces, temples and extraordinary prang towers are ghostly but awe-inspiring monuments to a golden time in Thailand’s rich history.

Ayutthaya Thailand
photo credit – onestep4ward : Johnny Ward 

Of course, the Ayutthaya trip is worth taking for the ancient city alone.  But First Class Guests may well find more to enjoy in the vicinity.  Many discerning visitors explore the fascinating museums, or seek out the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.  Those who like to be active can take a bike tour, or drop in on the friendly local golf course.

5 FIRST CLASS EXCURSIONS – SO MANY FIRST CLASS EXPERIENCES

The hardest part of recommending First Class Excursions from Bangkok has been limiting the list to just five.  Covering the entire gamut from A for Ancient to Z for Zany, Thailand travel never ceases to amaze with its wealth and diversity.  And it’s not as if First Class Guests won’t find more than enough things to do in Bangkok.  So you don’t have to venture out of the city, but you really should.  That’s the secret of these First Class Experiences.  Come to Bangkok and you’re guaranteed to be spoiled – spoiled for choice, that is.

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We cannot always accommodate additional passengers unless we know about them in advance. Later booking modifications may not be possible and if possible, they may be subject to extra costs and you will be notified of them.

Luggage:

You may carry up to two luggage items. Any additional luggage such as golf bags or push chairs has to be declared when booking. In case a customer does carry excess luggage, we may charge an additional fee or refuse to transport the items.

Child safety seats:

We provide an appropriate child safety seat if the correct age and number of children are declared beforehand. We reserve the right to refuse the transporting of children if the seats were not reserved in advance. All children have to be allocated a seat irrespective of their age; we do not allow children to be carried on the lap nor do we allow the sharing of seats.

Drugs and alcohol:

We reserve the right to refuse to carry a person we believe is under the influence of drugs/alcohol, and/or whose behavior is considered a threat to the chauffeur, vehicle, or other guests. This right is delegated to our chauffeurs and representatives and their decision made in such cases is final with no refund given.

Under Thailand Law we are not allowed to carry any drugs onto our vehicles for their consumption either within or outside the vehicle.

Yes, you can bring alcoholic beverages with you as long as it is storage in the trunk of the Limousine. However, First Class Bangkok has beverage packages you can select under our services and add to your order or you can send an email with your requests to info@firstclassbangkok.com.  The purchased beverages bought from First Class Bangkok can be enjoyed before the journey starts or/and after the journey ends or/and at agreed stopping points during the transfer.

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All the fares mentioned here are inclusive of the chauffeur and/or airport representative services, limousine/car rental, parking fees, government taxes, expressway toll charges, and fuel, drinking water, towel, mint candy, and in some cases newspaper/magazine. There are no hidden charges or expenses.

Waiting Time:

For all reservations excluding reservations where the pickup location is the airport, if the client is not ready for pickup by the pickup-time stated within their reservation, an additional charge of 300 THB per 15 minutes will apply..

Payments:

If there is any outstanding moneywise, the normal procedure is to clear the whole incomplete payment  in THB cash directly to our chauffeur when entering the limousine at the first trip.  This payment of cash THB money can only happen at this stage when the amount does not exceed 25,000 THB. If more than 25,000 THB is to be paid as an outstanding, we shall then receive the last installment into our account at least 48 hours before  the agreed services shall be executed.

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We follow the criteria given below to categorize our cars: Brand New cars are a maximum of 6 months old, New cars are maximum of 3 years old and Used cars are between 3 years to 6 years old.

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After you fill out the form you will have two options to make a secure online payment for the deposit or full payment. The service is booked based on the assumption that we have a car available for your transfer. We reserve the right to cancel the booking and give the customer a refund at any time, although this may happen within the first 24 hours after making the reservation. The refund will be processed within 30 days of cancellation. The reason for cancellation could be due to: Late booking (less than 18 hours before arrival), destination not covered by our fleet, hotel is outside Bangkok, or too many people for the booked vehicle

Deposits:

We charge 50% of the total bill on all our services. We also charge 5% of the total bill for credit card processing through PayPal & credit card payments. In order to book long-term service or corporate service, the payment will be invoiced and wired within seven working days after the job is complete. Once the deposit is paid, the remaining amount is to be paid directly to the chauffeur on arrival. Please keep your booking confirmation ready for verification. We will hold the deposit for round trip bookings so that you do not need to pay online once again. You can then pay the rest of the one-way fare after reaching your destination and the balance amount on returning to your airport/other destination.

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If you have booked our service, you may cancel it up to 14 days before your arrival or departure except a handling fee of 5 % is non-refundable as well as if the refund procedure from the payment gateway provider says no to refund their charged commission. Any agreed refund will always be refunded the same way as it has been paid due to the Thai law, regarding money laundry. As every booking confirmation has been made in writing a cancellation request can only be delivered in writing by sending an e-mail request to us at info@firstclassbangkok.com and ask for a cancellation of your booking. If you cancel your booking between 14 to 2 days before the service shall be executed, a cancellation fee at 75 % will be charged. If you cancel the booking less than 48 hours before your arrival/departure, no refund will be provided. In case of a package proposal is accepted or a service shall be performed by or together with a third party, no refund can be submitted after first payment.

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We will also add swift wire transfer charges and other additional processing charges if payments are made to an overseas bank account. When a payment trough a secure payment link is being transferred with another currency than THB we will surcharge an additional handling fee of 3 % to cover the providers costs.

VIP Fast Track Services:

With this service, we arrange a special immigration counter for you. This immigration counter can at seldom times be occupied with minor queues. What it means, there is often no need to wait and complete your formalities. Travelling through the large Suvarnabhumi Airport can be tiring and time consuming itself, which is why we offer a Golf Cart as a complementary service, for the gates that is further than 100 metres to the immigration. Our First Class VIP Fast Track Service is not only just for your arrivals but also for departures.

At Suvarnabhumi international airport, a complimentary Golf Cart will transport you with our assistant directly to the VIP immigration (except when either Royals, Government Officials or influential people arrives in Airport at the same time as your flight. Hence, we will not be able to provide a complimentary Golf Cart during that time. This exception also at times applies when Suvarnabhumi Airport is under renovation.

Please accept, that due to the rules and regulations in Suvarnabhumi Airport, usage of the Golf Cart is not allowed on departure, but a ground staff member will assist the customer personally all the way through the Airport to end up either at the duty free area or a VIP Lounge or the departure gate, all after the customer`s choice.

Gate To Gate Service (without connecting flights and need for claim luggage):

With this service, we arrange a special immigration counter for you. This immigration counter can at seldom times be occupied with minor queues. What it means, there is often no need to wait and complete your formalities. Travelling through the large Suvarnabhumi Airport can be tiring and time consuming itself, which is why we offer a Golf Cart as a complementary service, for the gates that is further than 100 metres to the immigration. Our First Class VIP Fast Track Service is not only just for your arrivals but also for departures.

At peak times, when there are extremely many passenger in the Airport, there can at times be a minor queue at the Premium Lane, at the immigration counter – especially outside of the immigration counter and minor queues can occur at the inside of the immigration counter. After the passport control you will then claim your luggages and will then be escorted toward to check in again – to be escorted to your departure gate or the duty free shopping area or perhaps a VIP lounge if ordered ahead.

Meeting point:

If you have chosen the package, our representative will be waiting for you in the area opposite Door 3 of the arrival hall with a sign that has your name on it. For airport pickups, our chauffeur will be waiting at the airport lobby with the sign. If you chose the Fast Track service, our representative will be waiting for you by the arrival gate (Please note that a Golf cart transporting you with our assistant directly to the VIP immigration for gates 100 m or further) Call us or start Live Chat with our customer care agent to know more. At First Class Bangkok, we use all reasonable means to ensure that our vehicles and services are delivered on time and our customers reach their destinations on time. However, we may be unable to meet you at the scheduled time due to unexpected and uncontrollable circumstances. Therefore, we recommend our customers maintain a 15-minute window for our services and attempt to make alternative arrangements in case our services do not reach you on time. We request our customer to treat our representatives, including our chauffeurs, with respect. All vehicles we provide are lockable from the driver’s seat, and unruly behavior, refusal to pay, and threats against our representatives are not tolerated. Any damage caused to the vehicle by the customer(s) will be paid for by the offending party in full immediately.

Disturbing the chauffeur:

Any attempt of adjusting any preset settings inside the limousine, like A/C, radio, mirrors, blue-tooth or any other settings at the dash board is prohibited. The same goes for any kind of interference according to the route the chauffeur might choose. This alternative route can have various reasons, like traffic jam ahead, accidents, renovation of the road or similar 3th part influences and from that point will make the trip a bit longer in distance but shorter in time. The chauffeur will if any emergency or other things of the extra ordinary be in direct contact with the administration.

Our chauffeur

Our chauffeurs are all educated by First Class Bangkok, to provide all guests the best service possible. It all comes from the time of the first contact between our guest and our chauffeur and until the guest have been delivered to the agreed location. During the transfer our chauffeurs are able to communicate in English – and will only engage talking with the guest, on the guest request. Our chauffeurs also fully respect if our guests need privacy and able to relax and enjoy the journey.