The Bangkok Subway - now open!
The new Bangkok subway is now open! After an official ceremony, it was opened to the public at just after 7pm on July 3rd, 2004.
The subway is just a single line to start with, running from Hua Lamphong (close to Chinatown) to Bangsue (near Chatuchak) via Ratchadaphisek road, but there are plans for the addition of additional lines in the future. It's operated by the BMCL (Bangkok Metro Public Company Ltd) and regulated by the MRTA (Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority). There is a reasonable routemap on the official MRTA site, or the BMCL has a downloadable PDF map here.
Fares on the subway currently range from 10 to 15 baht for adult fares depending on distance. Opening times are 6am to midnight daily, similar to those of the Skytrain.
Here's a picture of one of the Sukhumvit station entrances - taken in February 2004, when they still had some work to do on it.
For lots of (unofficial) information about the subway, take a look at www.bangkoksubway.com.
There is a nice report on the opening of the subway at BBC News Online.Related to:
The river runs through ...
The Chao Praya River offers transportation relief from the slow and chaotic road traffic in Bangkok.
There are many kinds of boat services, from the express boats, to the boats belonging to the various luxury hotels along the river to the little river-taxis that you can hire yourself.
Public express boat :-)
Boat trip is interesting even for us Thais.Many people go to work by express boats every morning.(for myself,unfortunately i'm too lazy to walk from pier to busstop so I take a boat just ocassionally)
Anyway,by boat.Even you don't have plan "where to go" you can jump in and buy ticket to somewhere (wherever it takes) It's nice already seeing people,their activities along the great river of Bangkok (even once during APEC summit,our PM placed very huge and ugly canvas to hide those old wooden houses as if he was sweeping dust and keep it under a carpet)
Taking public express boat is cheap ( you won't pay more than 30 Baht each trip) and nice.I usually take a boat up tp Nonthaburi where you can visit "Koh Kred" or Kred island.Small island in Nonthaburi where once it was Mon settlement.Nowadays,Some Mon families still living there and it's biggest pottery village in town.Ideal for relaxing weekend.(during weekday it will be too quiet,some restaurants and shops are closed)
Remarks : Express boat doesn't go direct to Koh Kred but you will off at "Nonthaburi pier" then you can hire taxi,tuktuk or take a bus to "Pak Kred" and walk a bit,cross by furry (3.50 baht each) that's it.
Daily Standard Express Boats
All day from 6:00-18:40.
Every 20 minutes
Fare : up to 20 baht something
Special Express Boats (Monday-Friday)
During rush hours
From 6:00-9:00 and 12:00-19:00
Fare : up tp 20 baht something
(NO FLAG) Stop every pier
More information you can call "Chaopraya Boat" Co.( or known as "Supatra" Co.) or check their websiteRelated to:
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I haven't been in a train to anywhere from Bangkok but there were several people asking about me this one so, I thought of putting a tip then...no worries, you don't need to rate..But of course, I know where this train station is!
Here's the link: http://www.traveller2000.com/train/Related to:
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Chao Phraya Express Boats
These are Daily Standard Express Boats running all day from 6:00-18:40, every 20 minutes or so. You can find the stops and itineraries at the website below.
Fare 4-10 baht, depending on the distance.
The BTS station to connect with the boats is Saphan Taksim, the end of the Silom line.
BTS Skytrain Day Pass
Consider buying a 1 day or 3 day pass for the BTS skytrain if you are planning to use the BTS during your stay. It is far more convenient than buying tickets all the time and can save you money.
The one-day pass costs 100 baht and the three-day pass 280 baht. Both are available at all BTS ticket offices as well as from several hotels, tour operators, department stores and souvenir shops.Related to:
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I like asian airline !
All Nipon Airways ( ANA ) brought me from Washington to Narita, than to Bangkok. The first flight took 14 hours, by far the longest time I spent in an airliner ! Many times I read how great service is on asian airline, well it was very nice on ANA. Extremely polite flight attendant, nice food ( well, you know japanese ! ). Eventhough I usually don't care about entertainment, it was fine to have some choice for such a long flight. We had 7 different vieod-shows in the B777. I always enjoy to get the maps showing where we are, our speed and altitude. We even got some images from a nose camera on the takeoff and landing. All the shows were either in japanese or english... I even was very surprise to find a third channel for the TV show "Friend"... in french !!! But, the best was the exercise show to prevent blood cloth. Was great to see most passengers stretching in rythm, lol !
trustworthy Mrs. Prachit Naklai of P&P Travel
This is one traveling agent few of my friends continiously buy tickets from. Higly recommended. She has more experience than most of agents on famous Khao San Rd. another advantage - delivery of tickets to one's place (hotel or appartment etc.)
They used to be on Soi 10, Sukhumvit, till one ealry Sunday morning some crazy beurocrate without any warning has ordered to destroy all the flourisghing bars, shops and restaurants on this famous spot . He is in jail now, but place is a waste - so Mrs. Prachit as owners of all other businesses there were forced to relocate their offices elsewhere. Nevertheless, most of her customers remain loyal to and prefer by from her because despite the much loss she still treats them as a decent professional - offering best deals.
Myself bought from her at least twice, for better price than from my other favorite travel agency on Khao San Rd.
Now P&P Travel is located in the same building as Tops supermarket on the left entrance from it, on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 41. Take Sky train to Phrom Pong station, then get out of station on opposite to Emporium Mall side of Sukhumvit Rd and walk further about 200-300 metres.Related to:
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BTS - Skytrain
Well, I have to say that I just loved the Skytrain (also know as the BTS). As the name indicates this is a train that moves around in the city of Bangkok and the lines are one floor up compared to the road. This is absolutely one of the best changes since I was in Bangkok the last time. Back then we were stuck in traffic all the time trying to take a taxi or tuk-tuk from one place to another. But now it is possible to move quickly from A to B even in rush hour. But of course the two existing lines don’t cover that much of the city but it is a great start. We bought a 3-day pass for 280 baht and we took the train quite a lot. Included in the ticket is also a little booklet that shows you maps of the area around the stations and also other places of interest. For more information about the BTS you can check out this page http://www.bts.co.th/index1-e.htm. Once this is said I have to add that taking a taxi or taking a boat doesn’t cost much and is also a great way to get around. Well, when it comes to taxi it can be efficient as long as you don’t end up in a traffic jam :-)
BTS Sky Train
The BTS is a fairly new but very welcome addition to Bangkok's transport infrastructure. It runs above the roads on huge concrete pillars. There are just 2 lines - known as the Sukhumvit and Silom lines. The network isn't that extensive but additions are being built. It runs from 6am to midnight and fares are from 10 to 40 baht. A one day pass costs 100 baht and 3 day tourist passes are also available.
The trains are air-conditioned (essential for Bangkok) and spotlessly clean with not a hint of graffiti or rubbish inside.
Some of the stations are quite high and have only a staircase to reach them which can leave you a bit out of breath. Other stations have escalators to ease the task.
You will find a uniformed guard on each platform at every station.
It's a great system. After using this and the MRT in Singapore it was a real eye-opener arriving back in London and using public transport there. Filthy carriages, graffiti everywhere, 2 lines (the Circle and Central) not operating, very few staff around and a bad attitude from the ones that were. And the icing on the cake is that is is far more expensive to use than either the BTS or MRT. London is a mess.
No traffic jams thanks to the Skytrain?
No traffic jams anymore?
"The BTS Skytrain system operates from 6.00-24.00hrs everyday, with 2 main lines, the Sukhumvit and Silom Line, reaching business, residential, tourist spots, shopping and entertainment districts.
BTS also has access to the Chao Praya River through Saphan Taksin station (S6), which connects to the Sathorn river pier enabling tourists to travel by river to experience the greatness of major cultural tourist spots such as The Royal Grand Palace, The Emerald Buddha Temple, The Temple of Dawn, Rattanakosin Island and Kred Island.
This guide has been designed to aid you in sightseeing with informative listings and how to get there directions. Visit many of Bangkok's attractions, from markets and museums, to temples and stores, without losing your precious time in traffic. Our website helps you choose from a host of things to see and do, all using the BTS Skytrain as a friendly starting point to your tour of the city. Apart from providing the highest standard of travel around Bangkok, the skytrain routes also cover most major areas of the city, which are those of business, shopping, and interesting tourist spots. Most importantly, BTS also has access to the Chao Praya River through Saphan Taksin station (S6), which connects to the Sathorn river pier enabling tourists to travel by river to experience the greatness of major cultural tourist spots such as The Royal Grand Palace, The Emerald Buddha Temple, The Temple of Dawn, Rattanakosin Island and Kred Island. Tourists can also travel by river to Ayuddhaya province and other provinces nearby.
This guide has been designed to aid you in sightseeing with informative listings and how to get there directions. Visit many of Bangkok's attractions, from markets and museums, to temples and stores, without losing your precious time in traffic. Our website helps you choose from a host of things to see and do, all using the BTS Skytrain as a friendly starting point to your tour of the city."
(From BTS website)Related to:
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From the Airport
The airport is located about 30 miles outside of the city and the taxi or bus ride into town can take anything between 40 minutes (at night or during weekends) and 3 hours (during rush hour). Airportbuses leave at regular intervals from the terminals and drop passengers off all over the city - this can take very long, it costs only 100 Baht per person and is the best deal when you are travelling alone. For which bus to take go to the website listed below.
An (faster) alternative are taxies, about 200 to 300 plus 70 to 80 Baht Highway toll if you take one from the taxi-stand. Better is instead of walking to your left after passing customs, walk to your right and go outside, there will be taxis there. They will have meters (never take one without!) and if you explain to them that you do not want to take the toll road, a ride into town should be no more than 200 Baht.
Very important is to save 500 Baht for your departure tax, it is paid at counters and automatic vending machines. All passengers - International (500 baht) and Domestic (50 baht) have to pay.
BTS (Skytrain) in Bangkok
The Skytrain was very convenient for us, also very inexpensive - we bought a 3 day pass each (you can't share one pass). Just be careful when you have parcels - I almost got squished when leaving the station. Tourists get a handy BTS station map and mini-guide book, which we used a lot. No food or drinks are allowed on the BTS - security didn't seem to mind my water bottles though. Children and pensionists have first seating priority. The train stops running at about 23H45.
Cheap, easy, safe, clean
Ok, this is probably the best part of staying at the Four Seasons Hotel the Sky Train was no more 50 feet away and basically takes you just about everywhere in the downtown area !!!! buy a 10 trip pass for 100 bahts !!!!! Fast, easy and cheap !!! Oh yeah it has A/C !!!!Related to:
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Taxis into and in Bangkok
Once exiting the airport, do not try to book taxis INSIDE the arrival hall. Instead, walk out and join the long queue at the official taxi stand. It's much cheaper here and you are never short of taxis. It looked chaotic but the system works. It should cost you about 400-450 Bahts to get into the center of the city, and do factor in the additional toll tax of about 65 Bahts as well (circa Nov 2007) should you choose to go by the highway and escape BKK's deadly traffic jams.
Once in BKK, taxis are not exactly a bad way to get around BKK (especially to the outlying areas not reached by the Skytrain or the Subway), except during the peak hours along the major roads where you can really be boxed tight in a traffic jam. Much more comfortable and much cooler compared to the Tuk-tuks and you are not exposed to the pollution outside, well at least till you get off.
Always insist on the meter, unless you are feeling really rich or generous.
However, when night falls and you are trying to return to your lodging really late, that it could be a hardball game of bargaining with some drivers to get your fare right.
On my latest visit to Bangkok (circa Oct 09), I hired an AOT limousine to house my entourage of 6 to-&-fro the airport. 1 way was 1200 Bahts and there was a 50% discount if we book the return journey as well...which turns out to be quite economical for us as a group.
We hired a taxi for a day as well this time round to drive around to the destinations we need to go. For a day 10am-7pm, we paid 2500 Bahts. It may be steep by local standards, but to have the taxi at our beck and call the entire day, it worked out pretty fine for us.Related to:
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