Getting Around Busy Bangkok

By Ridin Dinesh

Sawasdee torn chao (good morning) all!

Its easy to get around Bangkok, with many modes of transportation easily accessible for non-Thai speakers. Today we’ll introduce you to the most common ways to get around, and how to make travel requests.

Train

BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System), or more commonly known as the sky-train takes you through the main parts of Bangkok – giving you a view of the city as you travel. Mentioned in many of our blogs, the National Stadium BTS station is merely a 5-minute walk from Chao Hostel. For routes and maps visit: http://www.bts.co.th/customer/en/02-route-current_new.aspx

MRT (Metropolitan Rapid Transit), or the subway system takes you to alternative routes than the BTS with several interchanging stations between the two systems. For more information, visit: http://www.transitbangkok.com/mrt.html

Taxis

 Car/Van Taxis: In Bangkok, you can wave down a taxi just like in New York. Look out for the red lighted sign in front of the dashboard that indicates that they are free to accept passengers. Always make sure the meter is turned on! If you see it is not, be insistent and point to the meter – otherwise refuse the ride as you may be tricked in paying more.

Motorcycle Taxis: These are highly convenient to get you in and out of soi (streets), or for travelling quickly in short distances. Do be mindful that most will not have helmets for you, and speeding through the traffic maze of Bangkok is not for the faint hearted!

Tuk-Tuks: The famous three-wheeled open vehicle you see speeding around. Works just like taxis, but quite fun and exciting, especially if the roads are free for them to accelerate and lift up the back wheels! Hold on tight though!

Making Travel Requests

1) Pai (go) can be used to just request a destination. Example: Pai Chao Hostel, means go to Chao Hostel

2) Tao rai (how much) – example: Pai Chao Hostel tao rai? – How much will it cost to go to Chao Hostel?

3) Pai ___ yung ngai (how do I get there?) – example: Pai Yowarat yung ngai? – How do I get to China Town (Yowarat)?

Enjoy your travels!

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