As someone who is from a small town, I am always amazed by how cities operate. I am so accustomed to traveling by car everywhere, that sometimes I forget that my circumstances aren’t all that common compared to the rest of the world. While we were in Bangkok, we did most of our traveling around the city by water taxi. Although I was hesitant at first, I quickly realized that most often, this was the quickest, cheapest, and easiest way to get from point A to point B.
It’s important to know a couple of things before you venture on to a water taxi in Bangkok:
1. There will be people right at or close by the pier that will try to steer you away from the water taxi and on to a long tail boat or other form of water transportation. They will tell you that it’s faster and cheaper than the water taxi (which it is) BUT – and it’s a big but, they are definitely not as safe as the water taxis. As we did all of our traveling with kids, this was just not something I wanted to risk. Look for the ticketing booth close by the pier dock and you will find employees all wearing the same uniform, ready to assist you.
2. There are two separate options that you have when choosing your ticket. You can opt for the daily pass ($120 baht) or the single ride ($40 baht.) It really depends on where you are traveling to and if you plan on visiting a bunch of places in one day or are just needing a lift to a certain area. Since we had young babes with us, we found it more economical to purchase a single ticket just in case we had to make an emergency trip back to our hotel, because you know, they’re young and life gets to them a little faster than it gets to most adults.
Side Note: If you’re traveling with kids, I believe 4 and under are free, which made it even more economical to travel from place to place.
3. The last thing you should know before hoping on a water taxi is where you are going to get off. They have many stops on the taxi, which makes it even more convenient for touring the city. But it’s also good to have a game plan of when to get off. There are signs everywhere that list the stops, and the guides on the taxi’s also make it very easy too.
We found that this was a very simple way to travel about. While it may have been more comfortable in a street taxi, (can you say air conditioning and cushioned seats?) the water taxi was a refreshing break from the road traffic and a great way to keep our kids entertained.
If you’re ever in Bangkok and located close to a water taxi, I highly suggest trying it out! For less than $1.50 per person per ticket, it’s worth a try!