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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the different modes to travel within Bangkok?

Nitin Gurha DEC 10 2012
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You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the options for commuting in Bangkok. Hire a motorcycle taxi, ride a taxi, row a boat, hop aboard the skyrail, or explore the lanes in a bus - it’s all there at Bangkok. Pick the one that suits your best or try it all from:

  • Motorcycle Taxis


Perfect for the adventure lovers, motorcycle taxis are about speed and, of course, the adrenalin rush. Perhaps the fastest of all modes to navigate the city terrain, you can get a motorcycle taxi (these are scooters, but called taxis for some hitherto unknown reason) at city corners. Drivers, or you may call them riders, give you a ride to almost anywhere around the city for around 10 Bahts, more for longer rides, in a manner that you’ll have the feeling of riding pillion on an adventure ride. More on the tricky side, hitching a motorcycle taxi is great to zigzag through city traffic, that’s usually left behind in a blur. Don’t forget to bargain and you’ll be good to go. One ride on a motorcycle taxi, and you’ll come back again. Never mind the dangers, it’s tempting.


  • Taxis


Coming to a more conventional way of commuting, taxis are also a good option to explore Bangkok. You can easily hail one from any of the lanes, or go for ‘phone a cab’ service. Get one right at your doorstep by calling
1681 or booking at www.taxiradio.co.th. Prices are fixed in terms of distance, though rising fuel prices often lead to a revision of those. Traffic snarls are the flipside of hiring a taxi, though most of them are impressively plush, air-conditioned and comfortable.


  • Buses


Buses are another economical way of commuting at Bangkok. From the luxurious pink white micro buses to the BMTA run orange, red or green buses.If you don’t mind sharing space with someone, get aboard to get an enthralling peek in the city life. Get a Bangkok Bus Map from any of the bookstore around and you’ll have an easy way out. Apart from the all night buses, you can get one between 5 am and 11 pm. Fare are usually somewhere around 10 Baht to 25 Baht, depending on the distance you travel.


  • Skytrain


Skytrain has come as a boon to the choked traffic system of the city. Easing the clogged streets, it boasts of having a good network across downtown Bangkok. Skytrain is well suited for a trip to Siam Square. You’ll find it quite economical for the fare are approximately around 15 to 40 Bahts and travel cards can be bought from the coin operated vending machines. Other ticketing options include rechargeable stored value cards and multiple ride passes. It covers 32 stations and has 2 operating lines.


  • Boats


To put it simply, boats are the most delightful way of sightseeing in Bangkok. You’ll love to cruise the gliding waters of
Chao Phraya River via Chao Phraya Express Boat Co, one of the best service providers in the region. A number of routes are covered by the different boats with colour coded flags and names like Blue Express, Orange Express, and Yellow Express. Boats plying on specific routes do not have any flags. Ferry services are available at the San Saeb canal as well. Quite a few travellers also hire ferries or river taxis for spending long leisurely hours, cruising along the water at their own pace. Passing a floating market is an experience that can be termed as ethereal. 

Rather than sticking to one of these, try to experience commuting via all the modes of transport here. Other than sightseeing, these make for memories of a lifetime, for where else can you have morning tea with swirling river water and wild, colourful flowers all around and the gentle rocking of the boat!

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