The recently unveiled BTS Skytrain “Green Line” extension adds nine new stops. Here are a few things to check out on the route
Muang Boran, Kheha BTS Station
From the station it’s a short taxi ride to Muang Boran, where you can stroll among accurate reproductions of Thailand’s famous historic monuments. There are over 100 replicated landmarks to see. The grounds also include a Thai village and floating market, and there’s a tram that travels along a set route to help visitors see it all. You can also grab one of the bicycles available near the entrance to get around (free with paid admission). ancientcitygroup.net/ancientsiam/en
Talad Pak Nam, Pak Nam BTS station
A short walk south from the station leads you to Talad Pak Nam market. It’s a stone’s throw from the Chao Phraya river, which means the seafood is undeniably fresh. Surprisingly, there aren’t many restaurants, but you can find spicy seafood soup stalls on nearby Narai Prap Suek Road. There’s also a ferryboat at the adjacent Pak Nam Market Pier, which takes passengers to the white Phra Samut Chedi temple across the river for just THB5.50 (about P9).
Erawan Museum, Pu Chao BTS station
What looks like a statue of a three-headed elephant is actually an eye-popping museum full of priceless antiques and artifacts, where virtually every surface is covered in exquisitely detailed carving and decoration. A spiral staircase on the second level leads to the top floor — via the elephant’s hind leg — while outside the museum is a lush and tranquil garden. ancientcitygroup.net/erawan/en
Honorable mentions: The Royal Thai Naval Academy station is, not surprisingly, home to the Royal Thai Naval Academy. Nearby is the Naval Museum, which is free to enter but probably only of interest to military buffs. The grounds are lovely, and a definite highlight is the conning tower of the H.T.M.S. Macanu, the first submarine in Thailand.
BTS Skytrain is offering free rides to Green Line commuters from now until April 16, 2019.
This article first appeared in the February 2019 issue of Smile magazine.