The Paradoxical Travel Behavior of Bangkokians


  • Panit Pujinda
  • Sauvanithi Yupho



Bangkok has been ranked as the world’s most traffic jam more than decades.  At the same time, the city is constantly developed with many maga projects with the attempt to heal the problem. However, the developments in Bangkok do not follow transportation planning as elaborated in this paper through three basic expectations of travel behavior. They based on transportation planning in Bangkok are: (1) heavy rail transit that runs on a radial line will transport passengers from residential neighborhoods in outer Bangkok to the central business district (CBD); (2) If the workplace is fixed, persons who live in outer Bangkok are assumed to have higher travel cost and commuting time than those who live in the city center; and (3). A feeder system will support heavy rail transit by expanding service areas and increasing passengers. However, this paper documents how Thai travel behavior is not necessarily conforming to expectations.

Keywords: Quality of Life; Travel Behavior; Public Transportation; Bangkok

ISSN: 2398-4287© 2017. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.


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How to Cite

Pujinda, P., & Yupho, S. (2017). The Paradoxical Travel Behavior of Bangkokians. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 2(5), 393-402.