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Thai Airways International is Thailand's national airline while Bangkok Airways operates domestic flights and a number of international routes in the region.

Bangkok is a gateway to Thailand, and it is a principal entry point into Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal and Vietnam.

Approximate flight times

From Bangkok to:

 London 12 hours 10 minutes

 Manila 3 hours 10 minutes

 Singapore 2 hours 15 minutes

 Sydney 9 hours 15 minutes

International airports

Suvarnabhumi International Airport is located in an area of 8,000 acres, approximately 15 kilometres (9 miles) of on the east-bound Bangna-Trat Highway in Bang Phli District, Samut Prakarn Province and is approximately 25 kilometres (15 miles) from downtown Bangkok. It is designated to be the aviation hub in Southeast Asian region and has restrictive development to accommodate the air traffic growth in the future, which is estimated to be up to 58 million passengers per year in 2008 while the full-scale development of provided plot of land at Nong Ngu Hao with its capacity to accommodate 45 million passenger per year, 76 flights per hour and 3 million tons of cargo per year.

Airport facilities at Suvarnabhumi Airport include 24-hour shopping, duty free, tourist information counters, restaurants, snack bars, postal services, bureaux de change, hotel reservations, left-luggage and medical centre. Car hire companies include Avis and Budget among others.

Don Muang Airport, Bangkok's former major airport, is 24 kilometres or 15 miles north of Bangkok city centre (travel time - 40-60 minutes depending on the traffic). It closed according to the opening of Suvarnabhumi Airport in 2006; however, it officially reopened to public on March 24, 2007 and there are around 140 domestic flights per day, operated by 3 airlines (One-Two-Go, Nok Air and Thai Airways International).

There are bus services, trains, limousines and taxis available to the city centre. (travel time about 30-45 minutes).

Airport facilities
at Don Muang Airport include restaurants, snack bars, souvenir shops and taxi services (with 50 baht airport tax), cars being under the supervision of the Land Transport Department and subject to random checks for vehicle and passenger safety.

Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX), 15 kilometres or 9 miles southwest of the city (travel time about 15-20 minutes). There are taxi and limousine services available. Airport facilities include restaurants, car hire, banks/bureaux de change, shops and bar.

Phuket International Airport (HKT) is 35 kilometres or 22 miles northwest of Phuket. Buses and taxis are available. Facilities at the airport include duty free shops, left luggage, first aid, banks, post office, restaurant and snack bars, car hire and tourist information.

Hat Yai International (HDY) is used for domestic flights and flights to Asian destinations. The nearest town is Songkhla which is about 20 kilometres or 12.5 miles away. There are bus, taxis, and train services available. Facilities at the airport include car hire, duty-free shop, restaurant, and post office.

Departure tax: Bt500 for all international departures (Bt700 at Suvarnabhumi Airport). Transit passengers and children under 2 years of age are exempt.


Bangkok is the international port. Limited passenger services are available. There are crossings between Thailand and Laos at several points along the Mekong river. Cruise lines calling at Thailand include Holland America, Princess, Orient Lines, Radisson Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea and Swan Hellenic.


Trains run to Kuala Lumpur, with daily connections to Singapore, Malaysia and to the borders with Cambodia (at Aranyaprathet) and Laos (at Nong Khai). Journey time to Singapore is about 48 hours.


There are international roads from Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos. Roads into Burma are not open to tourist traffic.
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