Almost 70 foreign airlines have licenses from Thai authorities to serve the country and are respecting international standards. It includes Aeroflot, Air France, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Lufthansa, United Airlines or Swiss Air. Thai Airways, which is one of the most consider airline in the world, is offering the most destinations and the best services to and from Thailand.
Suvarnabhumi Airport of Bangkok is the most important international airport of the country, many flights to Thailand are leading to there. However, many flights from Asia are landing in other international airport of the country such as Chiang Mai, Phuket or Hat Yai.
Thailand / Lao borders
- Huay Xai/Chiang Khong
- Muang Ngeun/Huay Kon
- Nam Hueng/Tha Li
- Vientiane/Nong Khai
- Paksan/Bueng Kan
- Tha Khaek/Nakhon Phanom
- Vang Tao/Chong Mek
Thailand / Cambodia borders
- Aranyaprathet, Thailand/Poipet
- Hat Lek, Thailand/Koh Kong, Cambodia
- Chong Jom, Thailand/O’Smach, Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia
- Chong Sa Ngam, Thailand/Anlong Veng, Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia.
- Ban Pakard, Chantaburi, Thailand/Phsar Prom Pailin, Cambodia (Prom Checkpoint)
- Ban Laem, Chantaburi, Thailand/Daung Lem, Battambang, Cambodia (Daung Checkpoint)
Thailand / Malaysia borders
- Ban Ta Ba
- Sungai Kolok
- Pedang Besar
- Wang Prajan
- Kuala Perlis
Border crossings are only daylight hours open, except for Sadao and Pedang Besar. Boat crossing is usual between Thailand and Malaysia, the most popular crossing border are Kuala Perlis, Pedang Besar, Sadao and Sungai Kolok.
Thailand / Myanmar borders
- Mai Sai – Tachilek
- Mae Sot – Myawaddy
- Phunaron – Htee Kee
- Ranong – Kawthoung
- Sangkhla Buri – Payathonzu – the Three Pagodas Pas
Bangkok has a huge number of taxis for reasonable prices since they are equiped with meters. However, outside of the capital it is rarest to find taxis with meters. In this case, ask for the price and negociate before entering into the taxi.
Avoid taking a taxi near hotels and tourist attractions.
All the official taxis will have a yellow registration plate.
Make sure to have some small banknotes and change, in case the driver doesn’t have change.
Tuk – Tuk
Tuk-Tuk is classic vehicle in Thailand. They are easy to find, especially in Bangkok, due to their typical colors and the sound they make. It is a really good experience for tourists and a way to move quickly. It is better to ask the price before going in the tuk-tuk.
Metropolitain Rail Lines
Thailand has three primary metropolitan rail lines which are the BTS skytrain, MRT underground lines and airport rail link. All of these metropolitan rail lines are linked together.
Unlimited single day and various multi-day passes can be purchased for both the BTS skytrain and MRT underground, many of which are ideal for tourists wishing to explore the city, though such cards are not transferable between the two independently owned rail lines and must be purchased separately. The BTS skytrain card can buy only at the BTS skytrain station.
Bangkok Skytrain (BTS)
There is two types of railroads in Thailand. The first one is the BTS skytrain composed with two lines (green), the second one is the MRT underground (blue).
The first line of the BTS skytrain is Sukhumvit Line and follows Sukhumvit road, a very busy street, with many shops, restaurants and hotels. In the north, it leads to Mo Chit, near the northern bus terminal and the JJ Weekend Market, where it is possible to change for the MRT underground. Others changes on the Sukhumvit Line are located at Asoke station for the BTS and at Sukhumvit station for MRT.
The second BTS skytrain’s line is the Silom line. This line is going through the business district and ends at the Chao Phraya River, where you can find the public boat service to cross the river. It is possible to change for the Sukhumvit line at Siam square and for the Mrt at Silom Station.
In the near future, there are approval projects to build 2 more new routes and 2 extension route on the old lines. Following the plans there will be new light red line and dark red line which are suburban railway system. These lines will reach some part of Pathum Thani province. These red lines will be finished in 2018. The extension plan for both green lines will be finished in 2021,and these extended route will reach some part of Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani.
It is possible to buy single or multi-day passes in order to explore the city easily. However, a pass can only be use for the skytrain or the underground. So, you have to buy two distinct passes for each railroad.
Bangkok Underground (MRT)
MRT underground line is a completely new line of the railroad network. It has 18 stops, from Bang Sue to Hua Lumphong, where you will find the train station that will allow you to go to the countryside.
It is possible to change from the MRT to the BTS at Mo Chit, Sukhumvit (Asoke for the BTS) and Silom (Sala Daeng for the BTS)
As for the BTS sky-train, single day and multi-day passes can be bought independently for the BTS and the MRT.
In the near future, there are approval projects to build many more routes for MRT lines. According to the plans there will be more 4 new routes consisting of purple, orange, pink and yellow line and 2 more extended lines which are extended of light green (Sukhumvit line) and extended blue line. All of these new routes will reach many parts of other provinces which are Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom and Samut Prakan. Some parts of the construction plans have already been completed but many are still in progress and will be finished in 2016 and 2022 according to each plan.
Airport Railing (ARL)
The airport line is an express and commuter rail in Bangkok. The line provides an airport rail link from Suvarnabhumi Airport, via Makkasan, to Phaya Thai Station in central Bangkok.
The ARL operates daily from 6:00 a.m. to 12 midnight, with commuter City Line (blue) trains departing every 10 minutes during peak hours (6am to 9am & 4pm to 8pm) and 15 minutes off peak & weekends.
The extended route that links Suvarnabhumi Airport to Don Muang Airport should be finished by 2016. At the moment you can take advantage from a free shuttle leaving every half an hour or use public bus # 555 or taxi service..
In Bangkok, there are both public and private buses. As a consequence, buses can vary in size, type and cost. Taking the bus in Bangkok can be as tiring as walking to your destination.
Long distance buses are very common in Thailand, there are many bus stations in Bangkok to join destinations such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ayutthaya, Cha am or Kanchanaburi.
Passengers can travel by train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok to the Laos or Malaysian borders and many places in between. . Even though the journey on a Thai train generally takes longer and can be more expensive than a voyage by bus, trains are safer and are generally more comfortable. Popular train routes include Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Bangkok to Surat Thani, the launching point for boats to Koh Samui.
There are three classes of Thai train service, allowing even the most budget conscious traveler to experience travel by train in Thailand. However, while first class is quite plush, featuring private cabins with twin sleeping arrangements and air conditioning on select routes, prices are often higher than flying the same route on a budget air carrier. On the other end of the spectrum, third class is cheaper than the bus but may not be the most comfortable way. Second class prices on Thai trains are equivalent to first class bus tickets, both in price and in comfort, though the train has fold down beds and it’s easier to get up and stretch your legs on the train than on a bus.
Ladies and Children’s carriage service was commenced in August 2014. These carriage are painted in pink and purple. On the carriage are served by female only staffs to ensure that the passengers will be proctecetd from any risk of assault or harassment. One ladies and children’s carriage will be attached to the first class and second class train for many routes.
Thai trains depart throughout the day, though some are express and some make frequent local stops and comprise of only third class seating. Train tickets sell out well in advance for some holidays and weekends, particularly the more limited sleeper cars and the wider, lower bunk, second class sleeper seats. Traveling by train is not the best choice if you in hurry or have an exact plan because mostly train are not arrive or depart followed the time schedule, It might talk 10 minutes to hours late.
You can check the price rates or find further information on the websites: http://www.thailandtrainticket.com/index.html or http://www.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng
Car is a good option to travel across the country, but driving can be difficult for foreigners. We advise you to rent a car with a driver or a guide, it is more expensive, but you‘ll avoid any kind of problem.
Song Thaews & Si Lors
In the outlying areas of Bangkok and in many other towns and cities, the main form of transport is the ‘Baht Bus’, in the form of a ‘Song Thaew’ (two-row) – a converted Hyundai or Subaru pickup truck with two rows of seats along the sides of the vehicle, or ‘Si Lor’ (four-row).
Rivers & Canals
Many river, like Bang Pakong river, Mae Khlong river, Ta Chin river or Kwae (Kwai) river are navigable. These rivers are perfect for trips such as on the Chao Phraya river in order to discover the Koh Kret island and an authentic way of life on the bank’s river.
In north east of the country, it is possible to sail on the Mekong river which marks the border between Thailand and Laos and that can make about 1km in width.”