While Bangkok has grown incredibly over the last few years, with
modern hotels,brand new shopping malls and entertainment complexes
to the ancient skyline of timeless temples and leafy courtyards,
getting around couldn't be easier. The new Bangkok Transit System
(BTS) or"Skytrain"-an elevated rail system which crosses
the city and connects many of the main downtown areas, has made
life much easier.If you only have 3 or 4 days, the skytrain will
get you to many of the city's main attractions. Major shopping malls,
Chatuchak weekend market, and even the river are accessible by skytrain.
So if you're new to Bangkok, it's a great way to find your way around
and see a large part of what the city has to offer.
run every 3-6 minutes from 6:00-12:00 midnight daily. (Last train
abound 11:50) Peak hours (7:00am-9:00am & 5:00pm-8:00pm) every
2 minutes. Cost 10-40 Baht, depending on distance and includes free
BTS Shuttle buses which link various routes to the system.
shortage of taxis in the city that never sleeps. They're cheap and
available virtually 24 hours a day. Meter taxis now predominated,
but you may have to politely ask them to switch on the meter to
save negotiating later. They change a minimum of 35 Baht, for the
first kilometres, then around 5 Baht for every following kilometre.
Since taxis are cheap and the drivers work all hours in traffic
that is legendary, a small tip is often appreciated.
Tucs A Bangkok institution,
not as common as they used to be, these 3 wheeled open air "
sardine-cans-on-wheels "zoom in and out of traffic like mosquitos
on mission. Since they're such fun, at least one short trip is recommended-
just for the experience. Bargain in advance. Minimum fares, for
short journeys around 30 Baht.
A great way to get around the riverside area
of Bangkok. Boats run daily up and down the Chao Phraya river connecting
with the locan "suburbs" in Thonburi on the other side
and also along the river. Good for riverside sightseeing expecially
some of the historic attractions like Wat Arun and the Royal Museum.There
are different types of boats offering different services, and some
of the express boats only stop at the main piers. If you simply
want to cross the river, there are ferry boats which cost 2 Baht
from available from almost every boat landing. River taxis operate
up and down the river and cost around 6 Baht (Ruan Duen) depending
on the journey and a special Chao Phraya Tourist Boat offers a day
pass for 75 Baht with departures every 30 minutes from Sathorn Pier.Watertaxis
also operate along some of the main klongs on the Bangkok side of
the along Klong Saenseap.
Unbelieveably cheap (between 5-20 Baht) and
lots of them, although some of the destinations are only written
in Thai. Buses are colour coded and many are air-conditioned. While
they are cheapest from of transport in Bangkok you should be aware
that bag thieves may quietly remove your valuables. Also you'll
need time to plan your route. So if you don't want to spend limited
time working out which bus goes where, and where to get off, take
a taxi or skytrain. Air-conditioned microbuses charge a flat fare
of 20 Baht (all routes). TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) office
provides a free city map bus routes.