Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. People from all around the world, with budgets big and small, are welcomed to this exotic south East Asian country with bright smiles and warm hospitality. Each corner of the country is rich in culture. Some parts of the country boast of pleasure that weave wild fantasies.
The party circuit in the capital city, Bangkok, is a special attraction for the crazy party freak in you. So whether you are planning a short, long, or permanent stay in the country, you are sure to have one of a kind experience in this ever effervescent city.
As a traveller or as a settler, it is important to be well versed with the transportation system of a country so that you can explore the place at your own convenience. Transportation system in Thailand caters to all sections of the economic strata of society.
Once you are aware of the country’s transport system you can pick the travel style of your choice and move around the country without any fear of getting lost, nor get stranded at some strange location.
Driving In Thailand –
Thailand, especially the industrial regions, is packed with traffic. The road infrastructure does not support all the vehicles plying on the road and is a cause of heavy traffic during the peak hours of the day. Therefore, driving around the cities is not a very bright idea, unless you live at the heart of the city. However, in case you do want to drive and time and traffic is not a major concern to you, it is important to get a Thai driving license.
By submitting valid documents like passport, non-immigrant visa, medical certificate, proof of residence, and home country license, you could get your license from the Department of Land Transportation head office, located in Phahonyothin Road in Bangkok.
Local transportation facilities in Thailand –
Most tourists as well as locals enjoy the sky train rides to move around the cities. Underground tubes and Airport Rail Links are also highly preferred modes of transportation in Thailand. Another interesting transportation is the express boat service if the transport route is near KhlongSaenSaeb or the Chao Praya River. Waterways are not too crowded and are a great way to explore the city. Check the table below for better understanding about the prices
|One-way Ticket (of any Local Transport)||20.00 ฿|
|Monthly Pass (Regular Price)||800.00 ฿|
|Taxi Starting rate (Normal Tariff)||35.00 ฿|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||6.00 ฿|
|Taxi 1hour with Waiting duration (Normal Tariff)||100.00 ฿|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||39.19 ฿|
|Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)||750,000.00 ฿|
Local transport facilities for budget travelers in Thailand
If you are on a stringent budget and do not wish to spend a lot on transportation public buses are the best means of conveyance to explore the nooks and corners of the country. But you will also have to keep in mind that bus travel can be time consuming and you need to be patient while on a bus as it weaves many cities and places together on a specific route. The crowded roads make it difficult for buses to ply smoothly on Thai roads.
There is an interesting concept of ‘tuktuks’ that are quite popular for the locals. These like open mini vans that cover short or point to point distances. If you begin to use them regularly, you will become well versed with their routes. They are cheap and easy means of getting around the city of Bangkok and Pattaya. Bus would also a good option if you are a budget resident in Thailand, check the fare list below for help –
- White/blue bus, 8.5 baht flat fare.
- Small green bus, 6.50 baht flat fare.
- Red bus, 7 baht flat fare.
- Orange air-con (Euro II), 13 baht for the first few kilometers, up to 22 baht max.
- Blue/Yellow and Cream/Blue air-con, 11 baht for the first 8 kilometers.
- Pink/white micro-buses-Flat fare is 25 baht.