Thailand - How to Reserve ? Hotels, Flights, Trains, Buses


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  1. Hotels in Thailand
  2. Flights to (and inside) Thailand
  3. Trains in Thailand
  4. Buses in Thailand

1. The Hotel

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To find an hotel in Thailand, I highly recommend to use Booking.com
I'm using Booking because :
  1. It has a very good user interface, letting me decide which hotel is the best for me (I will explain).
  2. It has authentic reviews of travellers (only guests who booked and stayed in the hotel, are allowed to write a review).
  3. It is a serious company with the best prices and you can also cancel a reservation (or change the dates) in most cases.
Here is the best way to use Booking.com in order to find an hotel :

The Map :

beach party thai islandAfter you fill the dates and your destination, you will see a Map of the area (look for the Map icon, scroll down the page if needed). On the Map you will see points representing the Hotels and if you zoom, you will see the price of each hotel and the score it received in the comments. Click on the mark to arrive to the hotel page.
The Map feature is good, in order to get fast information about the available options.

The Filters :

beach party thai islandAfter you fill the dates and your destination, On the left side, you will see Filters that serve to filter the results according to some criterias. The most useful filter is the price range.
Another filter is the area you want.


Sort by (Important !!) :

beach party thai islandWhen you get a list of the proposed hotels (after filling the dates and destination) you can sort the result in the order you want (with the bar on the top). Use the sort by "Review Score" and it will order the hotels by how the guests scored them. Read also the content of some comments in order to feel the place. Give a priority to the ones who received many (good) comments (hundreds), it is more reliable than an hotel commented by just two persons.
Technical Note : Do the "sort by" as a last step (to make sure it was taken into account).

Note :

beach party thai islandAt the top, you can choose the language and the currency.



Here you can search Hotels with Booking.com :

2. Flights to and inside Thailand

Related pages, on this site : General steps to search for a good flight :
  1. First, use one of the general search sites, that gives you results for multiple airlines like : Jetradar, Skyscanner, Google flights or TripAdvisor.
  2. If you are a little bit flexible with the dates, then you want to find the days with the best prices, so try to get a "calendar view" in which you see prices for the whole month (with the lowest price indicated for each day), then you can investigate more on specific dates. For instance in Jetradar, here is the calendar view. You can change the origin and destination :


  3. General search sites are good and they give you a good picture of the available options, but sometimes, for many reasons, they don't show you all the availabe flights. So try to look also at individual sites of the companies you know that are flying to your destination.
  4. In order to know the airlines who are flying to your destination, you can try to look at the "departure and landing real time information" of the airports sites.
  5. When you choose a flight, consider also :
    • The landing time (at night, it may require a Taxi instead of public transportation)
    • The connection wait time (if you need to change airplanes)
    • The airports location (some airlines are not landing at the main airports)
  6. Make sure the price you see is the final one. Some sites are adding (strange) fees when you advance in the reservation process.

Some specific airlines to know while in Thailand :

To search flights to Thailand and in the region of South East Asia you can use Jetradar :

When is the best time to buy a flight ticket ?

Usually, the sooner, the better (something like 2 months in advance). It is especially true with the "low cost" companies (these ones are almost always flying at full capacity). There are also deals of the "last minute" but you cannot really count on it if your destination and schedule is not flexible.
Thankfully, air travel as become very competitive and you can usually find good prices to your destination, at any time, if you are willing to make a non direct flight.

3. Trains in Thailand

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Yes, there are trains in Thailand. They are not super fast but they are comfortable and clean.
You may use the trains to arrive to :
  • The Islands in the south (see how).
  • Chiang Mai in the north (see Chiang Mai page).
  • The Capital of Laos - Vientiane
beach party thai islandFor all these destinations, the most common is to take a night train, which takes about 10 hours. On the night trains there are sleepers coaches which are quite comfortable. It costs less than 1000 Baht. The price vary a little bit according to : First class or second class, air-conditioned or just Fans and the position of the bed (upper or lower).
The most common is to choose the second class air conditioned, which is really fine from my experience.

You can buy train tickets in :
  • The train stations
  • Travel agencies in Thailand
  • Online, with the site 12Go Asia

Notes :

  • Yes, in peak season, some night trains may be full, so it's better to buy the ticket in advance.
  • The computer reservation system of the Thai railway company is not connected to the travel agencies, nor to the online company  12Go Asia. In order to make a reservation the travel agent just calls the railway company and buy for you a ticket.

Regarding buying a Train ticket with  12Go Asia :

  • When you buy a train ticket with  12Go Asia, you will get a final OK, only after their agents will buy for you the ticket (because the reservation system is not automatic).
  • For trains, You will need to receive a real paper ticket (e-ticket is not OK), and you will need to collect the ticket from 12Go Asia offices (In Bangkok, they are opposite the train station). They can also send you the ticket, if you prefer. You can read about all this in their FAQ section.

For Train Tickets with 12go Asia, fill the date and destination :

Powered by 12Go Asia system

You can see more information about the trains in Thailand, in the excellent site Seat61.

4. Buses in Thailand

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Unlike the trains, Buses are going everywhere in Thailand. There are national buses going from the main bus station and there are also private companies going from different locations and sometimes also picking passengers from the hotels.

You can buy Bus tickets in :
  • The bus central stations
  • Travel agencies in Thailand
  • Online, with the site 12Go Asia

Regarding buying a Bus ticket with  12Go Asia :

It is easier to buy bus tickets with  12Go Asia than it is for trains, because you get an immediate confirmation and because you receive an e-Ticket and you don't need to collect it from anywhere.

For Bus Tickets with 12go Asia, fill the date and destination :

Powered by 12Go Asia system

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