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    Street Painting, Blood and Insurance

    by Bangkokjoe Updated Jul 4, 2005

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    What on earth is this pic all about you may wonder.

    We tend to get rather more of our fair share of traffic accidents in sunny Bangkok. Something to do with jumping red lights as the wait for the next green goes on for an age. Or that mobile phone chats are a part of in car entertainment - no hands free earpiece rules as of yet. Shunts and knocks every day.

    Now then. When a shunt occurs the custom is to stop and get out the car. Leaving the cars / bikes in the middle of the road exactly where the incident happened - so clogging up the road for miles and causing a few more shunts to boot.

    A good giggle with the other guy is polite and also breaks the ice.

    Then it's back on the phone, to call your mate who you had just been calling when you had the shunt to announce you have had a shunt. Then a call to the insurance company who send out a motorcyclist with a camera and can of white spray paint.

    After 45 minutes the insurance lad arrives (they take this long as the traffic has backed up from the shunt of course). Insurance lad then sprays white paint round all the tyres so they have a record of what happened. And who ended up where.

    Then and only then can the vehicles get moved out of the way and we can get off back to where we were going.

    ...If you are lucky there maybe one of Bangkok's Finest lurking who also has a can of Dulux Apple White.

    The best area to see these lines? Try the end of the road with Wat Pho on it. Up at the Sanam Luang end. There is a roundabout... and roundabouts cause total chaos as few seem to twig the give way to the right recommendation.

    Go on. Start counting. One Heineken for each set.

    Bangkok Street Art. Bike Hits Car.
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    The Mode of Transport Speed Results

    by Bangkokjoe Updated Jul 4, 2005

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    Okay, It is Official!

    Bangkok Post, Sunday July 3rd 2005.
    From reporter Somchai Laopaisarntaksin...

    "Khun Mandrillo Cirillo, in rollerblades, took part in a race from Siam Square to Henry Dunant Road, Rama IV Road, Asoke, Sukhumvit Road, Chidlom and back to Siam Square in the First Bangkok Traffic Challenge.

    "He organised the event to campaign for a Bangkok free of private cars.

    "The result? The motorcyclist won, followed by the meter taxi, followed by Mr Cirillo on his roller blades, followed by the tuk tuk and in last place the man who took the skytrain."

    So now you know. Motorbikes and taxis for speed. Skytrain for airconditioned more relaxed comfort. And tuk tuks? Why? I ask.

    ...don't these reporters have proper jobs to do?

    Tuk Tortoise Tuk
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    Tourists Trolley

    by ahcoln Updated Oct 30, 2004

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    You pay 30 baht and this trolley bus will bring you for a round trip to see all attractions nearby Grand Palace. Whole trip will take about 30 minutes. There is a guide on the bus and explain to the tourists whenever we pass an attraction. Unfortunately she only explain in Thai, but we were all foreigner. I was quite disappointed for the trip, but since 30 baht is not much, so you decide.

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    Electric car in Chatucak Market

    by ahcoln Updated Oct 28, 2004

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    Oh it might not really a transportation tips but anyway it still well serve as an additional information for traveller.

    The electric car is a free service. If feel tired after an hour walking around the market, you can hop in this electric car and it will take you for a trip in the market from one wing to the other.

    Just wave your hand and the car will stop to pick you up, provided there is still seat available. To alight, simply shout to the driver.

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    Bangkok neighbourhoods.

    by jrs1234 Updated Jul 17, 2004

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    Bangkok can be a confusing city to get around at first. I found it helped a lot once I learnt the names of the major areas of central Bangkok and how they fitted together. I've mentioned some of these individually already, but here's a short summary of Bangkok neighbourhoods which I hope you'll find useful. First of all, Rattanakosin is the historic heart of the city, and is where the Grand Palace and several important temples are located. It's right next to the Chao Phraya river, and a set of canals on the other side makes it effectively an island. Just north of here is Banglampu , home of the Khao San Road. North again (still next to the river), and you're in Dusit, where the current royal palace (not readily visible) and many government buildings are located.

    On the other side of the river from Rattanakosin are the areas of Bangkok Noi, Bangkok Yai, and Thonburi - areas most tourists don't see much, except mainly to visit Wat Arun or take a canal tour. Follow the river around down to the south and east from Rattanakosin, and you'll find Chinatown , well known for its gold shops. At the eastern end of Chinatown, you'll find the main Hualamphong railway station. Some distance east of Rattanakosin (best reached by taxi or a fast boat on a canal) you'll find Siam Square , where you can shop till you drop! South-east from Chinatown, and some way south of Siam Square is the business district of Silom, which is also home to the notorious Patpong (which is actually 2 small lanes between Silom and Surawong Roads).

    Further east again from Siam Square (just past the British Embassy) brings you to the Sukhumvit Road where there is a large choice of mid-market places to stay. Sukhumvit used to be difficult to get in and out of thanks to the traffic, but it's much easier now thanks to the excellent Skytrain, which runs above this road for several km.

    Canalside view, Bangkok
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    Flying

    by paradisedreamer Written Jul 31, 2003

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    If you intend on flying from the islands in the south remember it will be cheaper to fly from aiports on the mainland. The airports on Ko Samui and Phuket cater to the package tourist who have the money and not the time. If time is not an issue rather get the ferry back to the mainland.

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    Khao San Road Transportation deals

    by SumTingWong Written Apr 29, 2003

    There are many travel centers that offer the best transportation deals in Thailand. You can get a seat on a mini van to locations such as Siem Reap, Cambodia / Koh Chang, Thailand / Vientiane, Laos and many many more. The vans are comfortable and are meant for backpackers/travelers. The prices are very good, shop around on KSR for the best deals (150-250 Baht to Siem Reap, 350-600 Baht to Vientiane, etc...)

    Wat Arun

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    Long way to Thailand

    by Tanechka Written Jan 12, 2003

    One day by two plaines and i am in Bangkok. I newer thought it will be so difficult, but i did it. Exciting airport and so big! If travel agent will meet you there do not forget to agree about what terminal it will be. I was looking for my agent for one hour : we were waiting for each other in different terminals. After a day trip it was to much!

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    ABOUT BANGKOK AND ITS SUBURB

    by joiedevivre Updated Sep 14, 2002

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    ABOUT BANGKOK AND ITS SUBURB

    Taxis (meter/collective pick-ups or trucks), motorbike- taxis, elevated trains, trains, boats (public/private), 'tuk-tuk', buses (air-condition/non air-condition) : which means of locomotion should you take once in Bangkok ? Well... It is quite difficult to answer this question because it depends on your schedule and your budget.

    1. The less expensive transports are : public boats, buses (non air-condition/air-condition), collective pick-up or truck taxis, elevated trains, trains. Their prices are fixed.

    2. More expensive with fixed prices : the taxis-meter.

    3. The remaining transports : private boats, motorbike taxis, tuk-tuks (3 wheeled vehicles)- *** see my warnings - have no fixed prices. Bargaining is a must. You can end your trip having paid too much but I will say that if your ride was worth doing it (like private boats taking you along the canals to see the real life), never regret the money you paid for it. Satisfaction has no price indeed...

    My advice anyway is that you have to agree with the driver before he takes you somewhere. If you do not, it will cost you more because the driver will end by saying 'you give me what you want', and then you will feel obliged to give more than what you would have expected ((you don't want the driver to think that you are a stingy tourist, do you?).

    Well this is all for the transports in Bangkok and its suburb. I think that you will make the right choice once you are in the City of Angels.

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    It's best to come and go to...

    by PhatGirlSlim Written Sep 8, 2002

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    It's best to come and go to the islands during the day. We arrived at night and a Thai man talked to somebody he knew to take us to the island on a speedboat. It wasn't that expensive, but was still three times the price during the day.
    Walking... of course if you can ride an elephant...

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    Half-day sightseeing tour when...

    by ubiq Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Half-day sightseeing tour when first time in Bangkok.
    Do not overlook half-day sightseeing tours. They are quite cheap and you get some navigation guide for orientating the vast city map. You also see easily some of the most important wats (temples).

    More info: the staff of your accommodation; TAT offices

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    My favorites were tuctuc and...

    by Prosperity Written Aug 25, 2002

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    My favorites were tuctuc and rivertaxi. Once I used a public bus. The system is not easy to understand. For those who stay longer I would recommend to study public transport and take a better hotel instead. Going by bicycle is not good for your health because of the smog.

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    This shed where several royal...

    by Axel-M Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This shed where several royal barges are displayed is located on Khlong Bangkok Noi off the Chao Phraya
    River not far from Phra Pin Klao Bridge. These barges were used on Royal and government occasions and formerly served war vessels. The most
    beautiful and well-known barge is 'Suphanahong' used by the King only when he made his Royal river procession for the Kathin ceremony a Buddhist
    tradition of offering robes to monks usually during October or November. The Royal barges proceeded during the Rattanakosin Bicentennial celebrations.
    The unique design and decorative details of each barge should he of great interest to all visitors.
    The shed is open to the public every day from 8.30 a.m.- 4.30 p.m. There is an admission fee of 10 baht.

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  • Bus - Car

    by volopolo Updated Jul 31, 2010

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    Bus - Car
    The cheap way to travel inside Bangkok

    First Photo: Car-Bus in Saphan Taksin bridge (outside BTS Skytrain Station).

    Bus-Car Bus-Car Bus-Car Bus-Car Bus-Car
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    Rickshaw, bicycle taxis in Bangkok

    by georeiser Updated Jun 22, 2009

    It is not often you see Rickshaw, bicycle taxis in Bangkok anymore. The traffic is too heavy. But they operate in the edge of Bangkok and suburban areas.

    Rickshaw in Bangkok
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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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