Hi, everyone. I've read the FAQ on transportation but I'm still wondering about a few things. We are traveling for three days in a group of 10 adults and one baby, so we need to sort out how best to go around if cabs are not available, or if trains seems like the best option.
My pegs for commuting are:
(a) Hong Kong, where you can buy a three-day pass that covers all the MTR lines. Essentially, if you get that pass, you don't have to worry about shelling out money for a three-day trip since you get unlimited rides on the three-day pass.
(b) Singapore and Seoul, where having an SMRT/T-Money stored value card will allow you to ride any train and some buses as long as you charge it.
I read that, like Manila, Bangkok trains have a stored value card.
Is the Bangkok stored value card like (a) the Hong Kong MTR card or (b) the SMRT/T-Money card -- that is, can be used in all train lines and some buses?
Can it be used in cabs and convenience stores?
Is it worth getting it if we are staying for three days and not likely to return to Bangkok? I am thinking of the cost of the card, which is in addition to the charge used for actually riding the trains and buses.
Is recharging the card with value or purchasing one-way tickets difficult? In Manila, it the lines to get train tickets are extremely long and ticket area so crowded I wouldn't put a baby through that.
Can we recharge stored value cards or purchase one-way tickets with coins, bills or credit cards?
I hope someone answers! Thanks in advance!