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Transportation
HOW TO GET TO THAILANDair1 Transportation
By Air
Bangkok is Thailand's major gateway. Most visitors arrive at Bangkok International Airport, which is connected to Europe, North America, Asia and Australia by daily flights aboard the world's major .

Further international flights, mainly from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Hong Kong, Land on a less regular basis at Phuket and Hat Yai airports in the south and Chiang Mai in the north.

Charter flights from Europe and Asia sometimes land in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and at U-Tapao for Pattaya.

Booking Flight to Thailand

By Rail
A regular rail service links Singapore and Bangkok. Intermediary stops include Kuala Lumpur(Malaysia), Butterworth/Penang and major southern Thai towns.

By Road
Overland entrance to Thailand can be made via three road crossings on the Thai-Malaysian border in Songkhla, Yala and Narathiwat.

Thailand is also a gateway to the countries of Indo- China. There are several border crossings that lead to these neighboring countries.

  • A road from Chiang Rai, northern Thailand leads to Kentung in Myanmar. Lao P.D.R. and Yunnan province in the PR of China;
  • A road from Nakhon Phanom links northeastern Thailand with Lao P.D.R. and Vietnam;
  • A road from Mukdaharn links northeastern Thailand with Lao P.D.R. and Vietnam;
  • A road from Aranyaprathet links Thailand with Cambodia.

By Sea
There are no regular steamship connections with Thailand. Cargo ships calling at Bangkok's Klong Toey Port sometimes have passenger cabin facilities.

Cruise ships calling at this port include Nippon Maru, and Silver Wind. There are also some calling at Laem Chabang Port, including Canard's Queen Elizabeth II, Sky Princess and Crystal Symphony.

TRAVEL WITHIN THAILAND
Domestic air, Rail and road transport in Thailand is surprisingly inexpensive.

By Air
Thai Airways International, Thailand's national , flies to eight destinations in the North, seven destinations in the Northeast, and six in the South.

Bangkok Airways flies from Bangkok directly to Koh Samui, Ranong, Cha-am (Hua Hin) and Sukhothai. It also flies one-stop to Chiang Mai and Phuket and from Samui to U-Tapao (Pattaya). There is also a service linking Samui and Singapore.

Orient Thai Airlines connects major Thai cities such as Chiang Mai-Surat Thani Hat Yai, Chiang Mai-Hat Yai, Chiang Mai-U-Tapao, Chiang Mai-Udon Thani-Ubon Ratchathani, Chiang mai-Khon Kaen-Ubon Ratchathani.

PB Air flies to Krabi, Chumphon, Roi-Et, Khon Kaen, and Chiang Mai.

Angel Air operates flights to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Khon Kaen, Phuket, Udon Thani, Chendu, Luang Prabang, Kunming and Singapore.

Reservations can be made through any authorized travel agent. Thai Airways international's Lan Luang Office is on Lan Luang Road, Tel: (66-2) 280-0110, (66-2) 280-0060. The airline also organizes "Royal Orchid Holidays" tours for every destination it flies to.

Plane can be reserved through any Thai Airways International Public Company Limited office in some 40 cities around the world, or through any authorized THAI travel agent.

By Rail
train TransportationAn efficient rail system links major northern and northeastern towns with the capital. A southern route enables visitors to travel by train into Malaysia and Singapore. Domestic express trains comprise first-, second- and third-class carriages. Slower trains may have only third-class seats.

The State Railways of Thailand organizes one-and two-day economy tours to various destinations on weekends and official holidays. Other tours include trips to Surat Thani (for Ko Samui), Chumphon and Chiang Mai. Railway schedules can be obtained from Bangkok's Railway Station, Tel: (66-2) 223-7010, (66-2) 223-720. Train tickets of all classes may be purchased 90 days in advance at principal stations and at the Advance Booking Office (on Bangkok Railway Station) anytime from 8.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. (midnight) on Saturdays and official holidays.

Some major travel agents in Bangkok also provide train services. For further information, please contact the Bangkok Advance Booking Office. Tel: (66-2) 223-3762, (66-2) 224-7788. Telex: 72242 SRT BKK TH.

By Road
A modern highway system reaches into all corners of the Kingdom. A domestic bus service offers a quick mode of travel. Air-conditioned tour coaches offer more comfort. Bangkok's Northern/Northeastern Bus Terminal is on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road. Tel: (66-2)936-3674,936-3667-8. Bangkok's southern Bus Terminal is on Pinklao-Nakhon Chaisri Road. Tel: (66-2)435-1190, 435-1200 (air-conditioned) and (66-2)434-5558 (regular).

Bangkok's Eastern Bus Terminal is on Sukhumvit Road. Tel: (66-2)392-9227, 391-9829 (air-conditioned) and (66-2)391-2504, 392-2521 (regular).

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TRAVEL INSIDE BANGKOK
Public Ttransportation
Public buses are plentiful and cheap, with 3.50 Baht minimum and 20 Baht maximum fares to most destinations within metropolitan Bangkok. Air-conditioned buses within Bangkok have minimum and maximum fares of 8, 10 and 18 Baht, respectively. Red and Grey microbuses, also air conditioned, cost 20 Baht for a single journey.

A bus route map is available at most hotels, bookshops and the TAT head office for 35 Baht.

Taxis And Tuk Tukstuktuk1 Transportation
Hotel taxis have fixed tariffs. Taxis on the streets of Bangkok, and designated "Taxi-Meter" cabs charge 35 Baht for the first 3 kilometers and approximately 5 Baht for every kilometer thereafter. Be sure the driver turns on his meter when you get in the car.
Tuk Tuks, or three - wheel taxis which no meter, are quite popular among tourists for short journeys inside Bangkok. Fares must be negotiated beforehand. The Fare range from a minimum of 30 Baht to a maximum of 150 Baht. They're normally a little cheaper than ordinary taxis but are suitable for short trips only.

River Taxis
There are many boats navigating the Chao Phraya River. Some crisscross between landings on opposite banks while the Chao Phraya Express boats travel upstream and down-stream within the metropolis. Fares range between 5 and 15 Baht. They are express, fast and ordinary.

Sky Train
{add bts.jpg} The Bangkok Mass Transit system (BTS) is a new choice of public transportation in Bangkok. The speedy train eases t
raffic congestion in the business areas of the capital. It consists of two major routes: the Sukhumvit and Silom lines-with an interchange at Central Station (Siam Square).

The train runs daily from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. The fares range from 10 to 40 Baht depending on the distance of the journey. Look for the BTS sign in the city to locate the train station.

Airport buses
Four bus routes between city and airport: No.A1 Airport-Silom Rd., No.A2 Airport-Sanam Luang, No. A3 Airport-Sukhumwit 55 (Soi Thong Lo), and No. A4 Airport-Hua Lamphong railway station. There is a bus leaving from and for each terminal per 20 minutes, from 5 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Fare 100 Baht per person.

Transportation Information from Tourism Authority of Thailand