Bangkok’s BTS skytrain and MRT subway have revolutionized travel within the congested Thai capital; there is no doubt in my mind that the arrival of this new mass transit system has truly changed life overnight for millions of city commuters and tourists alike.
On my way home from the office, I often take a ride on MRT- Rama 9 station, stepping off at my favorite gym on Sukhumvit 23 for a 90 minutes exercise session, before getting on the Skytrain at the Asoke station to finish my commute home. As part of my commute routine, I usually stop at my favorite juice stall at Asoke, drinking my juicy beetroot before boarding the train. The total time commuting from my office to my house with mass transit takes about a half an hour compared to several hours if I were to drive. Sometimes when I spend long hours in the underground station visiting book shops while having some cold drink, I feel as if I could be in any international city - Paris, Hong Kong or Singapore.
Both BTS and MRT lead to Chatuchak weekend market, a real paradise for shopping lovers. For me, I like to ride to Chatuchak in the morning by the BTS Skytrain from home and then change to MRT since its station is right on the market. If you enjoy shopping at Chatuchak , be sure to visit Suan Lum Night Bazaar although the prices there can be higher than Chatuchak, but don’t hesitate to bargain. On the way back from “JJ”, I often ride by MRT to the Night Bazaar to do some last minute shopping before heading home.
For visitors, who are in the heart of tourist zone along the Upper Sukhumvit, the thought of using a taxi will probably never cross your mind after the first trip on the BTS /MRT Anyway, I feel sorry for those who haven’t had the chance to experience of riding a taxi in Bangkok. In order to facilitate foreigners who want to visit Chatuchak Weekend Market by taxi, I am providing a print-out for you..
For BTS, stops are conveniently placed in close proximity to many hotels and close to many points of interest and shopping areas i.e. Ma Boon Krong (MBK), Central World, Siam Paragon, and the Emporium. etc., while MRT provides the route to Silom area and connects to river piers for further trip to many tour places by boat.
Good news!! For Bangkok commuters, BMA (Bangkok Municipality Administration) will expand BTS on three current
Routes; On-nut, Taksin Bridge and Morchit. I understand that the construction of skytrain’s extension will be completed in 2009.Whoohoo..Just thinking about it makes me so happy!