How to get around in Thailand

Two BTS SkyTrains pass each other at the Nana station on the Sukhumvit Line.

One of the questions that may cross your mind once you land at any airport in Thailand is: How am I going to get around this country? Thailand can be intimidating for a first-time tourist, it can be difficult to get around if you don’t know the routes. In this article, you are going to learn how to get around in Thailand with ease, and without breaking the bank.

Train: Thailand’s railway service runs all through Bangkok and can get you to the natural beauty of Chiang Mai, wanderer’s paradise Ubon Ratchathani, or the forest temples of Nong Khai. The railway connects with the MRT underground system and features a distinct half-dome structure. By using the train, you can get around in Bangkok easily, for a reasonable price.

Tuk-Tuk: Tuk-Tuks are three-wheeled covered motorcycles that seat two to four people over short distances. Riding on one is more of an experience rather than a practical way to get around in Bangkok. Their price is not fixed, and drivers will expect you to negotiate a price and destination before usage. Also, be aware that some drivers have deals with local businesses, where they will drop their passengers off to look at inexpensive suits, ties, and other goods. This is quite safe, but if you’re visiting temples, make sure you are certain of your destination. There are a number of abandoned temples that see some shady activity, and you could find yourself the target of a gem scam if you’re not careful. Don’t let this put you off – tuk-tuk rides are an essential part of the Thai experience.

Chao Phraya River boat: If you love boat cruises, then the Chao Phraya ferry is your best choice. It is a great way to get around the popular riverside area and have a beautiful waterway scenery you would not want to miss. Avoid the tourist-laden boats for the cheaper fares.

Buses: If you’re into a more authentic experience, getting around Bangkok in buses is reasonably comfortable and convenient, providing an incredible and affordable way to travel from one part of the city to another. This is one of the best ways to

see the streets and life of Bangkok you might have missed when using more luxurious modes of transportation..

Walking: Apart from all other means of transportation mentioned above, you can probably get around in Bangkok by walking than you ever expected. The perfect time to go walking is in the evening when the streets reveal their crazy footpath shopping culture.

Touring Thailand via public transportation can be very exciting, especially Bankok. With the excellent and modern public transportation systems in place, it is very easy to navigate your way around in Bangkok, however you might want to consider other options as traffic in Bangkok is notorious, and you can easily waste precious vacation time caught up in traffic.


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