Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
A car is certainly very handy, although instead of driving, the typical expat employs a driver (which costs about US$400 - 500 per month). While it is physically easy to drive around Bangkok, the traffic is both horrendous and tedious. However, in time you'll learn your way around.
Keep in mind that in order to drive yourself you will need a Thai driver's license.
How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
To obtain a Thai driver's license, you must apply at the local Land & Transport Department with your own driver's license. (If this is not in English, either have it translated to English then have country embassy to certify translated document or obtain an international one.)
It is advisable to have a Thai person with you while applying for the license, as all documents are in Thai only. You can also contact Crown Bangkok for assistance with this process.
What side of the road do people drive on?
Motorists in Thailand drive on the left-hand side of the road.
Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
The BTS (Bangkok Transit System) Skytrain, MRT (Mass Rapid Transportation) Subway and taxis are popular forms of transport. Taxis are cheap and plentiful in Bangkok. You can also rent a car; prices generally start from approximately US$30 per day.
Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
The BTS and MRT are fast and efficient public transportation. Another option is to rent a car. There are several types of buses, though these are not as popular with less-adventurous expats.
You can identify these buses by colors, but be sure to check if the bus is air-conditioned or not. Prices vary, depending on destination.
In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
Note that many taxis do not have seat belts in the back and some taxis drivers go very fast, weaving in and out of traffic. Motorcycle taxis are also plentiful and can be useful when traffic is very heavy and you only have a short distance to travel. However, they rarely provide crash helmets so use them with extreme caution.
Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
BTS and MRT tickets can be purchased at the station. Bus fares should be paid in cash so ensure you have small change with you.
Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.