About Bangkok

Thailand, famously known as 'The Land of Smiles' encapsulates Thailand's quintessential blend of old and new. Bangkok is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and has been the nation's capital since 1782, it is both a gateway and principal destination for most travelers. In Bangkok, numerous beautiful temples can be found featuring traditional Thai architecture. The old sections of Bangkok are immensely popular tourist spots, particularly with the royal Grand Palace.

Getting around in Bangkok:

Taxi's: Bangkok’s thousands of brightly coloured taxis are some of the best value cabs on earth. Most are new, air-conditioned and have working seatbelts in the front seat, though less often in the back. You can flag them down almost anywhere in central Bangkok. The meter charge is 35B for the first 2km, then 4.50B for each of the next 10km, 5B for each kilometre from 13km to 20km and 5.50B per kilometre for any distance greater than 20km, plus a small standing charge in slow traffic. Freeway tolls – 25B to 70B depending on where you start – must be paid by the passenger. You can hire a taxi all day for 1500B to 2000B, depending on how much driving is involved. Taxis can also be hired for trips to Pattaya (1500B), Hua Hin (2300B) and Phetchaburi (1700B).

BTS - Skytrain:
The Bangkok Transit System (BTS) or Skytrain, is an elevated rail system which crosses the city and connects many of the most popular areas, it has made life a whole lot easier. The BTS is undoubtedly the swiftest way to get around, and can whisk you right where you want to be in no time at all. It's a cheap, smooth, cool, clean, fast and scenic way to enjoy Bangkok. The BTS will get you to many of the city's main attractions. Major shopping malls, Chatuchak Weekend Market, all Sukhumvit Road's attractions, and even the riverside are accessible by Skytrain. So, if you're new to Bangkok, it's a great way to find your way around and see a large part of what the city has to offer.

MRT - Underground Trains
Fast and efficient, the Mass Rapid Transit network (MRT) has been a welcome and well-used addition to Bangkok's public transport network since its hi-tech doors sprung open back in July 2004. With air-conditioning throughout, it's comfortable as well as quick, and there's also mobile phone coverage - very handy! This serves 18 stations and stretches for 20 km in a horseshoe shape from Hualamphong in the South (near Chinatown) to Bang Sue in the north. Stops of particular interest to visitors include Chatuchak Weekend Market, Thailand Cultural Centre, Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, Lumpini Park, Silom and Sukhumvit Road. It intersects with the Skytrain (BTS) at Silom and Sukhumvit stations, from where it's a short walk to BTS Sala Daeng and BTS Asok stations, respectively. A single journey ticket from one end to the other costs 40 baht, taking an estimated 25 minutes (minimum fare for one stop is 15 baht).

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