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Public transport in Bangkok

How to avoid gridlock

To get the most out of Bangkok, you need to find out how to get around without spending half your day in gridlock.

Two helpful ways are using the Metro (MRT) and the Skytrain (BTS), which cover a growing area of the city and whisk you over or under the clogged streets.

For some journeys, for example to the Grand Palace, the Chao Phraya Express Boat provides a quick and cheap route, as well as a fun ride on the river.

Metered taxis and GRAB cars are another alternative, though they run the risk of taking forever to get where you’re going.

Of course, no visit to Thailand would be complete without a tuk-tuk ride; mind your fingers as these tiny monsters barge their way through the narrowest of gaps to get ahead of the cars.

Only to be considered if you’re in a real hurry to get somewhere, motorbike taxis will get you there, even if it means mounting the pavement from time to time. Cling on tight!


Text © Ron Emmons

Image by Ron Emmons