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Practical Guide > Important Info

Visitors to Thailand have a number of options on how to getting in to Thailand which are detailed below.

For information on Customs/Passport control see the Customs page.

For information on Visas, see the Visa page

Arriving By Plane:

The Airports that have direct International flights are Bangkok,Chiang Mai, Ko Samui, Phuket, Krabi, Hat Yai and Udon Thani. Bangkok has the largest airport in Thailand with all asian airlines having regular flights to and from Bangkok. See the Airports page for more details on the Airports in Thailand.
Thai Airways is the national carrier and serves both International and Regional flights. Bangkok Air is a growing Regional airline that now operates flights as far as China.

The main airports in Thailand are

Suvarnabhumi International (Bangkok)
Don Mueang International (Bangkok)
Phuket International
Chang Mai International
Udon Thani International
Hat Yai International
Click here to see more information.

By road:

Thailand has a number of border crossing points with neighbouring countries.

Cambodia has 6 border crossings points with the main road from Sien Reap being the main point of entry.

Laos - Crossings can be made at

  • Chiang Khong and Huay Xai,
  • Nakhon Phanom and Tha Khaek,
  • Mukdahan and Savannakhet.
  • The Friendship Bridge at Nong Khai (Thailand) and Vientiane (The Laos Capital) is the business crossing point with Laos. Udon Thani is a 2 hour journey from Nong Khai after which there is easy access to the rest of Thailand.



Malaysia - Border crossing points between Thailand and Malaysia are
Padang Besar(Thai) and Padang Besar (Mal), (Thai) and Bukit Kayu Hitam (Mal). (Thai) and Pengkalan Hulu (Mal),
Sungai Kolok (Thai) and Rantau Panjang (Mal).

Myanmar:

  • Entry/exit to Myammar for foreigners is very restricted from Thailand and only limited visa are obtainable. Foreigners may also be required to hire the services of a “guide” and your movements will be restricted.
  • Mae Sai / Tachileik - Restrictions apply when crossing here either entry or exit. Foreigners are advised to check the situation and requirements before attempting to use this border crossing.
  • Mae Sot / Myawaddy - Restrictions apply when crossing here either entry or exit. Foreigners are advised to check the situation and requirements before attempting to use this border crossing.
  • Three Pagodas Pass (Sangkhlaburi / Payathonzu) - Restrictions apply when crossing here either entry or exit. Foreigners are advised to check the situation and requirements before attempting to use this border crossing.NOTE: This crossing is temporarily closed.
  • Ranong / Kawthoung - Restrictions apply when crossing here either entry or exit. Foreigners are advised to check the situation and requirements before attempting to use this border crossing.

By train:

Thailand has one international train route which links to Butterworth and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The service continues to Singapore.

By ferry:

A ferry service operates between Satun (Thailand) and the Malaysian island of Langkawi,
A car ferry operates between Tak Bai (Thailand) and Pengkalan Kubur in Malaysia.


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