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Travel around Bangkok is surprisingly easy to get around with excellent public transport systems.

A new overhead rail system connects the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of city,

while river taxis and experss boats link many of the older historic sites. Taxi are cheap and appear on

virtually every corner at almost any time of the day or night. Tuc Tucs, once a Bangkok attraction are fast

disappearing in favour of more comfortable transport, but are still worth a ride at least once.

Sky Train - 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.

Train 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.

Taxis No 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.

Tuc 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.

Boats 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.

Buses 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.

 

TAT Organization Bangkok Thailand 10000,Tel 66 02 3117678,Fax 66 02 3117679
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Revised: April 08, 2004.