Backpacking in Thailand – How to Travel Super Cheaply

A great way to get amazing results from your backpacking or traveling-for-low-cost budget is by booking a ticket to Thailand and preparing to explore to your heart’s content – cheaply of course. Don’t think it can be done? Wait until you’ve read this article and you’ll be ready to book your ticket and go!

Now most budget travelers or backpackers would know this anyway – but in case you don’t, the simple fact is that when it comes to low cost travel, Thailand takes the cake, and allows you to eat it too. (By the way, Thailand’s neighbors are even cheaper to travel through than Thailand!) So let’s find out how to do it.

Firstly understand that you can basically catch trains, buses and vans (boats too, depending on where you’re headed) to almost anywhere in Thailand. Pretty much wherever there’s a road, there’s transport. You’ll also have a few choices about what style you want to travel in… You can go local style and pay the local fares, or you can go VIP and pay top dollar (for Thai standards).

As an example, a VIP 24 seater bus with air conditioning (think of it like a fridge on wheels) will cost you the top end of your traveling budget, but give you a very comfortable trip (albeit a cold one). Whereas you can also find a local bus or van doing a similar route and pay less than half the VIP price. You still get to where you’re going though!

So, to do Thailand on a really cheap budget is more than possible. The trick is to catch the local buses and vans, and do what the local Thai people do. I’ve seen folks sit in low-cost seats all night to ride 12 hour train trips, rather than fork out the extra for a bunk bed to sleep in. 

Actually you’d be amazed at how cheaply you can travel Thailand for. For under US$10 you can do a picturesque 5 hour journey to a whole new part of Thailand. OK, so the bus might be full, and the driver a maniac, but you still get to where you’re going, right? So, go book that ticket right away!

VIP A380 Interiors

It’s five years now since the placing of a firm order with Airbus for an A380 Flying Palace, a VIP a380 interiors version of the new double-deck airliner.

The A380, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, would seemingly have cabin outfitting at a completion centre identity unknown.

VIP Airbus A380 interiors of the Flying Palace kind allows customers to trade up to more space, more comfort and a more modern design that flies non-stop to the world. It will also allow them to benefit from more tranquil travel in the A380s outstandingly quiet cabin, as well as the peace of mind that its four engines bring.

Prince Alwaleed’s order means that Airbus sales success in the corporate jet market now extends from its smallest aircraft, the A318 Elite, all the way up to its largest, the A380 Flying Palace.

Airbus A380 is the worlds newest airliner, and only entered service one month previously with Singapore Airlines, one of many prestigious customers. It features a wider fuselage than today’s largest aircraft plus 50 per cent more floorspace, but has also been designed to use existing runways in less distance.

Sales of the Airbus Corporate Jets Family, the A318 Elite, ACJ and A320 Prestige, recently passed the 100 order milestone, highlighting their increasing appeal to corporate, individual and government customers. In addition, more than 40 Airbus widebodies are in widespread VIP and government service.

Airbus features include the latest fuel-saving aerodynamic designs, extensive use of weight-saving carbonfibre, a common cockpit that reduces training costs, cost and time-saving centralised maintenance, and a worldwide customer support network.

Jet interior design
Leg room will not be a problem on the Flying Palace. The A380 can be fitted with cocktail bars, casinos, showers and sleeping quarters for first class passengers on ordinary airlines. But for the super-rich, few limits.

Sales of private jets are booming amid security concerns, meaning aircraft interior design is a booming business. While some private jet owners may hire jet interior designers directly, the majority use the services of aircraft completion companies for custom vip jet interior design. Most aircraft owners are concerned with durability and resale, so the majority of aircraft interiors are designed with neutral tones and finishes to meet these requirements.

Only specific materials can be used, even for private aircraft interiors. For example, all materials are required to have an 8110-3, which means they need to pass FAA burn requirements. 2-D and 3-D modeling software allows the customer to preview colors, textures, patterns and materials. The final stage of this software is a photorealistic 3-D rendering showing the customer a true colour visualization of how the new interior environment will look and feel. This rendering, along with the colour board of materials, is a complete package for jet interior design.

St Barts – St Maarten, VIP Airport Service

St Barts (St Barth, St Barthelemy) is a very unique and special French Caribbean island, and getting there can be special as well. Just a short 15 minute flight from the international airport of Juliana on St Maarten.

The fact that St Barts airport can only accommodate small aircraft and that incoming and outbound flights stop at sunset, maintains the island’s intimate and exclusive character.

This also means that getting to and from St Barts is a particular experience, which can be of concern to visitors as they must first fly into St Maarten and clear customs, immigration and security before boarding their St Barts flight.

Delayed international flights into St Maarten can cause missed connecting flights to St Barts. The planes coming into St Barts are restricted in the number of passengers and in the weight they can carry. As such passengers, and more often their luggage, can spend the night on St Maarten.
Local bad weather can also affect flight schedules from St Maarten to St Barts, causing backlogs in the check-in lines and again, passenger and luggage delays. Even with the opening of the new international airport ( Juliana ) on St Maarten last Nov 2006 the situation of missed connections and lost luggage has not changed.

A local St Barts VIP Arrival and Departure Airport Service that has professional and bilingual staff in St Maarten can take the stress out of this process for a very reasonable fee. These agents will be on hand at both airports to ensure your journey to and from St Barts is stress free and as smooth as possible.

When you disembark from your international flight in St Maarten you will either enter the Juliana terminal by shuttle bus off the tarmac or by a connecting catwalk from the plane directly into the terminal. Either way a uniformed VIP agent will greet you at the Transfer information desk take charge of your luggage tags and connecting St Barts boarding pass, escort you through immigration, customs and security.

Other benefits in using a VIP Airport service is they are there to get your luggage onto the connecting flight, make arrangements for an earlier or a later flight if your connection was missed, should there be no flights available they can arrange private boat charters to St Barts ( a 40 min trip ) and accompany you to the dock. As a last resort you may have to stay on St Maarten for the night and they will organize hotel accommodation, taxi transfers and restaurant reservations.
Once on St Barts you will be met by another VIP agent at the arrivals hall or at the dock if you arrived by private boat charter, who will take charge of your luggage and escort you to your accommodation representative for transfer to your place of stay. Should your luggage be delayed they will wait at the airport and deliver it to you.

Your departure from St Barts to St Maarten is equally as important as your arrival to make this process as stress free as possible before embarking on your journey home. Especially during the heavy traffic months of November through to April when a lot of scheduled flights from St Barts to St Maarten are over booked, delayed or cancelled.

What a VIP Airport Service will do for you on departure is pick up your luggage and flight tickets well in advance of your scheduled departure, pre-book you in at the St Barts airport, fill out your St Maarten immigration form and make any arrangements necessary so that you are on time for your St Maarten international flight. All you have to do is arrive at the St Barts airport 20 to 30 minutes in advance of your departure time and walk on to the plane.

Once at Juliana airport on St Maarten again you will be met by a uniformed VIP agent at the Transfer information desk who will take charge of your luggage tags and international tickets and get you through customs, immigration and security to your departure gate, boarding pass in hand. Juliana provides a VIP lounge to all travelers for a small fee if you have several hours between flights.

The peace of mind in having booked a VIP Airport Arrival / Departure service for this short 15 minute journey from St Maarten to St Barts and return is invaluable to your vacation, even for the seasoned traveler. This is a time to relax and let someone else do the work.