Taxis might be cheap in Bangkok compared to those in other world capitals, but they’re not always the best option. Some don’t want to turn their meter on, some might not know where it is you want to go and some will outright refuse to take you anywhere at all.
The BTS Skytrain and MRT underground still have limited reach, so to get to outlying towns and provinces without having to pay for a taxi or private car – Thailand’s buses are worth mastering. In the metro area tickets range from free to 18 baht and for maximum 1,500 you can catch an overnight VIP government bus all the way down to Phuket or Hat Yai. The bus system is not always easy to decipher, however, so here’s a first-timer’s guide.