Travel to Thailand
Flying to Thailand
Flights to Thailand are available from several national and international carriers. The national airline is Thai (www.thaiairways.com), which flies from dozens of international locations. Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com) offer international flights to and from destinations within Asia.
Flights are cheapest from May to October as parts of the country are hit by the rainy season. November to March are the most expensive times to fly, so it’s best to book your tickets a few months in advance.
Major airports are: Bankok Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, Chiang Rai International Airport (Mae Fah Luang), Chiang Mai International Airport, Hat Yai International Airport, Ubon Ratchathani Airport, Surat Thani International Airport, Udon Thani International Airport, Phuket International Airport, Khon Kaen Airport and Krabi International Airport.
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi AirportCode
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is located 28km (18 miles) east of Bangkok.Telephone
+66 2 132 1888AddressBang Phli
999 Moo 1 Nong Prue
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Bangkok Don Mueang International AirportCode
Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport is situated 24km (15 miles) north of Bangkok.Telephone
+66 2 535 1111AddressDon Mueang
222 Vibhavadi Rangsit Road
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Phuket International AirportCode
Phuket International Airport is located around 33km (20.5 miles) to the north of downtown Phuket.Telephone
+66 76 351 122AddressThalang District
222 Mai Khao Subdistrict
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From London to Bangkok: 11 hours 35 minutes
From New York to Bangkok: 20 hours (including stopover)
From Los Angeles to Bangkok: 19 hours 15 minutes (including stopover)
From Sydney to Bangkok: 9 hours 30 minutes
Included in the air fare.
Travelling to Thailand by Rail
The opulent Eastern and Oriental Express (www.belmond.com) runs directly between Bangkok and Singapore, but it's expensive.
Driving to Thailand
Road passage into Thailand is possible through Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos. You can find coach operators at major bus stations, but minivan services (such as between Chiang Mai in Thailand and Vientiane in Laos) are often faster. Thailand has multiple border checkpoints to its neighbouring countries. The border crossings are split into international crossings (for foreign nationals in possession of a valid passport and visa) and local crossings (only open to locals). There are over 20 international border crossings.
Getting to Thailand by boat
The main port is Bangkok (www.bkp.port.co.th). Note - there are very limited passenger services available.
The ports of Laem Chabang (Bangkok) and Phuket are served by international shipping companies and several cruise lines. Cruises from Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Europe make regular stops at these ports.
There are passenger crossings between Thailand and Laos at several points along the Mekong River. There is a slow boat along the Mekong River, from the Thai town of Chian Saen to Jinghong in China's Yunnan Province.