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. This great
city has had astounding success in combining the ancient and modern
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 :
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.
Car Rental : herebelow are the list of Car Rental .
Avis Tel: 0 2251 1131-2 www.AVISthailand.com
Master Car Rental 222/9 Ladprao Rd., Wangthonglang, Bangkok Tel: 0 2931
8787, 0 2663 3030 www.mastercarrental.com