Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company Limited
A long name of the operator of the BTS. The BTS is a public transport, the name Skytrain reveals that it is an aboveground course. There are two lines, the Sukhumvit Line and the Silom Line. Together, the Skytrains are 28km long and the track is built entirely on stilts.
Easy Public Transport
The BTS takes you quick and cheap through the center of Bangkok. The two lines connect many junctions, along the way there are many attractions, such as the Chatuchak weekend market at the Mo Chit station, the Victory Monument, the Siam Center, clubs, hotels, department stores and last but not least the red light district with the many bars at the stations Nana and Asok.
You can find a more detailed list with information about the sights at the respective stations here.
The BTS trains meet a high international standard. The doors open and close automatically, an acoustic signal indicates the closing of the doors. The wagons are air-conditioned, over monitors you are sprinkled with advertising. The next station will also be announced by text and by voice. Above the doors there is a route of all stations, in the modern wagons they are even provided with small luminous points that indicate the current station.
At certain times, traffic on the streets of Bangkok is slow. The BTS offers a good alternative to escape this Traffic Jam. When using the BTS, there are also phases where the wagons are quite full and you have to be patient, especially if you want to travel longer distances. Partly the trains are so crowded, for example, when working people want to drive home, that more passengers in the next stations only partially find space, that is: it can also happen that at extreme times the wagons are so full that you have to wait several BTS trains until you find a place.
There are a lot of different tickets, the handling is very easy. Since there are currently only two routes and these are easily manageable, you pay the tickets according to the stops you want to go. There are two types of ticket vending machines, the modern ones are controlled via a touch display. You select the destination there, pay the displayed ticket price, then receive the ticket and the change. The older machines are not quite as modern, but just as easy to use. The route with the individual stops is attached to the side, a price is displayed for each station. At the machine itself you will find corresponding keys with the values to choose from, pay for the ticket. Another difference is that the old machines only accept coins, the new machines can also be fed with 20, 50, and 100 Baht notes. Every single trip is paid. To make it easier for frequent travelers, there are "one day pass", monthly cards, rechargeable cards. These are available at the ticket office, which can be found at every station.