Travel around Bangkok
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Travel around Bangkok used to be a nightmare! Traffic was appalling (it is still not exactly good!) and you almost had to decide on what type of holiday you wanted before booking an hotel: central for shopping or river for the sites.

These pictures show the feature that has transformed Bangkok - the Skytrain. This is a fast, reliable, airconditioned train running on concrete pylons way above the centre of main roads. It already connects the central shopping areas with easy access to the river bus system - and thus many of the main sites. A riverside hotel is now much the better option!

Buy a multi-travel ticket which will give you about 10 trips. There is talk of the system being extended but for now there are two lines which interconnect at Siam. One line goes from the National Stadium to Saphan Taksin, right by the Shangri La Hotel. Here you can pick up the River Bus for easy access to the Grand Palace, River City, Wat Arun etc.

The other line goes from Mo Chit (next to the amazing Chatuchak Market), right down the Sukhumvit Road (all the shops! eg Chitlom for Central Store, Nana for Krishna's, an amazing antiques / carvings shop and Narry's, one of the amazing tailors, and Phrom Phong for the Emporium Store). On Nut is the far end.

Warning! The many steps up can be off putting in the heat and humidity of Bangkok. For the less fit, check; many do have an escalator or a lift but only at one end.