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Electric Trains in Bangkok Free over the New Year

Electric Trains in Bangkok Free over the New Year

If you are planning on celebrating the New Year in Bangkok, then there is some good news. The BTS Skytrain, the MRT Subway and the Airport Rail Link are all extending their operating hours until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. In addition, all three services will be FREE from mid-day on Saturday to mid-day on Sunday. What a great New Year’s present.  FollowFacebook

Change your old MRT Top Up Card before 30 December

Change your old MRT Top Up Card before 30 December

Good news for those people who still have the old-style top-up cards for the subway in Bangkok. Originally you had to change to the new one by this week, but the MRT just announced that the deadline has now been extended until 30th December 2016. You can change your old card at any of the 18 Blue Line stations for free. The balanace on your old one will be transferred to the new MRT PLUS card. Once the new MRT…

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New boat service on Khlong Phasi Charoen next month

New boat service on Khlong Phasi Charoen next month

Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra has overseen a test run of environmentally friendly boat prototypes, before officially deploying them in Khlong Phasi Charoen next month. The 8-kilometer waterway connects Saphan Taksin pier in Phasi Charoen district and the pier at Taling Chan district’s floating market. The Governor said the prototype boats are made of fiberglass which minimizes the effect of waves while the boats are maneuvering. He stated that each boats’ capacity is 60 passengers. The vessels are equipped with…

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Bangkok’s first electric bus begins trial run

Bangkok’s first electric bus begins trial run

Thailand’s first electric bus has begun its trial run in Bangkok. It is operating between Don Mueang Airport and Mo Chit bus terminal. The bus is 12 meters long and has 35 seats. It has onboard WiFi and is also wheelchair accessible. The fare is 30 Baht per person. If the three month trial run is successful, 20 more electric buses could be bought in May. Source: National News Bureau & Public Relations FollowFacebook

Free WiFi on 550 Bangkok Buses from 1 August

Free WiFi on 550 Bangkok Buses from 1 August

Some good news for people who are stuck on a bus during a traffic jam as the chances are high that they will be able to use the free WiFi from today onwards. The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority announced that 550 of their Euro II buses have been fitted with WiFi routers and passengers are free to log in to surf the Internet. All they have to do is look for “On Wi-Fi” on their  smartphone. Once connected they have to…

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Promo Code for GrabTaxi’s new Motorcycle Service

Promo Code for GrabTaxi’s new Motorcycle Service

Are you tired of wasting time in Bangkok’s rush hour traffic? Want to take a motorcycle taxi instead, but don’t want the hassle of negotiating the fare? If yes, then you will be happy to hear that the guys at Grab Taxi have recently launched a new motorcycle service for customers of their popular smartphone app. Now you can not only order a motorcycle to take you to work, but they will also come straight to your house to pick…

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Worst Places to Catch a Taxi in Bangkok

Worst Places to Catch a Taxi in Bangkok

Taxi drivers in Bangkok have a really bad reputation of cheating customers or refusing fares. You really have to be street savvy if you want to survive. The main tip I suggest is never use a taxi that is sitting outside a hotel, shopping mall or tourist attraction. Just walk down the road a bit and flag down a passing taxi. Then, get in, close the door, and say where you want to go. They might still refuse you, but I have…

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Promo Codes for UberX and GrabTaxi during Mobile Expo 2015

Promo Codes for UberX and GrabTaxi during Mobile Expo 2015

The Mobile Expo 2015 will be taking place at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th May 2015. If you are planning on visiting the fair this year, you will be happy to hear that there are some promo codes to make it cheaper for you to go there. UberX: “MOBILEEXPO2015TH” – Use 1 time for up to 300B reduction GrabTaxi: “TME15” – Use up to 4 times for 50B reduction each time FollowFacebook

More Taxi Drivers Suspended for Refusing Passengers

More Taxi Drivers Suspended for Refusing Passengers

The biggest complaint against taxi drivers in Bangkok is their refusal to take passengers to their destination. But, is this becoming a thing of the past? A number of friends have noticed a change in behaviour over the last few months of taxi drivers towards passengers. I’ve seen it too. Most of them seem to be far more polite these days. They even apologize if they cannot take you to where you want to go. I think this started to snowball…

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How to Earn Unlimited Free Rides with Uber Bangkok

How to Earn Unlimited Free Rides with Uber Bangkok

If you are fed up with regular Bangkok taxis, then there is an alternative experience which is not only safer, but far more pleasant. If you have already used Uber Black in Bangkok then you know what I mean. It is refreshing to be in a new car with seatbelts and free drinks, and where the driver doesn’t argue about which route to take or whether the meter should be on or off. However, this experience comes at a price….

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New Smartphone App for Reporting Bangkok Taxis

New Smartphone App for Reporting Bangkok Taxis

Over the last year there has been a few smartphone apps released that help people report taxis to the authorities. I’m sure we have all faced similar problems with taxis in Bangkok. Refusing to take you to your destination, not turning on meter, and unsafe driving are just a few of the most common complaints. The problem with these 3rd party apps is that we don’t know if the relevant authorities will ever see our report. But that has now…

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How to Book a 12-seater Van from GrabTaxi

How to Book a 12-seater Van from GrabTaxi

It has now become a step easier to book a 12-seater van with a few clicks on your smartphone. Ideal for foreigners who cannot speak Thai. The service is the latest by GrabTaxi who launched an easy to use app last year for booking regular taxis. This was followed by GrabCar which are better quality cars but cheaper than a limousine service. Now comes GrabXL which is a 12-seater Toyota Commuter. This might be good for people who want to…

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First Look at “All Thai Taxi” Launching in May 2015

First Look at “All Thai Taxi” Launching in May 2015

This morning there was a press conference about the new taxi service to be launched in Bangkok. It is operated by Nakhon Chai Air. The yellow taxis are Toyota Prius Hybrid, which is an electric mid-size hatchback. The test run will start on 20 April after the Songkran holidays. Then in May they will start with a fuller service. To call them, you will be able to use an app on your smartphone or by calling the hotline. The service…

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What is the Bangkok Taxi of Your Dreams?

What is the Bangkok Taxi of Your Dreams?

Thailand will soon be welcoming a new taxi service. We don’t know much as the press conference is on the 10th February 2015. But it is being billed as the “Taxi of Our Dreams”. All I know so far is that it is operated by Nakhonchai Air. They are yellow taxis.  And there will be an application on your mobile phone that you can use to call them. Service charge is 20 Baht. We are expecting about 500 taxis at…

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Train Trip to the Sunflower Fields in Thailand

Train Trip to the Sunflower Fields in Thailand

During the recent public holiday, I joined the train trip to the sunflower fields in Saraburi. These take place every year during December at the weekend and on the King’s birthday and Constitution Day. They are very popular and so you need to book your tickets at the station in advance. There were still some tickets left when I started tweeting, but they were completely sold out by the end of the day. So, if you still want to go,…

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GrabTaxi Celebrates its 1st Year Anniversary with Free Giveaways

GrabTaxi Celebrates its 1st Year Anniversary with Free Giveaways

GrabTaxi, a popular taxi-booking app for smartphones, celebrates its 1st year anniversary in Thailand with over 350 free giveaways worth over 100,000 Baht. GrabTaxi has partnered with Air Asia, Major Cineplex, WearYouWant, True You, Why97 and Le Lapin to reward and thank the many passengers who have downloaded and used their app. All passengers booking their rides within Bangkok via the GrabTaxi app during 1st-15th November, will get a chance to win one of many prizes. Passengers’ names will automatically…

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UberX is Now in Bangkok and Cheaper than Taxis

UberX is Now in Bangkok and Cheaper than Taxis

They say competition is good for the consumer, and I think that is exactly the way it is going with taxis in Bangkok at the moment. We already have apps such as GrabTaxi and EasyTaxi to help us catch these regular taxis. Then, about six months ago, UberBlack came to Thailand for the first time. This gave a luxurious and safe alternative for getting around Bangkok. But, it came at a premium price. Now comes the news that Uber has…

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