Author: Richard Barrow

How do I know which way to go

Once you have passed through the ticket barriers you now have the choice of using the steps on the left or the right. There will be a sign that clearly shows which direction each track goes. If you are at one end of the line then the bilingual sign will say “to all stations”. However, if you are in the middle somewhere then it will give you the station name at the end of the line. For example. If you get on the train at Nana and you want to go to Siam Sqaure, you wil follow the sign “to Mo Chit”. When you come back, you will follow the sign “to On Nut”. So, obviously to use the Sky Train effectively you need to study the map first! Once you have gone up the steps you will then come to the platform where you wait for the train. Every station apart from the interchange station at Siam Sqaure has two floors. At Siam Square there are three floors.

How do you buy a ticket for the Sky Train

For people using the BTS Sky Train for the first time this can be a little confusing. As you enter the concourse you will see what looks like a ticket office with a queue of people in front of the window. However, you don’t buy tickets here! All you are doing is queuing up for some change! Once you have some change, you then use the ticket machines in the centre of the concourse. On the map, you will see your present location marked with a yellow circle (see below right). Each station has a number or zone which tells you how much you have to pay. In this example, we are at Ratchathewi Station and to go north to Mo Chit, at the end of the line, will take us to Zone 5. This will then cost us 30 baht. You can see that the cheapest journey is 10 baht and the most expensive trip is 40 baht. The map also shows you connections to the Metro which are marked with a “M’.

Once you know how much the ticket will cost, you then use the automatic ticket machine to the left of the map (see above). BTS have made this very easy for you as each step is clearly numbered from one to four. Step One: Select your zone. Step Two: Insert coins. You can use 5 or 10 baht coins for this. Step Three: Take your ticket. Step Four: Take your change. Very simple! You next head towards the ticket barrier.

How do you use the Sky Train map

When you go to the ticket office to get some change you can ask for a free map as well. These maps are really handy for telling you about nearby shopping centres as well as letting you know which station have sky bridges that take you straight inside a shopping centre without going down to street level.

As you can see from this map there are two lines which interchange at Siam Station. For example, if you are going from On Nut to the National Stadium you have to change trains at Siam first. If you want to transfer to the River Express boats then change at Saphan Taksin Station. The BTS Sky Train also connects with the Metro at three stations: Mo Chit, Sala Daeng and Asok.

How do you use the ticket barrier for the Sky Train

Once you have your ticket, you then approach the automatic gates. About half of these gates are used for entry and the other half are for exit. You will either see a green arrow or a red no-entry sign which are self-explanatory. Insert your ticket into the slot at the front of the machine and then take it out of the slot at the top as you walk past the barrier. If you have big bags or a bicycle, speak to the guard on duty who will let you use the gate. When you come back and you are using the normal single journey ticket, the machine will swallow your ticket and won’t spit it back out! However, if you are using the One-Day or Three-Day Passes then be sure to pick up your ticket for the next journey. As you pass through the automatic ticket barrier, you shouldn’t dawdle as the red gates close quite quickly!

Please lift up your briefcase or belongings above the automatic gates

Please carry your children while passing through automatic gates

How much do tickets cost for the Sky Train

The fare ranges from 10-40 baht depending on the length of your journey. Use the chart below to work out the cost of your trip.

BTS SKY TRAIN FARE TABLE

TO/FROM
N8
N7
N6
N5
N4
N3
N2
N1
CS
E1
E2
E3
E4
E5
E6
E7
E8
E9
W1
S1
S2
S3
S4
S5
S6
N8 Mo Chit
X
10
15
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
35
40
40
40
40
40
40
40
35
35
35
40
40
40
40
N7 Saphan Khwai
10
X
10
15
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
35
40
40
40
40
40
40
30
30
35
35
40
40
40
N6 Sena Ruam *
15
10
X
10
15
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
35
40
40
40
40
40
30
30
30
35
35
40
40
N5 Ari
20
15
10
X
10
15
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
35
40
40
40
40
25
25
30
30
35
35
40
N4 Sanam Pao
20
20
15
10
X
10
15
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
35
40
40
40
25
25
25
30
30
35
35
N3 Victory Monument
25
20
20
15
10
X
10
15
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
35
40
40
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
N2 Phaya Thai
25
25
20
20
15
10
X
10
15
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
35
40
20
20
20
25
25
30
30
N1 Ratchathewi
30
25
25
20
20
15
10
X
10
15
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
35
15
15
20
20
25
25
30
CS Central (Siam)
30
30
25
25
20
20
15
10
X
10
15
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
10
10
15
20
20
25
25
E1 Chit Lom
35
30
30
25
25
20
20
15
10
X
10
15
20
20
25
25
30
30
15
15
20
20
25
25
30
E2 Phloenchit
35
35
30
30
25
25
20
20
15
10
X
10
15
20
20
25
25
30
20
20
20
25
25
30
30
E3 Nana
40
35
35
30
30
25
25
20
20
15
10
X
10
15
20
20
25
25
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
E4 Asok
40
40
35
35
30
30
25
25
20
20
15
10
X
10
15
20
20
25
25
25
25
30
30
35
35
E5 Phrom Phong
40
40
40
35
35
30
30
25
25
20
20
15
10
X
10
15
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
35
40
E6 Thong Lo
40
40
40
40
35
35
30
30
25
25
20
20
15
10
X
10
15
20
30
30
30
35
35
40
40
E7 Ekkamai
40
40
40
40
40
35
35
30
30
25
25
20
20
15
10
X
10
15
30
30
35
35
40
40
40
E8 Phra Khanong
40
40
40
40
40
40
35
35
30
30
25
25
20
20
15
10
X
10
35
35
35
40
40
40
40
E9 On Nut
40
40
40
40
40
40
40
35
35
30
30
25
25
20
20
15
10
X
35
35
40
40
40
40
40
W1 National Stadium
35
30
30
25
25
20
20
15
10
15
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
35
X
15
20
20
25
25
30
S1 Ratchadamri
35
30
30
25
25
20
20
15
10
15
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
35
15
X
10
15
20
20
25
S2 Sala Daeng
35
35
30
30
25
25
20
20
15
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
35
40
20
10
X
10
15
20
20
S3 Chong Nonsi
40
35
35
30
30
25
25
20
20
20
25
25
30
30
35
35
40
40
20
15
10
X
10
15
20
S4 Suksa Witthaya *
40
40
35
35
30
30
25
25
20
25
25
30
30
35
35
40
40
40
25
20
15
10
X
10
15
S5 Surasak
40
40
40
35
35
30
30
25
25
25
30
30
35
35
40
40
40
40
25
20
20
15
10
X
10
S6 Saphan Taksin
40
40
40
40
35
35
30
30
25
30
30
35
35
40
40
40
40
40
30
25
20
20
15
10
X

* Future stations

What are the shopping centers and markets along the route

As you can see from the map below, there are a number of major shopping areas which are well served by the Sky Train route. In addition, you will find a number of the Sky Train stations have Skybridges which take you straight into the shopping malls without having to go down to street level.

(Central) The main shopping area for many people is the interchange station at Siam Sqaure. Here you will find a Skybridge at Exit 1 that takes you straight into Siam Center where you will find a variety of shops, resaurants, fast food outlets and a cineplex. Siam Center and Siam Discovery Center are connected by another bridge making one big shopping mall. If you take Exit 2 on the other side of the station then you will see the hundreds of little shops down at street level which make up Siam Square. This is a trendy area for today’s Thai youth. Siam Square is made up of a number of parallel lanes containing boutiques and shops selling clothes, books, jewelry etc. There is also a cinema and a number of restaurants.

(N2) Heading north, you can get off at Phaya Thai Station for the massive Pantip Plaza. Here you will find computer hardware, software and other accessories at very competitive prices. There are four floors and just about every shop is selling computers! From the Sky Train station, you will need to take a tuk tuk along New Petchaburi Road for about 2 km. Don’t pay him too much! If you went in a taxi it probably wouldn’t go pass the initial 35 baht fee on the meter.

(N8) At the end of the line, at Mo Chit Station, you will find the very popular Weekend Market which is known in Thai as Chatuchak (JJ Market). As you are pulling into the station you will see the massive market on your left hand side. Take Exit 1 and walk straight for 100 metres. Only open on Saturdays and Sundays, you will find just about everything possible amongst thousands of stalls. If you are visiting Bangkok at the weekend then make sure you visit this market for some great bargains. Chatuchak starts to close by 6 p.m. If you find that you haven’t bought enough things, then walk to the nearby Chatuchak Park Metro Station to take the underground train to the large Suan Lum Night Bazzar. Get off at Lumphini Metro Station. Exit 3 will take you straight into the Bazzar with its hundreds of stalls, restaurants and live entertainment.

Also from Mo Chit Station, there is a free BTS Shuttle Bus service that will take you to the nearby Central Plaza Lat Phrao. A popular destination for Thai youth and fashion seekers.

(W1) One stop west from Siam Station is the National Stadium Station. From here there is a Skybridge that takes you into Tokyo Department Store. Just walk straight through TDS, if you like, to reach the massive Mahboonkrong (MBK) Center. The hundreds of shops here sell clothing, mobile phones and accessories, jewelry, computer software and DVDs, music, leather goods, shoes and electronics. If you are extra big, you will find several good clothing shops for you. You will also find many fast food outlets and movie theatres where you can take a break from all of the shopping. It is actually easy to walk from here along the street to Siam Discovery Center and Siam Square. There is no need to pay 10 baht for the Sky Train unless you have a Day Pass and want to get your money’s worth.

(E1) Heading east now, your first stop at Chitlom (Chidlom) has enough big shopping malls to keep you busy all day! Here you will Skybridges that will take you straight into Gaysorn (upmarket fashionable outlets), Central Chitlom (a department store with a wide variety of merchandise, brand name boutiques, restaurants and supermarket), and Amarin Plaza (with the Sogo department store, restaurants, speciality shops and fast food). Opposite Gayson is the large Central World Plaza (formerly World Trade Center). This is a modern shopping complex with Isetan and Zen Central Department stores. There is also a cineplex and ice skating rink. Next door to Gaysorn is Narayana Phand. This is a multistory shopping center for Thai crafts, decorative items and souvenirs. If you want to keep walking along this street, you will next come to the massive Big C Hypermarket. By this time, you are probably a 10 minute walk from the lthe Pratunam Shopping Complex and Pratunam Market. At the latter you will find fabrics and ready-to-wear fashions. You can also find watches, towels, bedding etc. From here, it is only another 5 minute walk to the large computer shopping mall at Pantip Plaza.

(E2-9) The Sky Train now follows Sukhumwit Road south-east all the way to On Nut. On both sides of the road you will find many different kinds of shops which largely cater for the expat community that live in this area. At Ploenchit Station (E2), you might like to visit Home Pro for household items. At Nana Station (E3), you can visit the Nana Night Market. One stop down is Robinson Department Store which is near Asok Station (E4). Emporium, at Phrom Phong Station (E5), is an upmarket mall with department store, designer boutiques, book-stores, restaurants, cinema complex and restaurants. Two more stops down at Ekkamai Station (E7) is Major Cineplex, which has cinemas, bowling, restaurants and general shops. At On Nut Station (E9), which is the end of the line, you will find Tesco Lotus Hypermarket. From here there is a free BTS Shuttle Bus Service which will take you to the large Central City Bangna shopping center. As well as hundreds of shops and restaurants, you will also find a large swimming pool complex with giant slides and adventure playgrounds.

(S1) From Siam Station, the first stop south is at Ratchadamri Station. Here you will find Peninsula Plaza. This is an up-market shopping plaza with various designer brand shops, jewelry stores, airline offices, bookstores and restaurants. From the station, take Exit 4 and walk straight ahead for 250 metres.

(S2) Next stop is Sala Daeng Station. Take the Skybridge at Exit 4 and walk straight into Central Silom Complex. This is a large and famous department store with a wide range of merchandise. Nearby you will find Robinsom Silom. This is a department store which also has a wide range of general goods and a supermarket. For Robinson, take Exit 3, turn around and walk ahead for 200 metres to Saladaeng intersection. Also on this road is Patpong Market which is famous amongst tourists. Take Exit 1 and keep walking for about 200 metres.

(S6) At the end of the line you can change to a River Express Boat for River City at Si Phraya Pier. This contains numerous shops selling antiques, old maps etc. from Southeast Asia. Also choose from many shops selling handicraft and silk clothing. Two more stops up-river on the Express Boat is Ratchawongse Pier. Here you can walk about 450 metres north to Chinatown for wholesale shops and street markets.

What are the tourist attractions and places of entertainment along the route

Although there are a number of tourist attractions that are accessible by Sky Train, you will find that many of the major ones are located in different areas. Some guidebooks suggest taking the Sky Train for part of the route and then changing to local transport. If there are 2 or 3 of you, then it is sometimes cheaper not using the Sky Train at all.

(Central) Starting at Siam Station, you can visit the EGV Movie theatre inside Siam Discovery. The majority of the movies have English soundtrack and you can choose a variety of seats that range from very comfortable to reclinas and sofas.

(N2) Heading north, you can visit the Suan Pakkard Palace near Phayathai Station. This is a complex of historic homes relocated from Chiang Mai and once used by members of the royal family. There is aso an impressive 450 year old “Laquer Pavilion” decorated with gold leaf murals depicting the Buddha’s life. From the station, leave by Exit 4 and proceed straight along Sri Ayuthaya Road for about 250 metres.

(N3) At the Victory Monument, you can catch a taxi along Ratchawithi Road to Dusit Zoo. This has a large collection of mammals, reptiles and birds. A bit further along the same road is the Vimanmek Teak Mansion. This was the former residence of King Rama V and is reportedly to be the largest teak mansion in the world.

(N8) At the end of the line is Mo Chit Station and Chatuchak Park. Apart from being a nice place to relax amongst the greenery, you will also find here the Hall of Railway Heritage and the Children’s Discovery Museum.

(W1) One stop west from Siam Station is the National Stadium Station. From here take Exit 1 and walk to the far end of Soi Kaseman 2. Here you will find the popular Jim Thompson’s House. This compund of six traditional Thai teak houses are filled with a priceless collection of Asian antiques including carvings, paintings, decorative arts etc.

(S1-6) Heading south there is the Red Light district at Patpong (S2) and the connection to the River Express Boats at Saphan Thaksin Station (S6). From here, it is an easy cruise up-river to famous sites such as, Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Grand Palace and the Royal Barge Museum.

(E1) Heading east now, your first stop at Chitlom (Chidlom) has the famous Erawan Shrine in the grounds of Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. Take Exit 2 and walk 100 metres towards Ratchadamri intersection. This shrine for a Hindu God is very revered by many people who come to pay homage and beg for blessings. Jasmine flower garlands and small wooden elephants are offered to the statue by grateful devotees. This is also a good place to see Thai dancing for free.

(E4) Three stops further east is Asok Station. Take Exit 3 and walk a few metres to the intersection with Asok Road. Then turn left and walk about 200 metres. You will then see Siam Society on your left. This is the home of a respected research library and the Khamtieng House, a century old residence relocated from Chiang Mai. Artifacts and hilltribe costumes are on display.

(E9) At the end of the line at On Nut Station you can visit the Mae Naak shrine in the Wat Mahabute compound. Every Thai person knows this famous ghost story which is supposedly based on a real person, Nang Naak, who is buried in this temple. People come here offering gifts in return for good luck. This is a good place to buy lottery tickets if you want to win the top prize. From the station, take Exit 1 and walk back to Soi 77. Mahabute temple is about 900 metres down this road on the left. Look out for Soi 7. From the station, there is a free BTS Shuttle Bus Service which will take you to the large Central City Bangna shopping center. As well as hundreds of shops and restaurants, you will also find a large swimming pool complex and 14 screen cinema.

From On Nut Station, you can take a 40 minute taxi ride to the Erawan Elephant Museum (gigantic three-headed elephant museum), Ancient City (an open-air museum of all of the most important monuments and buildings from around Thailand) and the Crocodile Farm (crocodile and elephant shows and zoo). These three attractions are all in Samut Prakan Province. Please visit our paknam.com web site for further information about our home province.

What are the places to visit along bus routes

We have selected some of the main tourist attractions and shopping malls and given you the numbers of the buses you can catch.

Ancient City (Samut Prakan)
bus 25, 142, 145, 365, 1141
air-con 25, 102, 142, 145, 507, 508, 511, 536

BITEC Exhibition Center
bus 38, 46, 48, 132, 139, 180, 365, 1141
air-con 38, 139, MB 6

Bus Terminal (Eastern)
bus 2, 23, 25, 38, 40, 48, 71, 72, 98
air-con 25, 38, 72, 184, 501, 508, 511, 513, MB 6

Bus Terminal (Northern & Isaan)
bus 3, 49, 77, 104, 122, 134, 136, 145, 159
air-con 3, 49, 77, 134, 136, 138, 145, 170, 512, 517
Microbus 5, 12,16

Bus Terminal (Southern)
bus 28, 30, 40, 57, 66, 123, 124, 146, 149, 159, 174
air-con 66, 170, 177, 507, 511, 516, MB 8

Central Plaza Lad Phrao
bus 8, 26, 27, 28, 34, 38, 39, 59, 63, 96, 104, 108, G134, 136, 145
air-con 24,26, 34, 39, 107, 129, 145, 502, 503,
Microbus 2, 5, 8, 12, 16, 34

Chatuchak Weekend Market
bus 3, 8, 26, 27, 28, 29, 34, 38, 39, 44, 59, 63, 77, 96, 104, 108, 112, 122, 134, 136, 138, 145, 159, 182
air-con 26, 38, 39, 59, 134, 138, 157, 145, 184, 502, 503, 509, 510, 512,

Crocodile Farm (Samut Prakan)
ordinary bus 25, 142, 145, 365, 1141
air-con 25, 102, 142, 145, 507, 508, 511, 536, MB 14

Democracy Monument
bus 2, 6, 9, 10, 12, 15, 42, 44, 47, 56, 59, 60, 68, 70, 79, 82, 157, 159, 201, 203
air-con 42, 44, 60, 68, 70, 157, 183, 503, 509, 511, 512, 516

Don Muang International Airport
bus 29, 59, 95
air-con 29, 59, 95, 504, 510, 513, 538

Dream World
air-con 523, 538, 1156, 1155, 318

Dusit Zoo
bus 5, 18, 28, 70, 108, 125
air-con 70, 510, 515, 539, 542, MB 4

Grand Palace
bus 3, 6, 9, 15, 25, 43, 44, 47, 59, 60, 70, 80, 82, 91, 123, 124, 169, 203
air-con 3, 25, 44, 59, 60, 70, 80, 82, 91, 508, 512

Impact Arena
bus 52, 150, 166, 356
air-con 166

Khao San Road
bus 2, 6, 9, 15, 42, 44, 47, 56, 59, 60, 68, 70, 79, 82, 159, 201
air-con 2, 36, 42, 59, 60, 68, 70, 79, 82, 503, 509, 511, 512,
Microbus 8 (walk a little)

Mahboonkrong (MBK) Center
bus 11,15,16,21,25 29, 34, 36, 40, 47, 48, 50, 73, G73, 93, 113, 159, 163
air-con 11, 16, 21, 25, 29, 34, 36, 50, 73, G73, 93, 159, MB 3

National Library
bus 3, 9, 16, 30, 32, 33, 49, 64, 65, 99, 110
air-con bus 3, 16, 32, 49, 505, 506

National Museum
bus 3, 6, 32, 53, 59, 70, 80, 82, 91, 123, 124, 169
air-con 3, 39, 59, 70, 80, 91, 506, 507, 524

Patpong
bus 15, 16, 76, 77, 93, 115, 162, 163, 164
air-con 76, 77, 177, 504, 514
Microbus 1, 2, 12, 16, 17, 20, 93

Queen Sirikit Convention Center
bus 22, 45, 46, 109, 115, 116, 136
air-con bus 22, 136, 173, 185, 507, 544

Railway Station (Thonburi)
bus 19, 57, 81, 91, 149, 165
air-con 91, 157, 177 (walk a little)

Railway Station (Hualamphong)
bus 4,21, 25, 29, 34, 40, 49, 73, G73, 85, 113, 159
air-con 4, 21, 25, 29, 34, 49, 73, G73, 507, MB 5, MB 14

Reclining Buddha
bus 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 12, 25, 32, 43, 44, 53, 60, 91
air-con bus 25, 32, 44, 60, 91, 501, 506, 512

Safari World
bus 26, 60, 71, 96, 115
air-con 26, 60, 501 (transfer to minibus)

Siam Park
bus 26, 27, 60, 71, 96, 115, 151, 168
air-con 26, 60, 168, 501, 519
Microbus 2, 8, 17

Siam Sqaure
bus 16, 21, 25, 29, 34, 36, G36, 40, 47, 50, 79, 93, 113, 159, 163
air-con 16, 21, 25, 29, 34, 36, G36, 50, 79, 93, 159, 547, MB 3

Snake Farm
bus 4, 16, 21, 45, 46, 47, 50, 93, 109, 163
air-con 4, 16, 21, 50, 93, 507, MB 1

Ngam XXX (guesthouses)
bus 4, 13, 14, 22, 45, 46, 74, 109, 115, 116, 149
bus 4, 22, 173, 507, 544, MB 14, MB 17

Victory Monument
bus 8, 26, 27, 28, 29, 34, 38, 39, 54, 59, 63, 74, 77, 96, 97, 108, 112, 139, 159, 204, 13, 12, 36, G36, 73, 157, 163, 168, 125
air-con 38, 157, 168, 170, 171, 502, 503, 510, 513, 514, 518, 529
Microbus 2, 4, 5, 8, 12, 16, 34

Vimanmek Teak Mansion
bus 12, 18, 28, 56, 70, 108, 125
air-con 70, 510, 515, MB 4

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
bus 19, 57, 83
air-con 1, 25, 32, 44, 47, 53, 91, 508, 512

Where can I buy bus maps

English language bus maps can be bought in all good book stores including Asia Books and Se-Ed.

The Bus Route map to the right is our favourite. It has a map on one side and complete bus routes on the other. This edition also includes the Airport Bus Route, BTS Sky Train route and the MRT Metro route.

Erawan Shrine

In 1953 the Thai Hotel and Tourism Co. started the construction of Erawan Hotel. When it was near completion in 1956, the management consulted an astrologer for an auspicious date for its grand opening. As it turned out, the astrologer pointed out that the date when the foundation stone was laid was not suitable, and advised that a Brahman shrine and a guardian spirit shrine should be built to correct the error.

The management brought in the Dept. of Fine Arts to design and build the statue of Brahma according to the traditions of the department. The gilded plaster statue was enshrined at the Erawan Hotel on November 9, 1956.

Both Thais and foreign visitors come to pay their respects at the Shrine, which is widely known as the Erawan shrine. The number of worshippers is increasing every year. They come to pray to Brahma to grant their wishes, or simply to enjoy the exotic sights, sounds and atmosphere.

Things to Know

Address: Address: 494 Ratchawithi Road Lumphini Sub-District Pathumwan District Bangkok 10330
Telephone: (02) 252-8754
To get there Bus: 2 13 14 15 17 25 48 54 73 74 76 77 204 Air-con Bus: 38 505 511 513
Pier: Passenger Boat: Patunam Pier (Sansap Canal)
Opening Hours: Daily 8 am-7 pm
Admission Fee: Free
Nearby Attractions : Gaysorn Plaza, Grand Hyatt Erawan HotelĀ  Le Royal Meridian Hotel, Central World