Tips for foreign visitors
English was a main obstacle as usual. Also if you're coming to this place, be prepared that you might have to take your own transfers to the hotel from the aiport (although the hotel has confrimed a pick up) make sure you have data on your phone because that is how the hotel is going to try to contact you in case something has changed at the point you have already arrived to the airport, your calls to the reception wouldn't help if you don't understand Thai.
Here is the story...So we slept over at Seree for one night on our way to Koh Lipe. It looked like a convenient choice given it's 5 minutes away from the airport and we flew over that evening. We booked via Agoda and the hotel had airport transfers both ways inluded in price. After booking the room, I contacted the hotel to confirm airport transfers, letting them know the exact time we were arriving. The confirmation message came back saying: The driver will be waiting around Taxi stand, driving Blonde silver Pajero sport car, please wait there. So once we arrived, we got out of the airport to the taxi stand trying to find Pajero, walked around several times, Pajero was not there. Waited for a while at the exit to the airport which overlooks taxi stand and then decided to take a taxi to the hotel. Taxi drive took more than half an hour, and this is not because of the distance (normally it takes 5 minutes) but because taxi driver was driving around trying to locate the place. At one point, I took my husbads business phone and called the hotel to get them to try to explain to the taxi driver, where is it that he needs to go. A person on the other side picked up and said staring away-No english, they did not undestand so I gave up the call. Luckily, very soon after, the taxi managed to locate the address and as we were checking in, a lady appeared at the doorstep speaking english saying she was at the airport, waiting to pick us up, somewhere, but not at the taxi stand as confirmed earlier during booking arrangements (I wouldn't be able to get to know the airport I've never seen before that well, at midnight after a long flight). As were were getting out of the reception and towards our room, we stepped outside and the same lady was with us, there was a car outside that appeared to me as the one she used for a pickup. So it was no Pajero but Toyota or some different brand, I asked her about the car and if she used it for a pick up and I pretty much understood that she did. So I wasn't really sure how were we going to recognise her at the airport when she was standing at the different spot then what agreed and driving a different car. She did attempt to e-mail me while at the aiport instead of trying to give me a call, I had no data on my phone and the airport wifi was not working.
Other then the transport, everything else was in line with the expectation, as in line with the price paid, the room was new, very clean, had aircon and hot water, swimming pool was at a different place about 200m walk from the hotel, breakfast was the most basic, some boiled eggs, hot salty thai porridge and some deep fried dough which could be used instead of bread. In the morning, the driver in the Pajero took us back to the airport.
ครอบครัว - 8 ส.ค. 2017