Tourists have several transportation options, including land, air, and boat. However, the road is the leading choice for travelling within Thailand’s provinces.
Taxis and tuk-tuks (three-wheeled motorcycles) are also commonly used, particularly in Bangkok and other large cities. Motorcycle taxis are available for quick, short-distance transportation.
For more independent travel, tourists can rent cars or motorcycles from local or international companies, with some offering driver services for convenience and safety. Rentals can be found in major cities, airports, and bus or train stations.
Travelling by car, motorcycle, or bicycle is convenient for tourists as traffic signs are available in Thai and English.
Thailand boasts two extensive coastlines, the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Coast islands. Additionally, the country is home to numerous rivers and canals, including Bangkok, which was once known as “the Venice of the East.”
The long-tail boat is a popular mode of transportation on rivers and canals in Bangkok and surrounding provinces.
Tourists can take a boat trip or river cruise in Bangkok or go snorkelling, fishing, or squid fishing in other provinces.
Thailand offers numerous domestic air routes from Bangkok and other provincial capitals. The two main airports in Bangkok are Don Mueang International Airport and Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
Private plane rentals are also available for those seeking more privacy and independence. Thailand’s air transport has seen significant growth since World War II.
The first Thai airport, Don Mueang International Airport, began operations in 1914 and was closed in 2006 when Suvarnabhumi International Airport opened. However, Don Mueang Airport was reopened for domestic flights in 2007.
Today, many international airlines worldwide operate from Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi, making them significant airports in Southeast Asia. Additionally, there are international airports in popular tourist provinces such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Udon Thani, and Krabi.