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Old 08-09-2010, 11:58 AM
 
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I don't known anything about Manila, but I do know a bit about Bangkok and Thailand. The outer ring roads and the elevated expressways do help reduce traffic jams in Bangkok from being any worse, but that's not saying much. Traffic jams at ground level on major streets throughout the city proper and the surrounding greater metropolian area is still insanely jaw-dropping, day and night.



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Old 02-06-2015, 02:24 PM
 
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In Metro Manila, if you know the "secondary" roads, you can avoid the traffic

I live in Metro Manila for 15 years and don't want to drive on my own not because of the traffic but because of lack of parking
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Old 02-06-2015, 02:27 PM
 
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At least in BKK, they have that above ground Skytrain train system that goes all the way to the airport. You can get around most of BKK without taking a taxi or tuk tuk if you don't mind walking a sweting a bit. Manila doesn't provide that option.
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Old 02-06-2015, 09:14 PM
 
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At least in BKK, they have that above ground Skytrain train system that goes all the way to the airport. You can get around most of BKK without taking a taxi or tuk tuk if you don't mind walking a sweting a bit. Manila doesn't provide that option.
What do you mean? There's the MRT and the LRT in Manila. They're not nearly as efficient or extensive as the Skytrain, but they're still options for getting around without driving. They pass through the main business districts, except for Bonifacio Global City, because it's so new. Hopefully they'll build a line that passes through there.

LRT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qdY95Sc1MU

MRT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_YwCQVClGg

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Old 02-07-2015, 04:49 AM
 
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Smtchll,

Thanks I didn't realize Manila had LRT and didn't see it when I made a short visit to Manila. If I ever return to Manila, I hope to try it. Still, looking at the line, it needs to be expanded greatly as does the Skytrain in BKK.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Manila
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I don't think they're that different these days! I've been to Bangkok twice (most recently 2011) and the traffic didn't really bother me! Probably it's because I've been conditioned by Manila's traffic growing up!
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:58 AM
 
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It varies as to which location it is but if we're talking about the CBD area, it's gotta be heavier in BKK. Perhaps, you can actually avoid Edsa by taking an alternative route via c5.
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