Photo: Express boat on the Chao Phraya River.

Getting to, from & around Thailand

What would you like to know about getting to, from and around Thailand?


Getting there & away

Introduction

Bangkok rivals Singapore and Kuala Lumpur as the region's number one international air-travel hub and as such boasts international flight connections with a vast number of destinations worldwide. Thailand also has land connections with neighbouring Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and Burma.

Requirements

Passport
You'll need a passport with at least six months validity to enter Thailand.

Visas
The vast majority of foreign tourists enter Thailand on either a 30-day visa free stay or tourist visa pre-arranged through a Thai embassy or consulate.

For more information, see our Thailand visa page.

Airports

Thailand has two airports in Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang) and a number of international airports across the country. Regional international airports include Hat Yai, Ko Samui, Krabi and Phuket in the south, and Chiang Mai in the north.

Airlines

Thailand is the base for a number of airlines. The flag carrier is THAI international. Budget carriers Thai AirAsia and Nok Air are also based in Thailand, as is Bangkok Airways. The country is well-served by low cost domestic flights.

A vast number of international carriers (both full service and LCCs) fly into Thailand, the list includes the following:

Aeroflot
Air Canada
Air China
Air France
AirAsia
Alitalia
All Nippon Airways
Asiana
Austrian
Bangkok Airways
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Cebu Pacific
China Airlines
China Eastern
China Southern
Delta
EVA Airways
EgyptAir
Emirates
Etihad
Garuda
Gulf Air
JAL
Jet Airways
Jetstar
KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines
Korean Air
Lao Airlines
Lufthansa
Malaysia Airlines
Norwegian Air
Philippine Airlines
Qantas
Qatar Airways
Royal Brunei Airlines
Scandinavian Airlines System
SilkAir
Singapore Airlines
South African Airways
SriLankan Airlines
Swiss International
THAI
Tiger Airways
Turkish Airlines
United
Vietnam Airlines
Xiamen Airlines

Ticketing

You'll almost invariably get a better rate for a long haul fare shopping around online, but traditional agents are still worth a try -- if you haven't already, give our story on getting a cheap airfare to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam a read.

Overland crossings

Please refer to our Thailand borders page for detailed information on Thailand's border crossings or the Visa and border crossings FAQ for detailed crossing information, including trip reports from other travellers.

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Highlights

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