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Thailand Getting around

  
 
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There are a myriad of ways to get around Thailand.

Domestic flights are not terribly expensive and serve as a great alternative to people with an aversion to long bus rides.

The railway covers most of the country and although relatively slow, are safer than buses.

While road conditions are better than Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, Thai driving habits are still quite dangerous. Renting a car is a great way to take in the sights as well as escape from the constant haggling with taxi and tuk-tuk drivers. Traffic moves on the left side on the road and cars are right-hand drive.

Buses travel throughout the country and the government's bus company BKS (Baw Kaw Saw), known in English simply as the Transport Company, has a terminal in every province of any size.

Of course you could always opt for the ubiquitous tuk-tuk or even a songthaew, which can ferry more people around.

Metered taxis are everywhere in Bangkok and starting to become more popular in Chiang Mai, but rare elsewhere in the country. When available, they are an excellent means of transport - insist on the meter.

Motorcycles can be rented without difficulty in many locations. The most popular types of motorcycles are the 100cc-125cc step-through models. These are very widely used as taxis, with fares starting from as low as 10 baht. Negotiate the fare with the driver before using his service otherwise you may be charged more than you expect.

There are several types of boats that you can board to travel around Thailand or even out of the mainland onto islands like Phi Phi Islands or Krabi. Modern speedboats with air-condition prove popular with tourists who want to remain comfortable. Long distance travels with boats have ceased due to the other modes of transport being more efficient.

Transport Companies in Thailand

Motorbike Rental Thai Motorcycle Tours
Thai Motorcycle Tours runs bike tours in both Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son loop.
in Northern
Motorbike Rental Mr Mechanic
For renting your own bikes, try Mr Mechanic.
in Chiang Mai
 
Airline Air Asia
Air Asia - a well-known Asian low-cost airline, flies from/to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi airport), Phuket. Usually it's a cheapest choice if you book at least a week before, with price tag (as of July 2009) just above 1000 baht from Bangkok and 2000-2500 baht from KL... more
in Chiang Mai
Airline Bangkok Airways
Bangkok Airways flies to Ko Samui (flights from Ko Samui are indirect), from/to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) and Sukhothai.
in Chiang Mai
 
Airline Nok Air
Thai (semi-)low-cost carrier, flies from/to Bangkok (Don Mueang airport, from 1400 baht and up) and Mae Hong Son. Starting from 17 January 2010, they also fly from/to Udon Thani, ticket price is 2400 baht. The latter, while still 4 times more expensive than bus,... more
in Chiang Mai
Airline One-Two-Go
The low-cost division of Orient Thai Airlines files from/to Bangkok (Don Mueang). They fly 23-26 years old McDonnell Douglas MD-83 jets, but if you are not afraid - it's often a cheapest (1450-1750 baht) option if you book during the last days before flight. One... more
in Chiang Mai
 
Airline SGA
Recently renamed 'Nok Mini', SGA flies from/to Chiang Rai (twice daily), Mae Hong Son (once daily), Nan (Daily) and Pai (once daily). Their tickets are booked via Nok Air website.
in Chiang Mai
Airline Air Mandalay
Air Mandalay flies to and from Myanmar.
in Chiang Mai
 
Airline China Airlines
China Airlines flies to and from Taipei, Taiwan.
in Chiang Mai
Airline Korean Airlines
Korean Airlines flies Four times weekly from Seoul, Incheon.
in Chiang Mai
 
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