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Travelers Essentials : Transportation


Travel to Thailand


There are a number of ways to travel to Thailand, including flying to Thailand through one of the international airports in Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui, Hat Yai, and Chiang Mai; and crossing by bus, train, or boat from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Myanmar (Burma).

When you travel to Thailand there are numerous options, however it is important to realize that there are different visa conditions for those who travel to Thailand via different modes of transportation. For example, while those who arrive via air may qualify for a 30 visa exemption, those crossing by land will only receive a 15 day visa waiver. Please read the following information about traveling to Thailand so as to make your visit hassle-free and pleasurable.


Travel in Thailand


Travel in Thailand is both simple and convenient, as the infrastructure is organized and geared towards both locals and visitors. No matter if your Thailand travel preference is road, rail, water, or air it’s very easy to travel in Thailand; all major destinations are well serviced by busses, boats, trains, and planes.

Bookings for travel in Thailand should be made as early as possible as many Thais holiday within their own country; consequently transportation options can be more limited around holidays and long weekends. Regardless, when you travel Thailand, there are always alternative methods for travelers to get from A to B, even at the last minute. Services include many Thai airlines that fly in and out of provincial cities large and small; trains that service nearly all regions of the country; and long distance busses, which connect all major cities and tourist destinations.

In Bangkok, the BTS skytrain, MRT subway, taxis, busses, boats, and tuk-tuks are your various choices for exploring the capital city. In the provinces there are public busses, songtaews (covered pickup trucks with benches in the back), tuk tuks, and samlors (three wheeled pushbike taxis). As you can see, there are many ways to travel in Thailand that will make your visit easy and enjoyable.