Information to facilitate your Thailand holidays and maximize your Thailand experience
Information for the eco tourists and travelers interested in ecotourism in Thailand and adventure in Thailand tours, going Thailand trekking with Openmind Traveler.
Transports in Thailand during your Thailand holidays
Ecotourism and sustainable tourism being about respecting the local people and the environment, we strongly encourage you to take the train, the most environmentally friendly transportation, to discover Thailand. Trains in Thailand are cheap, safe and comfortable and are a great way to discover the country and meat the people. There are daily trains from Bangkok to Nongkhai, Chiang Mai and even to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Check out these websites to learn more about traveling by train in Thailand:
- Seat 61 is a great website to learn about trains in the world: www.seat61.com
- Booking a train with the State Railway of Thailand: www.thairailwayticket.com
Several airlines have flights linking most major towns with Bangkok. Some airlines have flights linking major towns in Laos and Cambodia with Thailand. Domestic flights are cheap. Most flights operate from the Suvarnabhumi airport. There are convenient connections with the Northeast Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.
There are daily flights between many Thai cities operated mainly by:
- Thai Airways, www.thaiairways.com
- Bangkok Airways, www.bangkokair.com
- Thai Air Asia, www.airasia.com
- One-Two-Go, www.fly12go.com
- Nok Air, www.nokair.com
The Bangkok International Airport is the main gateway into Thailand and caters for direct and connecting flights from Europe, Australasia, Africa, the Middle East and North America.
Bangkok - a cheap first Thailand experience during your Thailand holidays
What to do when you arrive and stopover in Bangkok:
If you don’t know what to do when in Bangkok, take an express boat up and down the Chao Phraya River and stop by markets, temples and restaurants along the river! Nice and cheap, and you can easily spend a day like that, better than the traffic jams and more expensive tourist boat tours! And you meet the local Bangkokians.
There are boat stops close to Khao San Road. You can also share a private long tail boat to visit Bangkok and its khlong (canals).
Adventure in Thailand experience - first stop: getting to Udon Thani, Nongkhai
Take the train to NongKhai from Bangkok, night or daytime. The train to NongKhai is the Northeastern line, and you need to go to the very last stop, NongKhai! It takes about 10 hours. Buy a ticket at the train station in advance if you want a second class, A/C, seat or bed. There are trains for NongKhai from Hualamphomg train station in central Bangkok. Two trains depart Bangkok every evening at around 6:40 (arrives at 7:35 am) and around 8:00 (arrives around 8:25 am). Here is a link to Thai train service: www.traveller2000.com/train/, where tickets can also be booked in advance, online from your home country and picked up from the station (at least an hour before departure) or delivered to your hotel for a small fee.
Take a day or night A/C bus from the Mochit Bus Station or from the Khaosan Road. Make a reservation at any travel agency or at your hotel. They can normally pick you up at your hotel. It takes about 8 hours to get to Nongkhai. There are several bus companies driving daily from Bangkok to NongKhai. Many buses leave in the evening and arrive in NongKhai early in the morning.
You can fly to Udon Thani from Bangkok - a one-hour flight. Some airlines leave from Suvarnabhumi (where most international flights arrive), while others leave from Don Muang (the main airport for domestic flights). There are three daily Thai Air flights at 6:50, 12:50 and 18:15 from Bangkok to Udon Thani. You can book a flight online at Thai Air. Or you can fly Air Asia, (www.airasia.com), Nok Air (www.nokair.com) or One Two Go (www.fly12go.com), three budget airlines.
We hope the above is useful information to facilitate your Thailand holidays, maximizing your Thailand experience . The Information is aimed at the eco tourists and travelers interested in ecotourism in Thailand and adventure in Thailand tours going Thailand trekking.