How to get to Bangkok?
- By AirBangkok is Thailand’s major gateway. Most visitors arrive through Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport which is connected by daily flights to Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia aboard the world’s major airlines.
Further international flights, mostly from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Hong Kong, land on a less regular basis at the southern airports of Phuket and Hat Yai and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.
Charter flights from Europe and the Orient sometimes land in Bangkok, Phuket Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and U-Taphao for Pattaya.
- By Rail
Regular rail services link Singapore and Bangkok. Intermediary stops include Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth and major southern Thai towns.
- By Road
Overland entrance to Thailand is restricted to three road crossings on the Thai-Malaysian border in Songkhla, Yala and Narathiwat.
Public TransportationPublic buses are plentiful and cheap to most destinations within metropolitan Bangkok. Air-conditioned buses within Bangkok are available as well as the Red and Grey Micro-Buses, also air conditioned. A Bus Route Map is available at most hotels, bookshops and the TAT head office.
- Taxi and Tuk TuksThe simplest way to get from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport to the city is to get a taxi. There are two kinds of taxi: the more expensive "limousine" taxi and the
normal "meter" taxi.
To use the meter taxi, exit through the doors at the arrival hall. There is a line of metered taxis outside the building. Tell the taxi desk where you want to go, and they will issue you a ticket - which you keep in case of any problem with the taxi service.
If you wish to take an airport limousine, go down one level from the arrival hall and check with the limousine counter. Hotel Taxi have fixed tariffs. Taxis cruising the streets of Bangkok, and designated “taxi-meters” charge for the first 3 kilometers and then for every kilometer thereafter.
Tuk-Tuk or three wheel taxis are quite popular among the tourists for short journeys inside Bangkok.
- River TaxisThere are many boats plying the Chao Phraya River. Some criss-cross between landings on opposite banks while the Chao Phraya Express boats travel upstream and downstream within the metropolis.