Getting around Thailand
Transport Systems in the Land of Smiles
Lone Tuk-Tuk in an old part of Bangkok
Getting around Thailand could never have been easier with both
the public and private sector visibly everywhere and in abundance too.
All around the country, there is a huge variety of transportation
from your regular taxi to the funky Tuk-Tuk, the public bus, the underground, the Sky
Train or the motorcycle, right up to the private limousine service. Read more here.
There are plenty of great places to visit here. Families and couples
looking for a revitalizing break will find Thailand the perfect travel
destination. The locals here are very friendly to tourists, making this
country even more attractive. Shoppers will also find Thailand as a good
hunting ground for great deals and bargains.
Apart from all the
land transport, there is plenty of ocean going vessels to choose from
including many that would enhance your enjoyment. A ride in a
Thai long boat is a must. Whether you require private or public
transport there are a number of options from which to choose.
New Zealand where you could count sheep in your sleep, here in Thailand
you could easily count taxis in your sleep and I'm not kidding either.
There are just so many of them and yet even more still keep coming
around every corner. Have you ever seen so many together as the ones in
the photo above. Well, perhaps you may have, but maybe with not quite so
many bright colours.
I had been reading a book in the lobby of a Bangkok hotel during the early hours of the morning while waiting for my Thai driver friend to take myself, my girlfriend and a friend up north to Chiang Mai. I wanted to get an early start and decided to leave the city at around 4.00 am to avoid the morning rush hour traffic.
Every time I looked up from my book, I could see so many taxis coming around the corner. Hundreds of them, one after the other. I sat reading for a couple of hours and still the taxi's kept coming and believe it or not, this wasn't even at peak times. It was 3.00 am in the morning. So getting around Thailand is really not a problem here, be it at any time of the day or night.
Just remember that even in the early hours of the morning, you'd be able to hitch a ride. A word of warning though, and that is even with all this abundant transport, Getting around Bangkok you would never get anywhere in a hurry so just relax and enjoy the ride. Oh! One other thing, it's quite safe, I may add.
Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok
Getting around Thailand - Air Travel
Thailand Air Travel you should be able to find some of the airlines in Thailand that
service the international and domestic sectors from all the
airports around the country. Check out the new Suvarnabhumi airport in
Bangkok. It's got to be one of the best airports that I have ever
landed at and so easy to navigate. Just look how clean it is! Makes
getting around Thailand better.
Thai Airways or Thai Airways International is Thailand's main international carrier flying to many top destinations around the world. Bangkok Airways services some 20 destinations in and around Thailand, including its own airport at Ko Samui as well as many international flights.
One-Two-GO Airlines is an airline operating from the Don Mueang International airport. This airline service most local destinations, but also a few international ones close to its borders. Vietnam and Cambodia are two destinations this airline has fast and easy connections.
Interior at Suvarnabhumi Airport
Getting around Thailand - Private Transport
Private transport is another excellent alternative to getting
around Thailand, from Luxury Limousine Services to private Taxis and sea going cruises. Should you require the services for private transport from the
airport, a business meeting or perhaps even a
private tour, then allow me to arrange all this for you.
Feel free to
contact me so that I can see to all your requirements. I would want
your Thailand vacation or business trip be one of the very best so that
you may remember it for years to come as I most certainly have.
Driving in Thailand
is definitely not for the faint-hearted unless you are a long-term
resident and absolutely familiar with how the road system works. Driving
on busy inner-city streets can be a terrifying experience especially
during peak hours or during the rainy season when the roads can get
pretty wet. It is not unusual for a fully-laden bus to overtake a truck,
car or Tuk Tuk despite the fact that there may be heavy traffic
approaching in the oncoming lanes.
Driving on narrow dirt or
gravel roads can also be extremely hazardous due to so many potholes and
mud build-up. If you should decide to
rent a vehicle
while on vacation in Thailand, I would strongly advise avoiding driving at night especially if you've consumed any alcohol.
Private Limousine Service
Getting around Pattaya and Phuket
Getting around Pattaya
can be relatively easy, it is always good to know what method of
transport should be used when and how. Again, you'll find all the usual
suspects as far as taxis are concerned with only one exception.... No
They have been replaced with Songtaew's, which translated into
English, simply means a truck with canopy. Kinda like a small private
bus which you can hop on and off. I have no idea what Songtaew means in
Thai though, but I will try to find out for you next time as well as
taking a couple of photos.
If Pattaya is easy to get around, Getting around Phuket is even easier. There are an abundant air-conditioned, comfortable and inexpensive taxis for your convenience or you could simply hop onto a Tuk Tuk for a short fun ride. There is no need to book a taxi from your hotel as most of the luxury hotels have their own private transport systems for your personal use. Just ask the bell boy in the lobby to help you.
They love to look after you as they always get a kickback from taxi drivers. Phuket also offers numerous sea going vessels to take you around to all the best beaches and dive sites.
Getting around Thailand on a Long Boat
Getting around Thailand - Chiang Mai Travel
The Chiang Mai Travel setup provides you with ample assistance when touring in one of the most charming and friendly cities of northern Thailand. Why! You could even, in some parts, travel overland atop an elephant through the beautiful and bewildering evergreen countryside, should you so wish.
Apart from all the usual airway connections and bus and train services to Chiang Mai, there are also a number of extremely convenient local public support setups to choose.
Underground Rail System in Bangkok
Getting around Thailand - Train Travel
I must tell you that the use of regular
Thailand Train Travel in the cities is really no different than most cities around the
world. They are a convenience if you want to beat the
hectic road traffic.
The best train trip I took was on the Thai-Burma
in central Thailand. The journey takes you over the bridge on the river
Kwai and through some magnificent scenic countryside.
If you're the kinda folk with a lot of cash to splash, then a luxury train ride on the
Eastern Oriental Express
from Singapore to Bangkok or the other way round, would be a magnificent experience in pure Asian hospitality. It's your call.
Eastern Oriental Express
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