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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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