Getting to Bangkok
The five-syllable Bangkok airport - Suvarnabhumi - is a major international airport, so flying in and out of the city is doable from various parts of the world. Within Asia, low cost carriers such as Tiger Air operate frequent short-haul flights. Long-haul flights operate from major European airports, as well as the islands. In addition to the well-known Kayak.com, Skyscanner.com is a useful site to compare low fares, particualrly for those who have flexible travel dates.
Bangkok's Hualamphong Station (Krungthep) is the main railway station, with over 20 platforms in the city center on Rama 4 Road. It is possible to get to Bangkok by train from all around Thailand, which makes it possible to do so from many locations in the region. Despite the 60,000 plus passengers per day who use the trains, bus remains a favored mode of transportation for many people because of cost, safety, and convenience. There are two other stations in the city - Thonburi Railway Station (Bangkok Noi) and Don Muang Rail Station (Old Airport). Many who arrive in Bangkok choose to de-train at these stations in order to avoid the chaos at the main station.
The bus network in and around Bangkok is a popular way to travel. Companies such as Stray Travel offer hop-on hop-off passes for long journeys through Thailand and other countries, allowing travelers to customize their trip as they wish. There is also regular bus service from major Thai cities to Bangkok, so there is no shortage of bus options around the country. For bus enthusiasts, there are also options such as Stray, a hop-on/hop-off bus touring company, which offers packages around the country and region for travelers who want flexibility on a budget.
Renting a car can be done at major international airports and outposts and driving on highways is safe. One of the most popular rental companies is called Sixt, which has multiple locations in Bangkok and throughout Thailand. Make sure you have a valid foreign driver’s license in order to rent a car.