Favorite thing: Bangkok is notorious worldwide for it's traffic congestion and in the 1990's they started to built lots of elevated tollways criss crossing around bangkok but to no avail! as you can see in my pictures, even at the expressways, traffic is still prevalent! but don't despair, since not all of bangkok are congested at all hours. the most traffic prone areas of bangkok are along the sukhumvit road (traffic even at midnight), Radjamri Road facing Central World, Rama 1 Road facing MBK, Payathai Road facing Siam Discovery Center, Rama IV road near Lumpini Park and areas around Chinatown. if you going in these areas, then it is better to take the BTS Sky Train or the MRT or Taxi than driving.
We were told that Traffic Jam of Bangkok is the fifth largest in the world on the day we arrived! Perhaps the guide or the person who told him does not know the truth! It was far from the reality!
But, the proud people of Bangkok has won that over very effectively! I would rather say, it's now a misnomer a thing of past! The reports were as old as like this ( below link) in 2008/ 2009! Since then they have developed the city and the roads, so much that Traffic Jam is simply a thing of past!
During our three days we traveled to many parts of the city, in Sukhumvit area and other areas in old Bangkok during different time but we could never find Traffic Jam anywhere! I think, people should stop this negative publicity about the city they really don't know!
If the areas you would want to go around bangkok is not near a BTS Sky Train Station or an MRT Station, then your best bet would be to ride a taxi as it is the cheapest way to go around Bangkok. Just be sure to tell the driver to use the taxi meter as there are some scam artists who don't want to use the meter and ask for a negiotiated price going to your destination and if you encounter one, then leave and get to another taxi. Bangkok has thousands of taxis, and finding one at any time is never a problem. The occasional exception to this is during a monsoon season downpour.
The two tone green and yellow taxis are generally reckoned to be the best ones. All licensed taxis have yellow and black number plates. Tipping of taxi drivers is not really a Thai practice, though rounding the fare up to the nearest 5B or 10B is fairly common. Any more is not expected and not really necessary.
the flagfall rate is 35B (1.15 US$ ) including the first 2km and it's 5Baht/km after that. A surcharge is applied in traffic jams (1.25B/m when moving under 6km/h)
if you aren't near any taxis, you can phone 1661 and order one to pick you up. This costs the meter fee + 20Baht.
Traffic in the Big Mango is quite predictable: Traffic is bad in the morning, traffic is bad after work, or just bad all day long.
Thailand is a very car reliant city and the car is a status symbol as cars are expensive here. Unless necessary, only will public transport be taken, and if one could afford a car, then it would be the sole mode of transport no matter how bad traffic is. Hence, the perpetually bad Bangkok traffic.
Favorite thing: The traffic in Bangkok is really bad!!!!! Expect to get stuck in traffic jams. Have a book handy or camera handy and occupy yourself. Traffic is the only time a tuk tuk will benefit you, as it can weave in and out of jams. Just a heads up, the traffic is bad
Be careful when you are crossing bangkok streets, traffic can be pretty packed and sometimes you have to look back and forth quickly and dash across the road!
For example, If you are walking from WTC to Pratunam, you will come to a junction where's very traffic is heavy and there's no traffic light. Just be careful at the cars and esp the tuk-tuks, some of the drivers can be pretty reckless at times.
The first thing that most newcomers to Bangkok notice about the city is the traffic. Nasty bumper-to-bumper mayhem spreads its tentacles across the city and holds commuters captive virtually around the clock.
The tuk-tuk, most tourists take a ride in the unique vehicle. After that initial transport experience, most vow never to do it again. Tuk-tuks are tolerable for short journeys but for distances of more than two blocks they can be quite annoying. Once a tuk-tuk gets stuck in traffic their open-air design leaves passengers vulnerable to exhaust fumes, deafening noises and the sweltering Bangkok heat.
The new BTS Skytrain is a fabulous way to get around the congested city. The Skytrain's biggest handicap is that it covers a fairly limited route.
Getting to the train itself is also bit of an ordeal. Even though BTS has finally installed escalators at all the stations, those pleasant people movers are found at only one of the several street entrances, leaving most commuters the tiring task of climbing the equivalent of four flights of stairs to reach their train.
Boat travel on the klong, however, is not everyone's idea of a great experience. The biggest complaint is the nasty water itself. To put it bluntly: it stinks. Many passengers carry a newspaper with them and hold it over their face to ward off errant splashes until safely on dry land. The boats are also very loud and the closer you sit to the engine, the more deafening it gets. Safety is also a major concern. Getting on and off the boat can be tricky. The boats don't always come to a full stop before allowing passengers to disembark. Sometimes, will the boat stop at the pier to allow passengers to board or get off. Normally the boats slow down just enough for you to climb out onto a narrow wooden deck and grab a thick dirty rope before determining when it's safe to jump. No, safety is not a pressing concern. Seeing people slip and fall in the black, murky water is not an uncommon sight.
there isn't just a favorite thing about this place. the favorite thing is being here in Bangkok.
Fondest memory: my fondest memory of Bangkok...
every day is a fond memory...
the worst floods, the bad pollution, the heavy traffic, the good food, the smiles of the people, the extra fruits that the fruit seller gave as a token of his welcome to his country,
the heat, the beaches....
But in contrary, after I see the beautiful scenery on board in my flight, I have to involved with heavy traffic of Bangkok. Again, it's quite similar with my Jakarta --capital city of Indonesia. And Mr. Jesus Cordoba, the President Director of BMW Indonesia giving comments; Jakarta more hectic in traffic jam, comparing with Bangkok :)
Fondest memory: But even it's in heavy traffic, I enjoy to be here. Seeing the temples, traditional ones in a modern area make me so stunning and enjoy them. Unfortunately, I miss the floating market at Chao Phraya river.
Bangkok is a busy city and crowded same as others big city in the world.There is the centre for everything.You can easy to find Mc Donald or Pizza Hut in Bkk so ? It is the thing that u wanna meet here ? The best place to eat that where the local eat! The resturant that planty of tourist ..i think expensive and you can't eat real thai food (and thai taste). Bangkok is the city that east meet west ... although we wanna keep our life sytle but we can't stop to growing up..Whatever, I always choose Fried rice instead Mcdonald :)
Fondest memory: Traffic Jam? Nooo.. ;-)
Fondest memory: The traffic in Bangkok is terrible. All main roads in Bangkok except the toll road are hopeles. If you arrive Bangkok during the peak-hour traffic, expect to be standing in queue for a long time.