Transportation & Reach
Being the administrative, commercial and tourist hub of the country,
Bangkok is always overflowing with tourists and business or political
travelers. From years the city has been known for its notorious traffic
jams. But at the same time the local, national and international
transportation modes of the city are comprehensive and well furnished,
fulfilling the need of the travelers and citizen equally.
Besides being efficient, the modes of commuting are in many varieties as
Bangkok Railway Transportation:
- Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK): The airport is situated 30km
(19m) East of Bangkok and is the most important gateway to Thailand.
This is the new airport of the city, which replaced the old Don Muang
Airport in 2006 and therefore today is the major of most of the
- Don Muang Airport (DMK): The airport is located at Vibhavadi
Rangsit Road 24km (15 m) North of Bangkok. Once the major international
and national airport of the city, today it has become a facility for
charter flights, military aircraft and civil aviation.
An efficient rail network links major northern and northeastern towns with
the capital. A southern route permits the visitor to travel by train into
Malaysia and Singapore. There are three major stations in the city:
Bangkok Water Transportation:
- Hua Lumpong Railway Station located on Rama IV road just on the
outskirts of China Town, is the major station of the city from where
connections to all parts of the country can be made.
- Thonburi (Formerly Bangkok Noi) is the second station of the city
located across the river. One can catch the train to Kanchanaburi for
the Bridge on the River Kwai.
- The third Bangkok railway station is situated on the Thon Buri side
of the river called Wongwian Yai.
Within Thailand, getting to Bangkok though boats isnt a problem. Some
cargo ships calling at Bangkoks port also carry a few passengers on
Local Transportation of Bangkok:
Bangkok is traffic jams are reputed to be the worst in the world but with
the efficient public transport network the situation has eased excessively
over the years. The extensive local transportation of the city includes:
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- Skytrain: It is the latest addition in the citys means
of transportation list and undoubtedly is the most convenient and quick
way of getting around in Bangkok. Currently it has only two lines
running above Bangkok's central areas namely, Silom & Sukhumvit
districts. The network is also well connected to the metro as well as
- Metro: Established recently, the metro system of Bangkok has
one route that covers areas not connected by the Skytrain. Its has 18
stations with frequent services running until midnight and intersects
with the Skytrain at three points.
- Bus: The city has well spread bus network, which is also the
cheapest and most frequent mode of travel around Bangkok.
- Boat: it is also one of the easiest, fastest and most
interesting way to get around in the city through the Chao Phraya River
where numerous river taxis, long-tail boats and large water-buses make
most tourist sites easily reachable.
- Tuk Tuks: These colorful noisy three-wheelers are the
standard way of making short, cheaper and quicker journeys in the city.
It is advisable to negotiate the fares before boarding.
- Taxi: One can find both metered and unmetered taxis easily in
Bangkok. Bike-taxis are also common in the city.
The capital of Thailand and the largest city in the region, Bangkok is an
important tourist and business destination, not just in its own right, but
also as a take-off point for travelers to other parts of Thailand.
Therefore, housing some of the worlds best hotels, the city is pretty
well geared to handle the tourist crowd.
Bangkok has a vast range of accommodation as well where everyone can find a
place to suit his tastes and budget. Some places like Khao San Road,
Sukhumvit Road and Rattanakosin are backpackers spots where one can
find hotels of all budgets.
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