The Best Transportation in Thailand for Backpacker

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Many tourists think that taking public transport in Thailand is not so easy. Indeed, the sight of Thai street traffic can really make us dizzy! Taxi, bus, metro, tuk-tuks (an auto rickshaw)…in the end which means of transport to choose? I don’t think that you’d like to walk through all the city, right?

Before going to Thailand, the same like you, we searched half of the Internet for the transport information in the country. And so we came across information that travelling by bus in Bangkok is quite complicated – misleading directions or colored vehicles etc. In turn, tuk-tuks or taxi drivers very often can cheat us. So the best solution is to choose a motorcycle taxi.

Is that true? Traveling in Thailand for 9 days, we used various means of transport, from which we choose our favorites ones…

During the first day, we ordered this recommended motorcycle taxi service via application. And so, from the Mo Cit bus station to the nearby metro station Hwai Khwang, we paid 80 baht per person (about 3 $). Although we arrived there quite quickly, from the point of view of backpackers such a taxi is quite expensive investment…you can find cheaper solution 😉

Tip: if you can’t use a motorcycle, think about taxi online. You will pay for it about 300 baht (around 10$). What’s more, while traveling with friends, you can share the costs together.

The next day, we decided to check the bus. When getting inside, we immediately started looking for a person who is able to help us communicate with the ticket controller. In Thailand, hardly anyone speaks English, which makes communication very difficult.

And what is the price of such a bus? In the past, you could go by red buses in Bangkok for free. Currently, you pay for them symbolic 6.5 baht (around 0,21 $), no matter how far you go and at which stop you get off. However, don’t forget that by choosing a low price, we automatically agree to travel in quite extreme conditions – cockroaches, lack of air conditioning…should I go on?

It looks a bit different in buses with the following colors: blue, yellow or pink. Air conditioning is often installed there, and the ticket price depends on how far you’re travelling. Still, it’s not a big expense.

And one more thing…don’t worry about choosing the wrong bus number or getting off at the wrong stop…thanks to Google Maps you can very easily find the way to any place.

River transport – another option to consider. To avoid traffic jams in Bangkok, choosing a boat is quite good solution. You should remember, however that it’s not so easy to find river stops as often as those bus routes. Therefore, being nearby the river side, it’s worth to go by boat, at least once. The ticket price depends on the type of the boat and how far you go. For example, we paid around 15 baht for our cruise (about 0,50 $).

Tip: For your safety and health, don’t choose a seat at the back of the boat. Look at this black pollution in the picture!

And finally, some words about MRT, Bangkok’s subway and the Skytrain BTS – one of the more expensive public transports in Bangkok. For one-off ticket, we paid approximately 40 baht (around 1,5 $), and its price increases together with the number of stops. Something for something…at least we avoid traffic jams and pollution. Metro is probably one of the most frequently-visited means of mass transport. During peak hours it’s difficult to get a seat here (even those standing ones!).

Looking at a throng of tourists using tuk-tuks (an auto rickshaw), in the end we weren’t tempted to use this taxi, so that we were always getting on the bus going in our direction.

And what is the price of train tickets? To Ayutthaya, the city located 80 km away from Bangkok we paid 15 baht (about 0,50 $).

As you can see, we can find the whole package of various types of public transport in Thailand. It all depends on the form of your trip and the budget. By using the financial resources of backpackers, we always tried to choose the cheapest possibilities. By the way, cheap traveling brings much better adventures, right?

And how did you travel in Thailand? 😉

– Henasatya –