Board: Bangkok Transportation

Board: Bangkok Transportation

Surviving Bangkok’s Public Transportation System. If you have a flexible schedule, it is advised that you avoid peak rush hours because it’s very traffic jam few hours in morning and evening. Bangkok has many options transportation available, including BTS Skytrain, MRT Subway, buses, taxis, motorbike taxis, tuk-tuks, songthaews, express boats and khlong boats. Pick and choose the best public transport options to get to your required destination. 

Main Transportation

BTS Skytrain
          It’s famous in Bangkok because BTS connect with many popular attractions in downtown. So, it is convenient way to move around the city.

Open 06.00 am – 12.00 pm.

MRT
          It is subway/metro system that connect between downtown Bangkok to neighbor province of Nonthaburi. Thai known as “rodfai taidin” (underground train)

Open 06.00 am – 12.00 pm.

Taxi
          There are many taxis with variety of color. Taxis should use
a meter. If they refuse, walk away and find another taxi. A map or
GPS is the best way to know if you’re heading in the right direction.

All day and night

Local Transportation

Bus
          There are air-condition bus and non-air condition bus (cheaper). However, it is slower than other transportation because of traffic. It’s ideal for budget traveler.

Generally, run between 05.00 am – 11.00 pm. (It also has all-night bus, check more information)

Vans and Songthaews
          For van, tell a driver when you want to stop. For Songthaew, they are fares and fixed regardless of the distance covered. Alert a songthaew driver by pressing a buzzer. Both are pay with driver when you arrived.

Generally, run between 05.00 am – 10.00 pm.

Motorbike taxis
          Motorbike taxis can be a convenient and exciting way. They can drive through the heavy traffic. The drivers wear orange vests.

Generally. Run between 05.00 am – 10.00 pm.
There are all night motorbike taxis which are different of district to district.

Tuk Tuk
          Tuk Tuk is an iconic of transportation in Bangkok. Tuk tuk fares aren’t cheap and, unlike taxis, they do not have meters, but it is one of those must-do experiences for travelers.

Generally, run between 06.00 am – 10.00 pm

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Manage you trip and plan to survive Bangkok by yourself. It so much fun. 😀

Board: Rainy Season

Rainy Season

Rainy season in Thailand varies from region to region. It starts in June until the end of October. Everyday could be a rainy day, but sometimes it is only raining for a few minutes.

The average temperature is 23-36 degree Celsius.

Where you should visit during rainy season?

  1. Chiangrai

You can feel slow and peace life with the greenest time of year.

2. Petchabun

Petchabun has cool temperature with sea of fog. It’s a romantic place to drink some coffee in the morning among those fog.

3. Phitsanulok

There are many activities to thrill adrenaline junkies.

4. Koh Tao 

For those eho want to go to the island, you can be there! Rainy and heavy storms don’t last longer than 2 hours.

5. Bangkok

There are museums, cafes, shopping malls open all year round. Rainy season isn’t effect to those places except transportation. Some part of Bangkok is flooded.

TIPS

  1. Check the weather before going out.
  2. Be careful when you walk on footpath. It might be waterlogged.
  3. Protect your stuff.
  4. We cannot control weather, so be ready for any situation that might be happen.

 

Board: Basic Thai Conversation

Board: Basic Thai Conversation

Sawasdee Ka 🙂 I mean I say Hello to you. 

This time I have basic Thai conversation to help you easy travel in Thailand.

Normally in Thai, we will have “Krub” (male) and “Ka” (female) say in the end of sentence. Let’s go.

Basic Thai Word

  1. Hello (General Greeting) = Sawasdee (Krub/Ka)
  2. Goodbye = La Korn (Krub/Ka)
  3. Thank you = Khon Khun (Krub/Ka)
  4. Sorry/ Excuse me = Kor-Thod (Krub/Ka)
  5. Don’t worry/Never mind = Mai Pen Rai (Krub/Ka)
  6. Yes = Chai (Krub/Ka)
  7. No = Mai Chai (Krub/Ka), Mai (Krub/Ka)
  8. How are you? = Sa Bye Dee Mai (Krub/Ka)?
  9. Where is the restroom? = Hong Nam Yoo Tee Nai (Krub/Ka)?
  10. Can you speak English? = Khun Pood Pasa Ang Krid Dai Mai?

Eating and Ordering Foods

  1. I would like to order. >>>you can say like this>>>Sang Ar Harn Noi (Krub/Ka)
  2. Not Spicy >>>you can say like this>>>Mai Phed (Krub/Ka)
  3. Little Spicy >>>you can say like this>>>Phed Nid Noi (Krub/Ka)
  4. Spicy >>>you can say like this>>>Phed Mark (Krub/Ka)
  5. Delicious >>>you can say like this>>>A-Roi (Krub/Ka)

Shopping

  1. That’s very expensive >>>Pang Mark (Krub/Ka)
  2. How much does it cost?>>>Ra ka tao rai (Krub/Ka)?
  3. Could you give me more discount? >>>Lod ra ka dai mai (Krub/Ka)?

Accommodation

  1. There’s a problem in the room. >>>Hong Mee Pan Ha (Krub/Ka)
  2. Hot water doesn’t work>>> Nam Ron Mee Pan Ha (Krub/Ka)
  3. What time for check out? >>> Chan Tong Check Out Kee Mong (Krub/Ka)?
  4. Could you please call a Taxi for me? >>> Chuay Riak Taxi Dai Mai (Krub/Ka)?
  5. Can I change to another room? >>> Chan Kor Hong Eun Dai Mai (Krub/Ka)?
  6. I can not turn on the TV. >>>Chan Perd TV Mai Dai (Krub/Ka)
  7. Can I have Wifi password? >>> Chan Kor Rahas Wifi Duay (Krub/Ka)
  8. Do you have a hair dryer? >>> Khun Mee Dry Pao Phom Mai (Krub/Ka)?
  9. Do you have a battery charger? >>>Khun Mee Tee Charge Bat Mai (Krub/Ka)?
  10. Can you help carry my bag upstairs, please? >>>Khun Chuay Yok Kra Pao Keun Kang Bon Dai Mai (Krub/Ka)?

See you next topic ka… Bye…La Korn

Board: what to know about TAXI?

Board: what to know about TAXI?

If you come and travel in Bangkok, Taxi is one famous transportation because of easy finding. This time, I will inform you about Taxi in Thailand.

1.Taxi Colour Codes? Bangkok taxis are famous to be very colourful, especially the pink ones: This means nothing to us, those are just different companies and fares and features are the same.

2.How to Spot Available Taxis Available taxis are the ones with the glowing red vacant sign.

3.Fair Fares No need to negotiate the fare as all taxis in Bangkok are now metered (well, sort of anyway). A driver refusing to use a meter is an indication of a suspicious agenda. If he insists on giving you a fixed fare, instead of using the meter, it’s best to find another cab. Taxis standing by in front of hotels are usually suspicious.

*The starting fare is 35 Baht
*There is a service charge at least 50 Baht if you flag a taxi from the airport

4.Unwilling Drivers Don’t be surprised if the driver refuses to take you where you wish to go. While there’s not much you can really do about it you can report to Land Transport Department Hotline on 1584 and report the taxi if you were fast enough to take a picture of the car plate (plates are both inside and outside the cab). Alternatively you can download this app DLT Taxi to report the taxi. Better try your luck with the next taxi.

5.Flagging a Taxi It’s ok to get a taxi at a bus stop when there’s no bus approaching, otherwise you can expect to be honked at.

*Moreover flagging a taxi by yourself you can also use the application as follows Grab, All Thai Taxi, Smart Taxi, Line Taxi but there is a service charge about 20 bath or over

6.Taxi Scams Like tuk-tuks, watch out for an over-eager taxi driver who offers to take you to ‘good’ places, skip it or decline! Trust your intuition. If you don’t get a good feeling about a taxi driver, rather wait for the next one. Again Taxis standing by in front of hotels are usually suspicious.

7.Clueless Taxis Don’t expect Bangkok taxi drivers to know the city’s every nook and cranny, as a driver qualification exam isn’t required. It’s always a good idea to carry a map, or the name and the location of where you’re heading to written in Thai. (Pick up a hotel card when leaving your hotel if you are in a small street of Bangkok)

8.Watch when stepping out! Look behind you and make sure there’s no motorcycle coming before you open a car door. It’s very common for passengers to open the door without looking, and have a motorcycle slam into it. This can cause serious injury to the motorcycle driver, the taxi passenger, as well as considerable damage to the taxi itself.

9.Tips? Change? Tipping of taxi drivers is not required, though rounding the fare off to the nearest 5 or 10 baht is common practice (it’s a nice thing to do, as they earn very little, work long hours in often stressful conditions). But remember: Taxis often pretend not to have change, so carry small amounts!

10.Lost Items Before getting out of a taxi, make sure you haven’t left any valuables or shopping bags behind.

Data from http://www.bangkok.com/information-travel-around/taxis.htm?cid=ch:OTH:001

Board: Thai Food! You must try.

Board: Thai Food! You must try.

Thailand is the best of foods in the world. You can find foods very easy all the way. We have fine dining and street foods.

This time I will recommend you some menu of Thai Foods that you must try.

 

1.) Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Thai Soup with Shrimp)

In the local language, “Tom” means boiling, and “Yum” refers to a sour and spicy salad. Tom Yum, then, is a sour and spicy soup that is usually served in an aluminium hot pot with a charcoal burner. The soup usually features meat but the most popular is shrimp (Goong in Thai).

Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Thai Soup with Shrimp)

2.) Pad Ga Pow Moo Kai Dow (Minced Pork with Thai Basil and Fried Egg)

Minced pork with Thai basil is one of the staple meals in the Thai food culture. Minced pork is cooked in a hot wok with Thai basil leaves, chilis, garlic, oyster sauce and soy sauce. This Thai food classic is then served over rice. Most people will order this dish with a crispy fried egg on top.

Pad Ga Pow Moo Kai Dow

 3.) Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad)

Som Tam is made from shredded papaya and is mixed with various ingredients including chilis, garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, tomatoes and long beans. A popular addition to Som Tam is a raw blue crab.

Som Tam

  4.) Pad Thai  (Thai Style Fried Noodles)

Probably the most famous Thai food known across the world is Pad Thai. Pad Thai is cooked in a very hot wok with eggs, tofu, chilli pepper, garlic and other various ingredients. Favourite additive meats to eat in Pad Thai are shrimp and chicken. It’s also typically garnished with bean sprouts, spring onion, peanuts and lime juice

Pad Thai

  5.)Jim Jum  (Thai Hot Pot)

Most Asian countries have their own style of hot pot, and just in Thailand alone there are a few different types! “Jim jum” (also called jeaw hon in Isaan dialect) is the style of hot pot from the Northeast of Thailand that uses simple, staple ingredients in the Thai pantry. Hot pot is such a great way to share a meal with family and friends. It’s interactive, fun, delicious, healthy, AND as a bonus, you get to let the guests do the cooking!

Jim Jum

  6.) Gaeng Keow Wan (Thai Green Curry) 

The main ingredients in this popular dish are green curry paste and coconut milk, with a meat of your choice. The coconut milk gives the curry a creamy consistency that contrasts beautifully with the green curry paste and the taste of searing heat it brings. It is usually eaten with a plate of rice.

Gaeng Keow Wan

After you try, feedback us for your favourite menu! 🙂 but I think you should try all.

 

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