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Travelling around Bangkok
Bangkok suffers from what is maybe the worst traffic congestion in the world, that combined with the heat, humidity and pollution makes getting about a little more difficult than most other places.
However all is not lost, here are a few tips to help get around in Bangkok.

Travelling around Bangkok
Airport Transfers.

Don Muang Airport
Don Muang International Airport is located north of the city. A departure tax of 500 Baht is levied on all international departures.

Suvarnabhuni Airport
International and Domestic flights are now from Suvarnabhumi airport, Bangkoks new airport. Unlike the old (Don Muang) airport there is no rail link to getting into Bangkok and that means taking a bus or taxi. Taxis into central Bangkok will cost about 300 baht + the freeway tolls (50 baht) so if two or more of you are sharing its probably the best option.

Car Rental in Bangkok.

If you are flying into Bangkok International Airport, you will have no problem catching a cab - there will be dozens of cabs waiting for you and you'll notice that all rental car companies have kiosks there.

We would recommend hiring a car during your visit, as exploring the area outside Bangkok is very difficult without a vehicle and you'll find that having a rental car is well worth it.

The most important thing to consider is that it comes from reputable companies.

Travelling around Bangkok by Taxi.

Taxis can be a bargain if you follow a few simple rules. Try to stick with the metered taxis. Make sure the meter is turned on. If the driver refuses demand him to pull over and hale another one. They come along quite frequently. If using a tuk-tuk, be sure to negociate the rate ahead of time. Beware of those drivers that are eager to take you any where other then what you requested. It isn't unusual to be taken somewhere that pays the drivers a commision and charges you much more than what you could normaly find on your own.

Bangkok Transport System.

The BTS, (Bangkok Transport System) was opened on the Kings birthday in December 2001, Also known as the light rail railway or the sky train (Thai's call it 'lot fi far' which means sky train, it's an elevated railway tranversing some of the busiest areas of Bangkok avoiding all the traffic, it consists of two lines, crossing at Siam Station (near Siam Square). Prices are cheap, and unlike many other forms of transport, is not affected by the traffic jams in Bangkok. Generally speaking is the safest and fastiest way of getting around, and quite often the cheapest.


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