Thailand Transport Guide
All the information you need to get around
the Land of Smiles with relative ease
Tuk Tuk in downtown Phuket
Thailand Transport Information
This Thailand Transport Guide essentially focuses on the various forms of transportation throughout the cities
and coastal resorts. In both the public and private sector, movement in
traffic appears so much larger than life itself, especially in cities
like Bangkok and Chiang Mai with coastal towns not
that far behind. Abundant and chaotic, diverse and visible, you simply
From the funky Tuk Tuks, the brightly coloured taxis, the rowdy motorcycles, the rapid transit system, the underground trains, the resonating long boats, to the luxury cruisers and private limousines.
Thailand Transport - Bangkok Taxis
I am busy reading a book in the lobby of a Bangkok hotel during the
early hours of the morning while waiting for my Thai driver friend to
take myself, my girlfriend and a friend up north to Chiang Mai. We want
to get an early start and decide to leave the city at around 4:00 am so
as to avoid the morning rush hour traffic.
Every time I look up
from my book, I see one taxi after another appear from around the
corner. I continue to read for a couple of hours all the while there's
this constant perpetual motion of taxis forming spectacular displays of colour
right before my eyes. There are seemingly endless streams of them.
How could I possibly ignore them! Where could they be going at this time I ask myself. Whether you want to believe it or not, this certainly isn't the normal peak traffic period. It's 3:00 am in the morning. It would appear that commuting by taxi anywhere in Thailand is really not a problem whatsoever, be it any time of the day or night.
Is it not good to know that even in the very early hours of the morning, you'd be able to hitch a ride. A word of warning though, even with all the available transport, the likeliness of getting around Bangkok in a hurry may be somewhat restricted, so just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, albeit a perfectly safe one.
Canal Waterway Transport
Tuk Tuk Transport
A ride in a Tuk Tuk is a must for any visitors coming to
Thailand especially in Bangkok. Besides providing a much needed and
easily accessible form of Thailand transport, they are also a
fundamental part of the whole Thai experience. You haven't been to
Thailand if you haven't taken a ride in a Tuk Tuk. When I say that, I am
referring to the open-sided three-wheeler variety you find in Bangkok
as opposed to the
four-wheeler Tuk Tuks
found around the island of Phuket.
Weaving your way through the
crowded traffic congested streets of Bangkok in a three-wheeler can be
an exhilarating and exciting experience if not a little nerve racking at
at the best of times. Depending on your driver as well as the time of
day or night, every ride you take is a new and unique challenge. Just
sit back and enjoy the ride. The only real downside is the incessant
noise emanating from these two-stroke motorbike engines and the
consistent unprotected pollution.
A good tip when using a Tuk Tuk service provider, always, always negotiate the fare before embarking on your trip. That way you won't be disappointed when you arrive at your destination. I have seen many a tourist arguing with a Tuk Tuk driver over a payment simply because they hadn't established the price beforehand. Getting into an argument won't help matters either. It'll only stress you out even more. It's best to avoid these types of situations at all costs.
Thailand Transport on the Bangkok Sky Train
Thailand Train Transport
Consider an alternative to road transportation by using the rail
network with their various train links thus making the Thailand
transport system so highly effective and efficient. Trains throughout the country provide safe, secure and speedy ways to get wherever it is you want to go in a much more relaxed state.
quick and easy mobility in Bangkok, you have two choices. The
first is the BTS Sky Train of which there are two lines, one of which is
the Sukumvit line which runs from Mo Chit station to On Nut station
along Sukumvit Road and the other one is the Silom line which runs from
the National Stadium to Wongwian Yai. Both these lines intersect at Siam
Square. The Sky Train also connects directly to a high-speed rail link
to Suvarnabhumi Airport at Phaya Thai Station.
The other way to
travel by train around Bangkok is to use the MRT Underground Subway
System which covers a loop of some 20 kilometres (12 miles) and runs
from Hua Lampong Station to Bang Sue north of the centre. It intersects
with the Sky Train at four stations on route. The underground caters for
Bangkok Water Taxis
Canal Water Taxi Transport
Chao Phraya River
and the few canals in and around Bangkok provide alternative
and accessible commuter style Thailand transport, making it a much faster
and safer option to the horrendous traffic on the city streets. Many
places of interest as well as the new and old city sights of Bangkok can
be toured using the Chao Phraya Express boat. They travel to and from a
number of piers around the city. There are also several other ferry boat
services you can take advantage, including the water taxis that ply up
and down the canal waterways.
Canal Water Taxi Transport
Motorbike Taxi Transport
If you're really keen to beat the Thailand transport system, then the best way to do this is to simply hop on one of the motorbike taxis.
Motorbike taxi riders are easily recognized by their numbered vests and
they are usually seen waiting on the corners of many of the important
side roads in most cities and resorts. They can be extremely useful on
routes not covered by other modes of transport.
A word of warning
though, while they are fast and efficient as well as being able to
squeeze in and out of traffic jams, they can be a little dangerous.
Negotiate a price, then hang on tight and pray that you'll arrive safely
at your destination.
Motorbike taxi rider waiting for a customer
While public buses may abound around the best parts of the major cities in Thailand, a number of luxury air-conditioned buses
can be seen touring the rest of the country. A typical city like
Bangkok has an extensive bus network providing passengers with
reasonably priced fares. Most routes operate from early
morning until fairly late at night. A few even provide a 24 hour service.
only real problem with using public buses is that they often get stuck
for lengthy periods in notorious heavy inner city traffic so trying to
get from one place to another in a hurry is not always the best option.
Best to pay a little extra and travel in style in an air-conditioned
bus. Bus routes and maps are readily available in most book store or
news agents, that is if you can find one.
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