Thai transport


The Thai transport is so different. Buses are a major method of transportation for people and packages, and the most popular means of long distance travel. 
A songthaew (สองแถว-literally "two rows") also known in English as a baht bus, is a passenger vehicle in Thailand adapted from a pick-up or a larger truck. It takes its name from the two bench seats fixed along either side of the back of the truck; in some vehicles a third bench is put down the middle of the seating area. Vehicles on longer routes may be converted from larger trucks for about 40 passengers. Some vehicles have roofs large enough to accommodate standing passengers within the vehicle, or passengers may stand on a platform attached to the rear.


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Tuk tuk (ตุ๊กตุ๊ก)

Tuk Tuk also know as a Samlor, this is a little 3 wheeled monster in green (in Bangkok) or in different colors (in country) doing a similar job to the taxi. They remind me of the style of a 2nd WW aero plane mixed with a locomotive, and throw a helicopter like Three wheeled Thai Airline. They are occasionally faster than taxis in heavy traffic as weaving in and out is easier, but generally about the same or slower. As tuk-tuks are open-ended, they expose passengers to the high pollution levels in the middle of Bangkok's roads and offer almost no protection in case of an accident. There is theoretically a ban on new tuk-tuks as they are so noisy and polluting, but it doesn't really seem to be being enforced at present. Fares always have to be bargained for, and it is sometimes possible to bargain tuk-tuk drivers down to less than the taxi flag fall of 35B when they make good value. But for farangs the price start from 200B so you have to be careful, it's essential to bargain the price with tuk-tuks before getting in. If you only ask after the ride, it's likely to end in a request for an ridiculous fare which can obviously lead to an unpleasant situation. Just like taxi drivers, the tuk-tuk drivers mostly come from the rural northeast of Thailand and don't have to undergo any training (some will not even have passed a driving test), so don't be surprised if they sometimes have no idea where your destination is. A subtle point to remember when in one is not to rest your feet on the rail near the drivers head, as doing so is extremely disrespectful towards the driver.
Some of these Thailand green monsters are so loud, so 2 stroke-y, crack’n and popping everyone’s eardrums, it’s absolute madness. Uhuh. Just another day in Thailand, and everyone just accepts it… like I said, that’s Thailand lifestyle for you… accepting…

The easiest and most comfortable way to get around, if not always the quickest, is by the aircon taxi. These come in quite a few different colors though the green-yellow and red-blue ones are the most common. Bangkok has thousands of taxis, and finding one at any time is never a problem. The occasional exception to this is during a monsoon season downpour. By international standards they're very cheap too, the flag fall rate is 35B (0.85 US$ approx) including the first 2km and it's 5B/km after that. This means that even relatively long journeys, such as from Sukhumvit to the Grand Palace often aren't above 100B (2.5 US$). A surcharge is applied in traffic jams (1.25B/m when moving under 6km/h), meaning at night when there's not much traffic they're definitely the best way of getting around.
The two tone green and yellow taxis are generally reckoned to be the best ones. These are driven by the owner, while all others are rented out by the day.
If you aren't near any taxis, you can phone 1661 and order one to pick you up. This costs the meter fee + 20B.
The sky train system is generally very popular with visitors staying near its stations. It makes travelling long distances substantially quicker than by road and is relatively inexpensive. Inside, it's clean and air-conditioned, and certainly compares very well to the mass transit systems elsewhere in the world.

How to  travel in Thailand

 The best way is with bus because is cheap, with air-condition and good service. If you go to south or north Thailand you can choice and domestic  air service, or train with sleeping coach which also have air-condition. In Bangkok the best way is with taxi, also sky train or metro. With Tuk Tuk have to be careful  when you bargain for the price. The motorcycle taxi drivers, but they're not adverse to tourists using their services either of course. Unlike taxis and tuk-tuks, the motorcycle taxi drivers will usually not cruise around looking for passengers but gather in groups at various 'stations' (win motor-sai in Thai) around the city.The drivers are easily recognisable by the red jackets or orange jackets they wear, on which are written (in Thai only) the station they work from and their number. To use one, simply walk up and state your destination and make sure to agree the price with the driver first. A motorcycle taxi driver will generally return to his station after delivering you to your destination, so he has to figure the return journey into the price too. Helmets are a legal requirement for riding on a motorbike in Bangkok and should always be provided by the driver, but this is not always the case. It's worth insisting on one, as if caught by the police without one you face a 200B - 500B fine. It's unlikely the helemt you will be given could be relied on to give more than token protection in the event of a crash however. An additional substantial risk is of passengers unexpectedly getting out of cars (usually taxis) without seeing a motorbike which is overtaking it on the inside. At the speed the drivers like to travel, any kind of accident could easily be very serious and if you are injured you may simply be picked up and hauled off to hospital on a passing tuk-tuk with little regard for any injuries sustained.



Formerly known as the 'Venice of the East', Bangkok still has an excess of waterways that offer a great way of getting around. River express and canal boats regularly ply several routes unaffected by the constant traffic on the roads, and are very cheap too. The boats are long, fast, and normally colored white with a red stripe. Fares vary slightly according to the destination, they're between 5B and 10B. Boats seem to come around every 20 minutes, start at 5.30am and the last boat leaves each end at 6pm.

Thai resources



The fact that almost every guidebook on Thailand says they "drive on the left - most of the time" gives some idea of the general driving standard, too. It could never be said though, that Bangkok lacks options for getting around - with a range of taxis, tuk-tuks, canal boats, river boats, the skytrain and an extensive bus system. With a bit of knowledge about all of the choices, it is definitely possible to get around easily, cheaply and even quickly.