Bangkok Mass Transit or BTS Skytrain is your friend, lifting you above the capital’s heaviest traffic. Today’s article will focus on the BTS stations that any visitor should know. Currently there are two main BTS lines: Sukhumvit Line and Silom Line; both stretches well into different parts of the city. Look out for our guide on Bangkok’s subway system, MRT for short, in our future blog post!
Sukhumvit / Silom Line
An interchange station where commuters can change platforms between two lines, Siam station is the hub of it all. When the locals are asked where Bangkok’s downtown center is, they’d probably think of Siam. Mega-mall Siam Paragon is here, along with Siam Ocean World, one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia. Neighbors Siam Discovery and Siam Center offer different kind services and shopping experience, with Madame Tussauds wax museum located in the former. Opposite of these malls is Siam Square, an open area where all kinds of food, services, shopping and entertainments intermingle; amongst them are: Novotel Bangkok, Hard Rock Cafe, Hello Kitty House, and Digital Gateway, a medium-sized mall featuring electronic goods. Chulalongkorn University and other important educational institutions are located within Siam station’s area, so you can see plenty of students hanging around after school.
National Stadium Station
National Stadium station is mere minutes from Siam station on foot. Bangkok National Stadium, is a good place for those looking to do sports – locals are friendly so you can ask to join them in team games. Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) is a contemporary art and culture museum, featuring both international and local art exhibitions, as well as other cultural activites. Opposite of BACC is the famous MBK mall, where all kinds of goods are sold, pirated and legal. Within the walking distance from the station is the boutique hotel Siam@Siam, internationally recognized youth hostel Lub D, and silk magnate old residence and museum Jim Thompson House.
Chit Lom Station
Chit Lom station features many high-end shopping malls such as Central Embassy, Central Chidlom, Central World and Gaysorn Plaza. A major cultural place of interest, Erawan Shrine, one of the most sacred and well-known religious site in Bangkok, is located just below the station. Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, InterContinental Bangkok, Holiday Inn Bangkok all have easy access from the station as well.
Phaya Thai Station
Phaya Thai station is where you can transit to Airport Rail Link, a commuter rail that conveniently takes you to Suvarnabhumi Airport. The station is among government buildings, office towers and condominiums along Phaya Thai and Si Ayutthaya Road. Suan Pakkad Palace (Thai: วังสวนผักกาด), a traditional Thai antiques museum and gallery is located nearby to the east of the station.
Mo Chit Station
Mochit Station is within close proximity to the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market or JJ Market, where all kind of goods are sold – clothing stalls, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, incense shops, pet shops, art galleries, furniture shops, antique dealers, bookshops, ceramics and handicrafts shops – you name it. Other nearby landmarks include BTS Depot, Chatuchak Park and Mochit Bus Station.
Asok station is a busy hub where famous airport-themed shopping mall Terminal 21 meets offices, schools, and entertainment zones akin to Nana station one stop away. Asok is an interchange station with Bangkok’s MRT. Along with Sala Daeng station on the Silom Line, Asok station is where most people transfer to the subway as both are located in the heart of the city.
Sala Daeng Station
Sala Daeng station is located on Si Lom Road to the southwest of Sala Daeng Intersection. It is surrounded by financial center along Si Lom Road with towers and skyscrapers, and also entertainment area of Patpong, Silom Soi 2 (popular gay bar street) and Thaniya. It is an interchange station, where commuters can transfer to the Blue Line, or MRT. Lumphini park is also a few minutes walking distance from the station.
Saphan Taksin Station
Saphan Taksin station is located at the entry ramp of Taksin Bridge, below Sathon Road, to the east of the Chao Phraya River. It is the only rapid transit station in Bangkok which can transfer to a river pier for the crossing-river ferry to Thonburi and the Chao Phraya Express Boat service. That makes the station popular for both daily passengers and tourists sightseeing by river boats to historical area such as Wat Arun, Wat Pho and Sanam Luang.