Getting Around in Thailand
There are plenty of ways to get around Thailand. The transportation system in Thailand is one of the most advanced in Asia and continues to improve.
By far the easiest way to travel in Thailand, domestic airlines cover distances within an hour, in contrast to taking buses and trains that take twelve hours for the same distance.
Airport Rail Link
The Airport Rail Link provides train services at a maximum speed of 160 km/hr on an elevated track parallel to the eastern railway, which covers a distance of approximately 28 kilometers, passing through 8 stations: Phyathai Station, Rajprarop Station, Makkasan Station and City Air Terminal, Ramkhamhaeng Station, Hua Mark Station, Thab Chang Station, Lad Krabang Station, and Suvarnabhumi Station.
Bangkok BTS Sky train & MRT Subway
Thailand entered the 21st century with several modern, electric rail systems that help ease traffic congestion and make travel around the city more comfortable and convenient.
The Thai train network is quite extensive and in addition to being reasonably priced, is a charming way to travel the countryside.
Bus and coach
Thailand features a wide variety of bus options, including comfortable air-conditioned coaches, linking all major and minor cities and towns throughout the kingdom.
Several international motor home agencies offer the opportunity to explore Thailand in a mobile recreational vehicle. Depending on the size, some mobile homes feature bedrooms with TVs and even kitchens with dining tables.
For those who wish to avoid driving in Bangkok but also prefer a more private means of transportation than the public taxis, there are a number of custom limousine services that provide professional drivers and a selection of vehicles.
For those who prefer driving though, car rentals are available as a relatively inexpensive way of getting around but should be done only after familiarizing yourself with the local driving laws and customs.
Bangkok arguably has more taxis than any city on Earth. Not only are they plentiful, but they are also very reasonably priced now that meters have become the norm.
One of the most iconic modes of transportation, the tuk tuk is the quintessential Thai vehicle. The colorful, noisy, open-air tuk tuks that are found throughout Bangkok is both a “must ride” experience for visitors and a convenient way for both visitors and locals to quickly get around.
Motorbike and scooter
Motorbikes and scooters are two of the most popular modes of transportation in Thailand as they are inexpensive and fuel-efficient. Both within cities and around the countryside, motorbikes, and scooters are used by locals for work and personal travel.
There are various opportunities for cyclists to enjoy Thailand. Hire a tandem bike to cruise around beach towns such as Hua Hin, go on an extreme mountain biking adventure in Chiang Mai, or take a multi-day bike tour that passes through small Thai villages and stops at natural and historical attractions along the way.
Thailand has many bodies of water and a long history of transportation by boat.
Most Thai airports have services for private charter flights, including a number of smaller airports that are not serviced by normal commercial flights.