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    Thailand - A Traveller's Guide

    Getting To Thailand

    Thailand sits in the centre of the Indochina peninsula in South East Asia. Thailand shares land borders with Myanmar ( Burma ), Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. To the West is the Andamn sea and the South the Gulf of Thailand. Key geographical features are the Mekong river bordering Laos in the North East and the Chao Praya river which originates in Nakhonsawan 250km north of Bangkok then flows through the capital and into the Gulf of Thailand. The mountains to the the West of Thailand run North to South along much of the 1800km border that the country shares with Myanmar.

    Thailand by Air

    Thailand has several international airports: Bangkok Savarnabumi, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, Udon Thani and Hat Yai.

    More info here: TourismThailand.org - The official travel information website for tourists visiting Thailand

    Direct flights to Thailand are possible from all around the world, Bangkok Suvarnabumi ( BKK ) is a hub for travel throughout Asia making the country easily accessible.

    Regional airport information can be found here:

    Bangkok Suvarnabumi ( BKK ) Suvarnabhumi Airport | New Bangkok Airport Guide

    Bangkok Don Muang ( DMK ) Don Muang Airport (DMK) Bangkok Thailand | Don Muang Airport Guide

    Phuket ( HKT ) Phuket International Airport (HKT) | Phuket Airport Guide

    Chiang Mai ( CNX ) Chiang Mai Airport Guide (CNX) | Chiang Mai Airport Guide

    Hat Yai ( HDY ) Gerneral Information

    Krabi ( KBV ) Krabi Airport (KBV) Krabi | Thailand | Krabi Airport Guide

    Koh Samui ( USM ) Welcome to Samui Airport | Samui Airport Guide

    Udon Thani ( UTH ) Udon Thani Airport (UTH) Thailand | Udon Thani Airport Guide

    Pattaya Utapao ( UTP ) U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport

    There are also airports in Buriram, Chiang Rai, Hua Hin, Kon Kaen, Lampang, Loei, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sot, Nakon Ratchasima, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nan, Narathiwat, Pai, Phitsanulok, Ranong, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Sukhothai, Surat Thani, Trang, Trat and Ubon Ratchathani.

    Not all airports operate all the time so this information should be used as a guide only.

    Excellent Bangkok airport information here: Bangkok Airport & Transportation info


    Land Borders

    Land border entry into thailand is possible from Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Visa on arrival is possible at land borders into Thailand but it should be noted that VOA at land borders is usually 15 days rather than the 30 days granted at airports.

    Malaysia:

    Pengkalan Kulor - Ban Ta Ba
    Rantau Panjang - Sungai Kolok
    Betong
    Changlun - Sadao
    Pedang Besar
    Wang Prajan
    Kuala Perlis

    Myanmar:

    Tachilek - Mae Sai
    Myawaddy - Mae Sot
    Victoria Point - Ranong ( Sea crossing )

    Note: The Myanmar situation is changing quickly as the country opens up. Currently ( June 2013 ) visa on arrival at border crossings from Thailand into Myanmar is possible but not valid for travel throughout the country. At the Tachilek - Mae Sae crossing, for example, a 14 day visa may be issued but only be valid for the Techilek / Kengtung area and not valid for travel beyond. The Myanmar immigration will retain a traveller's passport and return it when they exit the country via the same border crossing.

    Crossing from Myanmar into Thailand does offer visa on arrival as with any of the land border crossings into Thailand from other countries.

    Best advice, as always but especially with Myanmar, is to check before you travel.

    Laos:

    Vang Tao - Chong Mek
    Mukdahan - Savannakhet
    Nakhon Phanom - Tha Khaek
    Bueng Kan - Paksan
    Nong Khai - Vientiane
    Ban Mo - Vientiane ( limited operating times - check before trying to use this crossing )
    Nam Hueng - Thai Li
    Chiang Khong - Huay Xai

    Cambodia:

    Poipet - Aranyaprathet ( best for exiting Cambodia from Siam Reap and onward travel to Bangkok )
    Ko Kong - Hat Lek ( best for exiting Cambodia from Sihanoukville )
    O Smach - Chong Jom
    Anlong Veng - Chong Sa Ngam
    Phsa Prum - Ban Pakard
    Daun Lem - Ban Laem

    Visa Information:

    Visa on arrival is possible at all international airports and all land border crossings. VOA at airports will be 30 days, land border crossings will be 15 days.
    Last edited by Steve@thaib; 9th June 2013 at 06:24.

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