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Thailand Getting in & out

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Bangkok is one of Asia's largest hubs as well as the busiest airport in Southeast Asia; practically every airline that flies to Asia also flies to Bangkok, meaning competition is stiff and prices are low.

There are also international flights directly to/from Chiang Mai, Ko Samui, Phuket, Krabi, Hat Yai and Udon Thani. Kuala Lumpur and Singapore are excellent for catching flights into Thailand, with flights into several of these smaller Thai cities, meaning that you can skip the ever-present touts and queues at Suvarnabhumi.

The national carrier is the well-regarded THAI Airways, with Bangkok Airways filling in some gaps in the nearby region. Bangkok Airways offers free Internet access while you wait for boarding to start at your gate.

You can also get to Thailand by road from several country borders. Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia provide border-crossing points. It is even possible to start the journey from Singapore.

The country's sole international train service links to Butterworth (near Penang) and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, continuing all the way to Singapore. Tickets are cheap even in first class sleepers, but it can be a slow ride; the 2-hour flight to Singapore will take you close to 48 hours by rail, as you have to change trains twice.

The luxury option is to take the Eastern & Oriental Express, a refurbished super-luxury train that runs along the same route once per week, with gourmet dining, personal butler service and every other colonial perk you can think of. However, at around US$1000 one-way just from Bangkok to Butterworth, this is approximately 30 times more expensive than an ordinary first-class sleeper!

It is also possible now to travel by ferries in high season (Nov – May) from Phuket and island hop your way down the coast all the way to Indonesia. The route covers several islands and hits Malaysian immigration at Langkawi. There are also occasional cruises from Malaysia and Singapore to Phuket and Bangkok.

Transport Hubs in Thailand

Airport Ko Samui Airport
Ko Samui Airport ('''USM''') is a private airport originally built by Bangkok Airways. Bangkok Airways is still the main operator and was for a long time the only airline with services to Ko Samui from Thailand until ... more
 1 Fans, in Ko Samui
Airport Suvarnabhumi Airport
Located 30 kilometers (19 miles) to the east of Bangkok, space-age Suvarnabhumi Airport (สุวรรณภูมิ, pronounced "soo-wanna-poom") () () started operations in September 2006 and is now Bangkok'... more
in Bangkok
Airport Don Muang Airport
Don Muang Airport (or Don Mueang), about 30 kilometers north of downtown, was Bangkok's main airport until 2006. The airport currently handles Nok Air and Orient Thai domestic flights, but the former international terminal is now limited to charters and gen... more
in Bangkok
Airport Facilities At Suvarnabhumi Airport
Suvarnabhumi offers all facilities you would expect from a major international airport. There's a transit hotel, ATMs, money exchange, restaurants, tax-free shops, an observation lounge and even a "redemption booth", very reassuring for karmically chal... more
in Bangkok
Airport Getting From Suvarnabhumi Airport To City
There are plenty of ways to get into the city from Suvarnabhumi Airport. Most people opt for public taxis to direct them to their destination, but backpackers headed to Khao San Road can opt for the cheaper Airport Express bus. The new Rail Link to the city is a... more
in Bangkok
Airport Airport
Hat Yai International Airport (HDY) Taxi rides to Hat Yai city can be found at the airport entrance for which the drivers will ask around 250 baht,you also can use the airport limo service which costs 300 baht. A minivan service into the city costs 80 baht. A b... more
in Hat Yai
Bus Terminal Nakhon Chai Air Bus
to Bangkok (6 hours), 384 THB, departs hourly from the Aircon Bus Terminal (Prab-argat). Highly recommended, though their staff speaks Thai only.
in Khon Kaen
Bus Terminal Thai-Lao International Bus
- to Vientiane (Lao PDR), 180 THB, departs 0745 and 1515 daily from the Aircon Bus Terminal (Prab-argat)
in Khon Kaen
Airport Ubon Ratchathani International Airport
The airport is at the northern edge of the city almost within walking distance, but accommodation is scattered around Ubon, so better not to consider walking. Much better to go to one of the two limousine (taxi) counters that are located in the airport arrivals ... more
in Ubon Ratchathani
Airport U-Tapao Airport
(near Sattahip) - about 50 minutes, 190 baht (2010-03-11), three different companies takes you direct to your hotel, including Bangkok Airs minibusses. No pre-booking required. Ban Phe (gateway to Ko Samet) - about 90 minutes, 150-200 baht; departures typic... more
in Pattaya
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