How to get to Thailand
Bangkok 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 Australia 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 at U-Taphao for Pattaya.
Regular rail services link Singapore and Bangkok. Intermediary stops
include Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth and major southern Thai towns.
Overland entrance to
Thailand is restricted to three road crossings on the Thai-Malaysian
border in Songkhla, Yala and Narathiwat.
There are no regular
steamship connections with Thailand. Cargo ships calling at
Bangkok's Klong Toey port sometimes have passenger cabin facilities.
Cruise ships, such as Cunard's Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Viking, or
Pearl of Scandinavia periodically visit Pattaya.
Travel within Thailand
Domestic air, rail and
road transport in Thailand is surprisingly inexpensive.
Thai Airways International, Thailand's national airline, flies to
five destinations in the North, five in the Northeast, and seven in
the South. Bangkok Airways (Tel: (02) 5237116, 25340'I4-6, 5352497)
flies to Samui Island and Phuket. Reservations can be made through
any authorized Thai Inter Travel Agent. Thai Airways International's
Lan Luang Office is on 6 Lan Luang Road, Tel: 2800070,2800080. The
airline also organizes 'Royal Orchid Holidays' tours to every
destination it flies to.
An efficient rail system links major northern and north-eastern
towns with the capital. A southern route permits the visitor to
travel by train into IV1alaysia and Singapore. Domestic express
trains comprise first, second and third-class carriages. Slower
trains may have only third-class seats. The State Railway of
Thailand organizes one- day, two-day economy tours to various
destinations on Saturdays, Sundays and official holidays. Other
tours include trips to SuratThani (for Koh Samui), Chumphon and
Chiang Mai. Railway schedules can be obtained from Bangkok Railway
Station, Tel: 223- 7010, 223-7020.
A modern highway system reaches into all corners of the kingdom.
Domestic bus services offer fast means of travel. Air-conditioned
tour coaches offer more comfort. Bangkok's Northern / North-eastern
Bus Terminal is on Phahonyothin Road, Tel: 2794484-7
(air-conditioned) and 2710101-5 (regular) Bangkok's Southern Bus
Terminal is on Pinklao-Nakhon Chaisri Road, Tel: 4351190, 4351200
(air-conditioned) and 4345558 (regular). Bangkok's Eastern Bus
terminal is on Sukhumvit Road, Tel: 3929227, 3919829
(air-conditioned) and 3912504, 3922521 (regular)
The Temporary Import of a
Vehicle for the purpose of Tourism
- Valid International Driving License and passport or equivalent
documents are required.
- Vehicle registration or, in the case of
a borrowed vehicle, authorization documents from the owner are
- Cash guarantee or bank guarantee or
self- guarantee is required. If vehicle is brought in through
Bangkok or Klong Toey Port, cash guarantee or bank guarantee is
essential. If entry is via land across the southern border then it
is accept- able to guarantee oneself by completing the customs
form, giving necessary details to the customs officer and signing
- Permission is granted for a e month
period from the date of entry,
- In the case of having requested to bring
the vehicle in for a period of just 5-10 days and then wishing to
extend the length of stay, a renewal can be granted free of charge
by the Customs Department.
- Contact the customs office at the
- Customs officer will complete an
additional incoming form and at the same time check documents as
in No.2 above and also fix the self-guarantee.
- In the case of cash or bank guarantee,
the customs officer will evaluate the price of the vehicle
according to its condition plus 20%
International Airport is located some 22 kilometers north of
Bangkok. The Domestic Terminal and Cargo Terminal are also located
A regular coach and private limousine service
for transfers between Bangkok and the airport are provided. The
Limousine Service Counter is located at the Arrival Hall on the
Ground Floor of the International Passenger Terminal on the Southern
side. All vehicles are air-conditioned and the rates reasonable.
Mini-bus (joint-seat) to any hotel in Bangkok 200 Baht per person
Shuttle bus (to Asia Hotel and Viengtai Hotel) 100 Baht per person
Sedan (to downtown Bangkok ) 300 Baht per trip Bus to Pattaya Beach
150 Baht per person Sedan to Pattaya Beach 1,500 Baht per trip
Taxis are available for hire at the authorized Public Taxi Stand
next to the Meeting Point south of the Arrival Hall in the
International Passenger Terminal. Taxi drivers are only permitted to
pick up passengers at these authorized stands and they are not
allowed to offer their services to passengers in the terminal
building. Fares are between 50-300 Baht per trip depending on
destinations. Fares to various destinations are posted at the taxi
stand as a guideline to foreign commuters. Passengers are strongly
advised not to use the services of private car drivers who may not
be insured to carry passengers and are not licensed to ply for hire.
All authorized taxis carry a yellow license plate and a rooftop
TAXI-METER sign. No tip is expected.
Air-conditioned and regular public buses constantly travel downtown
from Don Muang Airport. Passengers wishing to take the bus can do so
by walking to the Bus Stop located on Vibhavadi Rangsit Highway.
Fares on regular buses cost only 3.50 Baht for any distance, while
fares for air-conditioned buses range from 6 Baht for the first
eight kilometers to a maximum of 16 Baht. Fares are collected
onboard. Bus numbers indicate routes. Buses can be uncomfortable and
crowded especially during rush hours and will therefore have very
little or no room for luggage. Regular Buses from Don Muang Airport
to town are buses numbers 29, 59, 95 and air-conditioned buses
numbers 4, 10, 13 and 29 Passenger Service Charge (Airport Tax) A
passenger service charge, to be paid at the airport check-in
counter, is required of all international and domestic passengers
passing through Bangkok International Airport. International
passengers 200 Baht per person Domestic passengers 30 Baht per
person Please note that foreign passengers whose passports have been
stamped upon arrival are considered to have entered the Kingdom of
Thailand. Therefore, when leaving the country they are required to
pay the passenger service charge.