Landed in Suvarnabhumi airport early and decided to check out their airport train. It was a 5 min walk from the arrival gates. Signages are sufficient. Quite tourist friendly. There was a long queue for tickets. Was told that it would take 30 minutes to get to the city centre. Ticket cost 90 Baht for express and 45 Baht for regular. Took a regular and waited for only 5 minutes before embarking on my first train from the airport to Bangkok city centre at 12.45 pm.
There was a gap of 5 inches between platform and train which may prove hazardous for an over eager passenger. So much for Thai engineering precision. After all it is only 5 inches, mai pen rai. For me, it was too big a gap for comfort.
The seats were comfortable and the A/C was good making the 5 minutes wait pleasant which could be better if there was piped in music. The journey started at 12.51 pm.
Arrived the first stop at Lat Krabang station 12.57 pm. The train continued to the next stop, Ban Trap Chang station 1.02 pm.
After Ban Trap Chang, the train appear to be passing the last frontier of outer Bangkok. Green fields, wooden houses where an intricate vein of canals flow feeding into an abundance of fish farms.
We reached Hua Mak station at 1.06 pm. Could see more concrete buildings rising higher to meet the sky. Square block of flats replaces the wooden houses.
We promptly stopped at Ramkamhaeng station 1.10 pm. Crowd begin pouring in. There is only standing room from here. Outside the train shop lots replaces houses. Commercial buildings substitute flats of dwellings.
Next stop is Makkasan station, the main station. Arrived at 1.13 pm, exactly 22 minutes from airport. Large empty modern building surrounded by old dilapidated godowns
Ratchaprarop station came up at 1.16 pm. We are entering the city center from here. Sky scrapers towers all round.
Finally reached the last stop Phaya Thai station at 1.18 pm. Disembarked and proceed to the stairs. Found the 6 feet wide stairs to be too narrow for comfort. Three farangs would have covered the entire width.
It was a 10 minutes walk to the BTS skytrain and a short ride to Chitlom station, reaching at 1.36 pm. From Chitlom, it was another 15 minutes walk to Grand Centra Hotel, my destination.
Overall, it took about 1 hour 10 minutes to reach my destination versus 40 minutes by taxi. Plus point is that cost only 45 baht and you get a nice elevated tour of Bangkok.