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International and Domestic Airport
Thailand has a number of airports that service both domestic and international air traffic, as well as many more that only serve domestic flights. Domestic carriers, such as Thai Airways, and international carriers, including AirAsia, fly numerous domestic and international routes into and out of various Thai airports. Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi (BKK) is the premier Thailand airport and serves as a hub for international transit passengers as well as a gateway to various Thai destinations. Phuket (HKT), Chiang Mai (CNX), Hat Yai (HDY), and Koh Samui (USM) are the other primary airports for international air travel into and out of Thailand. For domestic flights to travel to smaller provincial capitals one must generally fly out of Bangkok or one of the other international airports listed above.
International Airports
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) serves as the primary international airport in Thailand for numerous international airlines, most with direct flights from abroad landing in the Thai capital. However, some chartered flights and international service from nearby Asian nations may land at one of the other, smaller international airports within Thailand, such as Phuket (HKT), Chiang Mai (CNX), Hat Yai (HDY), and Koh Samui (USM) International Airports.

Nonetheless, Suvarnabhumi Airport is Thailand’s premier international air travel gateway and links all aspects of air travel and ground transport. It also supports the country’s travel and tourism development, as befits its auspicious name, “Suvarnabhumi”, (Golden Land; pronounced “sue-wanna-poom”), which was bestowed upon it by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

- Suvarnabhumi International airport
- Don Mueang International Airport
- Chiang Mai International Airport
- Chiang Rai International Airport
- Hat Yai International Airport
- Phuket International Airport
- Samui International Airport
- U-Tapao International Airport
Domestic Airport
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) serves as the primary international airport in Thailand for numerous international airlines, most with direct flights from abroad landing in the Thai capital. However, some chartered flights and international service from nearby Asian nations may land at one of the other, smaller international airports within Thailand, such as Phuket (HKT), Chiang Mai (CNX), Hat Yai (HDY), and Koh Samui (USM) International Airports.

Nonetheless, Suvarnabhumi Airport is Thailand’s premier international air travel gateway and links all aspects of air travel and ground transport. It also supports the country’s travel and tourism development, as befits its auspicious name,

“Suvarnabhumi”, (Golden Land; pronounced “sue-wanna-poom”), which was bestowed upon it by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

- Mae Hong Son Airport
- Surat Thani Airport
- Roi Et Airport
- Mae Sot Airport
- Loei Airport
- Lampang Airport
- Hua Hin Airport
- Krabi Airport
- Trang Airport
- Nakhon Ratchasima Airport
- Nakhon Phanom Airport
- Ubon Ratchathani Airport
- Sukhothai Airport
- Trat Airport
- Phitsanulok Airport
- Ranong Airport
Travel inside Bangkok
By BTS Sky Train
The above-ground, electric BTS sky train has two lines that travel above Sukhumvit, Silom, Sathorn, and Phahonyothin roads. The routes connect Bangkok’s leading hotels and major shopping areas such as Siam Square, Silom Road, Ratchaprasong, and Chatuchak Weekend Market. The fare ranges from 15-60 baht according to the distance. The trains run from 6 a.m. to midnight, daily.

The BTS Sky Train has transfer points with the MRT Subway at Asoke/Sukhumvit, Sala Daeng/Silom, and Mo Chit/Chatuchak Park. The BTS Sky Train also has a transfer points with the Chao Phraya River Boats at Saphan Thaksin/Sathorn and Bangkok’s Eastern and Northern Bus Terminals at Ekkamai and Mo Chit respectively.

By MRT Subway (Metro)
The city’s subway system, or MRT, connects many of the top tourist attractions with various accommodation areas, markets, and business districts. Fares range from 14 to 36 baht. The trains run from 6 a.m. to midnight, daily. The MRT Subway has transfer points with the BTS Sky Train at Sukhumvit/Asoke, Silom/Sala Daeng, and Chatuchak Park/Mo Chit. It also services the Bangkok Train Station, Hua Lumphong.
By Bus
Public buses are plentiful and cheap, with a minimum fare of 7 baht between most destinations within metropolitan Bangkok. Air-conditioned buses have minimum and maximum fares of 10 and 22 baht, respectively. Air-conditioned micro-buses charge a flat fare of 25 baht for all routes. A bus route map is available at bookshops and the TAT office. Visit www.bmta.co.th for more information on Bangkok’s public buses.
By Taxi
All 30,000+ taxis cruising Bangkok city streets are metered and are required by law to use them. If a taxi offers you a fixed-price fare politely ask to use the meter. If not, then flag down another taxi. In general, parked taxis will ask for fixed fares while those already driving will generally use the meter. Taxis using the meter charge a minimum of 35 baht for the first 3 kilometers, and approximately 5 baht per kilometer thereafter. Make sure you have change as taxi drivers often don’t! Passengers must pay tolls in the case of using an expressway, though drivers will occasionally pay these tolls and then expect reimbursement on arrival.
By Motorbike Taxi and By Tuk Tuk
Here and there throughout the city are congregations of motorbike drivers wearing brightly colored vests. For anywhere between 10 and 30 baht these speedy taxis will weave in and out of traffic, occasionally on the wrong side of the road, to get you where you need to be. It’s certainly the fastest way to get around the city, but also the most dangerous. Technically, you are required by law to wear a helmet, but many motorbike taxis do not have them available for you and police rarely enforce the law on visiting passengers.

These three-wheeled, open-air, motorized taxis are popular for short journeys. Fares must be bargained in advance and are typically higher than for taxis and higher for foreigners than for Thais. The minimum fare for a journey of up to 3 kilometers is generally 30-40 baht. Be aware that some tuk tuks around popular tourist venues like the Grand Palace are involved in scams, so beware of tuk tuk drivers telling you that certain tourist sights are closed or that there is a special sale occurring “today only”. Remember the old adage, “there is no such thing as a free ride”, and you should be fine.
By Car Rental
It’s not generally recommended to rent a car and drive around Bangkok as the traffic is dense and the expansive city is difficult to navigate. Throw in a few thousand motorbike taxis that frequently drive on the wrong side of the road (often into oncoming traffic) and you may wish to settle for a taxi or at least a car with a driver. If you wish to rent a car however, there are local and international rental car agencies with offices at both the airport and within the city center. Be aware that only Commercial First Class Insurance provides full coverage on rental cars (as opposed to limited personal or third party only insurance). Most international car rental agencies will offer this insurance (some only for those with a valid international driver’s license) while local companies may or may not. You may wish to request a copy of their insurance policy and ensure that it states "For Commercial Use". Regardless, inspect rental vehicles prior to rental and drive with caution, particularly as traffic in Bangkok can be quite confusing.
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 4 destinations in the North, 3 destinations in the Northeast, and 5 destinations in the South. Tel: 02-356-1111
- Bangkok Airways, flies to 7 destinations : Chiang Mai, Krabi, Pattaya, Phuket, Samui Island, Sukhothai and Trat. Tel: 02-265-5555
- Nok Air, files to 5 destinations in the South, 1 destination in the Northeast and 1 destination in the North. Tel: 1318, 020-900-9955
- Air Asia, flies to 6 destinations in the South, 2 destinations in the Northeast and 2 destinations in the North. Tel: 02-515-9999
- PB Air, files to 4 destinations in the Northeast and 2 destinations in the North. Tel: 02-261-0222
By Rail
An efficient rail system links major northern and north-eastern towns with the capital. A southern route permits the visitor to travel by train into IV1alaysia and Singapore. Domestic express trains comprise first, second and third-class carriages. Slower trains may have only third-class seats. The State Railway of Thailand organises one- day, two-day economy tours to various destinations on Saturdays, Sundays and official holidays. Other tours include trips to Surat Thani (for Koh Samui), Chumphon and Chiang Mai. Railway schedules can be obtained from Bangkok Railway Station, Tel: 1690, 02-220-4444
By Road
A modern highway system reaches into all corners of the kingdom. Domestic bus services offer fast means of travel. Air-conditioned tour coaches offer more comfort.

:: Bangkok's Northern / North-eastern Bus Terminal is on Phahonyothin Road, Tel: 02-936-2852 -66, 02-936-2963
:: Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal is on Borommaratchachonnanee Road, Tel: 02-435-1199, 02-435-1200
:: Bangkok's Eastern Bus terminal is on Sukhumvit Road, Tel: 02-391-2504, 02-391-6846