10 Ways to Get Around Bangkok

Getting around Bangkok can sometimes be extremely frustrating, as you can often find yourself slowly inching forward in what seems like a never ending traffic jam. However, there are several ways you can travel around the wonderful city, sometimes without having to see a single car.

1) Bus

Taking the bus around the city will definitely not help in avoiding those traffic jams, but it will cost you next to nothing. Β Some of the red buses are actually free, and some of the orange ones have AC!

BKKbus.JPG

Source

2) Tuk-Tuk

Ohh the good old ‘tuk-tuk’. The most touristy and fun way, but also the most expensive. Be warned – Over the recent years, Tuk-Tuk drivers offer to take you anywhere in the city for only a few baht. Sounds too good to be true? it is! These drivers will take you to a tailor, travel agent or jewelry shop to get a ‘petrol stamp’. If you don’t buy anything from these stores, the owners can get very aggressive and forceful.

 

tuk-tuk-bangkok1.jpg

Source

3) Bangkok MRT

Many people are unaware Bangkok actually has a subway system, as it doesn’t cover the more popular areas of the city. However, if you plan on going anywhere in the Bangkok Metropolitan region then this an effective, cheap and reliable way of getting there. Β It is also worth noting that the MRT connects to the Bangkok BTS train route.

 

Hua_Lampong_MRT_station.jpg

Source

4) Taxi

Taxis will take you anywhere you want to go. They are very cheap, just make sure you ask to use the meter. Upon seeing a foreigner, some taxi drivers will try to overcharge, sometimes 10x what the journey should cost.

Taxi-meter_in_Bangkok_04.JPG

Source

5) BTS

My personal favourite. The Bangkok Mass Transit System, or BTS Sky Train, is exactly that: a train that is elevated about the city’s roads. The BTS is not expensive to use and covers some of Bangkok’s most popular areas. The air conditioned cabins provide great views of the city as you travel from station to station.

Bangkok_Skytrain_2011.jpg

Source

6) Boat

The river Choa Phraya runs throughout Bangkok and out into the Gulf of Thailand. Travelling up and down the river by boat is cheap and easy.

download.jpg

Source

7) Canal Boat

Hundreds of little canals stream off from the Choa Phraya river and into the city. Local boats run regularly up and down these routes and take you to to places that the big river boats can not reach.

bangkok_khlongboat.jpg

Source

8) Motor-taxi

If you don’t have much luggage and you are alone, it might be more cost effective for you to travel by motor-taxi instead of an actual taxi. This way is less safe, so make sure you ask for a helmet and hold on tight!

motorbike-taxis.jpg

Source

9) Foot

The heat puts the majority of people off from this, but apart from being free exploring by foot can give you a unique perspective of the city. Bangkok is rammed with narrow Soi’s (Thai for street/alleyway) which are brimming with character that is not visible from a taxi or bus.

images.jpg

Source

10) Bicycle

Another very cheap way of seeing the city is by bicycle. If you are brave enough to face the humidity and the Thai roads, then give this a try!

go-bangkok-tours-13

Source

Advertisements

17 comments

  1. I had to take a motorbike taxi to work every morning. On those days when I would wear a pencil skirt I had to sit side-saddle, without the privilege of a helmet. Wow but those were fun days. Thanks for bringing back the memories πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

  2. I thought Bangkok was pretty easy to get around when I was there, I’m with you that the Skytrain is great. I avoided the tuk-tuks for fear of possible scams. One taxi driver there (at the smaller airport) tried to set a price, but I told him to just use the meter and luckily he complied.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Amazing looking blog. Spent several weeks in Bangkok in yhe summer and although the BTS is certainly, er, refreshing (dangerously so) I can’t say I found walking roubd the city to be a nice experience, exceot in very limited areas, viz (as you say) the Suks. The sky trains etc overhead make a lot of the city seem like Bladerunner, but not in a good way.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s