In Bangkok, it might be better to drive a car and get stuck in a traffic jam rather than take public transport. I decided not to drive because of our notorious and incurable congestion (regardless of who's the governor). Consequently, I have always relied on buses, taxis, subway and skytrains _ every day.
As a Bangkokian who uses the trains on a regular basis, it is apparent that our convenience and safety are probably not at the top of their checklist. Let me give you some examples _ they are nothing new, but you usually ignore them.
The Airport Rail Link (ARL) is the quickest way to get to the airport; it takes you from downtown (Phaya Thai) to Suvarnabhumi in only 17 minutes. Because of its speed, it has become well known to people who live near its stations, especially since it also offers a city line service.