Saphan Taksin skytrain station and surroundings

The Saphan Taksin skytrain station, on Taksin bridge, over the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok, has been the last station on the west BTS line up to middle of this year. They now opened two more stations, Krung Thon Buri and Wongwlan Yai, as can be seen on the new BTS map (click on it to see a larger version, from BTS website).

Here is the Saphan Taksin station and the Taksin bridge. You can also see the train coming from the next station, Krung Thon Buri station. Underneath the bridge is the Sathorn pier, where you can take a boat-taxi to the North of the river (Grand Palace and all the big hotels, Shangri-La, Oriental, Hilton…) or to the South (not that many hotels, this is the way to the port, but Marriott is there, nice one).

Traffic coming from the West side of Bangkok is extremely heavy, so the extension of the line was very welcome by western Bangkok residents. Traffic should be reduced. And if you compare the photo above, taken this week, to the one taken beginning of last year, before the next 2 stations were open, it seems to be true. But well, the traffic has only be light since the flooding of West and North Bangkok started. So I’m sure the skytrain helped but there are just too many cars for it to have a significant impact.

The train will go from there to the Surasak station on South Sathorn road.

And if you want to buy a Honda car, you have a Honda dealer next to the Surasak station.

Next to the Taksin bridge, you also have two buildings facing each others, one is the abandoned Unique Tower building, not that unique actually, quite a few were abandoned during the 1997 Asian crisis, and the other one is brand new, just completed this year. Yes indeed, the Asian crisis is a distant memory that would be totally forgotten if some abandoned buildings were not there to remind us.

Going to the North, perpendicular to Sathorn and the skytrain line, you have the Sri Rat expresway, with the Millenium Hilton and the CAT building facing each other across the Chao Phraya river. Parallel to Sathorn and on the right side of the photo (not seen), is Silom road.

On the other side, same expressway, you go the the East of Bangkok, along the Chao Phraya river. Quite often some traffic on the direction of Taksin bridge and the North of Bangkok.

A little bit further West, you’ve got the Rama IX bridge, that you will have to take if you want to go by car from Bangkok to South of Thailand, to the beach resorts in Cha-Am, Hua Hin and about 900 kms South, Phuket.

And if you go further, on the same expressway, you will  pass by Klong Toey and the port of Bangkok and eventually reach Pattaya.

All the photos were taken with a Canon 7D and the Canon lens EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM