Thailand’s major international airports are Bangkok Suvarnhabhumi Airport (BKK), Phuket International Airport (HKT), and Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Budget carriers arriving from nearby countries typically use Bangkok’s smaller airport, Don Mueang International Airport (DMK).
Buses and trains
Thailand has great rail and bus networks, with different class options available to cater to varying budgets. Buses are generally quicker than trains, though sleeper trains can be an excellent way for solo travellers to save money and get a decent night’s sleep when covering longer distances.
Mini vans also operate on popular routes around the country. Road conditions are generally good in the cities and on the highways. Conditions may decline somewhat in more rural areas, though travelling by road rarely presents problems for visitors.
Local buses and converted pick-up trucks, known locally as song taews (two benches), are ideal for short distances, though knowing which one to take can be problematic due to language barriers. Metered taxis are another option, though, as with most places in the world, taxis are considerably more pricey than local transportation methods. Solo travellers with little luggage might be better to negotiate a price with a motorbike taxi instead. Tuk tuks have no meter and should be used a last resort by travellers looking to save money. Yes they’re fun but yes they’re expensive! Additionally, always negotiate the price before setting off on a journey.