Bangkok & Samut Prakan
Yes, I've already bought one. It's called 'Bangkok & Samut Prakan 2006' There are a few changes since the 'Bangkok 04-05' Map. Incidentally, the previous map already included Samut Prakan, but didn't tell you so on the cover. The previous map was 199 Baht. I'm of the opinion the series is still generally quite good value for money. Other bilingual paper map & CD combos include Thailand 05-06, Chonburi & Rayong 05-06, Phuket 05-06, Nakon Nayok 04-05. There are also Thai only versions of some of these maps. The Nonthaburi '47-'48 [Buddhist Era Years] appears to be available only in Thai. With a small knowledge of Thai script, it's pretty intuitive. The Thai only Paper Map/CD combos are a bit cheaper.
I suspect that there may be North, North-East, Central and Southern Paper Map/CD combos on the way, as the paper maps of those regions are already on sale.
I have set my Garmin to the same setting as the Thinkmaps. [e.g:7 Degrees 10.3815 Minutes] I then locate coordinates on the Thinkmaps and place 'locator pins' at those points. I then save the map in the window to the clipboard and paste it into a new MS Paint page. (As good as any!) I can then easily erase the pinheads, bit use their points to draw my own roads, tracks etc. It works surprisingly well, as you can copy colors and road widths very easily, copy and move other map symbols and add more text. Especially easy if you have a computer 'pen'. I can then save as BMPs, JPGs,GIFs or TIFs and place on websites or print.
Originally Posted by mongui
Last edited by GWR; 18-04-06 at 08:50 AM.
Is it up to date or have they just changed the cover date?
Originally Posted by Nekochan
Judge For Yourself
Not huge! But I notice that they have put in the alignment of more projected and 'under construction' roads (Purple dashed lines in the second screenshot). Some road alignments seem to have been more accurately traced and the BMA's shortcut roads are shown.They still need someone to correct their spelling and ensure spelling consistency.
Bangkok & Samut Prakan 2006:-
Last edited by GWR; 18-04-06 at 10:25 PM.
Originally Posted by GWR
I actually find what you have shown quite confusing to read but I suppose it is better than nought?
OK! Some roads that were previously shown as more or less straight (on the 04-05 map) are now shown with more bends on the 06 map. From this I conclude that more GPS data has materialised in the last year.
Some roads have an occasional symbol along their route that indicates that they are Bangkok Metropolitan Authority Recommended Shortcuts. If you look at the second map, you will see a northward bearing road over in the west that has some 'You Must Turn Left' type roadsign symbols on it. Yes, this symbol is not very intuitive!
The actual maps are a lot clearer than these screenshots.
The spelling is a bit idiosyncratic and inconsistent in all Thinkmap products; e.g. PRathum Thani
Last edited by GWR; 18-04-06 at 10:28 PM.
ThinkNet's Online Maps of BKK and Thailand
Now, ThinkNet has come up with the Online Maps of Bagkok and Thailand at Map Guide Thailand ... I have used it and found that it is TRUELY useful.
This Online map has both Thai and English version ... but for Foreigners, Go for English version here:
Not much difference between google maps.
But I like how mapguide has orange and yellow roads marked.
On google maps some roads shown are only accessible by motorcycle.
I found it much easier to navigate the Gmaps; I think there were way more landmarkings etc, but I havent looked at Gmaps for a while.
One for the bookmarks, thanks.
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