Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) serves as the primary international airport in Thailand for numerous international airlines, most with direct flights from abroad landing in the Thai capital. However, some chartered flights and international service from nearby Asian nations may land at one of the other, smaller international airports within Thailand, such as Phuket (HKT), Chiang Mai (CNX), Hat Yai (HDY), and Koh Samui (USM) International Airports.
Nonetheless, Suvarnabhumi Airport is Thailand’s premier international air travel gateway and links all aspects of air travel and ground transport. It also supports the country’s travel and tourism development, as befits its auspicious name, “Suvarnabhumi”, (Golden Land; pronounced “sue-wanna-poom”), which was bestowed upon it by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
It is possible to travel by bus from most of Thailand’s neighbors
From Malaysia, one can cross north by bus to Thailand at various border checkpoints in Songkhla, Yala, and Narathiwat provinces, although most busses will head to the hub of bus travel into, out of, and around southern Thailand, Hat Yai.
Busses from Laos originate in Vientiane and cross the Mekong River to the Thai border town of Nong Khai, where they continue for a two hour ride to Udon Thani, from which visitors can arrange other busses or air travel to other parts of Thailand.
The primary route an a Cambodian bus to Thailand is at the border at the towns of Poipet-Aranyaprathet. This is the border for those leaving Siem Reap or Battambang via land, though they must cross the border on foot and arrange onward travel from Aranyaprathet to other Thai destinations from the bus station on the Thailand side of the border.
Travel by bus from Myanmar to Thailand is not practical or convenient for visitors.
Travelling within Thailand
There are many ways to travel within Thailand, including the following list of the most popular means of transportation.
- By air
- By bus
- By train
- By boat
- Tuk Tuk