Micro Public Transport
Micro Public Transport
Underground (MRT) and Sky Train (BTS)
These 2 modes of transport are unfortunately only possible in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. This easy and convenient way of traveling can be paid for in single trips, day cards or multiple trips, and stops running just before midnight. Googling the BTS and MRT map gives the traveler an idea of where they are in relation to accommodation and entertainment
Songthaew, Minivan and Tuk-Tuk
Songthaews are a very common mode of transport in the towns and come in different colors, which may represent the route taken or area covered. Through trial and error one can get a general understanding of the tell tale signs to look for when flagging down a Songthaew. The driver will also let you know very promptly via broken clipped English, hand gestures or a pointed look whether you’re on the right track or not. Prices paid for fares will vary according to how far you want to go, number of passengers and the area you’re in. The buzzer overhead enables a prompt and smooth stop and eject manoeuvre.
Minivans are also available in some areas and operate on the same basis as the Songthaews do. They have air-cons and are a pleasurable experience to add to your shopping adventure or day tour. Many of the companies and drivers are available to be called on a pick up basis for your convenience. Tuk-Tuks are the little three wheeled fellas that can be seen zooming around, and are great for getting from A-B. They work on the same basis as their bigger siblings above.
Scooters and bicycles
Scooters and scooter taxis are the typical females of the transport industry – they are multi-taskers, adorned with their own taste of fashionable bling, creativity and color. They come in different models and types and get the job done, zipping through traffic while the passenger is able to sit side saddle behind the driver sipping coffee and enjoying the scenery. Scooters can also be hired on a daily basis and are great for seeing the sights. Checking your travel clauses before hopping onto this diverse way of traveling would be a good idea if anything untoward were to happen. Bicycles are great to hire for sightseeing and are a cost effective way of getting around.
Trains and ferries
Taking the ferry in Bangkok is an effective way to get from one amazing experience to another. They are very, very cheap and zip across in no time to ensure your time is spent enjoying the markets and cultural heritage of the big B. They run continuously throughout the day and provide the traveler with a different view of this stimulating biodome! Trains in Bangkok don’t just refer to the BTS and MRT but the city link is available for getting from one point to the other.
Buses and taxis
Like the Songthaew, the bus systems within the bigger towns are color coded to route and area covered. This very cheap mode of transport allows the traveler to enjoy nipping between shopping malls and places of interest. Buses run continuously throughout the day and having a stash of coins close at hand assists with the legalities once en route.
Taxi’s… girding your loins! Getting off the bus at Mochit Station, Bangkok at 5am was an experience I will never forget! Like chickens to a corn cob, I was surrounded by flashing teeth and persistent taxi drivers bellowing, “Where you go?” It was in that moment that I had a movie flashback to “The Good, the bad and the ugly” where two tobacco chewing opponents were having a standoff. I have found that if you peel off the lynch mob and head for the main building, through the maze of markets and hail a taxi there, you’re purse remains relatively curvaceous. The taxi’s either run off meters or bargaining is the order of the day. Depending on your mood at 5am in the morning and where you want to go it’s your choice as which avenue to meander down.