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There is a wealth of things to do and see in Bangkok if you can tolerate the traffic congestion, which can become almost grid locked during the rush hour. The city is very urbanised but still manages to retain its oriental flavour. Street vendors abound, and the city has a much more vibrant feel than most western capitals.

The city is divided into two parts by the Chao Phya river, with Bangkok proper on the east side and Thonburi on the west. Between the river and Hua Lampong Railway Station is "old" Bangkok and the Chinatown district. To the west of Hua Lampong are the tourist, business, and residential areas.

Bangkok was once called the "Venice of the East", but many of the canals have disappeared to make way for more road construction. Water transport, with a few exceptions, is a thing of the past.

From Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport

Opened in September 2006 airport is located in Racha Thewa in the Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan province, 30 kilometers east of Bangkok.

Airport Express provides air-conditioned bus service between Suvarnabhumi Airport and first-class Bangkok hotels. The cost is 150 baht for entire route. Airport Express service operates from 5:00 am to midnight.

Thai International have a limousine service which will take you anywhere in Bangkok, and a mini bus service to major hotels. The booking desk is located in the arrivals hall. Ordinary taxis can be booked near the front exit.

Official taxis pick up at the taxi stand at Transport Centre, and all drivers are certified by Airports of Thailand. There is also a public bus service from the Transport Centre with services to Bangkok, Pattaya, Talad Rong Kluea and Nong Khai

Getting around

Bangkok can be a confusing city to navigate so get yourself a good map, preferably one marked with bus routes and the new "Sky Train" and mass transit railway.

Air-conditioned buses, which have major destinations marked in English, are an economical way to travel. Ordinary buses are cheaper still, and much more frequent, but can get quite crowded. Central Bangkok also has a micro bus service.

Probably the most convenient way for the visitor to travel is by air-conditioned taxi, all of which have meters. Fares are quite reasonable even for long journeys. Three wheeled taxis, which are called Tuk Tuks, are a familiar site on Bangkok streets. The ride can be a little hair raising but is generally safe, be prepared to bargain for the fare.

Major hotels have limousine services which are convenient but more expensive than taxis.

 

 
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