Thailand has, depending of the season, up to 1, 6000 km of navigable inland waterway. Travel to Thailand by sea is possible from Malaysia; there are also ferry crossings from China, Laos and Cambodia.
From Malaysia it is possible to take a long tail boat between Kuala Perlis (Malaysia) and Satun (Thailand); there are also ferry services from Langkawi (Malaysia) to Satun and Phuket in Thailand. There is a little car and passenger ferry connecting Kota Bharu (Malaysia) and Ban Taba (on the east coast of Thailand).Thailand can be reached from Laos by crossing the Mekong River, only in the allowed border points: Nakhon Phanom (opposite Tha Khaek), Chiang Khong (opposite Huay Xai) and Mukdahan (opposite Savannakhet).
Services operate along the Chao Phraya River connecting Krung Thep Bridge and Nonthaburi and in Bangkok connecting Ratburana and Nonthaburi by ferries operated by the Chao Phraya Express Boat. Ferries operate connecting the mainland and popular islands including Surat Thani to Ko Samui, Phuket to Phi Phi and Trat to Koh Chang. Long-tail boat is a thin, long and made of wood boat with a long “tail”. Strong competition on all of the main routes guarantees that fares are kept low.
Protection measures are basic and ferries and speedboats do sink sporadically, so keep away from overloaded boats in poor water, and scope out the nearest life jackets while on board.
Chao Phraya Express Boat
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