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Transport in Thailand is varied and chaotic, with no one dominant means of transport. Bus transport dominates in long distances and Bangkok, with motorcycles dominating in rural areas for short trips, supplanting bicycles. In Bangkok, public motorcycle taxis take people to their front door. Slow rail travel has long been a rural long distance transport mechanism. An overwhelming number of taxis can be found in Bangkok. Recently there has been a surge in air travel, urban rail, and private automobiles, especially among tourists, expats, upper class and growing middle class. Areas with navigable waterways often have boats or boat service, and many innovative means of transport exist such as tuk-tuk, vanpool, songthaew, or even elephants in rural areas.

By Air
Thai Airways - the domestic arm of big sister Thai International Airlines - operates an impressive route network throughout Thailand. Thai air flies to five destinations in the North, five in the Northeast and Seven in the South. Further, private airlines such as Bangkok Airways have also sprung up in competition.

By Rail
An efficient rail system links major northern and northeastern towns with the capital, Bangkok. The Thai rail system is surprisingly good and even offers overnight services to many cities from Bangkok. A southern route allows the visitor to travel by train into Malaysia and Singapore. Domestic express trains comprise first, second and third class carriages. While slow trains may only have third class seats.

By Road
A modern highway system reaches into all corners of the kingdom. Domestic bus services offer fast means of travel while air-conditioned tour coaches offer more comfort.

River Taxis
There are many boats plying the Chao Phraya River. Some criss-cross between landing on opposite banks while the Chao Phraya Express boats travel upstream and downstream of metropolitan Bangkok. Others serve the many landing stages on both banks and cover a route that goes up as far as the northern suburb of Nonthaburi.

• Car Hire
Visitors possessing valid International Driving Licenses may prefer to hire automobiles. English-language road signs and maps are commonplace. There are many international car hire companies such as Avis and Hertz operating in major cities and resorts like Pattaya, Hat Yai, Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Samui Island.


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