Bangkok Travel Guide - with Wired Destinations
Discount Hotels in Bangkok : Sukhumvit, Silom, Siam Square, Ploenchit, Riverside, Sathorn, Pratunam, Suvarnabhumi Airport, Ratchadapisek, Petchburi, Banglumpu, Don Muang Airport, Yawaraj (China Town), Nakorn Pathom, Huamark, Saphankwai, Nonthaburi, Pattanakarn
Bangkok Public Transport - with Wired Destinations
Bus number 29 from Suvarnabhumi Airport ends up at Hua Lamphong train station. The air-conditioned number 10 goes to Victory Monument. Many new air-conditioned routes have been installed; the clerks at the Tourist Authority desk in the Arrival Hall may be able to assist you. Since it's unlikely that a bus will go directly to your final destination, Victory Monument is a good starting point.
On your Bangkok sightseeing tour by taxi or bus, it is always a good idea to have your destination written in Thai or Latin capital letters. Thais often don't know the names of small roads and lanes, even if they live close by. They will respond, however, to the name of a landmark, Bangkok temple, big Bangkok hotel or big market.
Another fast and very cheap way into the city is to take the train. The station is across the street from the airport. In about half an hour, you can be at the main Hua Lamphong train station, not far from Bangkok Chinatown. There are trains at least every hour during the daytime; ask at the Tourist Authority counter. Some visitors decide to skip Bangkok altogether and take the train in the other direction; Ayutthaya is a good start.
Bangkok Metro (MRT)
The current subway route has 18 stations, stretching 20 kilometers from Bang Sue station in the northern suburbs of Bangkok and the Bangkok’s main railway station, Hua Lamphong, at the edge of Bangkok’s Chinatown, Yaowaraj. Bangkok Metro, MRT, connects to the existing Bangkok Skytrain network at three of its stations – Silom, Sukhumvit and Chatuchak Park – passengers can transfer to the Bangkok Skytrain network at these points.
Bangkok Skytrain (BTS)
Bangkok's Skytrain has become a major success. Thee are two lines as of yet; the Sukhumvit line runs from Mo Chit Station in the north to On Nut Station near Sukhumvit Soi 81 in the southeast. The Silom line runs from National Stadium east to Siam Square and then south to the Chao Phraya River at Thaksin Bridge (Saphan Thaksin). Bangkok Skytrain is reliable, fast, clean and comfortable. Fares vary according to distance, from 15 baht to 45 baht. Multi-trip passes, SmartCards which save time and money, as well as 24-hour and 3-day passes for unlimited travel are also at special rates – available at the ticket counter. For more Bangkok Travel info go to Bangkok Insider Travel Tips.
Bangkok Buses and Mini-buses
Arguably the best way to go Bangkok sightseeing is by means of public buses which come in four versions: microbus, Euro II bus, air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned "ordinary". The pink-and-grey microbuses constitute the city's premium service. Air-conditioned and equipped with squalling music videos, they don't accept more passengers once all 20 or so seats are filled. The fare is a 20-baht bill. Problem being, these bus routes are not listed anywhere and even Thais find that baffling.
The orange Euro II bus runs on the same route as the blue air-conditioned bus but is a bit more comfy and more expensive. The conductors on air-con buses usually understand some English, at least they are used to the way foreigners mispronounce names of roads and places; on the ordinary buses this is not the case.
Any means of Bangkok transportation will take you to interesting Bangkok shopping venues or to Bangkok's nightlife.