Bangkok: What You Need to Know

January 23, 2014 9:05 PM

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Arriving The expressway to town from Suvarnabhumi Airport is virtually the only route immune to major delays, and the 40-minute trip will take just 15 minutes when the Airport Rail Link opens (projected for later in 2010), leading to an in-town terminal. Unfortunately, the starkly modern airport retains some of the worst features of old Don Muang: interminable trips from the gate, confusing baggage claims and a cramped arrival area where touts pushing high-priced limos try to keep the ignorant from far cheaper regular taxis. (The average ride to the town center should be no more than $7.)

Transport Bangkok's fleet of resplendently pink and orange Toyota taxis is relatively dependable, but the best rule of thumb is to avoid the roads altogether, especially around central arteries like Sukhumvit, Silom and Rachadaphisek. The above-ground Skytrain (BTS, or rot fai fa to locals) and exce...

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