Although situated in the continent of Asia itself, Thailand is a very long way off from India. Hence, the most convenient way for one to reach its shores is via flight. Most Indian cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata offer direct flights to the country’s capital - Bangkok. There are also routes available via 1 or 2 transit destinations, depending upon the airline of selection. While the quickest non-stop flight is approximately 2 hours 25 minutes from Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, the quickest one stop flight is close to 8 hours. Furthermore, some airlines could take as long as 17 hours based on the transit destination and waiting period. Individuals may choose between the following airlines - Thai Airways, Air India, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, Thai AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, IndiGo, AirAsia, Emirates, Sri Lankan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, China Southern, Etihad Airways, Air Cathay Pacific, Malaysian Airlines, and Qatar Airways (this is not an exhaustive list).
Suvarnabhumi Airport is located just 30 km east of Bangkok. It is considered to be Thailand’s busiest airport. Equipped with duty free stores, restaurants lounges, cafes, ATM’s and currency exchange services, the efficient layout ensures that one has access to everything they may need. Upon arrival, one may choose between taxis, car rentals, shuttle buses, public buses and the Airport Rail Link to reach their desired destination.
Thailand is home to other well-connected airports such as Don Mueang International Airport, Phuket International Airport and Hat Yai International Airport.
While air travel is the quickest and most reliable transportation option, there is another way to reach the country. This one, however, requires some grit and determination. One can travel from India to Thailand via the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway. The road trip commences in north east India’s Manipur, manoeuvring all the way to Thailand’s Mae Sot. A 3,200 km drive in total, it would take approximately a week to complete. However, we would recommend this drive only between the months of November and February as the weather conditions are most conducive at this time. Individuals may opt for a 2-wheeler or 4-wheeler, depending upon their needs, but would need to take certain precautions first. For instance, one would have to carry a valid driver’s licence, an international driving permit and all vehicle documents - vehicle registration certificate, insurance certificate. Other imperative carry-on items include drinking water, snacks and a medicinal kit as the trip is long and can be tumultuous. In-fact, it would be better if individuals take the yellow fever and malaria vaccination before commencing the trip. We would also recommend the packing of some loose cash and a guidebook, to aid with the region. The landscapes are gorgeous, so click-click away!
Thailand manages and maintains a very diverse transportation network system. It covers different modes of transportation in all shapes, sizes and colours! These unique commuting vehicles vary according to region – small town vis a vis large city. When it comes to bustling Bangkok, one will discover all sorts of transportation options as soon as they step out of the airport. Below, we’ve provided a snapshot of how to travel in Thailand.
By Tuk Tuk
This multicoloured 3-wheeler is the most indigenous form of transportation in the country. Since it’s a tourist favourite, it tends to be expensive, costing anywhere between 80 and 150 Baht. However, we’d recommend at least one ride for the sheer experience! Make sure you know a few Thai phrases, so you don’t get conned into paying an absurdly high fee.
Bangkok has the largest ratio of ‘taxis to people’ in the world! Owing to the metre system that was implemented several years earlier, this mode of transportation is highly reasonable. The price begins at 35 Baht, after which it is 2 Baht for the first 2 km, followed by 2 Baht per km thereafter. If you’re traveling a short distance, it might be better to opt for a motorcycle taxi instead. It begins at only 20 Baht!
Essentially a tiny pick-up truck with 2 rows of seating at the back, Songthaews are one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to get about smaller towns. A little buzzer on the roof will alert the driver to a halt, after which one can make a payment of 10 Baht and upwards.
Bangkok has the largest bus network in the country, offering a choice of public and private buses that are distinguishable by colour. The most affordable local bus will cost you around 7 Baht, with other classes varying in rate. There are also long-distance buses available to destinations such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Krabi, Phuket and Chiang Mai.
Due to heavy congestion in the capital, city planners implemented an over ground and underground train network through the city. The BTS Skytrain is an above ground railway network that comprises of the Sukhumvit and Silom Line. This is a great option for travellers as the train halts at iconic tourist spots.
The underground rail system was developed in response to congestion problems in the city. The network comprises of 18 stops, connecting to far off and inaccessible neighbourhoods, offering greater variety as compared to the Skytrain.
Thailand’s over ground rail network is a comfortable, reliable and convenient means of navigating the country. An affordable option, one can travel all the way to the region of Chiang Mai for just 800 Baht. The network consists of first, second and third class, with prices and amenities varying accordingly. Take note of the fact that train tickets sell out during weekends and holidays.
So, if you’re already hooked, why not get it booked? Travel to this beautiful tropical nation and let us aid you with it. You can arrange for your flights, tickets, visa and currency at Thomas Cook! Take a look at our amazing Thailand Holiday packages and get cracking!