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Thai traveling

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Traveling in Bangkok is great. Not if you’re driving a big vehicle of course, but if you need to get around the city you have a world-class infrastructure to take advantage of. The tickets for BTS (elevated “skytrain”) and MRT (subway system) are relatively cheap, and the service is reliable and convenient. The upcoming new lines represent the city’s ongoing commitment to providing mass transit to the population, and shows a deep understanding of the importance of choosing and executing great public works projects.

Traveling to Thailand from the United States is another matter altogether. Tickets are currently ranging from about $1500 – $2000 US. And there are less choices available for flights, as airlines cut back on every possible flight that’s not sufficiently oversold. The direct flight from New York to Bangkok that I was looking forward to taking has been discontinued too. It’s not a situation conducive to tourism.