Thailand Travel Guides

Bangkok’s new airport, Suvarnabhumi (“Soo-wan-na-boom”) is located 30km east of downtown Bangkok. It is approximately a 45 to 60 minute drive from downtown Bangkok, depending on traffic.
Suvarnabhumi now handles all international and domestic flights to and from Bangkok.
Suvarnabhumi has inherited the old airport, Don Muang's "BKK" international airport code and Don Muang will be recoded as "DBK".

The most convenient hotel near Suvarnabhumi for travellers needing to be near the airport is the Novotel Suvarnabhumi, located immediately in front of the airport terminal. Other hotels within five to ten minutes drive from the airport are Novotel Bangna and Royal Princess Srinakarin Hotel. Within the airport terminal itself are day-use rooms by Miracle Grand Louis’ Tavern. These fully-equipped hotel rooms can be rented for six hours, serving as a resting place for travellers with long layovers.

Transport such as taxis, buses and car hire into the city and beyond is available at the Transportation Centre, located 3km from Suvarnabhumi Airport. A free-of-charge, 24-hour Express Shuttle Bus service will transport passengers between the airport and the Transportation Centre in about 5 to 10 minutes. Passengers will be able to choose their onward transport from the Transportation Centre.

Travel within Thailand is relatively inexpensive and convenient. Thailand has an adequate infrastructure and an extensive network of train and bus lines, as well as domestic airports. The train routes basically connect the northern and southern regions. While not as extensive as the bus routes, the trains provide a more comfortable and scenic form of transport. You can ride the train as far north as Chiang Mai or Laos and as far south as Singapore.Visit this website for further information about Thailand Transport

A variety of buses connect all corners of Thailand, from deluxe VIP buses to tiny wooden benched country buses, and every class in between. Mini-vans cover extensive ground as well. While they tend to be faster than the big buses, they are tighter in space and are sometimes over-loaded. More out of the way places can often be reached by Songtaew (open air bus), which are very cheap, but slow yet run regularly.Visit this website for further information about Bus Travel in Thailand

Car and motorbike rental is also easy on the budget. A driving license from your home country or an International one is required for all vehicle hire. Keep in mind however, that the road accident rate in Thailand is extremely high. Expect the unexpected and be alert at all times! Thai law requires motorbike drivers to wear a helmet and car drivers and front passengers to wear seat belts. If renting a motorbike, helmets are required by the driver only. Ask for a second helmet if carrying a pillion passenger.

When opting for public transport especially when renting a Tuk-Tuk (small van taxi) or one of the motorbike taxis it is recommended that you agree on a price before you set off or you may end up paying more.

The many southern islands are reached by ferry or long-tail boat, or both. While most travel routes to these smaller islands provide a convenient combination of bus and ferry, it is also possible to charter your own water route utilizing the abundance of small long-tail boats to hop from island to island or beach to beach. Again, settle on a price before embarking.Visit this website for further information about Bangkok River Boats

While metered taxis are abundant and fairly cheap in Bangkok, the meter is not commonly used in other areas. Most taxis have a standard fixed fare depending on the destination, usually considerably higher than what you’d pay if they used a meter. You can try bargaining in this case and decide on a price before getting in the taxi. While metered taxis are available directly outside the doors of the Bangkok airport, Phuket’s airport is dominated by non-metered taxis. However, if you look out into the airport parking lot, you will see a Taxi Meter sign. Pay 100 Baht at the stand and the rest of your journey will go by the meter.