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    Travel with BTS Skytrain

    by and_juana Written Feb 7, 2005

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    BTS Skytrain
    I would recommend 101% in getting arounfd town via BTS skytrain. Which is fast, safe and most reliable Mass Transit System in Bangkok! It offers an elavated mass transit railway system of the most convenience in getting around. With 23 stations, they are conveniently located along Sukhumvit and Silom lines which operate daily from 0600 to 2400 hrs. BTS Skytrains covers many areas such as the commercial as well as the residential. One Day Pass and 3-Day Tourists Pass make exploring Bangkok easy and economical.

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    Fast & Efficient

    by DarkRay Updated Jul 8, 2004

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    Like what they say on their publicity materials, the BTS SkyTrain is by far the easiest, fastest and most convenient way to travel, making Bangkok exploration simple and fun. Apart from covering the central city, including shopping centers and entertainment spots, BTS also offers access to the Chao Praya River through Saphan Taksin station, enabling one to travel by boat to Bangkok's most famous historical places, such as the Royal Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha Temple, and the Temple of Dawn.

    Various types of tickets are available and as of June 2004, they are as follow:

    1. 1-Day Pass: Unlimited rides in 1 day at 100 Baht.

    2. 3-Day Pass: Unlimited rides for 3 days 4 nights at 280 Baht.

    3. Sky Card: Stored Value ticket available for 200 Baht (includes 30 Baht deposit) refillable with minimum of 100 Baht.

    4. 30-Day Pass: This ticket can be purchased in 10, 15 or 30 trip denominations and includes both Student and Adult Passes.

    5. Single-Journey Ticket: Single Journey Ticket contains a one-trip travel value selected by passengers with fare according to destination.

    Some of the interesting places are connected directly by skybridges as follow:

    1. E9: On Nut Station - Tesco Lotus (Hypermarket)

    2. E5 Phrom Phong Station - The Emporium (Upmarket Shopping Mall)

    3. E1 Chitlom Station - Maneeya Center, Gaysorn Plaza, Amarin Plaza, Central World Plaza (All Upmarket Shopping Malls)

    4. CEN Siam Station - Siam Center (Shopping Mall)

    5. W1 National Stadium Station - MBK Center, Tokyu Deparment Store, Siam Discovery Center (All Shopping Malls)

    6. S2 Sala Daeng Station - Silom Complex (Shopping Mall)

    7. N1 Ratchathewi Station - Asia Hotel (Hotel)

    8. E2 Phloen Chit Station - Wave Place Centre (Houses Home Pro DIY Megastore)

    Note: Most of the information above were directly taken off from the complimentary BTS SkyTrain Travel Guide provided to me during my trip when I purchased a 3-Day Pass. As far as I know, this Travel Guide was only provided for a limited period of time and is now no longer provided.

    Nana BTS

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    The BTS elevated train

    by SirRichard Written Oct 21, 2003

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    This modern open air subway net is definetly the best way to avoid the Bangkok traffic jams!! BUT it only goes by the modern (east) part of the city, so U might have to connect with buses or tuctuc or boats if you are going to the touristic old center.
    It's got (so far) 2 lines, which cross in Central Station (Siam).
    You can buy individual tickets or 1 day tickets. Prices depend on the distances, running from 10 to 40 bahts (1 USD= 40 Bahts). 1 day passes cost 100 Bahts.

    It is very convenient if you are staying at Sukhumvit Area (Nana Station). From there you can reach the river and take a boat directly to the center (Royal Palace and so).

    The train arriving
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    Taking taxi from airport to city

    by trisanna Updated Mar 27, 2007

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    Thank goodness for Suvarnabhumi Airport. Bangkok was in dire need of a new airport. Even though it opened late last year (after years of delays), but it still is a work in progress.

    Once you come out of customs-you will see lots of tour agencies trying to hook you up with taxis, tours and accomodation. If you need a place to stay this place may be helpful. Don't book a taxi with them, unless you have 4 or 5 people plus lots of bags and need a mini cab.
    Just follow the signs for public taxi (these are the only metered cabs at airport) and get in the line. Just go downstairs from the arrival hall the taxi lines. The taxi lines move much faster than at the old airport, Don Muang. There is a 50baht surcharge from the airport. To the city, we paid around 300 or so baht. During busy times or if you want a faster ride into the city. Take the toll roads (recommended). You pay the driver 40baht for this toll and 20 or so for another. It's not that much money and you get into Bangkok fast. There is a bus that can take you there, but unfortuantely i have never taken it -so i don't have any info.

    When you go through the line. The taxi operator writes your taxi driver's no. on a receipt and gives it to you. If you have any problems or complaints you call the telephone no. on the receipt.

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    Taxi's in Bangkok from the Airport

    by stappm Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    When arriving at the airport, there were 4 of us - we all came in on separate days, and therefore found our own various ways to the hotel from the airport. We ALL paid something different for that very same ride. 250 BT to 800 BT. Basically we found: Make sure you exit the airport completely, go to the official Airport Taxi stand, get into a Metered Taxi and make sure they run the meter. They'll want to talk you into a flat fee (400 to 800 BT) but the ride should only be about 250 BT if they run the meter. Say "no" to the flat fee and tell them to run the meter and take the express toll way. You pay the toll (usually added to the total but sometimes needed at the toll booth) about 20 BHT per expressway (which can be 2 = 40 BHT total). The service cars and taxi's offered inside the airport by the folks in nice suits were the most expensive (800 BHT.) And I must admit after that long flight very tempting, but it is really only a few more steps to the Official Taxi Stand.

    In all actuality it is about a 15-20 min ride into Bangkok and per current exchange rates 400 BHT is only like $10 USD... so it is not all that painful or extreme for a 20 min taxi ride. However, it is nice not to be part of the tourist scam. Also the taxi que lines can be long depending on what time you arrive. If you don't want to wait, go upstairs to arrivals and find a taxi dropping someone off.

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    Air Asia and other Inexpensive Airlines

    by stappm Updated Mar 7, 2006

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    Getting TO/AROUND: Air Asia has the best rates I have found in and around SE Asia and Thailand.

    I usually fly last minute and 1-way (cause who knows where i'll want to go next) And have always gotten a great price with Air Asia.

    Recently, I even booked the same day and got 1-way fare Phuket to BKK for $23 USD. the other low cost airlines are competitively priced as well, but, for me, Air Asia has larger routes (more cities serviced). I usually book online and they do offer better prices with advanced purchase. However, if and when you book the same day as travel or within 24 hours, you cannot do it online and must reserve a ticket on the phone and then pay for it at the ticket counter at the airport before check-in (2 separate counters at BKK and SIN)

    The planes are well kept and free seating (like SouthWest in the states). Other great low-cost airlines: Nok Air, Bangkok Air, Tiger Air and JetStar Air ( Phuket or Bkk to Singapore), One Two Go by Orient Thai Air. .... all are great low cost carriers in and around Thailand.

    www.airasia.com
    www.fly12go.com
    www.tigerairways.com
    www.nokair.com
    www.bangkokair.com

    1 thing to watch out for - all the Asia carriers (Thai Air included) have a 15 kg luggage limitation and charge 30-60 BHT per kg over. So your luggage could be more expensive then your person. If you are returning to an area and do not need all your baggage check with your hotel or storage at the airport for leaving it behind. Luggage Storage at BKK is 90 BHT per day (can add up fast) and is located in the International Terminal.

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    Taxi

    by thelittlevoice Written Apr 21, 2004

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    I know you guys heard some infamous stories about taxis in Bangkok before. But I should share my personal experience too.

    As another driver on the road, the blue/red taxis are the worst ones ever. If you have Thai fonts installed on your PC, the ones with ýý on their plates are very bad. ýý means patience so I guess they want other drivers to have it lol But as a customer who sits in this kind of taxi, you probably get to your destination very quick! The green/yellow ones are personal taxis. That means they can do anything to their meters to make it charge more. The rest are varied.

    The meter starts from 35 Baht. Be sure that the driver really starts his meter! If you use a pre-paid taxi from the airport, 50 Baht is added.

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    Cheap Bus Fare (Bangkok)

    by shintarojon Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    Taking ordinary bus is still the cheapest one but you have to bear the consequences...you may not able to meet your appointment on time due to heavy traffic specially during rush hours!!! It is important to know the bus number or else...you won't reach your destination!!!

    Regardless of distance:
    Red bus fare - THB 4
    White and Blue bus fare - THB 5

    Bus #47 - from Khao San Road to
    1. Wat Prah Kaew
    2. Grand Palace
    3. Wat Pho
    4. China town
    5. Siam Square
    6. Sala Daeng
    7. MBK

    Bus #163
    1. National Stadium - Mall Tha Pra
    2. Mall Tha Pra - Sala Daeng

    Others:
    1. National Stadium - Khao San Road (Bus #15)
    2. National Stadium - Sam Yan (Bus #25)

    Ordinary bus (red)
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    Khao San Road - Morchit Bus Station

    by shintarojon Updated Mar 2, 2004

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    Most of the backpackers are staying in the Khao San Road...so if you are in a hurry and your destination is going to Northern Bus Terminal (aka Morchit Bus Terminal), taking taxi is still the best option. But look for Taxi-Meter!!!

    Taxi Fare - THB 80.00 up to THB 100.00

    Taxi-Meter
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    National Stadium Station - Sala Daeng Station

    by shintarojon Updated Apr 18, 2004

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    Sala Daeng is the nearest station to Pat Pong.

    Visiting Pat Pong should not be missed for this is the sin city of Bangkok and souvenir shops too. Be ready for the "CALCULATOR" of the sellers in this place for they rather use calculator in giving the price rather than telling it to you directly....ready for computation???

    BTS Sky Train fare - THB 20.00

    Jon inside BTS Train
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    Khao San Road - Bangkok International Airport

    by shintarojon Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    (last date took the mini-van - July 18, 2006)

    Mini-van - ThB 70.00

    fare becomes expensive due to the construction of new airport and far distance of it.

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    (date took the mini-bus/van - Jan. 10, 2005)

    Most of the travel agencies in Khao San Road offer this services as low as THB 50. Some charges @ THB 60

    Look for the schedule written in the board and pay THB 50 - THB 60. Reservation is needed!

    Usually, it will take 1 hour before you can reach the airport. Taking this tourist bus/van is still convenient and cheaper!

    K.M Tour & Travel mini-van
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    Bangkok International Airport - National Stadium

    by shintarojon Updated Mar 2, 2004

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    (date took the taxi - Feb. 7, 2004)

    Bangkok International Airport - National Stadium Station

    Since I will stay in Muangphol Mansion which is too near to National Stadium Statiom, my Japanese friend and my gf decided to take taxi rather than taking Airport bus ' coz it will cost THB 300 (THB 100/person).

    Taxi fare - THB 140 - THB 150

    Taxi-Meter
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    National Stadium Station - Ekkamai Station

    by shintarojon Updated Mar 20, 2004

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    (last date took the BTS - Feb. 7/8, 2004)

    National Stadium Station - Ekkamai Station & vice versa

    Sky train fare - THB 30

    Going to Pattaya beach? Well, you have to reach Ekkamai Station first and then take the bus going to Pattaya from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Soi Sukhumvit 42) near Ekkamai Station.

    Jon & BTS Train
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    Chaophraya Express Boat

    by shintarojon Updated Mar 4, 2004

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    (date took the express boat - Feb. 12, 2004)

    Tha Tient - Sapan Taksin & vice-versa

    Tha Tient pier is a walking distance to Wat Pho & Wat Pra Kaew while Saphan Taksin Pier is near to Saphan Taksin Station (sky train)

    Boat fare - THB 15

    Express boat
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    Chao Phraya River Express boat

    by pattayaraj Updated Feb 25, 2004

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    One of the fast way for moving in BKK. It begin at Nonthaburi pier and end at Wat Ratchasingkhon pier.
    The boat begin from 6AM-6PM daily.
    It 'll drop by flag as follow;
    Green flag - stop every piers.
    Red flag - Stop some piers.
    Yellow flag - Express boat ,just stop only main piers.
    I think this transportation 's a good way for sightseeing BKK also.

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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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