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Travelling in Bangkok

As you all know Bangkok is one of the busiest city in world where traffic really sucks, if you don’t choose the best medium for transportation you might stuck in traffic jam for hours and hours. Basically travelling in Bangkok you have below mediums and each of them has their own advantages and disadvantages, your proper decision will take you to destiny with cheap or fast or both.

  1. Taxi:
    One of the easiest way, you dont need to know how to go to destiny, you simply say to taxi driver(sometimes its hard to make them understand because many dont know English Language) also it might be expensive
  2. Train (BTS, MRT, Airport Link) :
    Trains are the most easiest(after taxi) and cheapest way to Travel. Mostly it can be considered as fastest way to travel since it doesnt need to takecare of traffic harsh and Information are in English which is well enough to understand and travel.
  3. Public Bus or Jeep or Van:
    Cheapest way to travel, but it might take you very long to reach your Destiny. I recommend for long distance travelling like Pattaya, Hua Hin. or City if you know where to come out or where to take the which number bus or van
  4. Boat:
    You can find to boats in two location, one in Chapaya River which is easy for you to travel Temples and another one is Sapan pier boat, the water is very smelly and might makes you dizzy and headache
  5. Motorcycle :
    This can be used for short distance travelling, where you dont want to walk much. You can simply take motorcycle taxi with Thai numbers in Back of their shining Jacket. Comparing to distance wise this is one the expensive and fastest way to travel, but sometimes motorcycle might drive with 120km/hr which might dangerous as well. I take motorcycle to get rid of sweaty walking when i late to office and the places where there is no main road (for safe side)
  6. or your Own Car( which i m not going to talk about)

Bear in mind Train is not always fastest medium and Taxi is not always expensive. It really depends upon from where to where you want to go. I will give you an example,
I live in Huai Khwang MRT area and if I need to travel to Central World

A. Via Train

  1. Take a MRT to Sukhmvit Station (18-20 mins including walking in and waiting and walking out) (22baht)
  2. Walk from MRT to BTS (3-4mins) (4mins)
  3. Take BTS to Siam (15-20 mins)(28baht)

all together it took around 40-44mins and 50baht

B. Via Local Bus
If i take a Local bus 73n or 514 route bus then it will take me there in 30-40mins in weekend and with less traffic and 30-50mins in weekdays in non business hour and 1-1:30 hrs in business hour with just 13-15Baht

C. Via Taxi
in Taxi it will take me there in 25-30 mins in Weekend and 30-1hr in Weekdays with around (70-90 baht depending on traffic)

from above looking you can see sometimes public buses are cheaper and Faster. But they are not always reliable and hard to deal with it specially if you dont know where to come out. You might think Taxi is expensive but NO its not, it depends upon how many people you are travelling. Lets see below tally

Travelers (Person) Train Public Bus Taxi
1 50 Baht 15 Baht 70-80 Baht
2 100 Baht 30 Baht 70-80 Baht
3 150 Baht 45 Baht 70-80 Baht
4 200 Baht 60 baht 70-80 baht
5 250 baht 75 baht 70-80 baht( Taxi allows 5 People as well 😉 )

Since in Thailand Mobile network is highly developed you can find 3G network all over the Bangkok, its better to have smart phones with GPS enabled and Maps App (I like Google Maps). So whenever you travel from one point to another its better to search in Maps, it will show you all the possible medium you can travel and you can calculate the distance and then you can travel. For me for when i was new in bangkok (still new 😉 ) I find my mobile and google maps as my travel guide and my 3rd Eye, i can travel where ever i want by using 3G mobile with GPS 🙂 . Cheers and happy travelling in Bangkok. Hope you will enjoy your stay in Thailand and find my Article useful