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How to Get Around in Bangkok

How to Get Around in Bangkok

Bangkok’s busy roads and hot weather can make sightseeing a challenge. Yet it’s still easy to get around this vast city by using its above-ground Skytrain network and metro system, together with a mix of river cruises, tuk-tuk excursions, and hop-on-hop-off-bus, walking, and bike tours. Here are your options.

Public Transit

Bangkok’s comprehensive and inexpensive public transport system includes its elevated Skytrain (BTS) system, metro trains (MRT), and buses. The fast and comfy Skytrain network links with the MRT to cover the entire city. Both have their own ticketing systems covering everything from single journeys to single- and multi-day passes, mostly purchased at vending machines. Bangkok’s buses are cheap and cheerful, but the dense web of routes and sometimes unmarked stops can make them confusing for first-time visitors.

Tuk-Tuk Tours

Tuk-tuks are one of the best ways to negotiate Bangkok’s roads and experience its atmosphere. Choose from numerous tours that hop between highlights such as the Royal Palace and the major temples. Evening tuk-tuk excursions are great for scouring Bangkok’s night and food markets—with the tiny, motorized rickshaws perfect for tasting stops and crowded alleyways.

Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus Tours

A hop-on hop-off tour will help you find your feet and see Bangkok’s highlights at your own pace, without having to negotiate public transport. Tours typically stop at must-sees such as the Grand Palace and China Town, and you’re free to ride the full loop for an overview or disembark at different stops to create your own itinerary.

River and Canal Cruises

The Chao Phraya River bisects Bangkok, and a cruise along its waters provides wonderful panoramas of the Grand Palace, the 17th-century Wat Arun, and other landmarks. Dinner cruises are popular for combining the illuminated sights with an onboard Thai buffet and entertainment. Other options include daytime motorboat or rice-barge cruises along Bangkok’s klongs (canals) to see traditional waterside houses and shrines.

Walking and Biking Tours

Bangkok’s traffic and high temperatures aren’t particularly conducive to walking or biking tours, especially when it comes to touring the busy main sights. That said, they’re ideal for delving deeper into off-the-beaten-track neighborhoods. Join a walking tour to discover old Bangkok’s hidden treasures, book a guided walk around a street-food market to sample local dishes, or take to two wheels to admire the city by night or cycle along quiet canalsides.

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Bangkok Midnight Food Tour by Tuk Tuk

Bangkok Midnight Food Tour by Tuk Tuk

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Savor the after-dark pleasures of Bangkok’s legendary street food scene during this evening food and sightseeing excursion by tuk-tuk. Travel aboard one of these iconic 3-wheeled taxis, stopping to sample sizzling roadside favorites like charcoal-fried noodles and pad thai. You also experience attractions like the flower market and the famous Wat Pho temple illuminated at night.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.46
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$65.46

Bangkok Rice Barge Afternoon Cruise

Bangkok Rice Barge Afternoon Cruise

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Spend the afternoon cruising through the ‘Venice of the East’ on this 2.5-hour Bangkok cruise. Watch as locals go about their daily routines and enjoy fresh local fruits and soft drinks as you travel past epic Thai scenery.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.25
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$38.25

Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

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A Bangkok river cruise is a luxurious way to view main attractions—including the Grand Palace and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)—illuminated at night. During your Chao Phraya River dinner cruise, feast on a buffet of authentic Thai dishes while watching the lit-up city skyline pass by. Relax as the live band provides the ambiance.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.06
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$38.06

Bangkok in Motion: City Highlights Tour by Skytrain, Boat, and Tuk-Tuk

Bangkok in Motion: City Highlights Tour by Skytrain, Boat, and Tuk-Tuk

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Discover Bangkok via its public transportation system as you travel with a private guide throughout the city by Skytrain, 'tuk-tuk' (motorized rickshaw), public boat, and shuttle boat—and on foot. Make stops at Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, and the Jim Thompson House, and float down the Chao Phraya River and one of its ‘klongs’ (canals). Opt for an additional early morning stroll in Lumpini Park, too.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.95
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$112.95
Price varies by group size

Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

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Experience a half-day Bangkok canal tour along the Chao Phraya River, the city’s aquatic roadway, including stops at two of the city’s most famous sights and a chance to observe daily life of residents living near the Thai capital’s many canals (also called 'khlongs'). Admire the gorgeous decadence of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, home of the revered Emerald Buddha, and take in the incredible Wat Arun, one of Bangkok’s most iconic temples. The tour includes pick-up at select hotels, air-conditioned transport, river cruise, local guide and entrance fees.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.29
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Bangkok’s Hidden Treasures Walking Tour

Bangkok’s Hidden Treasures Walking Tour

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See a different side to the city as you discover Bangkok like a local on this 5-hour tour. Soak up the scenery as you cruise along the Klong Saen Saeb canal, stroll around the historic Pom Pra Satru Pai district and marvel over little-visited treasures like the Silver Pagoda, the Giant Swing and the Golden Mount. Then, get a taste of local life as you browse the shops along Bamrung Muang, ride a tuk-tuk through the alleyways of old Bangkok and relax with traditional 30-minute foot massage.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.68
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$93.68
Price varies by group size

Old Bangkok Street Food Walking Tour

Old Bangkok Street Food Walking Tour

Merge food and culture to perfection, and discover gems you couldn’t hope to find independently, on this guided walking tour. Besides highlights such as Wat Suthat, the Giant Swing, the San Chao Pho Sua tiger god shrine, and a Buddha statue workshop, explore the true diversity of Thai delicacies. Sample coffee, dumplings, pancakes, ice cream, and more, and learn about fruits and spices at a market. Tour includes round-trip transfers.
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  • 4 hours
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$62.11
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$62.11
Price varies by group size