Disability Facilities in Bangkok

Overview of the facilities available for people with mobility, sight or hearing impairments in Bangkok...

Bangkok is not an easy place to visit for people with reduced mobility or other disabilities. Moving around the city can be extremely difficult - the streets and pavements are uneven and few buildings provide ramps and handrails to aid disabled access. Guide dogs are rare and there are no audio signals for the blind on traffic crossings.

A project has been announced by the Bangkok governor along with the Disabled People International Asia-Pacific Region to ensure that Bangkok pavements are easily navigable for those with reduced mobility. A commitment has also been made to make public transport more accessible.

Sky Train (BTS) stations in Bangkok are on two levels, with ticketing on the lower level and the trains on the upper, making access difficult for wheelchair users. Few of the stations provide disabled access although plans are in hand for elevators to be built at other stations.

At present, the wheelchair-accessible sky train stations are:

  • Chong Nonsi, Krung Thon Buri, Wongwan Yai, Asoke, On Nut, Mo Chit and Siam
    • Asoke and Mo Chit have interchange with the underground MRT
    • Mo Chit is near the Chatuchak weekend market
    • Siam is near the shopping malls

The Bangkok underground (Metro) has better disabled access and all of the stations have elevators. Assistance will be given to disabled passengers if requested. On the trains there are locks for wheelchairs.

At Suvarnabhumi Airport the lack of elevators and disabled toilet facilities makes it difficult for wheelchair users.