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  1. My understanding is that that small mall with all the clothing shops is eventually being demolished to make way for a much larger center in preparation for when the BTS stations opens given that it can provide a direct connection. (Assuming that we are talking about the same place?). An added bit of information, all of that land west of Phahon Yothin rd that Central occupies is SRT land which Central leases. Up until 2008 they were paying an absurdly cheap amount of around THB30-40m a year. Thereafter, with the new lease the SRT charged a more appropriate market rate of around 1 billion THB a year for the next 30 yr lease. (Similar to BMA paying 20m a year for the previous Chatuchak market lease when the SRT is now making over 1 billion THB a year.) This is one of the reasons why the SRT is so debt ridden.
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    Best way to the Cambodian Embassy

    WC, can you please clarify both of your follow up queries?
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    Getting into Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

    Where is your hotel located exactly? That and your time of arrival will dictate the best travel options.
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    Getting into Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

    You'd be better posting this in the Airport forum as loads of advice there, https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/forum/105-suvarnabhumi-airport-forum/ The Airport Link (ARL) is not the BTS so you'll be able to get into town no probs subject to your final destination location, http://www.srtet.co.th/index.php/en/ Metro network,https://www.bangkokmetro.co.th/mapPPL.aspx?Menu=183&Lang=En
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    Best way to the Cambodian Embassy

    The MRT station map will help with your exit options, https://www.bangkokmetro.co.th/map.aspx?Lang=En&Menu=8&Sid=10 The other option you have if you want to bus it and save walking it or a motorbike/taxi fare is to exit at Huay Kwang station, exit 2 https://www.bangkokmetro.co.th/map.aspx?Lang=En&Menu=8&Sid=11, and walk the 100m south to the bus stop in front of Swissotel Hotel. Then catch the BMTA #36 bus (red, non aircon and not #136) which runs south along Ratchada then aorund to Meng Jai along Pracha Uthit rd and directly past the Cambodian Embassy . (Don't catch the #36 orange aircon bus as that doesn't do this route). It does exactly the same route shown on the map above from CW Tower onwards and take all of 10 mins max. You can take the reverse journey to end up back at Huay Kwang station.
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    OPINION: Change Thailand’s helmet culture

    There are a combination of socio-economic and design factors at play affecting the culture of riding in both countries. In essence, the lesson of Vietnam on this issue highlights that it is primarily a cultural shift that needs to take place. The application of the law needs to find the right motivation point. People don't speed as much in urban areas in Vietnam as they do here. Partially, that is road design and the sheer number of motorbikes but it is also that riders are more careful to avoid collisions, they ride more defensively, due to the expense of accidents. (I often say to friends that in HCMC or Hanoi I could cross the road at a pedestrian crossing with my eyes close as long as I walked a constant pace as nearly all road users drive/ride is a more defensive manner. That would be a death wish in Thailand - even with your eyes open!) Country roads wise Thailand has a much better and larger multi-lane highway network (with many poor design points) which encourages faster driving and often reckless. In Vietnam, the network is much more limited and main hwys congested so you generally have much lower speeds. Vietnam also has a much lower % of vehicles on the road and much lower km/per vehicle than Thailand but they do have a huge growth in car sales as people switch from the motorbike to the car - much as they switched from bicycles to motorbikes 20 years ago. I've ridden extensively in both countries and one is definitely more conducive to stress and near misses than the other. Actually, I was in Danang in mid Dec 2007 when the new helmet law came into effect on 15 Dec. It was amazing to see the compliance literally overnight. On 14 Dec I would it seemed to me that around 30% of motorbike riders had helmets. On 15 Dec, that number jumped to 80%. A few days later it was literally 90% and thereafter 'spot the person NOT wearing a helmet'. It was also made compulsory for the pillion pax and most importantly children (though there was lots of debate about that with some people suggesting a child wearing a helmet would end up with neck problems) Apart from issuing a fine the real key to the change in the helmet laws in Vietnam lay in the fact that the motorbike rider had the motorbike impounded for a minimum of 72 hours. Thus, even if you immediately paid the fine you could not use your motorbike for a period of a few days. This provides a compelling incentive for most bike users as the loss of their motorbike meant consequential loss of independent mobility for work, family travel and socializing. Especially, important in places with few public transport options.
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    Mangmoom Card - is it ever going to happen?

    This is correct. The BMA had 5 routes that were planned to open by 2013 (Mo Chit to Chaeng Wattana, DMK to Minburi to BKK, Minburi to Samrong etc) and an eventual BRT plan for 9-10 lines. However, these were all abandoned in late 2010 given the problems that existed with the current BRT. (Those problems primarily stem from not having a dedicated lane 100% of the route esp. on Ratchada rd and sections of Rama 3). Also, don't forget that the BRT route runs essentially along what was one of 3 original planned BTS extensions (WWY 1st, Mo Chit north 2nd, Rama 3 3rd) although this was dropped back in 2003. Not to be outdone, OTP had a BRT network plan for 12 lines. At least 8 of the lines of both plans were much the same routes. Bangkok could have done a Jakarta and had a decent BRT network as an interim mass transit measure while building the heavy and light rail metro network. Indeed, some of these lines in could have eventually have been converted to light rail. Jakarta has had plenty of problems with their BRT but it is decent newtork in the context of that city.
  8. You are talking about building a proper mass transit network. The lack of a common ticketing system doesn't help either. That takes time, especially with the framework that exists here it takes even longer given the lack of integration, dysfunction and flawed private concessionaire model. The later has led to over crowding due to operator debts deferring rolling stock expansion/ focused profits and the lack of an integrated ticketing platform. BKK is around 10 years behind its network expansion from where is should be - and that was some 20 years behind where it should've been given the first metro line only opened in Dec 1999! Changes of govt and coups haven't helped as even though the OTP network plan hasn't changed since 2005, successive changes of govts all delay the next round of expansion with reviews and their own pet projects. No new line or extension has opened on time in BKK, indeed usually at least 1 year late. I posted an update on current line and ext progress, 3 weeks ago, https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/406991-the-new-skytrain/?page=46 Bkk will have the basic outline of that network when the Blue, SRT Dark Red and two current BTS exts all finally open by 2020/21. However, a proper mass transit network with cross town links will only start to appear once the Orange, Yellow and Pink lines all open. Think 2025 for that.
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    The New Skytrain

    Interchange station names One of the issues to highlight are station names at interchange stations. The nominal name of BTS Latphrao Intersection station prompted me to mention this. The general international practice is to have the same station name for different lines in the same geographic location, especially where they interchange. You don't see Hong Kong or Singapore using diff names and in Paris or London for example you can have anywhere between 3 to 5 diff lines interchanging at one location using the same station name. Here with the lack of integration and different operators, the practice has not been implemented even though the BMA acknowledged that it is an issue a couple of years ago. egs. BTS Mo Chit and MRT Chatuchak BTS Asoke and MRT Sukhumvit BTS Sala Daeng and MRT Silom We do have a BTS Phaya Thai and an ARL Phaya Thai though and we will have an MRT Blue line Bang Wah which will interchange with BTS Bang Wah. This will become more of a problem as more lines open. For example, the Yellow line will start at Ratchada station directly above MRT Latphrao. Similarly, the Yellow line Pattanakhan station will interchange with ARL Hua Mark. There is inconsistency which currently causes confusion for pax and will do more so in the future.
  10. Yep, they should be at 5 car sets by now. "The BTS is around 5 years behind expansion of their rolling stock in relation to pax growth. All of these orders should have been 5 car trains rather than 4 car sets." The BTS uses a wireless signalling system which is often - and seemingly increasingly - disrupted by taxi radios and other uses. Reportedly, the fault started at Siam station and spread through the whole network from there causing it to crash; "BTS executive director Anat Arbhabhirama said the problem occurred at Siam station, where a new signal system was disrupted by interference."
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    DMK to BKK

    It really depends on the time of day, what are your arrival time and your dep time from BKK? You can use the free AOT shuttle bus if you have an outbound ticket from BKK. Takes around 45 mins to 60 mins peak. Loads of info on options in the airport forums.
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    Western Food Availabilty near Bang Sue Junction

    There's only a 7/11 down the road. If you have 2 hrs, jump on the MRT and either use the metro mall at Chatujak station or better go to MRT Phahon Yothin, use exit 5 stright into Union Mall where you can gorge on all sorts of western fast food. You could do that trip , eat an dbe back in less than 1 hr easy. https://www.bangkokmetro.co.th/map.aspx?Lang=En&Menu=8&Sid=15
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    The New Skytrain

    SRT Dark Red Line now has an opening date of Oct 2020 but that will probably slip into 2021 knowing the SRT! (Original opening date was 2016!) The only BTS (actually MRTA built) ext due to open this year is the Southern ext from Samrong to Keha Samut Prakhan. For the Northern ext, the first station outside Central Latphrao which is nominally named Latphrao Intersection (in Thai it is '5 way intersection') is "planned" to open in the 2nd quarter of 2019. It might open by mid 2019 would be my suggestion. You can see a concept of the station in this video at around the .50 mark;
  14. Conceptually and practically this is incorrect. It was never envisaged for two 3 car trains to be coupled together as this wastes the motor/driver cars which are more expensive and overall space. Metro EMU rolling stock expands length by adding trailer cars progressively as required. As the BTS has done here 35 single trailer cars were ordered in 2010 to expand the original 35 3 car sets to 4 cars sets. The BTS is around 5 years behind expansion of their rolling stock in relation to pax growth. All of these orders should have been 5 car trains rather than 4 car sets. When they do eventually move to 5 car sets they will need to order the required number of trailer cars to expand the fleet. And so on for moving to eventual 6 car operations. One thing to note with the 12 CNR sets that were received back in Dec 2010 and used on the Silom line is that the body has small cracking and integrity problems in this climate due to metallurgical issues encountered during manufacture. It will be interesting to see if the next batch of 24 cars have a similar problem. There is video of the new rolling stock here;
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    Parking for motorbike at DM airport

    Motorbikes can park at the Ground level of the car park located at the old domestic terminal which is 500m south of T2. Otherwise, some of the move Top Gun style pilots who ride their big bikes to DMK for work, park at the rear carpark at The Amari hotel linked to T1 by the pedestrian link. There's another AOT car park north of T1 but you won't get access to that.