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Transportation in Thailand

With a well developed infra structure, transportation in Thailand is exceptionally organized, on time, diverse and apart from the fact that travel here is relatively cheap, it will be a memorable part of your holiday. The kids will love you for taking them around in a colourful tuk tuk, songthaews (modified pic-up's) are local and authentic, the Bangkok skytrain is a convenient and air-conditioned way of beating the traffic, taxis are everywhere and buses travel the width and length of Thailand daily.

More than just a travel guide advising on the best hotels to book and offering the guaranteed best deals we also want to be of assistance with your travel planning. One way of doing this is to provide you with the below information of how to get around, as well as transportation time tables which includes ferry schedules to and from the islands.

Taxi's

Taxis in Bangkok, all other cities and towns and also on most islands are so plentiful it is hard not to see one. Usually these guys will spot you walking and offer their services before you can flag one down.

At the Airport you will immediately be surrounded by taxi operators offering their services, so bargain for a good deal since it is the most convenient way to get into Bangkok from the airport. All taxis have a meter and are well maintained.  Meters start at 35 Baht and costs approximately 5 baht per kilometer.

Motorcycle Taxi

If want to get around the city areas fast during peak traffic times ,motor cycle taxis are great for short distances. They are common forms for public transport in Bangkok and most other cities, towns and villages in Thailand. In Bangkok, Phuket, Samui and places like Hua Hin and Chiang Mai there are motorcycle taxi queues on many streets which are regulated by the city's government. Licensed motorcycle-taxi operators wear orange vests. A trip should seldom cost you more than 50 Baht.


  • Thailand by Air

    Thailand has 2 international airports namely Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International and Phuket International. Besides Suvarnabhumi Bangkok also feature Dong Muang Airport used for low cost carriers flying to and from domestic destinations. Popular tourist destinations such as Koh Samui, Krabi and Chiang Mai also feature domestic airports and besides these there is also an airport in Surat Thani in the south from where you can access Koh Samui as well as in Trat in the east from where you can access places such as Koh Chang.
  • Bangkok Skytrain (BTS)

    The Bangkok Mass Transit System, commonly known by its abbreviation as the BTS Skytrain, is an elevated rapid transit system making navigating the city a breeze. It connects 30 locations within the city with a train at each station every 5 minutes. It also connects with the MRT underground as well as with the airport rail link. Collectively they service more than 40 locations in and around Bangkok. It is cheap, air-conditioned and certainly beats sitting in traffic. Please refer to our Bangkok BTS Skytrain map for more information.
  • Thailand Buses

    There are several types of buses available in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pattaya and most other towns and cities in Thailand. They include the ordinary local buses, luxury air conditioned buses, micro buses and mini buses or taxi vans. The main bus terminal in Bangkok is located in Ekkamai.
  • Tuk Tuk

    This three wheeled open air and colorful mode of transport is as thrilling as it is famous. It is cheap and it is fast and will take you anywhere in the city and on many of the islands. They are plentiful and you will constantly be offered their services. There is no standard price, so always negotiated before you get on.
  • Chao Phraya River Express Boat

    This boat run between Wat Ratchasingkhon and Nonthaburi province and scenic and relaxed way of exploring Bangkok. The boats marked by a blue flag stops only at Nonthaburi, Wang Lang and Sathorn piers and charge more or less 22 or 32 baht, depending on the distance. The express boat marked by a yellow flag charge 18 Baht for the whole route while the rapid boats, flying an orange flag, charge 13 baht per person. The ordinary boats, without a flag, charge 13 Baht.
  • Chao Phraya River Tourist Boat

    This boat starts at Sathorn Pier all the way up the river to Banglamphu Pier. An easy way of getting to the pier is to take the skytrain to Saphan Taksin Station which is right by the river. The boat stops at 10 piers on the journey from where access is easye to many major tourist sights and attractions, including the Emerald Buddha, The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Chinatown, Khaosan Road and shopping and dining at Asiatique. This boat is available daily from 09:30 to 21:30.
  • Songthaew

    A songthaew (meaning "two rows" in Thai), also known in English as a baht bus, is a passenger vehicle in Thailand and Laos adapted from a pick-up or a larger truck and used as a share taxi. It takes its name from the two bench seats fixed along either side of the back of the truck. In some vehicles a third bench is put down the middle of the seating area. Additionally a roof is fitted over the rear of the vehicle to which curtains and plastic sheeting to keep out rain may be attached.
  • Scooters

    Though not recommended in cities or other high-traffic areas, Scooters are a cheap and easy way to get around small villages and beach towns. At 250 Baht per day you have your own wheels giving you the independence to tour around beach towns and back roads at your own time and leisure. Always remember to wear a helmet and to lift the stand when driving. Some smaller islands along the Andaman coast have only Scooters. No cars or buses are available.
  • Samlors

    Samlors (three-wheeled bikes) have been used in Thailand for over 80 years. These are local rickshaws and usually peddled by older males. Though motorcycle taxis are becoming more common for quick trips, there's still nothing like a samlor for carrying a load or riding along in typical, authentic Thai fashion. We urge you to support them when your feet are tired from walking. It will help to keep this local custom alive.
  • Longtail Boats

    All along the shores of Thailand and its island the long tail boat is king. They are incredibly versatile, acting as dive boats, fishing boats, ferries, cargo ships, and more. Why are they called long tails? Long tail boats have a simple propeller at the end of a long drive-shaft connected to an even larger engine, (often removed from a car or truck). The boats are noisy, but great transport to various destinations, fun and authentic .
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