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Utapao: The new terminal, the old immigration

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Arrived through the new terminal at U-Tapao. 

 

Confronted with huge immigration lines, mostly Chinese tourists.

 

Eight passport lanes. Only three open. No express lane for Thais. 

 

The same inefficiency and indifference in new surroundings.

 

Welcome to Thailand.

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OK, now I can add another airport to my "avoid list": DMK and U-Tapao. It's worth the extra 1000 baht/flight to fly international via Swampy then. Thanks. :-) 

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Your a bit tough guys....this has only just open..(on this scale ) .

looking at the pic... I have seen much longer queues going into Hanoi/PP/Bali,

(and of Course Heathrow London.)

 

Probably high Tec KL/Sing is the only Asian places to breeze through.

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Not sure what you refer to as old immigration prospero--? I do you mean the nearest Immigration (Maptaput ) has moved in there--is there an immigration office in the airport... or are these  just immigration guys for the Airport.

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I think it's quite clear what I was referring to, Sanuk. When you enter a country you pass through immigration. There are officers who stamp your passport. We call them immigration officers. They man booths. You wait to approach a booth, sometimes for a long time. Once you're at the booth the officer checks your passport and other travel documents. He or she takes a photograph of your face and stamps your passport, after which you can pick up your luggage, pass through customs and leave the airport.

 

There is a small immigration office in the new U-Tapao terminal. You'll see it on your right as you wait in line. 

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And the car park is a dump !

No real security, no real ticket machine, just handwritten paper.

Road signage has also not been done.

 

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9 hours ago, NanLaew said:

You gets what you pays for.

Exactly, I always pay for the VIP line, when not flying Business class ...........what is it??  $25.00???  Breeze right thru.

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18 hours ago, sanuk711 said:

Your a bit tough guys....this has only just open..(on this scale ) .

looking at the pic... I have seen much longer queues going into Hanoi/PP/Bali,

(and of Course Heathrow London.)

 

Probably high Tec KL/Sing is the only Asian places to breeze through.

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Not sure what you refer to as old immigration prospero--? I do you mean the nearest Immigration (Maptaput ) has moved in there--is there an immigration office in the airport... or are these  just immigration guys for the Airport.

Comparing it to other bad incidences elsewhere serves no purpose.

Having only 3 IO on duty sounds like the crux of the problem, and a disregard for people and passengers.

 

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op where had you flown from.

always a lottery at immigration, wherever it is

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2 hours ago, jacko45k said:

Comparing it to other bad incidences elsewhere serves no purpose.

Often there is no way of judging any situation in life unless by comparison--- i.e if everywhere is worse... how can this be bad---compared to what in Asia.

I have flown in there from Issan and the place has been empty. I would get more upset at an establish Airport Don Muang , that doesn't seem to be improving.Heathrow can not handle the traffic at times--- I have sat on the floor of many airports in Europe wondering just ..what is "Schengen"  all about.

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On 12/4/2017 at 3:57 PM, BsBs said:

And the car park is a dump !

No real security, no real ticket machine, just handwritten paper.

Road signage has also not been done.

 

The new car park is great. Plenty of spaces and you can drive straight across it, no need for lanes and enter/leave anywhere you want. Beats the heck out of the 'old' parking.

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28 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

The new car park is great. Plenty of spaces and you can drive straight across it, no need for lanes and enter/leave anywhere you want. Beats the heck out of the 'old' parking.

 

Yes, cars also like to rot under the tropic sun.

 

 

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9 hours ago, BsBs said:

 

Yes, cars also like to rot under the tropic sun.

 

 

Strewth! How long are you leaving it there for? All winter?

 

If this is a major concern, you can still turn up early and grab one of the few covered spaces at the old car park.

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1 hour ago, NanLaew said:

Strewth! How long are you leaving it there for? All winter?

 

If this is a major concern, you can still turn up early and grab one of the few covered spaces at the old car park.

 

Always full, thank you to stop talking about what you have no idea at all.

 

 

 

 

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On 12/4/2017 at 3:57 PM, BsBs said:

And the car park is a dump !

No real security, no real ticket machine, just handwritten paper.

Road signage has also not been done.

 

No Security??? It's in the middle of a military airbase.....armed security everywhere!!

 

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