Bangkok’s traffic jams are notorious. On any given day as you explore the unique cultural, gastronomic, shopping and entertainment wonders of this city, you could easily find yourself in the midst of a new gridlock horror story if you get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Fortunately, big advances have been made in the development of the city’s mass transit systems. For many of city’s most impressive sights, the BTS Skytrain is the best way to travel.
We explain below how to use BTS stations across the city to get to seven of Bangkok’s innumerable attractions.
The Chatuchak Market is a huge flea market where the prices are cheap but the quality is good. The full range of goods is available only on the weekends. The temperatures tend to soar, so it’s best to go early in the day, but it stays open all day and you can relax in the adjacent Chatuchak Park. Get off the Skytrain at the BTS Mo Chit Station. Take Exit 1 or Exit 3, turn left and walk past the park. The market will be on your right.
The Jim Thompson House offers a well-preserved example of traditional Thai architecture right in the midst of the city. Its complex of elegant and beautiful wooden houses on stilts hosts a remarkable collection of antiques from Thailand and several other Asian countries. Guided tours are mandatory, and well worth the trip. Take the BTS to National Stadium Station, find Soi Kasemsan 2 and follow it to the end.
The Snake Farm at the Queen Saovabha Institute is home to many different species of snakes from Thailand and neighboring countries. There are live shows featuring snake handling and venom extraction for visitors. Take the BTS to the Sala Daeng Station. Use Exit 3 and walk along the elevated footbridge until you pass the MRT Station and cross Rama IV Road. Turn left, and the entrance will be on your right in about 100 meters.
Suan Pakkad Palace is a complex of eight traditional Thai houses organized into two groups. The former residence of Prince Chumbot Phong Paribatra and his wife M.R. Pantip Paribatra was converted into a museum in 1952. It houses antiques and images, along with beautiful gardens and barges. Take the BTS to the Phaya Thai Station. Use Exit 4. Walk about 250 meters down Sri Ayuthaya Road (against traffic) and the palace will be on your right.
Lumpini Park is a great place to watch Bangkokians come out in the early morning or after work to practice their Tai Chi, qigong, yoga, jogging and innumerable other martial arts, fitness, health and meditative practices. The jogging paths run for 2.5km around the park, and other paths for walking and relaxing run all around the ponds and under the trees in the middle. Take the BTS to Sala Daeng, use Exit 6, and cross Rama IV Road.
Wat Yannawa is a unique old temple from the Ayutthaya period whose chedi is shaped like a Chinese junk sailing vessel, with the idea of showing the future generations what they looked like. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin Station and use Exit 4. Take a right and walk a short way down Charoen Krung Road just past the first alley (Soi 52).
Wat Pathum Wanaram is an oasis of calm that sits between the busy shopping complexes of Siam Paragon and Central World, across the street from Siam Square on Rama I Road. Its construction was finished in 1957, to house important Buddhist images brought from Vientiane. Take the BTS to Siam Station and use Exit 5. Go down to the street level and walk toward Central World. The wat will be on your left.
When staying with us at Chatrium, don’t forget to use the BTS to expand your reach into Bangkok’s fascinating heritage. From Emporium Suites by Chatrium, the Phrom Phong Station is right outside your door. Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18 is a short walk from the Asok Station, Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok has a shuttle boat leaving frequently for the Saphan Taksin Station, and Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok supplies a shuttle van to the Chong Nonsi Station. Now get out there and start exploring!