What do you think? any direct experience? or would you like to add some more tips! leave me a comment below, would be great to see how you managed the experience!
GUIDE TO BANGKOK BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTS
As Tolkien wisely said: “Not all those who wander are Lost”
Turn right at the Burger King sign, and after 300mt you’ll find the big road (Picture here below)
Sometimes the best things happens when you are not looking for them. Don’t be afraid to risk a bit (always using your judgment of course, as don’t go to dodgy areas by night and always have a copy of your address and passport with you, and some money to grab a taxi in case of emergency).
TIPS TO GET AROUND BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
1| Carry Small Change With You:
1)HOW TO GET TO WAT PHO/GRAND PALACE TEMPLES BY BUS
I am actually against using any map because it removes the excitement and the adventure out of my trips, but the bus one, provided by the BMTA website is pretty useful if you are too scared to jump into the unknown, without a small parachute.
3 | Always Tell Your Destination To The Driver/Ticket man:
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4 | Call For The Bus When It’s Approaching:
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5 | Get Ready To Jump In And Out:
After buying the ticket they will give you a small receipt. Keep it as sometimes they will ask you to show it again.
6 | Try To Ask For Directions:
Disclaimer: This may not be the easiest way to reach Chinatown. I discovered it by accident. I went off from a public boat on a random pier (more about it on a separate post on public boats in Bangkok) and I found myself in the Silom area, after wandering around I tried to get back to Khaosan Road.
This way, you will pay according to it (this is valid on Air-conditioned buses) and they will also let you know where to get off. Don’t always count on it but usually they do it if you are the only foreigner on the bus.
7 | Grab A Map of The City:
Sometimes you might even find yourself surrounded by concerned people trying to understand where you need to go or to get off. All this may sound a bit “uncomfortable” for a normal tourist but it’s all part of the experience! Rejoice at the fact that people want to help you 🙂
8 |Find Out Where The Bus Stop Is. Possibly In Advance.
Talk to the locals on the bus, they will be in most cases, very friendly and happy to try to communicate with the only western person on the bus. Doesn’t matter if you don’t really understand each other. A smile goes a long way.
I decided to jump on the first bus coming my way. Bus number 1. I had no idea where it would take me.
Get ready! not all the buses have a “proper” bus stop, so if you are not sure where your bus is supposed to stop, try to ask people on the streets. A good sign, especially on big roads is when you see more than 3-4 people waiting on the side of the road.
9 | Write The Name Of The Places And Roads In Thai:
Enjoy the ride, look around you, be curious, jump off the bus when you feel like exploring by foot. Go with the flow
I always wanted to jump on a random bus and see where it led. Well, bus number 1 was definitely my lucky one as it went through some amazing places, including the heart of Chinatown. So learn a few basic Thai words and you’ll be in better shape to get around Bangkok by bus/Public Transport!
MY VERY SPECIAL MISSION:
For 5 days I moved only by using Public Transport and boats In Bangkok
How to get there: Same Road from Khaosan, same direction as for the MBK (on your left). Bus numbers: 511, 60 or number 2. Cost for the ride: 13 baht no air con (0.4$). 16/18 baht (0.5/0.6 $) with air con.
I had my Italian gesture for good luck in action, and I enjoyed the ride so much! it’s been one of the most freeing experiences of my life!