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How to make the best of your BKK commute [infographic]

Commuting through Bangkok sucks. However the time spent commuting doesn’t need to be wasted. Here are some pointers on how to make the best of your Bangkok commute.

how to make the best of your bangkok commute
how to make the best of your bangkok commute

Sascha Funk

Founder / Editor at My-Thai.org
Sascha is the publisher of my-thai.org and switched from an online marketing agency life in Europe to a teaching and education life in Thailand. He also writes about Teaching & Technology.

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  • Cindy Apichaya Pattanasirimong

    This is a good ideas. I agree with it because if we have a time, we should find something that benefit to ourselves. Don’t waste your time for nothing.<3

  • Thanks for your comment. Glad we have similar opinions on this. What do you usually do though when you are stuck commuting somewhere?

  • Cindy Apichaya Pattanasirimong

    I usually listening to music and sometime watching a series.

  • Pokpong Vetchakanjana

    I also think the same as the article because nowadays, Thai people or even people around the world tend to read less so I think when we have time or when we face with traffic jam in Bangkok we must find some article or some knowledge that help us fullfill ourselve to read.

  • I hope my-thai.org is one of the sources that you turn to when wanting to read! ;-)

  • Pokpong Vetchakanjana

    Yes, for sure Mr.Sacha.

  • Mix Nuttapol

    This is a decent knowledge because whenever people have freetime, they are likely to play instargram or facebook by posting picture or update their story. I, personally , see that instead of doing that , they would rather use freetime to consume news from downloading BBC,CNN or Thairath application because news plays a key role in our life which can adapt to the future and follow situation.

  • Reasonable points. Following the news is certainly also a good thing to do!

  • Booker Vannapruk

    I’m totally agreed with this topic. Today Bangkok traffic is really bad it’s always get traffic jams so people would wasted a lots of time on the road. As I am one person who drive more than 80 kms per day to study/work ; thus , I’m totally support the idea of this topic that people should spend times to find some knowledge from social media while you got free time and don’t waste your free time on Bangkok bad traffic in everyday.

  • Thanks a lot! It’s important to also stay safe while doing it though. So don’t snapchat and drive! ;-)

  • Jamie Chowpradith

    This is awesome! Since Bangkok is crowded and it is the city that barely sleeps. Music can really influence our emotions. “Reality is tight if the music is right”. Music can lead you to the right attitude and when you have that, you are capable of doing anything in this world. Also, The fact that “Time” is one of the most precious things we have, but most of the people especially from this generation seem not to care about it. Due to the improvement in technology, and social pressure, a lot of people have bad habits in managing time. They spend most of their free time on their phones which is to be fair, a waste of time. It is kind of nice having high technology around but think about it. A lot of Thai people get addicted to thier smartphones and social media applications, they are always had their phones on their hands and not caring about the world and people around them at all. We are humans and we definitely need to communicate to one another and by looking only at your phone is unhealthy.
    Another point is reading a book. Since reading can improve your thinking, imagination and creativity which is definitely good for people to start reading books.

  • Thanks for the comment. You talking about the time aspect speaks very much to me as I also consider time to be one of the most important things we have. Just like the old saying goes “time is one of the few things we can never get back once it is gone”.

  • Sher Chayanit

    I couldn’t agree more. I never leave my house without my in-ear headphones or some books. I need them the most, especially on days that I have to go somewhere further than usual. Actually, I find it quite disappointing that I have to waste 2-3 or even 4 hours a day on commuting. Besides that, the quality of public transportation in Bangkok is unimpressive. BTS and MRT are quite alright even if they lack of capability to deal with a large amount of people, but other public transportations are just terrible. Buses and vans are worn-out and usually late, which is why I become used to preparing my in-ear headphones and leaving my house early. I know that it would take some time to wait until a bus comes, and then I will have to waste a lot of time on that bus struggling with traffic jam.

  • I like how you called the public transport here ‘unimpressive’ – that’s a nice word to describe it ;-) Other than that my days look just the same with waiting for busses / vans and struggling with the overall traffic situation. Lots of colleagues urge me to get a car but I’m afraid this wouldn’t help much as one would still be stuck in traffic, wasting money while not moving much faster than a bus / van.

  • Dakota Yuwapun

    I absolutely agree! Bangkok’s daily commute is garbage! I usually drive places, but whenever I use public transport I have my headphones and/or a book ready. I also sometimes use the long hours that I am on the busses or trains to do some work. It really does help!

  • I’m not sure if a car would make journeys better / easier as you still have to handle the insane traffic jams. Maybe that’s the German (Autobahn, yeah!) speaking but while I loved driving a car back home I really don’t enjoy it over here.

  • Pichchapak Sukkhe

    For sure!! Thailand has a very bad condition on transportation although government is trying to solve it by construction more BTS and MRT line, the problem is still the same. So,I think this article helps you use time carefully and efficiently in several ways. For listening music,I think it helps you to reduce stress, make meditation and stimulate us to ready to drive.For reading some books,as I am student, I think it is a very good time to repeat previous lesson and read next chapter beforehand.For using application, I think it is a good idea because I myself like to look around or find a new vocabulary or something new and search it in internet or application.But, absolutely, If you want to do like these, You have to look carefully and have not to be careless with everything.

  • Elle Thitakorn

    Traffic congestion is a big problem for everyone within the city. I completely agree with this article, we should use our time wisely. This article makes me realise that there are so many things to do while stuck in the traffic. Every suggestions is very interesting and practical as well. As we are in a digital age, everything is online with news, blogs, twitter etc. We can use these as the tools in order to develop ourselves. I really love the idea about creating different playlists as well. I am going to create my own playlists that fit my different moods right away after reading this article! :)

  • Glad that helps! I hope you will listen to something positive when heading to our class! ;-)

  • Peach Sawangcharoen

    OMG! So true! I need to have my headphones every time and every where when I’m going out. Once when I forgot my headphones at home, it was an awful day of commuting. And yes! It is true that we cannot waste our time when spent on commuting. I am the who always listen to the music, radio or my favorite playlist while I’m on BTS or MRT. I think it is a good way to distract us from all the busy things that was happening. This article just remind me when I was in high school for the final exam, I always read books on the bus, on the train and in the car for not wasting my time. Love!

  • Thx for the comment! Feel free to share your favorite Playlist for busy commuting days! :)

  • Natcha Lohasawad

    This is so true! I always keep my headphone to myself and carry it everywhere I go and whenever I have to take public buses, vans, BTS or MRT. Especially vans, I used to take public van from mochit to university everyday before I learn how to drive. In the morning, the queue is so long that I need to wait for 30 minutes to be able to get in the van and waiting in the line sometimes makes me arrive to class really late. Also, the traffic is really bad.

  • I still refuse to have a car as being stuck in a car is also not what I like so I do take busses / vans. In order to avoid waiting for too long I leave pretty early though – and always sleep in the bus/van in the morning ;)

  • Chanittha Jiraporncharas

    hahaha This is so true. I always have my earpod with me wherever I go, also, have a playlist for sleep in public van too! Especially when it was raining, it took so long time to reach the destination, the traffic was really bad.