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Old 07-27-2013, 08:21 PM
 
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Yes, 99% of the taxi drivers in Bangkok I have faced were honest and efficient. It was that one, that left a poor impression on me. BTS is efficient and bypasses the traffic congestion in Bangkok, which is a story for another day.
I know what you mean. It can take just one bad experience to catch in your craw. It's the other 99% that makes up for it. I agree, the traffic jams on major roads can be pretty insane in BKK. Rush Hour is more like Rush Hours. A person could write an entire book on that. There are times though when the BTS can get pretty cramped as well, which you've probably noticed. In spite of all the craziness, BKK and the rest of Thailand is a memorable experience.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:15 AM
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:15 PM
 
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Many foreigners know to take their shoes off when going into a temple and to not point their toes at the Buddha when sitting, but when entering a temple, do not step on the frame of the temple in the doorway. Step over it. The wife always has to remind me to do it.

I've almost never had a problem taking a taxi in Bangkok. It's likely you won't know if a taxi driver is taking the long route or not or maybe they are taking the long route to avoid a long red light or traffic. Taxi fare in Bangkok is extremely cheap, so even if you get taken for ride it may not even be worth making a scene over. An long rode from BKK to the outskirts of Bangkok only cost me about $25. If I were take the same ride in nyc it would have easily cost over $250. Overall, getting around isn't usually a major problem.
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:35 AM
 
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Many foreigners know to take their shoes off when going into a temple and to not point their toes at the Buddha when sitting, but when entering a temple, do not step on the frame of the temple in the doorway. Step over it. The wife always has to remind me to do it.
LOL! I hear that from my wife as well. I usually have to say, "Mia jaa, reu laew." It's also often appreciated to remove your shoes before entering someone's house. Faster and easier to do wearing flip-flops. No need to do that in hotels, restaurants, shops or businesses.

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Overall, getting around isn't usually a major problem.
Except during rush hours. Near lunch time Sukhumvit Road off the Din Daeng expressway can get pretty busy as well. The sky train is a good way to get around to many general locations, then hop a taxi or tuk-tuk if the desired location isn't nearby a sky train station.
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