Bangkok, home to two international airports, can easily be reached by several direct flights from India. Flight companies such as Air India, Air India Express, AirAsia, Jet Airways, Thai Airways and IndiGo from various India cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, etc. fly with high frequencies.
Thailand allows citizens of 20 countries to apply for tourist on-arrival visa at the immigration checkpoints for not more than 15 days. Indian applicants can apply for the said visa at 23 authorised international checkpoints including at Phuket and Bangkok. The application fee is THB 1000, and the visa cannot be extended in this case. One can also obtain the visa beforehand at the Thai Embassy in India. In that case, the visa fee is THB 1500 and for the permitted duration is 30 days. The visa can also be extended for another 30 days. For further information: http://www.phuketvisa.com/index.php?lay=show&ac=article&Id=538608345
The city of Bangkok houses three major bus terminals with bus services plying to and from several main cities of Thailand. The Northern Bus Terminal known as Mo Chit takes the routes towards north including Chiang Mai. The Southern Bus Terminal located in Thonburi has bus service to destination such as Koh Samui, Phuket, Hua Hin and towards south and east. The Eastern Bur Terminal referred to as Ekkamai has buses bound towards Pattaya, Rayong, and Trat provinces. Also available are the minivans that ply from Victory Monument for Hua Hin, Cha Am, Pattaya, Kanchanaburi and other places.
Bangkok houses two major airports, namely Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Muang Airport, located about 30 and 25 kilometres respectively from the city centre. Catering to a large number of domestic as well as international flights on a daily basis, the airport is also one of the busiest in Southeast Asia. There are several direct flights to the city from almost all the Asian as well as European countries. Taxis are easily available round the clock at low prices from outside the both the airports to your final destination. It is a journey of 30 to 90 minutes, given the traffic conditions and will cost THB 250 - THB 300 plus toll charges.
Tentative return flight prices to Bangkok from major cities in India:
|Starting City||Return price (approximate)|
|Mumbai||₹ 16,666 Non-stop|
|New Delhi||₹ 8,445 Non-stop|
|Bengaluru||₹ 20,029 Non-stop|
|Chennai||₹ 13,184 Non-stop|
|Hyderabad||₹ 21,348 Non-stop|
|Kolkata||₹ 14,927 Non-stop|
Taxis are easily available in any part of the Bangkok and can take you to all the neighboring cities. The taxis in the city are metered but do makes sure to confirm the price before setting for the journey. Although, travelling to Bangkok through car is not a feasible idea as one will lose a lot of time while stuck in traffic jams. Three major highways connect the city to rest of the country namely Phahonyothin Road, Sukhumvit Road and Phetkasem Road.
Bangkok owns a central train station in Hualamphong in close proximity to Chinatown. One can easily access to the station through subway, which further connects Bangkok to all other destination in country through its well-organized network of trains.
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Getting around Bangkok is quite easy with its well-developed public transport system. There are plenty of options to commute within the city. Colourful metered taxis, tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis are some of the most popular options, all being easily available in any part of the city. However, considering the infamous traffic jam of the city, BTS (the aboveground Sky train) and MRT (underground metro) are the best alternatives. The trains begin their service at 6 am and end at midnight. The cheapest way of getting around is through local bus services, but it gets tedious because the routes are complicated and the information is all written in Thai. One can also hail private cabs, but they are quite an expensive affair. Make sure you bargain for a good deal while hiring a tuk-tuk or a colourful taxi.