It may be a bit pricey to get to Thailand by air, but
once you're there you can take advantage of bargain-basement
flights. Just bear in mind that flights in and out of Thailand
are often overbooked so confirm, confirm and reconfirm.
Buses are a sterling way to get around - they're fast (often
terrifyingly!) air-conditioned and comfy. There are even
women-only buses. However, there have been bad reports
of the service on buses booked from agencies on Thanon
Khao San. If you want to get to Malaysia, there are train
The bad news is that it can be quite expensive flying
to Bangkok, depending on your point of departure; the
good news is that once you're there you can shop around
for an inexpensive return ticket. A host of international
carriers land at Don Muang, Bangkok's major airport terminal.
Flights in and out of Thailand are often overbooked so
it's imperative that you reconfirm ongoing flights as
soon as you arrive. The departure tax on international
flights is waived if you're in the country for less than
Overland travel from Malaysia is popular and there are
four border crossings between Thailand and Malaysia,
two on the west coast, one in the centre and one on the
east coast. It's not possible to buy through-fare tickets
for rail journeys between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur or
Singapore, unless you ride the luxurious Eastern & Oriental
Express, but the trip can be made on express trains via
the Thai-Malaysia border at Pedang Besar. The journey
usually requires an overnight stop in Butterworth (Malaysia)
in order to comfortably make train connections.
There are plenty of crossing points between Thailand
and Myanmar, Laos or Cambodia, but very few border crossings
are made - officially, at least.
It's legal for non-Thai foreigners to cross the Mekong
River by ferry between Thailand and Laos at the following
points: Nakhon Phanom (opposite Tha Khaek), Chiang Khong
(opposite Huay Xai) and Mukdahan (opposite Savannakhet).