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Bangkok Arrival and Information


There is an English magazine (METRO) which features monthly listings of musical and artistic events, even better is the free fortnightly BK Magazine. Both the Bangkok Post and the Nation offer daily listings of cultural events and performance schedules.

The TAT will also provide schedule information. The Tourism Authority of Thailand provides maps of the area, brochures on the attractions, and other information in tours, dining, accommodation and shopping. All TAT information centers operate seven days a week from 08:30 to 16:30 hours.

Tourism Authority of Thailand
Address: 1600 New Phetburi Road, Makkasan, Rajatevee, Bangkok 10310.
Telephone: +66 2250 5500 (120 automatic lines)


Bangkok with two massive airports, three bus terminals, various train stations, has a good network or road, rail and air services.

By Air:

Bangkok is a major hub for air travel in Asia; actually, the majority of people arriving in Thailand come by air. Bangkok has now two airports operating, Don Mueang International Airport and the modern Suvarnabhumi International Airport. More than 100 airlines have scheduled flights to these airports. On arrival at Bangkok International Airport, nationals of most countries will be issued a 30-day tourist visa. Itís best to check visa requirements in advance to be sure about current necessities.

Some flight times from abroad:

With a Change
Europe 12 hours 16 hours
Eastern Australia 9 hours 12 hours
West coast USA 16 hours 21 hours
East coast USA 22 hours with a change on West Coast USA 24 hours with a change in Europe

Major airlines include:

Airline Name
Air Asia +603 8660 4343
Air Canada +1 800 776 3000
Air China +1 800 227 5118
Air France +1 800 871 1366
Air New Zealand +1 800 663 5494
American Airlines +1 800 433 7300
British Airways +1 800 247 9297
Continental +1 800 525 0280
El Al +1 800 223 6700
Japan Airlines +1 800 525 3663
Korean Air +1 800 438 5000
Lufthansa +1 800 645 3880
Northwest +1 800 225 2525
Nippon +1 888 422 7533
Qantas +1 604 279 6611
United Airlines +1 800 241 6522

By Rail:

Bangkok is the rail hub of Thailand; the Thai rail network is well organized, State Railways of Thailand connects Bangkok with other major cities throughout the country; such as Ayuthaya, Phitsanoluk (for Sukhothai), Pattaya, Kanchanaburi, and Surat Thani; and with other countries including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and other cities in Malaysia. Travel by train in Thailand is very popular among tourists. The 1st and 2nd class carriages are quite comfortable.

By Bus:

Bangkok is the center of Thailandís extensive bus network; almost all provinces are reachable from here, there are plentiful and cheap long distance buses departing for Bangkok almost every hour. From Penang, Butterworth and Kuala Lampur in Malaysia, Vientiane in Laos or Phnom Penh in Cambodia there are travel operators offering bus tickets to Bangkok.

For more information, please visit the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority

By Ship:

Ships visiting Bangkok arrive at Laem Chabang, a township in Chonburi Province, about 90 minutes south-east of Bangkok and about 25 kilometers north of Pattaya. Cruise ships, such as RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 or MS Pearl of Scandinavia periodically visit Pattaya.

By Car:

If you are an adventurer, you can rent a car or truck and move around Bangkok. Car-rental companies in Bangkok include:

Avis +1 800 831 2847
Budget +1 800 527 0700
Hertz +1 800 654 3131
National 089/133-6126

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