I got this…if only I could figure out where my Hostel is?
The very first thing I learned about Bangkok, is that I love, love, love their transit systems, and mostly the BTS, also known as the Skytrain, or the Bangkok Mass Transit System. The BTS makes life so much simpler. They also have the MRT, which is the subway system, a nice bus system, and canal and river boats. Taxis are also pretty reasonable, especially if you split the fare with your hostel friends. Often using a mix of these types of transportation systems makes it very easy to beat the traffic of Bangkok.
For the BTS I purchased the Rabbit Card, which is like a debit card that you can put a load, or an amount of money, on the card and then just hold it near the card reader at the turnstiles and it will automatically deduct your fare. I like getting cards like this because it is so much easier than having to go buy an individual ticket or a day pass all the time, and it can save you a couple baht each time you ride it due to a discount for using the card.
Now how to navigate my way from the airport to where I would be staying! As I mentioned in my previous blog post, the Airport Link isn’t running at this time…due to some bureaucratic decisions, so I would have to take the City Line to Phaya Thai. Once there, I learned that I could get around on two different lines. I thought it might be helpful if I provided the links for you, just click on the line and it will bring up a map. The two are named the Silom line, and the Sukhumvit line. These lines interconnect at the Central or Siam Station.
I have a friend that just moved to Bangkok so I gave him a call, and with his help I learned that I would need to do a bit of transferring to get to my intended destination. Awesome I thought, the more I ride around, the more I learn and the more I get to see! My friend, Scott, let me know that I would need to get on the Silom line. He agreed to meet me at Central/Siam Station, and we would both try to figure out together how to get from point A to point B. From my print out with the directions to my hostel, and our excellent intuition, along with our awesome deductive reasoning skills, we knew we needed to take the Silom line out to Wongwian Yai station. Once there, we learned that we should take Exit 3 down to street level and on to my destination. My excitement was really beginning to build as we got down to the street, I couldn’t wait to start enjoying everything my senses were taking in at this time.
My printed directions to the U-Baan Hostel told me to walk down Krung Thonburi road, past the second 7/11 (There are a LOT of 7/11’s in SE Asia), then take an immediate right and head down the narrow Soi Rat Ruam Charoen road for about a hundred meters or so. The hostel would be on the right.
I provided a link above to U-Baan through Facebook, which is a good way to reach Joy, the caretaker and owner of the hostel. You can make a reservation through Hostelworld.com so you know that your room is booked, but Joy is an awesome host, and she comes out ahead financially if you deal directly with her. I suggest contacting her through the Facebook page. I did on every subsequent visit after my initial stay. I can’t recommend her hostel highly enough, but more on that later. Here is yet another link from Google maps showing a street view of the entrance to U-Baan. Okay…finally, I can set my bags down, I am here!