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  • River Taxis

    by Brian&Sally Updated Apr 21, 2005

    Travelling around Bangkok can be difficult - they don't call it the world's biggest carpark for nothing. The smog can get overwhelming and the noise just gets annoying.

    But for a simple and relaxing way to move around, try the river taxis. For a few cents per ride, they ply up and down the river at regular intervals, dodging the traffic and giving you another perspective of the city. Watch kids playing or fishing on the banks; huge barge trains chugging along; or play "spot the temple" as you sail along.

    Many of the big ticket attractions - like Wat Po, the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, are located by the river with ferry stops on their doorstep. It's an ideal way to move between them. And in peak hour, probably the fastest way. The last ferry stop links with the Skytrain, so with a little planning you can avoid a lot of the traffic altogether.

    Get a hotel within walking distance of the river and you're all set.

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    Take a songtaew

    by trisanna Written Apr 21, 2005

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    Songtaews are the cheapest way to get around bangkok. They are big pick up truck looking things with a giant hood on top (protect riders from weather and sun). There are two benches inside and a railing for support. You can hail them down like taxis-they will either take you to your route privately(which costs a little more) or you join the group and he drops you and the others off. Some do have routes and will only pick ones up going that way.

    They are located at the bottom of some skytrain stations. For instance, at BTS Saphan Taksin there is a fleet of them. This is more popular in other cities-such as chiang mai.

    You always haggle the price with the driver ahead of time. The drivers are quite honest and some do have a fare chart. If they offer less than one us dollar -just go with it. Don' t be stingy. You may also have to show them a map where you want to go, so have it ready. Prices will be a little higher at night.

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    You must take a tuk tuk ride

    by trisanna Updated Apr 21, 2005

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    tuk tuk is something you will see a lot of in Thailand and bangkok. Tiny highspeed looking golf carts with three wheels. They are fun and you should do it atleast once while in Thailand. Use them to take you short distances (from train station/ pier to somewhere).

    Make sure you haggle and agree on a price first. Prices in bangkok will be higher than in other Thai cities, such as Chiang Mai. Prices should start around 40 baht to 120- at most. But it depends on time and route.

    Warnings-they race around the city, which can be a little scary. I have heard kids love this. Also, if you are stuck in traffic it can be miserable, Since you are seated low on a tuk tuk and right at various car exhaust pipes.

    Also-if you need a toy for a child back home, who loves cars. You can get a mini tuk tuk at the international airport. It;s a big hit.

    reflections of a tuk tuk driver

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    Cruising along the Chao Phraya

    by trisanna Written Apr 21, 2005

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    The river taxis are a great alternative to the roads. Traffic is awful in Bangkok. If you want to go in the northern part of the city and see Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew, dusit park or some others it's faster to take a river taxi up the Chao Phraya. Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho are right near the river. Other sites, such as Dusit Park-you can take a river taxi to Tha Thewet pier and then a tuk tuk from there.

    There is a faster river taxi, that hits the main attractions-Chao Phraya Express. More expensive, but it's possible to get a day pass. Local river taxis cost just a few baht.

    For a little bit more, but a lot of fun -you can take a longtail boat. It's usually 40-120 baht. Depending on route and such. You can also hire these guys to take you to the barge museum or a khlong tour. They go quite fast and you will get a tiny bit wet. Great when you are hot and tired. Since it's going fast -you will keep hitting the river (bump bump thud noises). They will appropriately slow down near other ferries/boats and the Thai coast guard is nearby.

    cruising by wat arun

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    People Carriers

    by Meadows11 Written Apr 19, 2005

    One thing that surprised me in Bangkok was the volume of vehicles carrying multiple people in the back. I must have seen hundreds of pick up trucks loaded to full capacity on the express way. This coupled with the unforgiving traffic, may lead some to believe that this isn't particularly safe!

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    Crazy Traffic

    by Meadows11 Written Apr 19, 2005

    I was expecting a culture shock when I arrived in Bangkok. However, this wasn't quite what I had expected! I was ready to be taken aback by the ways of the buddhist monks, the humid weather, or the architecture, but the first thing I was confronted with having left Don Muang International Airport was the crazy driving, overtaking and ruthlessness shown on the Bangkok roads. Fast, scary and kinda fun! I couldn't believe how many times I saw close calls. The oddest thing was the overtaking lane, which served both directions, and it was highly interesting to see the problems this caused. The motorbikes meanwhile just scooted on here, there and everywhere, dodging the traffic, along with the odd tuk-tuk.

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    Your taxi from the airport

    by Meadows11 Written Apr 19, 2005

    Having read many great tips from fellow vters, I was fully aware of the prospect of various conmen and touts searching out commission. They certainly weren't wrong, so I got away from the hustle and bustle of the arrivals area and exited via the third floor departures section. There I grabbed a taxi which had just dropped someone off. I did have to tell the driver to turn the meter on and his english wasn't great, so I struggled to communicate my destination to him despite having the address written down. It might be an idea to have a copy in thai before you depart.
    The starting rate for the cab was 35 baht, and this slowly increased 1baht at a time. Including the toll charge for going via the expressway, my journey to Phaya Thai from Don Muang International airport cost around 220 baht.

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    Don Muang International Airport

    by Meadows11 Written Apr 19, 2005

    This is a thoroughly pleasant airport in which I experienced no problems what so ever, and was through the immigration and baggage claim very quickly. I decided that I would get my bearings before leaving the airport and so I had a wander around, and was greeted with a fine choice of restaurants and shops, all generously priced.

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    Qatar Airlines To Bangkok

    by Meadows11 Written Apr 19, 2005

    Overall, my flight to Bangkok was an enjoyable experience, thanks to the very high quality service provided by the fine staff of Qatar Airlines. However, I was a little dissapointed that the aircraft taking me to Don Muang from Doha was far inferior to the one that transported me from Gatwick to Doha. The first plane was awesome, and the in flight entertainment was absolutely second to none! On the second plane I didn't have the audio/video on demand luxury and the legroom seemed far smaller. I don't know if this is the usual format for this leg of the trip, but you might want to be prepared, it buggered up my movie schedule a treat! :)

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    Tuk Tuk or taxi?

    by gib157 Written Apr 18, 2005

    I found that Tuk Tuk's were the most fun way of getting around Bangkok. They are smaller and agile so can weave through the horendous traffic jams, but ( and its a big but i think), if you're stuck behind a bus or any other thai vehicle for that matter, you will have to put a cloth over you mouth because the air pollution is awful, especially as soon as the vehcle in front revs away leaving you in a cloud of black smoke!

    I tried both metered and non- metered taxi's, but not very often. I got in one taxi and the guy said to me ' no you go with metre taxi, much cheaper for you' and it was, almost half price. Another plus side to taxi's is that they are air conditioned and you will avoid any afternoon downpours that WILL happen.

    half the cars in bangkok seem to be taxis
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    tuk tuk

    by kitaro84 Updated Apr 17, 2005

    tuk tuk is cheap but some cases it maybe dangerous too...but getting around with tuktuk is the best way to save your money....it can takes 4 person in one time....normally ppl pay around 40bath for some tour around bangkok....u pay after the trip finish....so,they just wait for u when u spend time taking picture and wonder around....but i advise u to pay more for the tip(i think 40bath only can buy lunch, beside he's already taking u for half of a day trip)
    ---------and the truth bout 40bath------------
    actually they charged u with small amount of money bcoz ,theres something more than money that they wanted.u'll knowledged that they will bring u to some export shop,or some duty free shop even u dont expect it.and if any of u guys just wondering around for like 10 minutes ,enough for them...coz they will get free coupon for the tuktuk gas....
    thats more important ....and if u just hang there not more than 10 minutes they wont get the coupon,and u will find a sad look in their face....they dont seem happy and not very kind at all ...compare when u first got in their tuktuk..hehhe

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    Still the best transportation mode in Bangkok

    by ahcoln Updated Apr 16, 2005

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    BTS skyline is the town-link train service in Bangkok. It is the most convenient and cheapest mode of transport to tour around the city. There are many type of cards to suit to different group of passenger needs

    Single-Journey Ticket:
    this is a pay-per-trip ticket

    Stored-Value Ticket:
    the value of the ticket will be deducted according to the distance of each journey, and is most suitable for regular commuters or for multiple journeys.

    Sky card
    Available for 200 baht plus 30 baht refundable deposit.

    30 Day Adult Pass (no deposit and non-refundable)

    Adult 10Trip Pass
    - 10Trips to be used within 30 day at the price of 250 baht.

    Adult 15Trip Pass
    - 15 Trips to be used within 30 day at the price of 300 baht.

    Adult 30Trip Pass
    - 30 Trips to be used within 30 day at the price of 540 baht.

    One day tourist pass
    Unlimited trips for 1 day for only 100 baht

    Three day tourist pass
    Unlimited trips for 3 days for only 280 baht.

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    Train

    by Designerartgirl Written Apr 12, 2005

    well i only used the first class cabin once when i was on the trains in thailand but it was worth it. Although children pay half fare, there is not a bed for them. Which is why, we hung up my hamock for my little bother to sleep in :D It was however, very comfy. They bring u breakfast in bed, serve u with orange juice all night and you have a wash sink in ur cabin. how cool?

    first class cabin

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    Tuk Tuk

    by Designerartgirl Written Apr 12, 2005

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    Tuk Tuks are extremely recognisable simply by the amount of noise which they give off when they drive you around. Most will take u anywhere, within a certain distance, and the amount will be the same regardless of how many people u fit into one!

    Tuk Tuk

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    Taxi ride from airport to Sukhumvit area

    by kotaro Written Apr 5, 2005

    I usually get from the airport to the downtown sukumvit area for 140 baht in a metered taxi. Depending on traffic, if the driver uses tolls, this costs 60 baht more.

    not a bad deal considering the airport bus is 100 baht, so if there are a few of you, this would be cheaper in some cases.

    Many drivers will also offer you a flat rate including tolls, I usually settle for 300 or less.

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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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