Bangkok was founded in 1782 by the first monarch of the
present Chakri dynasty. It is now the country's spiritual, cultural,
diplomatic, commercial and educational hub. It covers an area of more than
1,500 square kilometres, and it is home to approximatlely ten million people or
more than 10% of the country's population.
Over the last few decades, Thailand's capital city,
Bangkok, has changed into a modern, exciting and sophisticated city. It offers
to visitors not only the cosmopolitan amenities they would expect from other big
cities, but also a unique treasure trove of cultural attractions. Thailand, in
the heart of Southeast Asia, was never colonised and thus kept its unique
culture and heritage intact. Bangkok offers visitors the opportunity to
experience fascinating glimpse of Thailand's gentle culture amidst the bustle of
a great and dynamic metropolis.
great city has had astounding success in combining the ancient and modern world.
For tourists, Bangkok has a feast of attractions to
offer. The city is dotted with 400 glittering Buddhist temples of great beauty
and fascination, magnificent palaces, classical dance extravaganzas, numerous
shopping centres and traditional ways of life, especially along the "Venice of
the East" timeless canals and the Chao Phraya River of the "River of Kings"
winding through the city. It is worth taking a trip along its waters before
exploring further into different canals to take a glimpse of old Bangkok.
Useful tourist information on Bangkok can be obtained
from the official website of the Bangkok Tourism Division :
How to get there.
Public buses are plentiful and cheap, with a minimum fare of 7 baht to most
destinations within metropolitan Bangkok. Air-conditioned buses have minimum and
maximum fares of 10 and 22 baht, respectively. Air-conditioned micro-buses
charge a flat fare of 25 baht all routes. A Bus Route Map is available at
bookshops and the TAT office. Visit
www.bmta.co.th for more information on Bangkok’s public buses.
Taxis cruising city streets are metred. They charge a minimum of 35 baht for the
first 3 kilometres, and approximately 5 baht per kilometre thereafter. Make sure
you have change, as taxi drivers often dont! Passengers must pay tolls in the
case of using an expressway.
These three-wheeled open-air motorised taxis are popular for short journeys.
Fares must be bargained in advance. Minimum fares, for journeys of up to 3
kilometres, are approximately 30 baht.
BTS Sky Trains
BTS sky trains ply along Sukhumvit, Silom and Phahonyothin roads. The routes
connect Bangkoks leading hotels and major shopping areas such as Siam Square,
Silom, Ratchaprasong and Chatuchak Weekend Market. The fare ranges from 10-40
baht according to the distance. For more information, contact the Bangkok Mass
Transit System at tel: 0 2617 7300 or visit
The city’s subway system, or MRT, connects many of the top tourist
attractions with the accommodation areas, markets, and the business district.
Fares range from 14 to 36 baht. The trains run from 6 a.m. to midnight, daily.
For more information, visit
Taxis that are even more unusual, though equally convenient, are the river taxis
that ply the Chao Phraya River. Some are just cross river ferries, but others
serve the many landing stages on both banks and cover a route that goes up as
far as the northern suburb of Nonthaburi.