Best Ways to Get Around Thailand

bangkok trafficTraveling around Thailand is inexpensive and efficient. Unless you are traveling by plane, long distance journeys can be arduous, especially if you are on a shoestring budget that restricts your hard seat to lack air conditioning. Not all transportation options are equal when it comes to hassle and pricing. You will find different transportation options in Thailand. Bangkok is full of different options, from the modern Skytrain systems to tuk tuks. While the city may at times experience a snail speed traffic, the rural areas have good roads and convenient traffic.

You should be flexible to hop a tuk tuk, taxi, subway, bus, ferry, train or a plane, that would work best to getting you to your destination. US citizens don’t need an advance visa to enter Thailand. You only need to be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months.

Flying to and Around Thailand

Bangkok is an excellent Southeast Asia hub that is served by more than 70 different airlines. The chances are that you will land in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi INternational Airport. However, other landing options include Chiang Mai (CNX), Phuket (HKT), Koh Samui (USM) and HAT Yai (HDY). A couple of domestic airports serve commercial passengers, and to reach them; you will need to travel through one of these major airports.

Renting a Car

thailand carAnother efficient way to get around Thailand is to hire a car from car renting companies. To have the best car experience, hire a driver to take you around. We would not recommend getting behind the wheel in the congested cities of Bangkok or Chiang Mia. Navigating these towns can be a big hassle. In the case of unfortunate car issues or breakdown, getting a towing company to offer quality services to the same scale and quality such as those of can be a big hassle. Beware that Thais drive British style, on the left-hand side of the road, with the driver sitting on the right-hand side of the car.

Thailand by Train

Thailand has nearly 2,500 miles of rail lines that can get you to various cities such as Bangkok, Chiang Mia, Surat Thani, Malay Borders, Lao among others. Traveling by train can take longer as compared to a bus, and it can be more expensive. However, advice from Thailand tourism offices is that trains are safer as compared to buses. The types of trains you can find here include Ordinary, Rapid, Express and Special Express- as listed according to increasing order of speed and comfort.

Thailand by Bus

Buses are a common option in Thailand and come in various options, prices, and costs. There are the basic ones, the air conditioned and other more luxurious types. The VIP ones have stopovers for meal rest. Use of a bus can reach popular destinations and can go far destinations such as Laos, Malaysia, and Cambodia. While at Bangkok, you can choose your bus station terminal depending on where you are traveling. Other transport options you may need to try in Thailand include going by use of a ferry.

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