Bangkok is Thailand’s major gateway. Most visitors arrive through Bangkok’s
Don Muang International Airport which is connected by daily flights
to Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia aboard the world’s major
Further international flights, mostly
from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Hong Kong, land on a less regular
basis at the southern airports of Phuket and Hat Yai and Chiang Mai
in northern Thailand.
Charter flights from Europe and the Orient
sometimes land in Bangkok, Phuket Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and U-Taphao for
rail services link Singapore and Bangkok. Intermediary stops include
Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth and major southern Thai towns.
entrance to Thailand is restricted to three road crossings on the Thai-Malaysian
border in Songkhla, Yala and Narathiwat.
are no regular steamship connections with Thailand. Cargo ships calling
at Bangkok’s Klong Toey port sometimes have passenger cabin facilities.
Cruise ships, such as Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Viking, or
Pearl of Scandinavia periodically visit Pattaya.
Travel within Thailand
air, rail and road transport in Thailand is surprisingly inexpensive.
Airways International, Thailand’s national airline, flies to five
destinations in the North, five in the Northeast, and seven in the South.
Bangkok Airways (Tel: (02) 5237116,
2534014-6, 5352497) flies to Samui Island and Phuket.
Reservations can be made through any
authorized Thai Inter Travel Agent. Thai Airways International’s Lan
Luang Office is on 6 Lan Luang Road, Tel: 280-0110, 280-0060. The airline
also organises ‘Royal Orchid Holidays’ tours to every destination it
efficient rail system links major northern and northeastern towns with
the capital. A southern route permits the visitor to travel by train
into Malaysia and Singpore. Domestic express trains comprise first,
second and third-class carriages. Slower trains may have only third-class
The State Railway of Thailand organizes
one-day, two-day economy tours to various destinations on Saturdays,
Sundays and official holidays. Other tours include trips to Surat Thani
(for Ko Samui), Chumphon and Chiang Mai. Railway schedules can be obtained
from Bangkok Railway Station, Tel: 223-7010, 223-7020.
A modern highway system reaches into all corners
of the kingdom. Domestic bus services offer fast means of travel. Airconditioned
tour coaches offer more comfort.
Bus Terminal is on Paholyothin Road, Tel: 2794484-7 (air-conditioned)
and 2710101-5 (regular).
Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal is on
Pinklao-Nakhon Chaisri Road, Tel : 4351190, 4351200 (air-conditioned)
and 4345558 (regular).
Bangkok’s Eastern Bus terminal is on
Sukhumvit Road, Tel: 3929227, 3919829 (air-conditioned) and 3912504,
buses are plentiful and cheap, with 3.50 baht minimum and 5 baht maximum
fares to most destinations within metropolitan Bangkok. Air-conditioned
buses within Bangkok have minimum and maximum fares of 6 and 16 baht
respectively. Red and Grey Micro-Buses, also air conditioned, cost 30
baht for single journey.
A Bus Route Map is available at most
hotels, bookshops and the TAT head office for 35 baht.
Taxi and Tuk Tuks
Taxi have fixed tariffs. Taxis cruising the streets of Bangkok, and
designated “taxi-meters” charge 35 baht for the first 3 kilometers and
approximately 5 baht for every kilometer thereafter.
Tuk-Tuk or three wheel taxis are quite
popular among the tourists for short journeys inside Bangkok. Fares
range from a minimum of 30 baht to a maximum of 150 baht. Fares must
be bargained for.
are many boats plying the Chao Phraya River. Some criss-cross between
landings on opposite banks while the Chao Phraya Express boats travel
upstream and downstream within the metropolis. Fares range between 5
and 15 baht.