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Bangkok BTS & MRT
When visiting Thailand, the land of smiles, travelers will undoubtedly spend some time in the nation's capital city and at a Bangkok hotel. In the “City of Angels” (or “Krung Thep” in Thai) the quickest and most convenient method of travel is by using either the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) or the Mass Rapid Transport System (MRT). Both have been constructed in the last decade and comprise of modern technology, high safety equipment and air conditioned trains that are supplied by the global manufacturer Siemens.
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The BTS is an elevated metro system which is otherwise known as the “Skytrain” and consists of 23 stations on 2 separate lines; the larger Sukhumvit line (23 km) and the Silom line (6.5km) that run daily from 6 am - 12 pm. The Sukhumvit line has Mo Chit as the first station in the northern part of Bangkok and runs to On Nut which is situated in the Eastern part of the city. The smaller Silom line consists of 6 stations and runs from the National Stadium to Saphan Thaksin, where the central pier is located. Single tickets are dispensed for one time travel but smart passes are available for adults and students which can be used on a monthly basis. Rates vary depending on distance and range from 15 - 40 baht. The Skytrain is the optimum method of travel in Bangkok, especially when traveling to the main shopping, cultural and entertainment districts in Thailand's most vibrant city. There is an abundance of highlights along the routes including some fantastic 4 and 5-star Bangkok hotels, namely The Rembrandt Hotel (BTS Asoke), The Siam City Hotel, Bangkok (BTS Phayathai) and the Sofitel (Silom line, BTS Chong Nonsi). Unparalleled shopping is available at the exclusive Emporium complex (BTS Phrom Pong), Siam Paragon (Siam) and the most popular plaza for tourists, the MBK Center (National Stadium) where a vast selection of clothes, ornaments and souvenirs are obtainable.
The underground metro line, or MRT, opens from 5am - 12pm daily and stretches 21 km across 18 stations. One can travel from the Main Central Station Hua Lamphong, which also has a larger, over ground railway where trains run to the rest of Thailand, to Bang Sue in the north of the city. Bangkok's largest market resides at Chatchuk Park and other delights of the city can be seen along the route; like the Thai traditional boxing, Muay Thai, which is on display weekly at Lumphini Park, the Snake Farm at Sum Yan plus the famous Jim Thompson Museum at Silom. Some grand international Bangkok hotels are near the Thailand Cultural Centre e.g. the Four Wings Hotel which is sited at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. Ticketing, like the BTS, is dependent upon distance, although the fares are slightly cheaper and range from 14 - 36 baht per trip. Both the BTS and MRT are hugely efficient, with waiting time less than 5 minutes at each station and feature spacious carriages with plentiful seating. In the future, single tickets will be issued so one can travel on both lines without having to purchase additional tickets. Interchanges between lines are at Mo Chit, Asoke (MRT Sukhumvit) and Sala Daeng (MRT Silom). The additions of these lines have enormously helped improve Bangkok's transportation networks and have cemented its place as one of the commercial and tourist hubs of South East Asia.