Planning a Trip
| Bangkok May 25, 2013 01:55 PM
Flying in Thailand is both inexpensive and convenient. Our national carrier, Thai Airways International, as well as other airlines are offering superb services, connecting Bangkok to all major destinations.
List of air carriers with domestic services:
Air Asia, www.airasia.com
Bangkok Airways, www.bangkokair.com
Nok Air, www.nokair.com
Orient Thai Airlines, www.orient-thai.com
Thai Airways International, www.thaiairwaysusa.com
For those who prefer private charter, options are available to make you arrive your destination either for business or leisure.
List of private charter services:
Executive Wings, www.aircharterthailand.com
Air Phoenix, www.air-phoenix.com
Taxis & Tuk Tuks
Taxis offer good value, with starting fares at 35 baht for the first three kilometers (1.86 miles) and about 5 baht for every additional kilometer (0.62 miles). Metered taxis can be hired anywhere in Bangkok. Make sure that the meter is switched on before you start. When traveling on the expressway, passengers must pay the toll.
Tuk Tuks are one of Thailand’s iconic forms of transport. It is a three-wheeled open-air mini taxis. Cheaper than taxis and are not allowed on the highways, Tuk Tuks are recommended for short trips during off-peak hours. Fares must be agreed upon before setting off.
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BTS Sky Trains
BTS sky trains ply along Bangkok’s Sukhumvit, Silom, and Phahonyothin roads. The routes connect leading hotels and major shopping areas such as Siam Square, Silom, Ratchaprasong and Chatuchak Weekend Market. For more information, visit www.bts.co.th.
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A modern highway system extends to all points of the country, with buses and coaches connecting Bangkok to every province and beyond. Visitors can travel by standard air-conditioned coaches, or VIP air-conditioned coaches that serve refreshments. Booking can be made through hotels and travel agents.
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Bangkok’s subway system, or MRT, connects many of the top tourist attractions with the accommodation areas, markets, and the business district. The trains run from 6 a.m. to midnight, daily. For more information, visit the Bangkok Metro website.
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Scheduled to be in service from August 2009, the airport rail-link will provide easy connectivity between Suvarnabhumi airport and the City Air Terminal in Bangkok. From there, commuters will be able to travel comfortably by the subway and BTS Skytrain to many other parts of Bangkok. Its Express Service will be non-stop between the airport and the City Air Terminal while the Commuter Service will make six stops at various important parts of Bangkok city, including both downtown business districts and the suburbs.
The State Railways of Thailand’s extensive network radiates from Bangkok. There are four train routes – Northern, Northeastern, Eastern and Southern. Trains are classified as Special Express, Express, Rapid and Ordinary. One- and two-day economy tours to several destinations on weekends and holidays are available. Railway schedules can be obtained from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong main railway station or online at www.railway.co.th.
Ferry & Cruises
Cruise ships make Thailand a port of call at two modern deep-sea ports: one between Bangkok and Pattaya, Laem Chabang, about a two-hour
drive from the Thai capital, and the other at the island resort of Phuket.
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Thailand has maintained its exceptional tour guide standard. All guides must be Thai citizens, trained, and registered with the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Guide Registration Office. They are specialized in foreign languages or special travel interests. Tour guides can be arranged by hotels and travel agents.
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