5 Ways to Beat Bangkok Traffic

Jul 4, 2014

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][ultimate_heading main_heading=”5 Ways to Beat Bangkok Traffic” heading_tag=”h1″ alignment=”center” spacer=”line_with_icon” spacer_position=”bottom” spacer_img_width=”48″ line_style=”solid” line_height=”1″ line_color=”#333333″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-circle-blank” icon_size=”32″ icon_style=”none” icon_color_border=”#333333″ icon_border_size=”1″ icon_border_radius=”500″ icon_border_spacing=”50″ img_width=”48″ line_icon_fixer=”10″][/ultimate_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Bangkok is well known for many things; and the city notorious traffic jam is definitely one on the top of the list. Unless you are on a leisure trip and has ample of time on your hand then this blog may not be apply to you; nonetheless, you may want to trial them for personal adventure.

Before diving into 5 ways to beat Bangkok traffic, there are a few pre-conditions to mount the challenge; it is advisable that you travel light, not overly dressed due to the heat and equip with comfortable footwear.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”3618″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Center city of Bangkok in rush hour.” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]1)      Travel timing: like all large metropolitan city, selecting your travelling time in Bangkok is best advised to avoid morning (07:00-09:00) and afternoon rush hours (17:00-19:00). Either, be an early bird or miss your evening happy hours would be the best call on saving unpredictable hours in the traffic jam.

2)      Sky train/MRT – Best used around down town area, the system is efficient and clean, while presently there are only two lines in operation from 06:00 to 00:00. There are 12 stations with park and ride services. MRTA is adding 10 more lines and currently are under construction which extends in all direction to the suburb area of Bangkok.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3617″ css_animation=”fadeInRight” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”BTS sky train station, easy way to travel” img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]3)      Alternative commutersMotor bike Taxi is a great speed booster, some courage is required for first timer, ask/negotiate the fee before you begin the ride, put on a helmet, tuck in your knees and enjoy the rush of the ride. If your destination is closed to the few canals left in Bangkok, a cannel taxi boat is recommended; Klong Sansaeb route being the biggest service route. It is cheap and fast. However, the canal water quality is not to be exposed to; therefore, whatever you do, keep those canvas cover tighten.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]4)      Don’t take your own car: while parking space is available at near-by large commercial buildings; precious minutes can be lost in trying to maneuvers to the correct floor and area for visitor parking. Plus parking fee is on the raise, commercial area nowadays could cost you as much as 50 THB/hour – not to forget to get your parking ticket stamped for free or reduced parking fee. It is best that you use a driven car, like taxi, friend or colleague to drop you off. If the traffic is a grid lock, you can always jump on the motorbike taxi.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3616″ css_animation=”fadeInRight” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Less traffic during the day.” img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]5)      Avoid crossing hot spots – check your routing before heading out to avoid

  1. Congested areas: Silom road, Sukuvit road, Ratchada pisak road, Sathorn road
  2. Shopping centers: Central World, Paragon, Siam Square, Central-Ladprow,
  3. Schools: 08:00 drop off and 15:00 pick up time
  4. Express ways exit points: Pleunchit, Rama 4 (both sides), Din Daeng (inbound), Rama 9 (inbound)

Best of all is to travel with ample of time, typical approach to any good travel planning but being in Bangkok added time is simply a prerequisite; luckily along the route of your trip there will be colourful Bangkok life for you to enjoy, hopefully with a smile on your face; rather than breaking a sweat on your back.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]If you are in Bangkok for short time and want to get the best out of your trip, hire escort tour guide  and join the walking tour are alternative good solution.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”3615″ css_animation=”fadeInRight” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” title=”Ferry to across the river” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]Comment or let us know if you have some suggestion or additional tip to beat Bangkok traffic.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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