Take advantage of the ease of transport and explore Bangkok beyond the comfort zone of your hotel!
Bangkok boasts two large international airports that cater to all types of travelers. The larger and more modern of the two is Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Carriers operating out of Suvarnabhumi tend to be the larger, more internationally known operators as well as Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways. The second airport servicing Bangkok is Don Muang Airport (DMK). The airlines hosting flights out of Don Muang are the more “budget” operators, including Air Asia. Don Muang is less shiny, and facilities appear to be in a significant need of renovation. However, despite appearances, it is surprisingly efficient. Both airports enable travelers to travel in and out of Bangkok with ease.
Although traffic in Bangkok is horrendous, the city features a modern and efficient public transportation system that is simple to navigate and a fantastic way to bypass the gridlock. The Skytrain Bangkok (BTS) and the underground Bangkok (MRT) rail systems allow travelers to explore the city’s fabulous shopping, culinary, and cultural offerings. Interested in seeing Bangkok’s stunning riverside temples? Hop aboard a river taxi and take in the sights while cruising on the Chao Phraya River.
If a more private mode of transport is desired, Bangkok offers a variety of affordable options. Just be warned that traffic may be thick. At times other than rush hour in the business district, taxis are easily attainable and surprisingly affordable. A 45-minute trip in a comfortable, air-conditioned taxi is less than $5! Interested in riding in a tuk-tuk before they disappear from Bangkok’s landscape? Do so, but know prices should be negotiated beforehand (and cost about the same as a comfortable taxi). Uber is coming on extremely strong in Bangkok. Private car service is also available. Although it’s a bit pricy, most offer Wi-Fi and chilled water for guests to be comfortable during the ride.
When traveling in Bangkok, be sure to have small change. Transport is inexpensive, and larger currency may not be accepted. For example, the Skytrain (BTS) takes coins only. Paper bills may be exchanged at the station kiosks.
There are excellent apps available to help plan a route on the BTS and MRT. Be sure to download them onto your Smartphone. If a trip with Uber is anticipated, the app can also assist with planning.
If you decide to travel by taxi or tuk-tuk, don’t assume the driver understands English. Have your destination written in Thai. It’s also smart to have your hotel’s business card on hand in case any assistance is needed.
Bangkok is a fantastic city teeming with endless sights to see, food to try, and experiences to be had. Go out and explore this fantastic city. It’s simple, easy, inexpensive, and fun to try out the different modes of transportation!
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