Buriram can be reached via private car,
bus, or train. Once there, it may be easier to get around with your own car, but there are
standard forms of local transport available for visitors: i.e. songtaew, motorbike taxi,
and tuk tuk.
Domestic flight services are now operated by five domestic carriers, which are, Thai Airways International (or THAI), Bangkok Airways, Air Asia, Orient Thai Airlines (One-Two-Go), Nok Air, and Nok Mini (SGA) Airlines. Of all the domestic airlines, Thai Airways International (TG) is the biggest.
Thailand has six major international airports: Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, and Hat Yai, and 23 domestic airports for commercial flights in major cities around the country. They are Buriram, Hua Hin (Prachuap Khiri Khan), Khon Kaen, Krabi, Lampang, Mae Hong Son, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Si thammarat, Nan, Narathiwat, Pai , Phitsanulok, Ranong, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Samui, Surat Thani, Sukhothai, Trang, Trat, Ubon Ratchathani Udon Thani, and U-Taphao (Rayong).
For more details, please contact your travel agent, or call +66 (0) 2356 1111 for Thai Airways and +66 (0) 2664 6099 for SGA Airlines.
| By Bus
The Transport Company Limited provides daily ordinary and air-conditioned busses from Bangkok to Buriram. The busses leave from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2). Timetables
For more information
The Transport Co., Ltd. Tel. 1490 or 0 2936 2852-66 ext. 448 and 611
Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) Tel. 0 2936 2852-66
| By Car
- From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road) to Saraburi, then turn right onto Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap Road). Turn right onto Highway No. 24 (Chok Chai - Det Udom Road) passing through Amphoe Nong Ki and Amphoe Nang Rong before turning left onto Highway No. 218 to Buriram. The total distance is about 410 km.
- From Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat), take Highway No. 226 past Amphoe Chakkarat, Huai Thalaeng, and Lam Plai Mat. The total distance is 384 km.
| By Train
There are rapid, express, and ordinary trains from Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Station to Ubon Ratchathani, Surin, and Nakhon Ratchasima, many of which stop in Buriram. Timetables
For more information
Hua Lumphong Railway Station Tel. 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020, or 1690
Buriram Railway Station Tel. 0 4461 1202
Traveling in Buriram city can be done by hiring a pedal rickshaw (samlor) or a tuk tuk. Ask for the rate prior to using the service. For traveling to other districts, there are public busses.
Car, Jeep & Van
Cars, jeeps and vans can be rented in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket and other tourist cities. The rental costs for cars and jeeps are from around 2,000 to 3,000 baht per day and vans from 2,500 to 3,500 baht. Typically, international rental companies charge a bit more than local companies, yet they offer a larger choice. A car can also be rented at travel agencies, many of which have branch offices in large- and medium-sized hotels. It is advisable to check whether a car is insured for liability before signing a rental contract.
Like cars, motorcycles can be rented in tourist cities, except Bangkok as it is not convenient to use motorcycle here.
It has recently become a popular way to travel around Thailand by motorcycle, especially in the North. Rentals vary considerably from city to city. In major tourist spots like Chiang Mai and Phuket where there is an abundance of motorcycle rental shops, the costs are certainly much lower.
Anyway, whether you rent a motorcycle from a big rental company or a small shop, it is advisable to check the machine over thoroughly before you take it out. Before renting, make sure that an insurance is provided, though with an extra charge. And please note that both rider and passenger on a motor bike must wear a helmet.
- Thai drives on the left-hand side of the road.
- Foreigners who wish to drive motor vehicles in Thailand need a valid International Driving License.
- Driving license and passport must be carried at all times when driving.
Most big provinces have public non-air-con bus and air-con bus services to destinations within the provinces and to other nearby provinces.
Many tourist cities have taxi services, but most of them are non-metered. Therefore, it is necessary to establish the fare before departure. Some big cities also have share-taxi services for popular routes. Though the fare is fixed and cheaper, you have to wait until there are enough passengers (usually four or five).
A samlo is a three-wheeled taxi which comes in two types -- motorised and nonmotorised. Motorised samlos or Tuk-Tuk can be found throughout the country while nonmotorised ones (or tricycle or rickshaws) are available in certain provincial towns. Both types of samlos are suitable for short trips only.
Literally meaning two rows, this is a small pickup truck with two benches, each at one side of the truck seating several people. It is a public transport which operates fixed routes like buses, but normally runs a shorter distance or within the province. Songthaeo can also be chartered like a regular taxi.