How to get to Ubon Ratchathani from Bangkok

How to get to Ubon Ratchathani from Bangkok

Ubon Ratchathani? No, not Nakhon Ratchasima; and no, not Udon Thani. Never heard of? Little surprising as for many foreign travellers Ubon Ratchathani, one of the four major centres of Isan, is nothing more than a necessary stop on their way to Southern Laos. Yet the easternmost province of Thailand is a must-see destination for those who seek getting off a beaten track. Deep Buddhist traditions, spicy northeastern flavours, welcoming locals and three national parks are a good reason to explore. Ubon Ratchathani is home to the ‘Grand Canyon of Siam’ and arguably the most colourful of all the Candle Festivals in the whole country is held there.

How to get from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani

Go overland by bus or train or fly from Bangkok – Ubon Ratchathani has great transport connections with the capital and many cities of Isan and the North, including Khorat, Khon Kaen, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Khai, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.

From Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani by bus

The main bus terminal serving Bangkok–Ubon Ratchathani route is Morchit, from where buses to other northern and northeastern destinations leave, too. Morchit is located in the northern part of Bangkok close to BTS Morchit station; note though that to get to the bus terminal from there you will need to make a short two km ride by MBTA buses #136 or #145 or by taxi.

Morchit looks chaotic from the first sight, but it is surprisingly easy to navigate. There are several food courts there, 7/Eleven convenience stores, ATMs and even market stalls outside the main building. Cashiers and the bus terminal staff help passengers find their way.

Buses cover the distance between the capital and Ubon Ratchathani in about 9–10 hours, and a number of operators offer Express, VIP and VIP24 buses to choose from.

The prime choice is definitely VIP24s as they offer the most comfortable ride. There are only three seats in a row instead of usual four which means more space for your legs and elbows. A VIP24 ticket with Lotus Phibun Tour costs THB730, but note that these are seats in a double-decker, with normal seats (THB550) on the upper deck and VIP seats on the lower one. This bus departs at 6.45pm and reaches Ubon Ratchathani at 3.50am.

Two other VIPs, which are more convenient schedule-wise, are a Chanapai Tour 8.05pm bus arriving at 4.35 and a Lotus Phibun Tour 8.30pm bus (5.35am). All the other departures of the same companies are Express buses with tickets sold at THB470-THB490. There is a more expensive Air Ubon Express bus at 9.10pm (5.40am; THB590) but they provide exactly the same service with the only difference of being the fastest option (8½ hours).

As usually, all buses make at least one pit stop at large gas stations with convenience stores, coffee shops and toilets on their way and provide snacks and water on board.

From Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani by train

The Southern Laos branch, aka Ubon branch, of the Northeastern Line of Thai Railways terminates in the town of Warin Chamrap, where Ubon Ratchathani station is located. It is a short ride by tuk-tuk or songthaew over the river to Ubon Ratchathani from there.

Trains for Ubon Ratchathani leave from Hua Lamphong Train Station in Bangkok. Currently there are six departures per day. Before reaching Ubon Ratchathani, trains pass Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, Surin and Si Saket. Depending on the departure, the whole trip may take anywhere from 8½ hours to 11½ hours.

You have the whole range of the types of carriages available on the route, from spartan fan seats only to plush first class sleepers. Two morning trains, #21 at 5.45am (arrives to Ubon Ratchathani at 2.20pm), which is special express and the fastest one from the bunch, and #135 at 6.40am (6pm), offer second class AC or fan seats only at THB800 and THB550, which is definitely not the best investment ever as, firstly, with approximately the same money you can buy a considerably more comfortable night sleeper and, secondly, you loose quite a bit of your daytime just observing those rather monotonous flat rice paddies of Isan with occasional buffalo grazing here and there.

One afternoon departure (#145) at 3.20pm reaches Ubon in the small hours of 2.40am which is rather inconvenient. There are second class fan seats only in train #145, too, at the same price of THB550.

Night trains are the most convenient choice for getting from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani. There are two rapid trains, #139 at 6.55pm (6.15am) and #141 at 10.25pm (9.45am). The former is a great choice as it has second class fan sleepers at a bargain price of THB700. Fan sleeper is normally a reasonable compromise between price and level of comfort, and a fan carriage in many cases is much better than an AC carriage known for freezing temperatures. The latter train (#141) has second class fan seats only at THB550.

The only express train between Hua Lamphong in Bangkok and Ubon Ratchathani, #67, leaves at 8.30pm and arrives the following morning at 7.25am. There is a choice of a first class AC sleeper at THB1500 and a second class AC sleeper at THB1000 with a second class AC ladies only option at the same price.

Tip: If you are a solo woman traveller or have your little kids in tow, consider a second class AC sleeper ladies only. These carriages have been introduced just recently and now are available on the majority of long haul routes.

From Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani by air

Yes, you can fly to Ubon Ratchathani, too. A number of low-cost operators offer quite reasonable prices and the trip takes just an hour. It will cost you from THB700 to THB1000 on average to get from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani one-way with Lion Air, AirAsia and Nok Air – even cheaper during promotional periods. Note though that basic airfares with low-cost airlines may include limited or no registered luggage and no inflight meals; in certain cases you will need to pay extra for check-in, too. All the above-mentioned companies are based in Bangkok’s second largest airport, Don Mueang, located to the northeast of the capital.

If you need to fly from Suvarnabhumi Airport, consider Thai Smile, a subsidiary of the national carrier Thai Airways International. Tickets are usually more expensive, but include luggage and even meals.

From Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse in Laos

There are two international buses a day going from Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse in Laos through Chong Mek-Vangtao border crossing. The crossing is open daily from 6am to 6pm, and sometimes (not always) an ‘extra hours’ fee in charged on the Lao side on weekdays after 4pm and on weekends. The total travel time from Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse including waiting time at the immigration on the both sides is about three hours.

Activities

There is a number of quite impressive temples in Ubon Ratchathani, including Wat Thung Si Mueang dating back to the 19th century with a charming wooden library in the centre of a pond; Wat Chaeng with an unusual crocodile balustrade; and Wat Nong Bua famous for its rectangular chedi. If you venture to the south of the province along the Mekong River, make sure to call to Wat Siridorn Wararam Phu Prao at sunset – it is an amazing experience!

Ubon Ratchathani province is also home to Sam Phan Bok Canyon, a mysterious place with ethereal moonscapes. The best time to visit is during dry season, when the water level in Mekong lowers making endless holes and cavities the river has dug through its stone bed visible.

Rock paintings, ‘mushroom’ stone formations, picturesque waterfalls, incredible variety of wild flowers and nature trails fill Pha Taem National Park. If you are going to visit only one park in Ubon, make sure it is Pha Taem.

A convenient base for exploring Pha Taem National Park, a little scenic town of Khong Chiam ouzes endless charm. It sits at Mae Nam Song Si, the confluence of the red Mekong River with blue waters of the Mun River. Though the destination is well known to Thai tourists, if you happen there during weekdays, you will enjoy the serene, laidback atmosphere of the town all by yourself.

Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani @ train, bus, flight Jul 27, 2017

40 trips (THB 459 — 3,111)

From Hua Lamphong to Ubon Ratchathani by train

15:20
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
02:40
Ubon Ratchathani
11h 20m
Refund
฿ 581
× 2 = ฿ 1,162
20 seats available
18:55
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
06:15
Ubon Ratchathani
11h 20m
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฿ 731
× 2 = ฿ 1,462
35 seats available
20:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:25
Ubon Ratchathani
10h 55m
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฿ 1,071
× 2 = ฿ 2,142
30 seats available
20:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:25
Ubon Ratchathani
10h 55m
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฿ 1,101
× 2 = ฿ 2,202
 
20:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:25
Ubon Ratchathani
10h 55m
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฿ 1,570
× 2 = ฿ 3,140
10 seats available
21:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:50
Ubon Ratchathani
10h 20m
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฿ 821
× 2 = ฿ 1,642
20 seats available
21:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:50
Ubon Ratchathani
10h 20m
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฿ 1,530
× 2 = ฿ 3,060
Only 6 seats left!
21:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:50
Ubon Ratchathani
10h 20m
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฿ 991
× 2 = ฿ 1,982
20 seats available

From Morchit to Ubon Ratchathani by bus

07:00
Morchit, Bangkok
17:50
Ubon Ratchathani
10h 50m
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฿ 459
× 2 = ฿ 918
? seats available
14:50
Morchit, Bangkok
01:40
Ubon Ratchathani
10h 50m
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฿ 459
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16:30
Morchit, Bangkok
03:20
Ubon Ratchathani
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19:30
Morchit, Bangkok
06:20
Ubon Ratchathani
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฿ 459
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19:55
Morchit, Bangkok
05:30
Ubon Ratchathani
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฿ 570
× 2 = ฿ 1,140
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20:05
Morchit, Bangkok
05:25
Ubon Ratchathani
9h 20m
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฿ 550
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20:30
Morchit, Bangkok
06:30
Ubon Ratchathani
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21:00
Morchit, Bangkok
08:00
Ubon Ratchathani
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฿ 475
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21:10
Morchit, Bangkok
06:40
Ubon Ratchathani
9h 30m
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฿ 660
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21:10
Morchit, Bangkok
06:45
Ubon Ratchathani
9h 35m
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฿ 570
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21:35
Morchit, Bangkok
08:00
Ubon Ratchathani
10h 25m
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฿ 570
× 2 = ฿ 1,140
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21:45
Morchit, Bangkok
08:35
Ubon Ratchathani
10h 50m
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฿ 459
× 2 = ฿ 918
? seats available

From Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13 to Ubon Ratchathani by bus

20:15
Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bangkok
05:40
Ubon Ratchathani
9h 25m
Instant
฿ 570
× 2 = ฿ 1,140
? seats available
21:30
Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bangkok
06:55
Ubon Ratchathani
9h 25m
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฿ 570
× 2 = ฿ 1,140
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From Don Mueang Airport to Ubon Ratchathani by flight

#DD9310
06:05
Don Mueang Airport
07:05
Ubon Ratchathani Airport
1h
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฿ 2,009
× 2 = ฿ 4,018
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07:25
Don Mueang Airport
08:30
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฿ 1,462
× 2 = ฿ 2,924
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07:45
Don Mueang Airport
08:45
Ubon Ratchathani Airport
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฿ 1,333
× 2 = ฿ 2,666
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07:50
Don Mueang Airport
08:55
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฿ 1,152
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11:30
Don Mueang Airport
12:35
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฿ 1,152
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11:40
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12:45
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฿ 1,462
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12:30
Don Mueang Airport
13:35
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฿ 1,152
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13:20
Don Mueang Airport
14:25
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฿ 1,462
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15:05
Don Mueang Airport
16:10
Ubon Ratchathani Airport
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฿ 2,007
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15:30
Don Mueang Airport
16:30
Ubon Ratchathani Airport
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฿ 1,964
× 2 = ฿ 3,928
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17:25
Don Mueang Airport
18:30
Ubon Ratchathani Airport
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฿ 2,668
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18:00
Don Mueang Airport
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Ubon Ratchathani Airport
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฿ 2,833
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18:40
Don Mueang Airport
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฿ 905
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19:30
Don Mueang Airport
20:30
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฿ 2,009
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From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Ubon Ratchathani by flight

#WE20
07:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
08:05
Ubon Ratchathani Airport
1h 5m
Instant 20kg
฿ 1,778
× 2 = ฿ 3,556
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Suvarnabhumi Airport
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1h 5m
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฿ 1,778
× 2 = ฿ 3,556
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16:10
Suvarnabhumi Airport
17:15
Ubon Ratchathani Airport
1h 5m
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฿ 1,721
× 2 = ฿ 3,442
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18:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
19:05
Ubon Ratchathani Airport
1h 5m
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฿ 3,111
× 2 = ฿ 6,222
  available

Passenger reviews out of total 795 passengers traveled with us on this route

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★★★ Apr 9, 2017 (train #67 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good service
★★★★★ Apr 5, 2017 (train #23 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Brand new wagons, clean pillow cases and sheets. I had a very comfortable ride and slept well!!
★★★★★ Apr 4, 2017 (train #23 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
excellent service! :))
★★★★★ Mar 16, 2017 (train #67 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good
★★★★☆ Feb 24, 2017 (train #67 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 3, 2017 (train #23 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 20, 2017 (train #139 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
The train was delayed an hour, but very good overall. Nice staff and good beds. No need for aircon - the fan was perfect at night. I recommend the chicken on a stick for breakfast.
★★★★☆ Dec 28, 2016 (bus VIP, Chanapai Tour)
★★★★☆ Oct 24, 2016 (train #23 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jul 12, 2016 (train #23 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I love the train journey. Night train save time and hotel money
★★☆☆☆ Jun 28, 2016 (train #23 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Despite having tickets for first class sleeper, there were only second class sleepers on the train.
★★★★★ May 6, 2016 (train #23 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Comfortable trip from Bangkok to Ubon
12Go response:

Thank you very much for your review indeed.
Hope you have a nice trip and will be back to use our website again in the near future.

★★★★☆ Feb 17, 2016 (train #23 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Recogimos los billetes sin problema, todo muy sencillo. Las camas muy limpias,el tren muy puntual. En la litera de arriba hace un poco frío con el aire acondicionado, llevar algo de abrigo.
★★★★★ Feb 10, 2016 (bus Express, Chanapai Tour) :
We travelled with the night bus from mochit to ubon. Despite some bumpy roads it went pretty smooth. We got blankets and a complementary bag with water and two snacks. The bus arrived and departed on time.
★★★★☆ Feb 6, 2016 (train #23 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Very easy and comfortable way to travel to the border.
★★☆☆☆ Dec 11, 2015 (bus VIP, Chanapai Tour) :
Bus broke down. Rode was uncomfortable and bouncy. Got no sleep at all.
★★★★☆ Nov 28, 2015 (train #23 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Our trip went really smoothly (although we were confused with the statement of women and children only on our mixed wagon). All the staff was very friendly. Although we couldn't understand a thing of what the security agents were announcing, they passed by to greet us very kindly and to hand us a form with an English transcript! The beds were very clean although a bit short for long people. We arrived perfectly on time.
★★★★☆ Nov 13, 2015 (bus Express, Chanapai Tour) :
Pleasant
★★★★☆ Nov 5, 2015 (train #23 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Fantastic service. It took me a wee while to figure out how to book online but great result. Very efficient communication,safe payment and it was easy to find the office and pick up tickets when we arrived in Bangkok. Well done, 12go.asia.
★★★☆☆ Aug 1, 2015 (bus Express, Air Ubon (Sombat)) :
GOOD - Modern, clean, spacious bus, and a relatively smooth, quiet ride. Decent snacks and free water, but still recommend you bring some of your own if you're on a long trip. I took the overnight bus from Bangkok to Ubon (long trip). Good blanket (not itchy, and not too short). Very good personal audio/video entertainment screen with headphones. No one already sitting in my assigned seat. Overall, one of the best buses I've been on. (my advice is to book early and get seat at front window on upper level (good leg room and nice shelf to prop up your feet, if you wish). BAD - Even with my overhead air conditioner turned off, my feet were still freezing. Couldn't figure how to turn off floor level A/C, or if that's even possible. Seat was very comfortable, at first (good recline angle, soft seating, adjustable headrest), but the longer the trip took, the less comfortable it became. I chose to go the Wednesday night before a long, four-day holiday weekend. Bad idea. Most of Bangkok decided to leave for Issan that same night. Between the traffic, bad weather and road construction, it took nearly 15 hours(!) to reach Ubon from Bangkok, which is normally about a 9-hour bus ride. We left around 9:20pm and arrived in Ubon just before noon. In the first six hours alone, in stop-and-go, bumper-to-bumper traffic, we hadn't even reached Nakhon Ratchasima! I'm sure this wasn't the driver's fault, but perhaps passengers should be warned when purchasing tickets during holiday weekends that long delays are likely.
12Go response:

Thank you for extensive review and sorry for that experience. That may happen on long weekends :(

★★★☆☆ Jul 30, 2015 (bus VIP24, Lotus Phibun Tour)
★★★☆☆ May 2, 2015 (bus Express, Chanapai Tour)
★★★★☆ Mar 18, 2015 (bus Express, Air Ubon (Sombat)) :
The trip and service was good. The only problem was the bus being late. Morchit is probably one of the worst places to have to wait longer than originally planned.

News @ Ubon Ratchathani

04 July 2017

Thailand will celebrate two of its most important annual religious holidays this weekend. Saturday is Asarnha Bucha Day and will be followed on Sunday by Khao Phansa. The latter is the first day of the three-month-long Buddhist Lent.

22 May 2017

Thai AirAsia has announced a convenient addition to its ever expanding network of flight routes in Thailand. The budget carrier will inaugurate cross-country Chiang Mai to Ubon Ratchathani flights on 23 June 2017.

09 March 2017

Thailand has confirmed contracts for the construction of a new Bangkok urban train line have been signed. The national Transport Ministry says construction work on the eastbound section of the Orange Line from the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT Station to Minburi will commence in June.