Transportation of Bangkok

River and canals network

Bangkok has earned its epithet ‘TheVenice of the East’ primarily because of an elaborate network of canals known as khlongs, which were once the main source of transportation by boats. However, now most of the canals have been filled in and converted into streets. Although e many khlongs still exist with people living along them and markets often being operated along the banks, most are severely polluted.

Boats are a great way to get around the famous riverside area with its many historical attractions, and to explore the 'klongs' for a glimpse of the historical Bangkok. Several kinds of boats run up and down the Chao Phraya River, connecting with the local suburbs on the Thonburi side and along the river, while ferries can be used to cross the river at various points. A famous khlong market is the floating market in Taling Chan district. Through downtown Bangkok runs the Khlong Saen Saeb, which has a canal boat service. Chao Phraya, the wide river flowing through the city, has several cross-river ferries. The Chao Phraya Express Boat has many as thirty stops along the both banks extending as far as the northern suburb of Nonthaburi.


Roads

There is an extensive network of roads, newly built intersections and beautiful elevated highways. In spite of these, Bangkok is notorious for its long traffic jams. It is because the number of private vehicles keeps outstripping the development of the infrastructure.

Bangkok Riksha



The Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link or SARL, is a rapid transit line in Bangkok, Thailand. It links the city with the new Suvarnabhumi Airport via Makkasan city air terminal, to Phaya Thai station in central Bangkok.. Opened on August 23, 2010 the 28.6-km route is the fourth rapid transit line in Bangkok, after 2 BTS and 1 MRT line.
The elevated highway linking most road networks in Bangkok together, is another choice to cope with the rush hours. However, the motorists have to pay tax for utilizing the highway. This highway also leads to some outskirts of Bangkok including Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

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Inner-City Buses

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) provides a regular bus service. It operates throughout Bangkok as well as to adjoining provinces round the clock on certain routes. The public bus service is vast and cheap, with a minimum fare of 7 baht to most destinations within metropolitan Bangkok. Air-conditioned buses have the minimum fare of 11 baht while the maximum fare is 24 baht. There are air-conditioned micro-buses also which charge a flat fare of 25 baht on all routes. A bus route map can be purchased from any bookshops.

 

Rail systems
The BTS Skytrain is the safest, most comfortable and convenient way to get around Bangkok. It was opened on December 5, 1999, on the birthday of HM King Rama IX. it has transformed the face of public transportation in Bangkok. It not only offers both residents and visitors a comfortable ride through central Bangkok, it helps them avoid the chronic congestion, noise and pollution of the streets as is an elevated two-line syste.
 


Bus service
Virtually all cities and provinces are well connected by bus service. For going towards the southwest and the west, one can take the bus from the Southern Bus Terminal, west of the city in the Thonburi area. For destinations in the southeast, such as Pattaya, Ko Samet and Ko Chang, buses leave from the Eastern Bus Terminal at Ekkamai. The Northern Bus Terminal at Mo Chit caters to the needs of the passengers going to north and northeast. Although Bangkok is well connected to other cities by buses, yet reaching the bus terminals itself is often a formidable job because of the frequent traffic jams.

 

Bangkok Buses



Airports
Bangkok is one of the most important air transport centres of Asia. Till it was replaced by Suvarnabhumi Airport on 28 September 2006 as Bangkok's official international airport,
Don Mueang International Airport is Bangkok’s world famous airport. In 2005, it Mueang was the 18th busiest airport in the world and the second busiest in Asia by passenger volume. In that year more than ninety airlines served this Airport. In terms of international passenger volume it was the 15th busiest in the world and fourth busiest in Asia. Don Mueang, which was opened in March, 1914 is one of the oldest international airports, almost twenty years old than the Heathrow Airport of London. It has three terminals and is located about 30 km (19 mi) north from the heart of Bangkok. On 28 September 2006, it was replaced by Suvarnabhumi Airport as Bangkok's official international airport

 

Bangkok Airport

Taxis
Popularly called ‘called tuk-tuks’ these three wheeled open air auto rickshaws are the most common means for traveling short distances within Bangkok. Another local means for travel is the Taxi Motocy (motorized taxis) which operate in the city and usually accommodate one, or seldom two, passengers. There are no fixed norms for fare in these two modes of transport and it is negotiable between passenger and driver. There are metered car taxis are also with a minimum fare of 35 baht and charged by distance and waiting time. Sometimes, instead of using the meter, the taxi drivers may try ask for a fixed fare, which is usually higher than the metered fare. The taxi drivers resort to this practise around tourist areas or at times of heavy traffic..

 

Bangkok Taxis


 

 

   

 


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