Best ways to get around Bangkok

December 31, 2021

With all its cultural and historical glory, the vibrant city of Bangkok is one of the most visited destinations in the world. The city is chaotic, crowded and made alive by a pulsating touristy vibe. The contrast between the old world and the new world is unmistakable, and that very difference is what makes Bangkok one of the must-visit places in the world. The city’s transport system is efficient, though traffic can be a hindrance; however, those staying with us at Pathumwan Princess Hotel Bangkok, owing to its central location, don’t need to worry about getting stuck in traffic.

Bangkok sky train
The modern facet of Bangkok, Skytrain, also known as BTS, is the best way to get around the city. A combination of two lines, BTS Silom Line and BTS Sukhumvit Line, the sky train is a transport mode that takes effect above the city. BTS Sukhumvit Line has 22 stations, while BTS Silom Line has 13 stations. A new train comes along every five minutes, and this is the fastest way to travel around Bangkok, especially during rush hours.

Bangkok MRT
With 18 stations and consisting of one line, Bangkok MRT is an underground train system. The MRT Blue Line covers major regions of the city, including Phetchaburi, Chatuchak Park, Sukhumvit, and Silom. You can avail yourself of the services of the underground train from 6 am to 12 am every day.

This method of transport is more common than the sky train and the underground train. Taxis can be found in abundance all over the city and outside every Bangkok city hotel. As for the taxi fare, you’ll be charged 35 baht for the first kilometre with the addition of 5.5 baht for every other kilometre.

Travelling by tuk-tuks is a quintessential Bangkok experience. You can find tuk-tuks at any time of the day. Tuk-tuk rides are a fun way to sightsee in Bangkok; however, these drivers have a bad reputation for charging tourists more than reasonable. So, before getting into the vehicle, you must make sure that it has a metre; if it doesn’t, however, you should agree on a rate beforehand.

Motorbike taxis
This certainly isn’t a safe mode of transport, but it can be fun. Motorbike taxis are a common transport method in Bangkok, and they also make for a thrilling experience. If you decide to give yourself the experience of motorbike taxis, make sure you wear a helmet and a jacket to protect your skin from the sun.