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Thailand's transportation system is very well developed with numerous types of vehicles travelling regularly-scheduled routes to most points in the country.

Air Travel to Bangkok

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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.


Public Bus

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.


BTS Sky Train


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.


River Taxi


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.


Motorcycle Taxis

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.