|The Emblem of Bangkok|
In the midst of dynamic modern growth, Bangkok miraculously manages to preserve its cultural heritage to a marked degree. The soaring roofs and gleaming spires of the Grand Palace and the city's many historic temples - Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Temple of Dawn and other evocative shrines - present the visitor with a picture of medieval Oriental wonder; the very stuff of Eastern fairytales. And contained within Bangkok's monuments and sights are treasures of the nation's artistic and cultural endeavour that typify the land and the people.
A similar selection can be made with museums. The National Museum is excellent and comprehensive but as impressive in their own way are the Jim Thompson House, Vimanmek Mansion and Suan Pakkad Palace, all of which house fine art collections within noteworthy settings.
Not least, cruising the Chao Phraya river and the remaining canals which once made Bangkok the "Venice of the East" offers a glimpse of traditional riverine lifestyles, affording insights into the history and character of this wondrous city
|How to get there|
Public Taxi Metered-taxi is available in front of terminal 1,2. Passengers are required to pay the fare plus a surcharge of 50 Baht and toll fee. Note : Metered taxis has to obtain a coupon designed for preventing problems which may occur, and helping passengers in the case that they fall into trouble and need to contact the taxi drivers. The driver's name will appear on the coupon which is separated into three parts. Each of the coupon parts will be held by the passenger (s), the driver and the Airports Authority of Thailand. The coupon service is at the sole expense of the Airports Authority of Thailand.
Airport Bus Baht 70, Operate from 05.00 A.M. - 12.00 P.M. Contact Airport Bus in front of terminal 1, 2. Tel.9951252-4 (in town)
ComputerTrain From Don Muang Railway Station (opposite the Airport Terminal 1) at Baht 5-10 (ordinary train) Baht 30 (rapid train) Ticket is available at the Station Tel: 566-2957, 523-6151. Trains run averagely every 30 minutes between 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Hualamphong Station which is Bangkok's main railway station.
|Getting around Bangkok|
Public buses are plentiful and cheap, with a minimum fare of 3.50 baht to most destinations within metropolitan Bangkok. Air-conditioned blue buses have minimum and maximum fares of 6 and 16 baht respectively. Orange air-conditioned buses charge 8-18 baht. Air-conditioned microbuses charge a flat fare of 20 baht all routes. A bus route map is available at bookshops. TAT office also provides a city map with bus route for free of charge.
Hotel and airport taxis have fixed rates. Taxis cruising city streets are metered. They charge a minimum of 35 baht, for the first 3 kilometers, and approximately 5 baht per kilometer thereafter.
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 kilometers, are approximately 30 baht.
An express boat service on the Chao Phraya River connects Bangkok with the northern neighbouring province of Nonthaburi, starting from the Wat Ratsingkhon Pier near Krung Thep Bridge. Boats run daily from 6.00 a.m.- 6.40 p.m.. The fares range from 4 to 8 baht. There are also express boats which stops only at main piers. These boats can be recognised by the yellow, green or red flag attached to the boats and the fares are a bit higher.