Off to Thailand
We started from Bangalore on 1st of July 2016 and took an overnight bus to Chennai. We had a friend to meet on Saturday and spent a day there and later taking an overnight SpiceJet flight to Bangkok Suvarnabhoomi Airport ("BKK") arriving at 3am.
Airport was pretty crowded even at this hour, and we followed signage and crowd for Visa.
Visa on Arrival
Passport, Passport Size Photo, 1000 THB Cash Fee, Return Ticket, Hotel Details
1. Fill application form, arrival card, and departure card
2. Get behind verification counter, and official will verify if it all looks good
3. Submit documents and passport post verification, and wait for your name to be called out
4. Collect passport back in 15-30 minutes
5. Get in line for immigration (picture taken) and exit
Whole process is pretty ad-hoc and crowded. Just like India, there are no proper signs on verification and submission and you just have to follow the crowd. Neither is there is any line to verify or submit. Forms are available on counters nearby (reminded me of train reservations in India before IRCTC days) and pen may or may not be available. You need to be able to push your way through crowd. Whole deplaning and Visa process took about 3 hours.
We had a connecting flight to Phuket (HKT), from smaller airport in Bangkok (Don Mueang, "DMK") with margin of about 5hr 50min but because of Visa and taxi issues we just barely made it. There are public transport options too but because of time we chose private taxi. Coming outside airport on left there is glass waiting area where we get token for a pre-paid private taxi and one taxi assigned. Taxi from BKK to DMK took about 1 hr at early morning speeds and costed us THB 550.