Getting Around Bangkok

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    Train travel

    by pfsmalo Written Apr 1, 2014

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    After faffing around for a couple of days before realising that the State railways do NOT sell tickets on their website, although they do give all the info on times and prices, I went and had a look at www.seat61.com, a known expert on trains throughout the world. 5Have a look at the site just for fun, it's worth it the info that's on there. On the site they recommend using www.thailandtrainticket.com so I tried. After my trip and being back for a couple of weeks that makes it over 3 months and I'm still waiting for an answer from them. I gave up around the New Year and got in touch with www.asia-discovery.com. Two days later I had a mail from staff saying no problem and which hotel and when would I like to go. I used my CC and within another two days I had my booking confirmed and pics of my tickets on an e-mail. Four days and all done and dusted. Admittedly they do take a commission for doing this (5€) but it was well worth it. You can of course go to the station and buy your tickets there, if you don't like using your CC on the 'net and hopefully the trains won't be full......Happened to a mate wanting to get out of Chiang Mai, booked solid for four days!!!! But I do recommend using their services, tickets were waiting at the hotel for us as planned.

    Hua Lamphong - Departure point. Nong Khai - Arrival point. Coming into Nong Khai This is the trai from Nong Khai to PDR Lao.

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    Passenger skywalk at Makkasan-Phetchaburi stations

    by pfsmalo Written Mar 30, 2014

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    It is even easier to get from Suvarnabhumi airport into Hua Lamphong main-line station on the outskirts of Chinatown. SirHalberd (VT member) told me about a possible skywalk between the two stations and I can confirm it. No need now to go down on the street when transferring between the airport link station at Makkasan and Phetchaburi on the MRT line that ends in Hua Lamphong.Just follow the numerous signs on the platforms and on the skywalk itself.
    Just for info this is a great way to get into the city, costs just 63 THB for the two jetons. You need to buy the jetons separately as they are two different companies, so not possible to buy a through ticket.

    Hua Lamphong main-line station. At Makkasan.

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    Luggage consignment in Don Muang Airport

    by Tedsocoa Written Jan 16, 2014

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    When you decide to leave your bag in the airport of Don Muang for some days, just to travel light to another city of Thailand, there is a good service on the level of Departures, just before check in desks. The couter is left luggage of lost luggage, you have to show your passport an ticket and for some dollars you can leave your heavy bag there and continu with a week-end bag.

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  • Lotus Country Travel offers a nightmare !

    by xTimeTraveller Written Nov 23, 2012

    Doing a web search I clicked into 'ThailandHighlight.com' and after paying an online deposit I received a confirmation email from 'Lotus Country Travel'. On Wednesday 21st Nov 2012, I set out from Chinatown for a full day trip. The tour was to 'Bridge on the River Kwai' and 'Tiger Temple'.

    After picking-up people from a couple of other hotels a group of 9 (plus driver and tour-guide) finally left Bangkok city at 7.45 a.m headed to River Kwai. On the first section of the tour we had for company 2 people from France, a British lady, a Canadian lady, myself and 4 others (3 men, 1 woman). We travelled in a silver-grey minivan (Licence Plate 4043).

    We had a 15 minutes stop outside Bangkok. The distance from Bangkok to River Kwai is approx.130 kms. After checking with other drivers and on the web we find that on average drivers travel at between 60 kph to 100 kph. Google Earth suggests this takes between 1h45mins to 2h15mins to reach the bridge from Bangkok.

    On the Lotus Country Travel tour bus, we reached the bridge in 1 hour 10 minutes as the tour bus was going - for 80% of the time - at 100 kph to 130 kph. All this in heavy traffic and along narrow carriage ways. The driving was not only well over any speed limit but reckless. Weaving in and out of traffic, tail-gating, overtaking from left and right.......Clearly passenger comfort and safety did not matter to the driver.

    It would all have been fine if not for 3 near-misses in One-Day.

    Incident One:
    At a U-turn the tour bus travelling at 120 kph suddenly braked heavily. Passengers were all thrown forward. Those asleep jumped wide awake. One lady wanted to vomit as she began to feel unwell. The Thai tour guide (a young lady) turned and explained it was the fault of the other driver. Passengers (who had not done so before) grabbed their seat-belts and buckled up. Nobody felt comfortable anymore since we were now all watching the road ahead anxiously. The Lotus Company mini-van continued to speed in heavy traffic and along narrow lanes at 120 kph.

    Incident Two:
    Once at the River Kwai bridge, new groups were formed for the remaining part of the tour. We were now a group of 8 happy people mostly in age-group 20 to 30 - 2 Americans, 1 Brit, 3 Australians, Julie (from Canada) and myself (from Australia).

    The Tiger Temple is 60 kms from the River Kwai bridge. Narrow roads and heavy traffic mean regular drivers take an hour or more to cross the distance. I confirmed this after talking to other drivers following our nightmare ride and checking Google Earth.

    The tour bus took just 25 minutes “drive-time” from the Bridge to Tiger Temple. We had a break for lunch on a boat in-between. A man and lady driving slowly on a motorbike in front of our bus got tail-gated by our driver. The road was narrow and the motor-bike had little road-space to move to the side. This irritated our driver. Our driver proceeded to side-swipe the bike. A frightened motor bike driver lost his balance and braked sharply to avoid being pushed into the shallow ditch which ran at the side of the road. The passenger on the motor bike fell off. Our tour-guide (a Thai lady) put her head out of the window to make sure that “the bus was not damaged” whilst our driver happily sped away at 120 kph. We passengers on the tour bus watched in shock as we saw how the Lotus Company driver treated other road-users. It is not the gentle, smiling Thailand many were expecting. What should be a safe, enjoyable bus trip was turning to a nightmare. We wondered if the Lotus Company driver was on a suicide mission.


    Incident Three:
    The over-speeding, tail-gating and immense lack of concern shown by the driver for the safety of passengers (and other road-users) continued on the way back to Bangkok.

    By this time people on the mini-van began to softly refer to the driver as 'the driver from hell' . Some wished they had rented a private car / driver. Many never wanted to travel on a tour bus again. As a long time resident of Thailand I am lost for words.

    Just as we thought there would be no more "near-misses" and no more “drama on the road” the Lotus Company mini-van braked heavily and lurched sideways. Our tour bus jumped across 2 lanes. This means that from the median lane (ie: the centre lane) it landed at the very edge of the road - all in 10 seconds.

    The passengers were in shock. I asked the driver what was happening. The tour-guide explained that the driver had to "swerve sharply" quite suddenly to avoid a pot-hole which had appeared from nowhere. This meant that the mini-van jack-knifed across 2 lanes to reach the edge of the road in 10 seconds. Luckily for us passengers there was no traffic flowing in the other lanes or else the mini-van would have either:
    1) hit vehicles travelling in the next lane OR
    2) tipped on its side when it hit the pot hole at 120 kph.

    Pot-holes are common on many Thai-roads especially in the provinces. That’s okay. For this reasons people drive at speeds of 60 kph to 100 kph......especially when carrying passengers on a relaxing day tour. None of us had paid for a High-Speed Road Race. Hence, for any driver to tell passengers that the "pot-hole" appeared from nowhere whilst speeding at 120 kph is simply not normal, not acceptable.

    Three near-misses were too much even for me who live in Thailand. I told the driver and tour-guide that I will be writing to the office and expressing the views of passengers. At this the driver got upset. A few minutes later, the driver displayed his anger by turning off the air-con. After sitting for 15 minutes without an air-con, one of our fellow-passengers (Joanne, the British lady) requested the driver please switch on the air-con. We reached Bangkok at 5.30 p.m.


    The drop-off to hotels
    5.30 p.m. to 6.15 p.m:
    The tour driver goes past Royal Palace & some other places of interest in Bangkok.

    6.15 p.m.
    My 3 Australian friends are dropped off at their hotel.
    Remaining on the bus are 5 people. We hope to be dropped off at hotels around Sathorn & Chinatown.

    6.15 p.m. to 7.20 p.m.
    Nobody gets dropped off. All this time, neither the tour guide nor the driver inform passengers who is going to be dropped off next or which hotel we are driving towards. We sit for over an hour patiently.

    The 2 staff ie: driver & tour guide seem angry and upset after being told that I am writing to the office to express our concerns about the speeding and the total disregard for passenger safety.

    7.20 p.m.
    Outside Pathumwan Institute of Technology the 5 passengers ask the driver to stop. We get off and ask help from a policeman who shows us the Skytrain station. We reach our various hotels using Skytrain.

    All of us happy to be alive.

    Conclusion:
     We are not sure if the tour company is aware of the risk to life (and to other road-users) posed by the over-speeding we witnessed firsthand.
     We are not sure if the real reason is the pressure the tour company puts on drivers in designing the tour-schedule.

    Customers have not signed up for a high-speed shock-and-awe adventure on the roads. Living in Thailand I can assure you that the driving style I witnessed is not normal, even for a tour company trying to squeeze a lot of trips in one-run. Having 3 near-misses (all in One Day) on the roads is also not normal for Thailand.

    Friends who did the same trip by private car only last month left Bangkok at 7 a.m. Reached River Kwai at 10.30 a.m. They drove at 12 noon from River Kwai and reached the Tiger Temple at 1.15 p.m. Leaving Tiger Temple about 3 p.m. they were in Chinatown at 7 p.m. If you compare the drive-time’s and distance of this with your tour bus you will notice the big difference.

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    Smal Tour Vans

    by machomikemd Written Oct 16, 2012

    For a small group tour, most thai tour companies use a small tour van that can sit up to 15 to 18 people inside (the legroom is sometimes cramped!) and the vans used are usually toyota grandias, hyundai starex vans and more. the small tour vans go to all of the tour destinations in and around bangkok area like the big tour buses do. the only advantage of having a small group tour and tour van is that you have a little more alloted time to to more pictures or videos or go around the areas you would tour hence this is a better option than a big tour bus.

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  • Memorial Bridge Pier

    by volopolo Updated Aug 20, 2009

    Memorial Bridge Pier


    Information
    Name: Memorial Bridge Pier
    Attraction Type: Pier
    Close to: Chinatown, Flower Market, Wat Rajaburana, Old Siam Plaza
    Pier Code: N6
    City: Bangkok
    Pictures in the web: Memorial Bridge Pier in Bangkok


    My Photos
    First Photo: Memorial Bridge from the boat
    Second Photo: Memorial Bridge from the boat
    Third Photo: The pier
    Fourth Photo: Memorial Bridge from the boat
    Fifth Photo: Memorial Bridge from the boat

    Memorial Bridge Memorial Bridge Memorial Bridge Pier Memorial Bridge Memorial Bridge

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    Van to Ayuthaya

    by limledi Updated Jan 21, 2009

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    We found a travel agency in Khaosan Road offering cheap package tour to Ayutthaya. This includes the roundtrip van transfer. We were offered 530 baht per person (6 pax) which is really cheap considering others paid at least 900 baht.

    Van to Ayuthaya
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    Tours From Bangkok Day & Half Day

    by Mikebb Updated Dec 29, 2008

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    When travelling to Bangkok I recommend you do not pre book tours, you can easily book them from your Hotel Tour Desk or a nearby Travel agent when you arrive. Tours purchased in Bangkok are much cheaper and give you the flexability of deciding what to do when you you arrive. Often people arrive and everything is organised, they then see several tours they would like to take but have no time available.

    We have taken many tours over the years, nearly all booked when we arrive. The tour coach picks you up from your hotel.

    The photo was taken in February 2008 and gives you an idea of some of the tours available and the prices are in the local currency Baht.

    Tours In & Around Bangkok
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    Transportation Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

    by bulldogtwo Written Dec 12, 2008

    You may also consider taking a private car to Kannchanaburi once you arrive, it's only a couple of hours and you would arrive with plenty of time to check into your hotel and have dinner.
    Should you decide to wait, the bus terminal to catch the bus out of is the "eastern terminal."

    - BANGKOK’S EASTERN BUS TERMINAL is on Sukhumvit Road, Tel : 391-9829, 392-9277 (air-conditioned), and Tel : 391-2504, 392-2521 (non air-conditioned).

    Bus Terminal Center
    Northern of Thailand | NorthEastern of Thailand | Southern of Thailand
    DOMESTIC BUS TICKETS

    Eastern Routes
    Booking Guide | FAQ

    Rayong | Sattahep | Chanthaburi | Ban Pae (Ko Samet ) | Trat | Laem Ngob Pier (Ko Chang) |

    KANCHANABURI

    From BANGKOK To KANCHANABURI

    DP. AR. TIME (hr.) Second Class
    Air-condition DAYS
    05:00 08:00 4 Bt 580 All Week
    06:00 09:00 4 All Week
    09:30 12:30 4 All Week
    14:30 17:30 4 All Week

    Online booking


    As far as hotels, well, there are dozens to choose from from any budget range. You may as well stay in Bnagkok, around the Sukhumvit area as that is where the eastern terminal is at.
    Good luck

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  • Going around Thailand in a van

    by georgecheriyan Written Sep 16, 2008

    Hi friends,
    I have been living in Bangkok for the past 10 years. Thailand is a lovely place to visit and the people are friendly too though visitors, who get cheated by the tuk-tuk drivers and the ping-pong pimps, might hold a different view.
    Whenever my friends from India and the UAE come to see the country, I take the help of one amnad roykaew, an amiable thai, who gives his vans for hire. Amnad drives himself and took us to various places in the country. his knowledge of thailand and its cuisine is fantastic. Indians generally are not known to relish other cuisines but Amnad, who is much sought after by Japanese golfers, made sure that our friends tasted a variety of Thai food and appreciate its richness. He helped us in bargaining with the local vendors/artists in various markets.
    Amnad charges 1500 baht, which is quite reasonable when one compare with others, as the daily rent plus the gas one consumes for going around in his 11-seater van.
    Amnad can be contacted on mobile numbers: 0860636879; 0853434046 and 0811101355. and also on: amnad_r@hotmail. com.

    George Cheriyan

    Amnad's Nissan van The inside of Amnad's Nissan van The seats are quite comfortable.
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    Airport to Trat transpo

    by bulldogtwo Written Sep 7, 2008

    You don't mention what time you arrive in Thailand. There are busses that can take you directly from the airport to Pattaya, and from there you can get another bus to continue on to Trat.
    If you miss those busses because you get in late you can stay overnight in Bangkok and take a bus to Trat the next day. OR you could take a taxi or private driver to Pattaya or Trat from the airport but that would be a bit expensive but not overly so.
    If you take the bus in Bangkok you'll need to get to the Ekamai bus station on Sukhumvit rd, between soi 40-42. see www.thailand.com/travel/getthere/getthere/bus_terminal ALSO see
    www.busstation.net/main/bustha for more good bus info.
    By bus from Bangkok the journey should take about 5-6 hours. Pay a couple extra $$ and get on a comfortable bus if you can, if available.
    ood luck, hope that helped.

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    Guide

    by Fernandocramos Updated Mar 17, 2007

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    If you want to hire a guide just to walk with you around Bangkok using local transport, Nok is your guide.
    She is not a licensed guide but she will do her best to show you exactly what you want. She is very shy but has good english and she will do everything to make your day a dream, avoiding trafic and scams.
    You can contact her at :
    nan_ke80@yahoo.co.uk
    We payed her only 500bht per day

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    The Mini-Bus (Vans)

    by Blatherwick Written Mar 7, 2006

    As anybody who has travelled anywhere in SE Asia this is a mini-bus that is used for transportation on tours or as tourist transportation between cities. Basically these are vans that can hold around 15 - 20 people. Sometimes its more people if they feel that they can cram people in. The quality varies on the vans. Some have decent leg room and some you have your knees in your face the whole way to wherever you're going. Some have nice big windows that you can see out of while others you must crouch in your seat to see anything. Air Conditioning works in some and others they say that it's on. Luckily the roads in Thailand are generally good and you don't feel like you're life will end anytime soon.

    Thai Mini-Bus
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    Getting Around

    by mary2u99 Written Feb 9, 2006

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    Domestic airlines serve most of the country's main tourist destinations, from Phuket to Chiang Mai to Koh Samui.

    You can also take the day and overnight trains are also a convenient and inexpensive way to travel.

    Ferries running from mainland Thailand to the outlying islands provide efficient and scenic transportation for a low cost.

    In the cities, taxis are everywhere.

    Don't miss riding in one of the tuk-tuk, a small three-wheeled motorized vehicle, for a faster and more exhilarating ride through big-city traffic jams.

    Tuk tuk Minivan
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    Sawasdee, Sawasdee, Sawasdee. What’s going on ‘ere

    by Bangkokjoe Updated Sep 7, 2005

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    Please give uniformed officials the documents they want. However, be prepared that officials are not always able to ask "directly" in a foreign tongue for the documents they really want. Remember – your ignorance is no defense against any country’s rules.

    A note of caution… Once a travel document has been handed over to A Road Etiquette Guidance Officer it takes a good long while to negotiate back that document. Whether passport, student id, driving license, PADI Open Water Qualification, Asda Shopper Card, it is better not to give a “kindly enquiring” officer an i.d. that you may need in the next day or so, until you have established that is the document they really want.

    Many officials are kindly willing to speed you through tiresome red tape. This requires exchanges of papers that don’t bear your picture, but bear someone else's picture. With numbers printed in the corners. Heightened periods for this act of public duty are the last week of the calendar month, when salaries are also running a bit low.

    Express No Tape Fees / Documentation Checks as follows.

    Not wearing a flimsy plastic bucket on one’s head when riding pillion on a taxi motorcycle. 3 red documents with numbers printed on them.

    Performing a glorious, sweeping, majestic U Turn at a very clogged up junction, or a dual carriageway with no central divide. 3 red documents.

    Jumping the lights with the rest of them at a well known central junction - and saving a further 13 minutes waiting for the disco lights to strobe a green. 2 red ones.

    Being in a traffic lane that only uniformed guidance personnel believe one should not be in. 3 red ones and lots of smiling.

    A friend (!) once said, in many countries when you are driving a pick up truck round the city you do tend to look like a mobile ATM.

    Always Hand Over Documents / Papers As Asked
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    Aug 26, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Leave the baggage in Hualumpon is the worse thing that you can do it. the staff is very disgusting. they charge too much.
    If you go out the station, just in front there is a internet cafe where you can leave your bag for only 30 baths...

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