日本での一年間

August 28, 2011

Getting around Bangkok: River Ferries

Take the BTS skytrain to Saphan Taksin station and you can walk to the pier to hop on the Chao Phraya Express Boat. From there, several boats go up the river. Every 30 minutes, a tourist boat runs. It costs a little bit more, but it has announcements in English telling you where to get off to get to certain places.

Living on the river

Prow of the Chao Phraya Express Boat.

The pier. Tires prevent the boat and pier from colliding.

Another river boat

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August 9, 2011

Welcome to Bangkok. You ride tuk tuk?

After leaving Hong Kong, I headed straight for Bangkok.

As you walk around Bangkok, especially if you look foreign, you will constantly be offered tuk tuk rides.  A tuk tuk is an auto rickshaw. It’s a three-wheeled vehicle that has a roof but no proper doors. It is basically used like a mini taxi. Unlike a taxi, there is no set fare, so you might get a cheaper ride on a tuk tuk, but you might not. Also, there is no air-conditioning on a tuk tuk, which wasn’t so great in the Bangkok heat. Still, it’s something that I would recommend trying once.

Traveling by tuk tuk.

A tuk tuk waiting for a fare.

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