Travel

Airports

Bangkok is Thailand’s major gateway. Most visitors arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport as it directly connects to Europe, Asia, North America and Australia with daily flights by major airlines.

There are also international flights from Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong to Phuket and Hat Yai International airports in the south and Chiang Mai in the north.

Domestic flights are available to all important cities and tourist resorts in Thailand.

For airport transport information, visit the Suvarnabhumi Airport website.

Ground transport

Plan appointments well ahead of time as travelling in Bangkok can be problematic. Three to four appointments a day is generally the maximum. For convenience, safety and language reasons, taxis, hotel limousines and rented cars are the best options for business visitors travelling in Bangkok.

Some taxi drivers speak English but it is often limited. A business card or address written in Thai is helpful but by no means foolproof. Taxis do not carry street directories and only accept cash payments.

Thai ‘tuk-tuks’ are famous, but are less safe than other forms of transport, and suitable for short distances only. Fares must be negotiated beforehand.

The elevated railway (BTS) and the underground rail (MRT) are an efficient and comfortable means of transport within the city, though the number of lines, and therefore their coverage, is limited.

Hotels

Due to the size of its tourism industry, Thailand offers various types of accommodation from inexpensive guest houses to luxury hotels. The high season for tourism is November to February.

Dining

Thai food can be found everywhere including from street vendors selling noodles, food courts or food centres in large shopping malls, traditional markets, open-air garden restaurants, riverside restaurants, dinner cruises along the Chao Phraya River and seafood restaurants. Western and other Asian options are also widely available.

Tipping

Tipping is optional, though in hotels and some larger restaurants a 10 per cent service charge is automatically added to the bill. If you feel you have received good service, the serving staff will certainly welcome a token of your appreciation.