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rhkkmk May 24th, 2009 06:59 AM

bangkok skytrain extended
 
a friend who is currently in bangkok reports that the skytrain has now been extended over the river from taskim....its a bit of a problem however as they only put one track over the river so trains have to wait to cross... thai engeneering....

no report yet as to where it goes, but i have asked...

Kathie May 24th, 2009 07:11 AM

How about it, Hanuman or Michael, what can you tell us about it?

Kristina May 24th, 2009 07:42 AM

Funny you should mention this. I was just looking at the map yesterday to see if the new stop on the other side was close enough to the Peninsula to walk should we want.
It doesn't look like it is, but info is hard to find. On Wikipedia I found some map coordinates and looked it up on google maps. Looks like it would be a long walk if the coordinates are correct.
Anyone know for sure?

Hanuman May 24th, 2009 07:57 AM

Yes it was open on May 15th. Both the Krung Thonburi and Wongwian Yai stations are open now but there really isn't anything for the tourist at these stations.

Had a drink with Kuranosuke last night and I think he wanted to explore the new stations but he drank too much and return to his hotel instead!

Hanuman May 24th, 2009 08:06 AM

Kristina,

I reckon it's a good 15 - 20 minutes walk from the Krung Thonburi station to the Penn.

Kathie May 24th, 2009 09:24 AM

Thanks, Hanuman.

simpsonc510 May 24th, 2009 09:28 AM

I'd bet it is even farther than that, hanuman. I asked about it when I was just there earlier this month. The BKK Post announced the opening right after I left the city.

Why did you corrupt our Ken... too many Singhas, huh? lol

Carol

rhkkmk May 24th, 2009 02:00 PM

if you each had A drink, how could he be overserved??

Gpanda May 24th, 2009 03:29 PM

Let me know when they have a stop in Harvard Square. That's the type of extension I'm looking for.

citywalks May 24th, 2009 03:31 PM

Bangkok Post reporting that ferry operators are worried about loss of business for the 3 baht ride now that Sky Train crosses the river. Anyway, I look forward to trying it.

Hanuman May 24th, 2009 04:52 PM

Carol & Bob,

I was joking and Ken was a good boy. The new stations serves the residential area of Thonburi and it should be of a great benefit since Sathorn bridge can take over 30 minutes to cross in rush hour traffic.

rhkkmk May 24th, 2009 07:14 PM

good point hanuman....zip over on the boat and then take a taxi

Hanuman May 24th, 2009 07:29 PM

Bob,

Or you can take a cab, tuk tuk or a motorcycle taxi to the Krung Thonburi station if you're staying on the other side of the river(Penn, Marriott, Hilton etc..).

MichaelBKK May 24th, 2009 08:53 PM

The ferry operators are worried now because you can ride the new route for free, for the next couple of months until they get their operational certificate. Once people have to pay to use the train, the ferry operators might be okay, since it will cost a lot more than 3 Baht to ride the train.

shanek May 24th, 2009 09:11 PM

The Airport link must be almost due to open as well. That will be ideal for solo travellers who travel light but wont make the taxi drivers happy.

MichaelBKK May 24th, 2009 11:26 PM

The airport link may be ready for test runs (free rides) in August. It will be close to the end of the year before it's certified and ready to take paying passengers. It will be next year before you can check baggage at the city terminal. I just hope the Bangkok city terminal is more useful than the KL one. After 10 years, only MAS and Emirates have check-in at Sentral.

John1111 May 27th, 2009 07:53 PM

There isn't really much for tourists to see on the Thon Buri side of the river. Not worth going.

MichaelBKK May 27th, 2009 09:13 PM

I have, over the years, found quite a bit to see on the wrong side of the river. Here's some of what I've found:
http://thailandforvisitors.com/centr.../thonburi.html

[If others can engage in shameless self-promotion, why shouldn't I?]

shanek May 27th, 2009 10:17 PM

Very nice site Michael.

I cant believe that you dont promote this on more of your posts as it is very informative and would be useful to most of the posters here.

John does have a point though, we all know that there are very few decent tailors in Thonburi.

kuranosuke May 28th, 2009 02:35 PM

great site, mike. thanks.


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