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Does Thailand have a good network of public transport?

Thailand operates a good, cheap and safe transport system. From the main hub in Bangkok, all the major tourist destinations are accessible by either, bus, train, boat, or domestic and international air services.

Bus Terminals

• EKKAMAI STATION

EASTERN THAILAND -To get here take the BTS (sky train) and alight at Ekkamai Station on Sukhumvit Road.

• MO CHIT STATION

CENTRAL, NORTHEAST & NORTHERN THAILAND - To get here take the BTS (sky train) and get down at Mo Chit Station (terminal station). Then you can take a motorbike taxi for about 50 baht to reach the bus station.

• SAI TAI MAI STATION

SOUTHERN THAILAND - To get there you can take bus number 511 from Sukhumvit Road or the Constitutional Monument.

Train Schedule & Sky Train Map & BMCL Map

• Train Schedule - Check schedule for northern, southern, eastern and northeastern lines.

• Sky Train Map

• BMCL Map

Flight Schedule & Airports

Flight Schedule - Arrival - Departures

• Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi - Don Mueang

• Chiang Mai International Airport

• Chiang Rai International Airport

• Hat Yai International Airport

• Phuket International Airport

Regional and budget carriers flying to and from Thailand

Air Asia

Budget airlines flying many routes within Thailand and other Asian countries.

Air Bagan

Flying within Burma and to Bangkok, Thailand.

Air Mandalay

Flying within Burma and to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Bangkok Airways

Flying many routes within Thailand and other Asian countries

Cebu Pacific

Flying within Philippines and to Bangkok, Thailand.

FireFly

Budget airlines flying within Malaysia and to Koh Samui and Phuket, Thailand.

Jet Star

Budget airlines operating in Australia and Asia Pacific.

Lao Airlines

Flying within Laos and Indo China cities. Also flying to Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, and Bangkok, Thailand.

Nok Air

Budget airlines flying domestically in Thailand.

Orient Thai Airlines

Flying between Bangkok, Hong Kong and Korea.

One-Two-Go

Budget airlines flying domestically in Thailand.

Phuket Air

Flying within Thailand and also to Vietnam.

PBair

Flying within Thailand and also to Danang, Vietnam.

SGA (Siam General Aviation)

Provides connection and feeder air services to small beautiful towns with low traffic demand.

Thai Airways

Flying to domestically and to international destinations.

Tiger Airways

Based in Singapore, destinations encompass airports within a four-hour flying radius of Singapore.

Travel Directions

Koh Chang - To travel to Koh Chang catch an air conditioned bus from the Ekkamai Bus Terminal. There are two busses running to Laem Ngob (pier to cross to Koh Chang) leaving at 7:45 am and 9:45 am and cost 250 Baht. Upon arrival at Laem Ngob take a ferry to the island from Ao Thammachat Pier (every 30 minutes) 6:30 am - 7:00 pm 50 Bht./person - 100 Bht./car or Center Point Pier (every 30 minutes) 6:00 am - 7:00 pm 90 Bht./person, 140 Bht./person (round trip) -vehicles free.

Koh Kham - Catch an air conditioner bus from the Ekkamai Bus Terminal to Trat province. (Ekkamai Bus Terminal is located at Ekkamai Station on the BTS (sky train) along Sukhumvit Road.) When you arrive at Trat province, get on a bus to Kromluang Chumphon Pier in Laem Ngob. There the boats of Koh Kham Resort will be waiting. The journey to the island takes 1.5 hours. If you are at Koh Maak, you can just hire a motor boat from Koh Maak Resort at Ao Suan Yai to the island. The fee is 70 baht and the journey takes only about 10 minutes.

Koh Mook - From Bangkok catch a bus from the Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal to Trang Province. From Trang town, ride a bus running between Trang and Kuan Thung Ku for about 9km. The passenger boat leaves Kuan Thung Ku pier to Koh Muk once a day at 8.00 am, and back from Ao Pangka pier at Koh Muk at 3.00 pm. The journey takes around 30 minutes and the boat fee is 40 baht. Motorboat charter is also available for around 400 baht.

Koh Nang Yuan - From Bangkok catch a bus from the Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal to Chumphon Province. Ao Makham Noi pier is where you can catch the high speed catamaran of Lomprayah company to the island within 1.5 hrs. You can also buy a complete travel package from Lomprayah in Bangkok that is more affordable and convenient. The speed boat leaves Ao Makham Noi pier in Chumphon twice a day at 7:00 am and 1:00 pm. You can also find speed boats at Tha Yang pier in Chumphon which leave twice a day at 7:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Koh Phangan - From Bangkok catch a bus from the Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal to Surat Thani Province. The journey takes about 10 hours. Then take a local bus or taxi to the ferry port in Amphoe Don Sak. The Lomprayah travel package is also available from Bangkok to Koh Phangan.

Koh Phi Phi - From Bangkok catch a bus from the Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal to Krabi Province. Then travel to Ji Lard pier which is approximately 2km away from Krabi town. Moreover, you can also board a boat from Krabi’s Chao Fah pier and Ao Nang Beach, the journey usually takes 1 and 2.30 hours respectively.

Koh Similan - From Bangkok catch a bus from the Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal to Phang-Nga Province. The travel to Thap Lamu pier where you can ride a high speed boat or motorboat. The regular boat leaves once a day at around 8:00 am and the journey usually takes about 1 hour. Koh Similan is open to tourists only during 15 November to 16 May.

Koh Tao (Via Koh Samui)

The quickest way to Koh Tao is by way of Bangkok Airways who fly direct from Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and a number of other destinations.

Upon arrival at Koh Samui, one can arrange transfer to Koh Tao through the airport information desk. Koh Tao can only be reached by boat as there is no airport on Koh Tao itself. We recommend the 1 hour voyage by either the Lomprayah Catamaran or the Seatran Discovery which leave twice daily for Koh Tao. There are other options available via other boats, but these are by far the fastest and best ways to reach Koh Tao. Regardless of which option you choose you should be aware that the last boat leaving Koh Samui for Koh Tao is 12 noon.

The last catamaran leaving Koh Tao for Samui is at 3pm daily, so any onward flight bookings/reservations should ideally be scheduled for after 6pm to allow for any unforeseen delays. Transfers from the piers to the airport are readily available for minimal sums and in some cases included in the catamaran pricelist. Whatever you prefer, you can book directly through the above links online or you can book all your transfers through Coral Grand Resort.

Pattaya - The easiest and most cost affective way to Pattaya is to catch an air conditioner bus from the Ekkamai Bus Terminal. Busses start from 6:00 am up to 11:00 pm ticket cost about 120 Baht. For Ekkamai Bus Terminal you can take the BTS (sky train) and get down at Ekkamai Station on Sukhumvit Road.

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