Following the long delayed opening of the airport rail link between Suvarnabhumi airport and the city centre in August 2010, Bangkok has put itself at the cutting edge of travel by opening an airport check-in facility at Makkasan station. Travellers can now check their baggage in when in town and make the rest of the journey to the airport and the departure gate without the burden of luggage and the extra shopping that most people leave Bangkok with. The system vaguely mirrors that in Hong Kong and aims to raise the profile of the airport as a true international hub. The service is initially open to clients flying with Thai Airways or Bangkok Airways but will be expanded across the board in due course. The rail link is a sure fire way of avoiding the city’s much talked about traffic and getting a birds eye view on the short journey to Suvarnabhumi.
Tom Armstrong is one of the founding members of Asia specialist travel company Experience Travel Group, having first fallen in love with Sri Lanka in 1999. He was in the country at the time of the 2004 tsunami, which prompted him to found the Aid Sri Lanka Foundation. His other ventures have included lettuce-farming, beanbag-weaving and setting up The Mudhouse, an eco-resort in the Sri Lankan jungle. These days, he looks after our in-country experience, sourcing partners and trying all new product (i.e. visiting new hotels and sampling new experiences - it's a hard life). Tom is based in Sri Lanka and Thailand, but he is notorious for never staying in one place. Don't even try to keep up with where he is!