Bangkok (5) – Getting Around
The traffic congestion in Bangkok is horrendous and depending upon the time of day, you can be stuck in traffic for hours. It’s a good thing they have an excellent LRT/MRT system to help get around. Unfortunately, the smog is an eye-opening indication that Bangkok needs to do something about this.
Motocy Taxi – all prices are set for short distances and negotiate for longer rides. It’s a risky ride and even though I’ve heard mention of accidents, I didn’t see one.
Waiting outside the stairwell of the “Nana” LRT station for potential clients.
Tuk Tuk is essentially a rickshaw with a small engine. A short trip will cost about $1.00 CAD.
Congested mix of cars, motorbikes and tuk tuks in Chinatown.
If you can’t find a place to drive on the street, there’s nothing wrong in driving on the sidewalk.
Taxicabs line up outside the “Mo Chit” LRT station. These cabs circled a whole block with engines running. This is where Bangkok needs to add bus routes from the station to alleviate smog and traffic. If indeed there were buses, I didn’t see them.
A “park and ride” outside the Mo Chit LRT station.
Phloen Chit station, near our hotel
Waiting for a train at the Victory Monument Station.
A view of the Chaloem Maha Nakhorn Expressway from our hotel room.
Entering the Sukhumvit. A congested corner where the two main LRT lines (Silom and Sukhumvit) meet. Surrounding this area is where Bangkok’s big shopping malls are located. Our hotel was a few blocks away in a quieter location.
Looking down at paralyzed vehicles on Thanon Sukhumvit street.