First International Trip : Pt 2

I absorbed the fact that I am travelling. Got little time to read about Bangkok, so was absolutely raw about the country.   We headed to terminal 2 of Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport.  What an airport… whatever I had heard about it, it was beyond that narration. Glad to know that it was awarded as the best airport in central Asia & India. After few selfie we headed towards the entrance gates, every entrance gate has electronic display to tell which airlines has their counters on that gate though u can enter from any gate & reach to respective airline counter.

I was travelling with Air India. There was long queue for check in. There I realised that it’s better to do online check in as u can choose seats of ur choice & most important you avoid long queue as there was a separate counter for online check in. U can do online check in using this link: https://fastcheck.sita.aero/cce-presentation-web-ai/entryUpdate.do . Keep Ur e-ticket number & passport number handy for online check in.

Crossing security we reached to immigration counter… 20 mins & I got the stamp… wow… now legally also I am travelling.  After this I was free to explore the beautiful airport & it’s museum. Though didn’t had the much time to roam around. Still fell in love with whatever little I saw.

 

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Started with the huge place dedicated with duty free shops especially the liquor. even a non drinker like me will get carried away (i was so much fascinated that almost my hubby got convinced to gift me one bottle as a remembrance 😉 ) though i didn’t picked any… 🙁 n with heavy heart i moved little ahead  )

There was a nice small garden waiting for me,feels good to see greenery around you. Moving ahead there were the gates for boarding, so beautiful that i forgot to click pics. While heading towards my boarding gate (no 85), I got chance to see Mr. Ratan Tata, by the time I realized who he is I lost the chance to even wish him. But hoping for better luck i moved ahead towards Museum.

 

 

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20160429_010247 (360x480)It has some ancient artifact , some modern & contemporary. It was beautiful showcasing entire India, it’s culture, it’s diversity, it’s uniqueness.. depicting different vibrating colours , moods, expressions of a beautiful soul where my heart is… INDIA. Clearly spreading message of

” अनेकता मे एकता “

 

 

 

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Even the lights were done so beautifully, my favourite was lights in the shape of our national flower lotus. Some full bloomed, some half & some waiting to be bloomed. (Visit museum virtually: http://www.csia.in/atcsia/jayahe.aspx ).

Area around every boarding gates is also extremely beautiful. i felt that we should have 2-3 hrs free with us to explore it.

Being a silent airport u have to keep check on the time of boarding on Ur own otherwise there is fair chance to miss flight. I was just on time.

few pics of art work near boarding gate

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Arrival Departure Card

Had nice 4.5 hrs flight & before landing staff gave us ” arrival & departure card “ of Thailand, which are a must whether u have visa or its visa on arrival.It’s a simple form which need your basic details.

If u already have visa than after landing go directly towards the immigration counter otherwise go to the visa on arrival section. Here u have to fill a form again with details. U will get this form while entering visa on arrival gate but I will suggest that u use online facility as there are very few people right now who are using this facility ( i thought after seeing very few people on that counter.). U can fill online form using this link https://extranet.immigration.go.th/voaonline/voaonline/VoaonlineAction.do . (When u click on link the browser will show any page stating it’s unsafe but click on advance, there at the bottom u will get link. Click on link or continue  & u will be directed to the page, fill details & take the print out of the page).

 

 

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With this form you need few documents:

  • 1 visa photograph (4*6 cm) with white background clicked within 6 months of travel.
  • 1000 baht as visa fee for normal process & 1200 baht for fast process.
  • Should have return ticket within 15 days.
  • Evidence of adequate finance (10,000 baht/person 0r 20,000 baht/ family) (I was carrying my last 6 month bank statement. Banks give these statement for visa purpose)
  • Verifiable place of stay in Thailand.
  • Valid passport or travel document with minimum 6 month validity.
  • Arrival & departure card.

(U can fill this form while standing in queue that saves time.)

 

 

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Once u reach the counter , with all relevant documents it hardly takes 5 mins for verification & in another 10 mins u get your visa. Than head towards immigration & than towards conveyor belt. One more imp thing, keep your departure card safe as u will need it at the time of flying back.

You are now an international tourist 3500 kms away from your own country. I loved the feel of international tourist, the process , the smell of other country’s air.. everything…..

 

 

 

3 days of fun in Bangkok & I was returning back. The process was same except that this time I did the web check in, so avoided the queue. Also here in Thailand at security check u have to remove your shoes & belt also. Immigration was also swift (remember to keep departure card safe) with 15-20 mins waiting time & than flying back home.

 

More on Thailand coming soon…..

 

Comments (2)

  1. Jessy Mohan

    Very informative Deepika.,Looking forward to hear more about Thailand

    Reply
    1. Deepika Bhargava (Post author)

      thanks Jessica.. will surely update u

      Reply

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