The launch of Siam Hop, a new hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus service that covers many of Bangkok’s major tourist sights and entertainment, business and shopping locations, is much welcomed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
According to Siam Hop’s press statement, the service is designed to help tourists plan trips in Bangkok with comfort and safety, as well as provide greater use of their time. There are four different routes available:
HOP Heritage: The Irresistible Charm of Siam: comprising 15 stops, this route focuses on the famous landmarks of Rattanakosin Island, which is Bangkok’s historic district and home to such icons; as the, Grand Palace and Wat Pho.
HOP CBD: The 10 stops on this route offer flexibility to explore the urban charm and vibrancy of the Silom, Suriwongse and Charoen Krung business districts.
HOP Entertainment: This route also of 10 stops makes its way through the Ratchadaphisek and Ladprao areas, making it an ideal choice for those tourists with entertainment on the mind.
HOP Shopping: Perfect for indulging in the shopping wonderland that is Bangkok, there are 14 stops on this route along the famed Sukhumvit shopping district.
Tourists can choose from three convenient Siam Hop packages at varied prices, including a one-day package for 799 Baht, two-day package for 1,300 Baht, and three-day package for 1,700 Baht. Further flexibility is provided with the tickets having a validity period of six months.
Along their chosen route, Siam Hop passengers will find the Siam Hop stops are clearly displayed. Most of the stops are situated on the roadside.
The Siam Hop application provides useful information on the different routes operated and their schedules, details on tourist attractions in the eight languages of English, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Korean, Russian, German and Thai, and updates on hot dining and shopping spots at each location.
Free Wi-Fi and USB ports for smartphone charging are also available on the buses, which are air-conditioned and certified by the Department of Land Transport.