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Transportation in Thailand

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The state owns the Thai railroad system and it runs along a total of 3870 km of track.  There is a network of railway lines that go from Bangkok to surrounding cities in all directions.  It goes to Chiang Mai in the north to the frontier of Malaysia in the south.  There is another line available that extends to Myanmar in the northwest.

The highways in Thailand were improved upon in the 1970s and are comprised of roads totaling about 65,000 km.  An important alternative to the highways is the Chao Phraya, the most important inland waterway in Thailand, which can be navigated to about 50 miles from its mouth (80 km).

Thailand's largest airport is the Don Muang International Airport located in northern Bangkok, but may be surpassed by another international airport in the process of being built in Bangkok, which is expected to be completed sometime around the year 2000.  Thailand's airline, Thai Airways offers both domestic and international flights.

105 (2010)
country comparison to the world: 55
Airports - with paved runways:
total: 64
over 3,047 m: 8
2,438 to 3,047 m: 11
1,524 to 2,437 m: 24
914 to 1,523 m: 15
under 914 m: 6 (2010)
Airports - with unpaved runways:
total: 41
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 13
under 914 m: 27 (2010)
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gas 1,348 km; refined products 323 km (2009)


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total: 4,071 km
country comparison to the world: 41
standard gauge: 29 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 4,042 km 1.000-m gauge (2008)
total: 180,053 km (includes 450 km of expressways) (2006)
country comparison to the world: 27


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4,000 km
country comparison to the world: 27
note: 3,701 km navigable by boats with drafts up to 0.9 m (2010)
Merchant marine:
total: 382
country comparison to the world: 27
by type: bulk carrier 30, cargo 116, chemical tanker 23, container 19, liquefied gas 36, passenger 1, passenger/cargo 10, petroleum tanker 120, refrigerated cargo 27
foreign-owned: 15 (China 1, Hong Kong 1, Japan 2, Malaysia 3, Singapore 1, Taiwan 1, UK 6)
registered in other countries: 41 (Bahamas 4, Panama 6, Singapore 30, Tuvalu 1) (2010)
Ports and terminals:
Bangkok, Laem Chabang, Map Ta Phut, Prachuap Port, Si Racha


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