Metered taxis are available
in Bangkok. Make sure the driver turns on the meter, especially
if you are starting from the airport. Make sure you have
change, as taxi drivers often don't! Drivers change shifts
at about 3.30-4.00 p.m., and may not accept you unless
your destination is convenient. Passengers must pay tolls
in the case of using an expressway.
If taxis do not have meters,
before starting, the amount will vary depending on the
distance, traffic, weather (if it is raining the fare
will rise) and the negotiating skills of the hirer. Average
fares in Bangkok are between 50-200 baht.
Three-wheeled open-air vehicles taking
two passengers (three or four at a squeeze), Tuk-tuks
offer an 'interesting' ride! Best for shorter trips during
off-peak hours. Settle the fare before proceeding. It
should cost less than the price of a comparable journey
by taxi meter. Minimum fares, for journeys of up to 3
kilometres, are approximately 30 baht. In wet weather,
riding in a Tuk-tuk is dangerous and should be avoided.
Bangkok has an extensive bus service
with routes serving every part of the city. There are
both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned vehicles,
which provide an extremely cheap way of getting around
town. Public buses are plentiful and cheap, with a minimum
fare of 3.50 baht to most destinations within metropolitan
Bangkok. 3 kinds of Airconditioned buses charge 6-16,
10 and 12 baht. Airconditioned microbuses charge a flat
fare of 20 baht on all routes. A Bus Route Map is available
at most hotels, bookshops and the TAT office on Ratchadamnoen
Avenue for 35 baht.
One of the most advanced type of urban
railway, the Bangkok Transit System (BTS), an elevated
heavy rail system running above the business district
of Bangkok. With the new millennium, BTS will offer its
passengers speed and reliability and prove to be a very
attractive alternative to road travel. The Sukhumvit and
the Silom lines will ensure that Bangkok can breathe again.
Taxis that are even more unusual, though
equally convenient, are the river taxis that ply the Chao
Phraya river. Some are just cross river ferries, but others,
Chao Phraya Express, serve the many landing stages on
both banks and cover a route that goes up as far as the
northern suburb of Nonthaburi.
Can be found at the entrance of "Soi"
and major areas through out Bangkok. Easy to recognize
and diffirentiate from the typical motorcycle rider with
the use of colorful vests and the number on the back.
Motorcycle Taxi is quite dangerous for
people who has never been on a motorcycle before but extremely
popular among Bangkokians because of the traffic congestion.
Fares must be bargained in advance.