Bangkok Survival Guide - Transport
Getting around Bangkok is a challenge for new-comers. This is a big subject and as you might notice from us, it tends to focus on bikes for transport primarily.
The easiest, most convienient and usually comfortable.
You see these guys in the busy Soi’s mostly. They are typically the most streetwise dudes you’ll encounter, they normally have to pay bribes to the cops, fend for themselves and struggle to make ends meet. Hard-living and womanising are often the creed of the Taxi-biker. Actually with all the taxi-folk there's a more 'streetwise' and macho-vibe but Taxi-bikers are reckoned to be the most hardcore due to being poorer (generally) and living-on-the-edge (biking).
All fares must be negotiated before-hand with these guys, don’t be afraid to haggle if they quote you a silly price. I can’t give you a firm guide for what’s a good price but if one wants 200 baht for going to the end of the soi you’re being ripped off (unless it’s a honking long soi that runs for miles that is!).
Everyones heard or seen these things. LPG propelled wonder Trikes with a vibrant Thai flavour.
Our favourite method of transport. Usually the cheapest way to get around most of Bangkok. You jump on, zip through traffic and get to where you want to go, find a place to park and your done. Not for the faint-hearted, especially in rush-hour. Farang's who can handle Bangkok's busy streets are few and far between. If you can hack it then you are one of the select few. With good reason, the roads in Bangkok are more aggressive and cut-throat than anywhere in Europe or the USA. Elsewhere in Asia only India can compare to Thailand's capital. Although big bikes are commonplace (compared to elsewhere in Thailand) they can be a pain to weave and get through the gridlocked traffic. Anything 250cc and below is optimal, with scooters and mopeds excelling.
For a guide on Motorbike ownership in Thailand then click here now.
Skytrain - BTS
Now we’re talking! The Skytrain in Bangkok can really be a boon during rushhour in the capital.
The Subway – MRT
This major city project was completed in 2004 and bridged the mass-transit gulf between the Skytrain (which some had considered a white elephant) and the car driving masses.
In Bangkok Traffic
The embedded video above shows a fairly typical scene in Bangkoks inner-city traffic.