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Transportation
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TRANSPORTATION

How to get to Thailand

Thai Airways
Thai Airways

By Air
 
     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 airlines.
      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 Pattaya.

By Rail
      Regular rail services link Singapore and Bangkok. Intermediary stops include Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth and major southern Thai towns.

By Road
     
Overland entrance to Thailand is restricted to three road crossings on the Thai-Malaysian border in Songkhla, Yala and Narathiwat.

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, such as Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Viking, or Pearl of Scandinavia periodically visit Pattaya.

Travel within Thailand
     
Domestic air, rail and road transport in Thailand is surprisingly inexpensive.

By Air
     
Thai 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 flies to.

By Rail
      An 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 seats.
      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.

By Road
     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.
       Bangkok’s Northern/Northeastern 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, 3922521 (regular)..

Travel inside Bangkok
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Public Transportation
     
Public 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
     
Hotel 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.

River Taxis
    
There 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.

 
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