Archive for the 'Transport' Category

Dec 14 2011

December getaways: Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Tis the season to be jolly, or if you are in Thailand, hang out by the beaches, trek alongside elephants, or stand under a waterfall. Thailand, a Buddhist country, may not have a traditional white Christmas, but there are plenty of easy-to-get-to getaways just outside of Bangkok for fun in the sand. If you’re looking … read the full post

Nov 25 2011

Getting from Bangkok to Ko Samet

You have some time to kill before a big trip, or a weekend to spare. You want to stay near Bangkok but get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Ko Samet is in no way an overseas destination island — that is, if you’re travelling to Thailand for the first time and … read the full post

Aug 22 2011

Renting a car in Bangkok

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There’s nothing quite as freeing as a road trip with good music on the stereo, snacks as far as the eye can see, and friends along for the ride. There are plenty of beautiful places close enough to Bangkok — empty stretches of beach along the seaside, national parks, hot springs, and waterfalls up in … read the full post

Aug 15 2011

Motorcycle taxis in Bangkok

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Motorcycle cabs weave in between lanes of cars as traffic stands stopped at a light; they pull up onto the footpath for a stretch of cheeky riding when the road way is blocked and race the wrong way down one-way streets. Motorcycle taxis are the enfant terrible of Bangkok’s transport options. A local grandma will … read the full post

Jul 13 2011

How to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

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One of the most common Thailand double-headers seems to be a stop in Bangkok and a visit to Chiang Mai. If you are heading to the north, you’ll run into the question of how best to make the journey from the capital. The roughly 600 km trip is pretty painless no matter how you break … read the full post

Jul 06 2011

How to catch a khlong boat in Bangkok

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Snaking throughout Bangkok are the remnants of its pre-road days: the canals. Bangkok has a huge network of them, most of which are no longer used for transportation. The canals used to be Bangkok’s preferred mode of transportation. Before pavement, the tropical rains would transform footpaths into swamps, and any draft animal and cart would … read the full post

May 14 2011

Skipping Bangkok: How to head east or north straight from the airport

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Daydreaming of Thailand involves images of mountains and elephants and beaches. No one loses their train of thought in a business meeting imagining lugging their bag into Bangkok from the airport on a local bus. In the words of a Friend-of-Travelfish who lives in Shanghai, “Yes, yes, cultural melange and city-in-transition and all that — … read the full post

May 06 2011

Left luggage at Suvarnabhumi Airport

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The ability to free yourself from your heavy pack, even for a few hours, is a luxurious treat. Bangkok’s international airport has an excellent left luggage service. Using left luggage can allow you to enjoy a quick tour of Bangkok unencumbered or leave those conical hats you bought in Vietnam for someone else to care … read the full post

Mar 28 2011

Getting around Bangkok in a tuk tuk

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There are two ways to approach tuk tuks in Bangkok: the let’s-have-an-adventure way, and the cold-light-of-day-I’m-a-Thai-grandma way. Both have their time and place. First, the brass tacks. What, exactly, are tuk tuks? They are a cross between a rickshaw and a motorcycle. You can fit three people comfortably. In Bangkok the body is blue and … read the full post

Mar 15 2011

How to get from the airport into Bangkok

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Arriving in Bangkok on a long-haul flight can be disorienting. Here’s a quick run down of the options to get you from Bangkok’s main airport to your bed as fast (or as cheap) as possible. Suvarnabhumi International Airport (pronounced sue-wan-nah-poom) is located about 25km east of Bangkok. The arrivals hall is located on Level 2; … read the full post

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