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.
Taking the bus around the city will definitely not help in avoiding those traffic jams, but it will cost you next to nothing. Some of the red buses are actually free, and some of the orange ones have AC!
Ohh the good old ‘tuk-tuk’. The most touristy and fun way, but also the most expensive. Be warned – Over 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.
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. It is also worth noting that the MRT connects to the Bangkok BTS train route.
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.
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.
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.
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 places that the big river boats cannot reach.
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!
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.
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!