Getting to Kanchanaburi

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Kanchanaburi is relatively easy to get to, although it is in that zone of places that are a long way from Bangkok, yet too close to for a flight to be practical. That leaves the car, bus and train as the three most practical options for getting to Kanchanaburi. By car Kanchanaburi is about 3 hours drive from Bangkok, along the highway no.4 (Phet Kasem) from Bangkok until it meets up with highway 323, which will take you all the way to Kanchanaburi. You can also … [Read more...]

Updated: September 10, 2011 by admin

Bus Travel in Thailand

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Utilising buses is a great way to travel if you have the time. There are both private and government run buses - both are very cheap based on a price per kilometre. The cheapest and slowest are the orange coloured government buses with no air-conditioning. They stop at every town as well as pick up and drop off people anywhere along the route. This is a great way to see some local colour but it is neither speedy nor comfortable. The blue buses are run by private … [Read more...]

Updated: September 11, 2011 by admin

Obtaining a Thai Driver’s Licence

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It’s hard to believe that anyone in Thailand actually has a driving licence, or at least has passed a test, but getting a valid Thai licence is possible for all nationalities. While many westerners drive for years without obtaining a Thai driving licence, getting one is advisable for any long stays. An international driver licence is required to drive in Thailand, however for stays over 60 days a valid Thai driver's licence is required. Additionally, having a Thai … [Read more...]

Updated: June 11, 2011 by admin

Getting to Cha-Am

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You have several options to get from Bangkok to Cha-Am using the newly upgraded highway.   Catching the Bus to Cha-Am Buses from Bangkok run from Sai Tai bus station ( the southern bus station ) in Thonburi, about every hour, starting at around 05.00 until 22.00.  VIP buses are air-conditioned and normally leave on time,  whereas the normal buses which are nor air-conditioned leave when full, or almost full. The trip takes 31/2 hours and terminates at the … [Read more...]

Updated: September 11, 2011 by admin

Getting around Koh Samui

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Koh Samui is Thailand's third largest island and measures only 25 kilometres long and 20 kilometres wide.  Getting around on Samui is very easy with a ring road which loops around the island connecting beaches and other attractions. Samui also has an excellent public transport network of songthaews.  These converted pick-up trucks with bench seats can be found all over Thailand and are very economical to use. Dozens of songthaews ply the island on various fixed routes … [Read more...]

Updated: December 18, 2010 by admin

Tuk Tuk Travel in Thailand

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Tuk-tuks have become one of Thailand's most recognisable transportation features, and can be found in most of the larger cities and tourist destinations like Phuket and Chiang Mai. So named because of the sound of their engine, these are motorized rickshaws and are popular amongst tourists for their novelty value. They are occasionally faster than taxis in heavy traffic as weaving in and out is easier, but generally about the same or slower. Just like taxi drivers, … [Read more...]

Updated: December 16, 2010 by admin

Chiang Mai Transport Options

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There are several ways of getting to Chiang Mai, including bus, train and flights. The bus is the cheapest option however it’s quite a long journey and not particularly comfortable. Overnight sleeper trains are a popular choice which takes a little longer but this also saves on a nights accommodation. Cheap domestic flights on budget carriers serve Chiang Mai well and if tickets are purchased during promotions can sometimes even be the cheapest option.   Buses to … [Read more...]

Updated: June 2, 2011 by admin

Taxi Service in Thailand

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Perhaps the easiest and most comfortable way to get around Bangkok, or for that matter most Thailand cities is by the air-conditioned taxi. These come in quite a few different colours though and it pays to recognise the official ones.  In Bangkok for example, the green/yellow and red/blue ones are the most common. Bangkok has thousands of taxis, and finding one at any time is never a problem. The occasional exception to this is during a heavy downpour. By international … [Read more...]

Updated: December 16, 2010 by admin

Backpacking Transport Options

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Thinking of backpacking  around Thailand? Here is some information on the different modes of travel throughout Thailand. General: Getting around Thailand is very simple and is relatively cheap when compared to Western equivalent. All modes of travel in Thailand are also safe for tourists. Train: Thailand has a vast train network. The primary lines that travelers would use are North-South line, a North East line, and the South East Line. Most major tourists … [Read more...]

Updated: December 15, 2010 by admin

Classes of Train Travel in Thailand

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Thailand train travel is one of the best ways to get around the country and is certainly the safest mode of transport for a long journeys. Thailand trains are economical, clean and comfortable and the service is well run. Where can I Travel by Train in Thailand? The Thailand rail network (see map on right) extends all over the country, with lines to Chiang Mai in the north, Nong Khai and Ubon in the northeast, Pattaya and Aranya Prathet in the east, Kanchanaburi in the … [Read more...]

Updated: June 11, 2011 by admin