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Location of K.T. Guest House

K.T. Guest House is located about 12 km South of Don Muang Airport (see map below), and, 5 km North of Sukhumvit Road, or, 6 km of Siam Square. It is also only 3 km away from the Jatujak Weekend market.

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This general map (above) shows these eight (8) interesting places in Bangkok:

  • (1) the Grand Palace or "Wat Pra Keo", which is also near to Wat Po. Every guidebook describes this great attraction, so we will only tell you how to get there from KT guest house.
  • (2) the exchange station Siam of the BTS Skytrain. This station is conveniently located near several shopping centers and movie theaters: Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Square, and, the quaint Maboongkrong shopping center. Other good shopping places, like the World Trade Center and the Central Chitlom store are at the next station, Chitlom - we will see those later.
  • (3) from KT guest house, the closest Skytrain station is Ari (Aree). We will explain you how to reach it.
  • (4) near the Mochit station, there is the Jatujak weekend market and the Northeastern bus terminal.
  • (5) there is a large Robinson department store on Thanon Ratchadapisek (Road) less than 2 km from KT.
  • (6) the Samsen train station is a conveniently located alternative to the bigger Hualomphong central train station.
  • (7) the main train station, Hualomphong, might still be the best place to obtain information and tickets in person. But, you can also look at the SRT web site (??)
  • (8) the Chao Phaya river Express Boat stops at the Kiak Kai pier (8). This is a fun and  convenient way to go to the Grand Palace. See our explanations about this further below.
  • There is a lot more interesting places in Bangkok. Further below, we talk about some of those places which are less than 6 km around KT guest house.

    Transport Modes in Bangkok

    By taxi

    Generally, you can go anywhere in Bangkok by just hailing a taxi while you are on the sidewalk (hold or slowly wave your right arm in front of you, at the height of your waist). Taxi cabs are abundant at just about any hour of the day or night, and, the cost is very low when compared to the cost of taxi in the USA, Canada, Europe or Japan.

    Taxis have different colors: yellow and green, red and blue, or, white and blue, but, they always have a yellow plate. All cars have a meter, and, the fare starts at 35 bahts and this allows for about 2 km before the counter goes up. If the car stops for a long time, the counter is incremented after every few minutes. An alternative type of transport that does not stop at those amazing 10 minutes traffic light during rush hours is the SkyTrain.

    Many taxi drivers speak some English. Ask the staff at the front desk to help you with telling the destination to the driver: they will write in down in Thai script for you.

    By SkyTrain

    The BTS "Skytrain" system opened in December 1999. There are two lines now (see our Bangkok map).  The Sukhumvit line goes over Sukhumvit Road from the Onnut station (east terminal) to Siam station, which is the exchange station between both lines, then turns up North, up to Mochit station, which is close to the Jatujak "Weekend market". The Silom line starts one station West of Siam station, at National Stadium, which connects to the Maboongkrong shopping mall, after Siam station, it bends southward along Ratchadamri Road, which changes its name to Silom Road after crossing Rama 4 Road (with Lumphini park at this intersection), After a short run over the busy Silom Road, it does two 90 degrees turn, and, then follows Sathorn Road, up to Saphan Taksin station, its terminus, not far from the Chao Phraya river.

    How to use the BTS ticket

    First you look on the big map near the vending machines to see which "zone" (1 to 7) is the station where you want to go to. Then, look up the table that matches "zones" and fares (10 to 40 bahts).

    If you do not have enough 5 and 10 bahts coins on you, you can get some at the teller beside the gates (turnstiles).

    The instructions on the vending machine are in English and Thai, and they are rather simple. 1) Press the zone number. 2) insert enough coins. 3) get the card that comes out.

    To go through the gate, you need to insert the card (in the front, to your right) AND take it as it comes out (on the top), at this moment, move through while the doors are open.

    The card does not come out of the gate machine when you exit at your destination, unless you have bought a multi-fares card... These are available at the teller. If you expect to use the BTS Skytrain often, one of those prepaid card options could be interesting. You can also get a card with a stored value of a few hundred bahts.

    The best thing about the Skytrain is that it is fast. This is the best way to avoid traffic jams, which are not rare at rush hours in the area covered by the Skytrain. But, if you travel in group, or even with only one more person, using a taxi can be cheaper. The lowest SkyTrain fare is 10 bahts, the highest is 40 bahts. You can go around the downtown area in this train, stop at every other station without going out of the gates, backtrack, change line and exit at the next station from the one where you initially entered for only 10 bahts. You cannot exit from that the same station where got in. Actually, you can... it is 40 bahts!

    By Bus

    The Bangkok buses are not the most "user-friendly" in the world, but, they are inexpensive. There are various types of buses in Bangkok. There are ordinary buses, without air con, these are red (or green for the old small ones), 3.50 bahts (flat rate), and, with air con. The air con buses come in three colors, from the oldest to the newest models (cheapest to slightly more expensive ones): old blue (higher frame), new blue, and, orange. The fare in an air con bus goes according to the distance: the collector will come to you, you state your destination, then, the collector tell you how much is the fare for this distance, it starts at 8 bahts, or, at 10 bahts (orange bus).

    The buses lines are numerous and not so easy to figure out, but, you can buy some maps to find out which line you should take. One good one in the "Bangkok City Bus Guide" for 50 bahts. It is available in the AsiaBooks bookstores, and, other big bookstores. The map in this Bus Guide is bilingual (English & Thai). Some other maps also show the bus lines.

    NOTE: Be careful to board or get off a bus quickly, without hesitating (board or don't -- don't board if the steps are not clear). The driver is generally unable to clearly see the people going through the doors (the doors are located in the middle of most buses)... the bus often leaves or stops while the doors are open, or, sometime, the driver closes the doors rather abruptly. You probably have never seen this in America or Europe, but, travelers say that Bangkok buses are better than those in Nepal, India, Egypt, ... On the new orange air con bus, the driver can see the passenger boarding through the front door. Only some lines have these new buses.

    By Express Boat

    Another way to avoid busy roads is the Chao Phraya river Express Boat service. It is inexpensive (6 or 8 bahts for your most likely destinations), fast, and has a quite refreshing breeze!

    We will explain below how to use the Express Boat to go to the Grand Palace and Wat Po or Wat Arun.

    How to Go to Famous Places

    Your tourist guide book, Lonely Planet or Rough Guide, or, another one, tells you about many different interesting things to see in Bangkok. There are many of them. Here are tips about how to go the some of those when you start from K.T. Guest House.

    Banks and ATM:

    In Thailand, the Bangkok Bank, Thai Farmers Bank, Siam Commercial Bank, Krung Thai, Thai Military Bank, and, various other ones participate to the System Plus (Master Card) and Cirrus (VISA) ATM networks. Withdrawing money from your bank with your ATM card or credit card should not be difficult. When you insert a foreign card in a Thai ATM machine, the machine recognize it and offer a choice of English and Thai languages. NOTE: some machines only allow for 4 digits PIN. You might want to change your PIN to a 4 digits before coming here: it will be easier than hunting for an ATM that would accept 5 or 6 digits.

    Bangkok Bank and ATM on Suttisan Street:

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    Robinson Store on Ratchadapisek Road:

    Other places of interest

    Huaykwang night market, Robinson Ratchada, IT Mall and Fortune shopping mall

    Jatujak Weekend Market and Central Lad Prao store

    WTC (Narai Phand), MBK, Siam Center, Siam Square, Central Chitlom

    More places

    Last update: 10 March 2001 by webmaster.