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  • lpatterton

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    Hi guys, please help me with suggestions for cheap transport from Khao San (actually not quite, it is Pen Park Place guesthouse in Samsen Rd) to:
    *Bangkok train station
    *Southern bus terminal
    *any Khlong pier
    *old city

    #1 Posted: 25/11/2011 - 02:40

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  • Tilapia

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    60-80 baht (around $2-$3) for a cab to the train station. It's only 4 km from the Samsen area.

    Around B100 to the Southern Bus Terminal.

    Buses are way cheaper, but if time is an issue, you can't beat Bangkok taxis for the price.

    #2 Posted: 1/12/2011 - 20:05

  • altmtl

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    I read that the Southern Bus was "relocated" due to the floods, is it back to it's original spot now?

    #3 Posted: 2/12/2011 - 00:33

  • DKBK

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    altmtl - The Southern Bus Terminal reopened on November 23rd.

    lpatterson - I agree with Tilapia that you should take taxis to get around BKK. Efficient, comfortable, and relatively inexpensive compared to most cities, taxis are the way to go. But make sure the driver turns on the meter. Some drivers will try to charge you a flat rate which is often double or triple the normal fare on the meter. In general, it is best to avoid any taxis that are parked near tourist areas. Oh, and by the way, you might want to check out Still Life in Moving Vehicles a fun blog all about Bangkok taxis and the drivers' lucky charms on the dashboards.

    #4 Posted: 4/12/2011 - 04:00

  • asia4life

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    The public Red Songthaews is the cheapest alternative, cost 5.5 baht. They work as compliment to the skytrain, and take you into the neighbouring roads from some sky train station, specially around the Chao Prao River. At least two or three routes departs from the corner around Robinson at sky train station S6

    Here is a useful link for more information regarding BMTA and BMST
    http://www.bmta.co.th/en/

    If you decide to go by taxi, alway choose the one going my meter - but afterwards please tip at least half of the price. These honestly taxi drivers that follows the regulation, do not earn much, so by tipping is a great way to encourage them to continue driving honestly.

    #5 Posted: 8/12/2011 - 01:52

  • JohnnieWalk-
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    Tip half the fare? Blimey, are you made of money? Would you do that in London?

    Bangkok taxi drivers earn a good living (despite what they might tell you) earning around 4 times what a factory worker/construction site labourer/waitress does for working physically hard in the heat, not sat on their backside in the aircon.

    Rounding up the fare to next 50 or 100 bht is very generous.
    Over tipping they will just talk to their freinds and laugh at the stupid farang (foreigner) with "too mutt money."

    Inexpensive they might be (though expect flagfall to go up to 50bht soon) but painfully slow due to traffic.
    Most efficient way to get around Bangers is by Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT). Then get a car or motorbike taxi for the last bit of the journey. You'll save hours.

    #6 Posted: 20/12/2011 - 15:29

  • jolietang

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    me and my friend were at KRS last month, we talked to the tuktuk driver there, we only pay like 20Bath each and told the places we wanna go (we showed him the list) . and we have to do is go to 2 extra places where he can get free petrol coupon.

    #7 Posted: 22/12/2011 - 01:02

  • kiwigazza

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    tipping at least half the fare encourages them to drive honestly!!!!!!!!!!! where did you think up this idea? pretty sure it is going to do the opposite

    #8 Posted: 22/12/2011 - 05:31

  • asia4life

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    To Johnnie Walker and kiwigazza

    Sorry that you didn't get my point.

    tipping the taxi drivers that automatically put on the meters - yes I still think that is good. The times I use taxi, the meter ends up on 1/4 or 1/8 compared to their colleagues working on "fixed" price - and yes, I still think tipping the Meter-taxi-driver is good and in my "stupidity" I hope this in the future bring more business to those meter-taxis compared to they who are parked outside tourist spots and charges an overprized fixed price.

    My taxi trips usually starts on 30 something and ends on 40 something. Then I think it is fair to tip some extra - since the fixed price offered for same distance starts at 200-400bahts.

    #9 Posted: 6/1/2012 - 02:06

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