The Best Ways To Travel Around Bangkok
When you visit Bangkok, it is soon apparent that you need to have a plan to get around the city, especially if you have to travel from one side of it to another. The Bangkok metropolis covers a large area, and there are various modes of transport that you can use to get around. Below are some of the most common forms of transportation that can help make getting around Bangkok a piece of cake.
The BTS (Sky Train)
One method of transport which is popular in Bangkok is the Sky Train, and the system even connects from Suvarnabhumi Airport, which means you do not need to take a taxi from the airport to your hotel. There are various branches to the BTS system, and it covers a lot of the more popular tourist attractions, but at present, you cannot use it to get to areas such as Banglamphu or Khao Sarn Road.
The MRT (Underground System)
The MRT is similar to the BTS, but rather than being an elevated train, it is an underground one that makes getting around the city easy. If you choose a hotel near MRT station Sathorn, you will be able to get from your hotel to the underground without having to brave the heat and humidity of the city for too long. You will be able to enjoy the air-conditioning as you travel around the city on the MRT, feeling fresh and relaxed when you arrive at your destination.
The taxi drivers of Bangkok are notorious for trying it on not only with tourists, but also the locals. They are not all bad, and there are some excellent taxi drivers, but because the traffic in Bangkok can be so congested, it can take a long time to reach your destination. Always ensure that they activate the metre when you get in or you could find yourself in an argument over how much you have to pay. They should not refuse to take you anywhere, but in bust hours, heavy rain, and if the destination you want to go is not convenient for them, you may need to find another taxi.
You will notice lots of people with orange vests sat at street corners throughout Bangkok, and these are the local motorcycle taxis. A motorbike taxi can be much quicker than a conventional cab as they can move in and out of the traffic easier than cars, as well as take some unofficial shortcuts. Confirm the price before you start your journey and remember to wear a helmet, as well as hold on tight.
Enjoy A Ride In A Tuk-Tuk
It would not be a visit to Bangkok without a ride in a Tuk-Tuk, and it is worthwhile doing just for the experience. They are not suitable for long journeys or standing around in heavy traffic, but they are a fun way to get around the city, and many drivers can be extremely friendly.