Bangkok, Thailand: How do I avoid the traffic?

    Nov 19, 2019 @ 02:00 AM / by Samuel Pearl Schwartz


    A view of traffic in Thailand, Bangkok. Photo taken by AIRINC Surveyor Samuel Pearl Schwartz.

    The multiple transportation systems in Bangkok, Thailand

    During my survey of Bangkok, I found the multiple transportation systems available for use extremely helpful, especially in comparison to other Southeast Asian cities. In Yangon, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City, I was entirely dependent on taxis and rideshare apps, as there are no functioning rail systems, the buses are difficult for foreigners to use, and the cities are not particularly pedestrian friendly. Conversely, in Bangkok, I used a much more balanced mix of rideshare, metro (MRT), Skytrain (BTS), and walking.

    While it is true that Bangkok had the worst traffic of any of the cities I surveyed (especially in the Sukhumvit, Siam, and Silom districts), the variety of transportation options mitigated any traffic related frustration, and I always looked at rail options first if I had a meeting during peak hours.

    I also found the Skytrain and metro stops to be placed very strategically for the needs of expats and for the collection of AIRINC’s market basket. Most high-end hotels, malls, and international grocery stores are within a few minutes’ walk of a station and many are directly connected. Given that Sukhumvit remains the most popular area to live for expatriates without children, public transportation is a viable commuting option for those without cars or drivers.


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    Topics: Cost of Living, On-site Insight, Hardship, Cost of Living Surveys, Cost of living data, Transportation, Insights and Experience, Transportation Data, Transportation Reports, Thailand, Bangkok

    Samuel Pearl Schwartz

    Written by Samuel Pearl Schwartz

    Sam joined AIRINC in 2018 as a surveyor and analyst. He has conducted cost of living and housing surveys in more than 40 cities across 30+ countries. He also assists in the production of AIRINC publications. Sam received his B.A. in history from Tufts University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish and intermediate Portuguese. Sam is based in Cambridge, MA.