Archive for the 'Transport' Category

Sep 15 2013

No trains to Chiang Mai from Sept. 16 to Nov. 1, 2013

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The trains could use an upgrade too.

Following 13 train derailments so far this year, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is closing some 250 kilometres of track in northern Thailand to perform necessary upgrades. Though this a wise (and overdue) decision, it means that anyone trying to reach Chiang Mai by rail will actually do so partly by an SRT-provided bus … read the full post

Jan 18 2013

Thailand State Railway ends e-ticket sales

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Bangkok's Hualamphong Station -- tickets still available here.

No one has ever accused the Thailand State Railway of pushing the technological limits of train travel, and it has just taken a big step backwards by axing its online booking service. A message popped up a few days ago on the official website’s e-ticket (E-SRT) page that “The State Railway of Thailand has decided … read the full post

Jan 01 2013

The “what meter?” Bangkok airport taxi scam

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Don't get "taken for a ride"!

Generally speaking, Bangkok’s brightly coloured taxis are abundant, cheap and reliable, but we’ve heard one too many stories from travellers who were “taken for a ride” from Suvarnabhumi airport in more way than one. Here’s how a common taxi scam plays out, and how to avoid it. After passing immigration and collecting bags, travellers emerge … read the full post

Aug 21 2012

AirAsia moving to Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport October 1

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North Bangkok as seen while looping towards Don Muang Airport from the west.

This is old news to many out there, but we felt a one-month reminder was in order: All AirAsia flights from Bangkok — whether domestic or international — will depart from the old Don Muang Airport in Bangkok’s northern reaches beginning October 1. Whether it’s due to them being occupied by political demonstrators, flood waters … read the full post

Aug 18 2012

Can you fly from Bangkok to Ko Tao? Almost.

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f coming from Chumphon, grab a seat on the right side of the plane for an ocean view.

Tired of buses? Looking for a flying adventure? Although not for the faint of heart, Solar Air offers the Bangkok to Chumphon route, which is the closest you’ll come to flying from the Thai capital to Ko Tao. Their 12-seater planes make for an exciting way to get from city to beach in a flash. … read the full post

Aug 04 2012

Tuk tuks in Thailand

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Classic blue and yellow Bangkok tuk tuks.

The unofficial symbols of Thailand, nimble three-wheeled motorised transport machines known as tuk tuks may be found clamouring through the streets of most Thai cities. Looked upon as novelties by many foreign visitors but as useful options for transporting people and supplies by locals, tuk tuks are as popular today as ever in Thailand. The … read the full post

Jun 11 2012

Catching the Chao Phraya Express boat

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One of the most interesting ways to get around Bangkok, and especially useful for those staying at one of the hotels or guesthouses along the Chao Phraya River on Khao San Road, in Banglamphu, Chinatown, or Thonburi, is the Chao Phraya river boat system. Blessedly free from the traffic that wracks the rest of the … read the full post

May 10 2012

Catching minibuses at Victory Monument

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Technically speaking, Bangkok has only three long distance bus terminals. Yet the buzzing streets around Victory Monument are a base for fleets of minibuses, not to mention endless streams of local buses, a BTS station, and enough taxis, motorbikes and tuk tuks to make your head spin. Finding the right minibus can be tricky because … read the full post

Mar 21 2012

Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi airport changes

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Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport was supposed to catapult the Thai capital into the ranks of Singapore and Hong Kong when it comes to fancypants airports, but just six years after opening it’s showing signs of serious overcrowding, with complaints of hours-long immigration queues bouncing around Twitter and other social media with increasingly frequency. Too many passengers? … read the full post

Mar 07 2012

Getting to Ko Kret from Bangkok

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For an easy day trip out of the city with a dose of culture, head to Ko Kret; just don’t expect the white sandy beaches of Ko Phi Phi or Ko Samui. A rustic island on the Chao Praya River, Ko Kret is home to a community of Mon people and is famed for its … read the full post

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