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How to get the cheapest flight to Thailand

The flight from your country to the destination, Thailand in this case, sometimes takes the biggest portion of your trip cost.

Searching the internet, you find plenty of website helping you compare the price to find the cheapest possible option, that really helps in some case.

But it is not that simple…

Sometimes, you search the same route, same date, same… everything, but the ticket price increases every 10 minutes when you refresh your search!!!

If you met the case before, this article is for you.

We make it all clear below.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Thailand?

Logically, you'll find the cheapest flights to Thailand from May until October, which happily covers the school holidays. This does come at a price, however – the southwestern monsoon rolls in from mid-June and sticks around for the whole summer.

According to cheapflights.com.au, the cheapest flights to Thailand are usually found when departing on a Monday. The departure day with the highest cost is usually on a Friday.

Moreover, Thailand flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight at noon. Booking a flight in the morning will likely mean higher prices.

Simply follow this, sometimes you can have the promotion of 40-50% discount.

Wonderful!!!

Hold on, this sounds perfect but it seems not always to be your case. We believe you want to see Thailand at its best or you cannot change the tight travel schedule date.

Is there any chance to have the cheap price during high-travel or even peak-travel period???

The answer is yes!!! And it just requires a little plan ahead and simple skills to do so.

First of all…

When is the best time to visit Thailand?

Although the climate varies throughout Thailand, you can visit the country all year round. The best time to travel is during the cool and dry season between mid-October and early April. 

In the south, the climate differs between the eastern and western coasts. The west coast is more favorable during the winter months, when diving and snorkeling will be at its best. 

The weather on the east coast is good for most of the year, with the lowest rainfall in January and February and the highest in November.

When is the cheapest time to buy the ticket to Thailand?

There’s no particular ideal time for booking cheap flights to Thailand but in general searching six to eight months in advance will give you the best deals on flight tickets. 

Tickets are often cheaper than at the last moment and not necessarily more advantageous if you book it 1 year in advance.

Avoid buying your plane tickets on weekends and during the day or evening. Privilege, the middle of the week and late at night. 

When buying tickets online you should also make sure to activate the incognito feature of your browser to avoid getting tracked and therefore experience higher prices. This is one of the 9 hacking tips below to book the cheap flight to Thailand (or anywhere)

9 tips for finding the cheapest flight to Thailand

"Searching for airfare can often feel like going into battle - one in which only those armed with a lot of time on their hands win" said Brooke Porter Katz from Medium

Don't let them follow your footprints

Many times, when we try to search the flight for our clients or friends, the price would increase when we refreshed the search page.

Based on the cookies in your browser, flight prices do increase when a particular route is repeatedly searched, as the site wants to scare you into booking the flight quickly before prices get even higher. 

To avoid this, don’t let the website read your cookies. And the best way to do so is to delete all the cookies every time you close your browser. If there are no cookies, there is nothing to read.

Here is how to delete your cookies with some popular web browsers: https://www.purevpn.com/blog/how-to-delete-cookies-at-browser-exit/

Book in advance

If you know when and where you're going, don't wait on an unknown sale. More often than not, your biggest savings come from booking far ahead when you can.

As mentioned above, it is better to book the ticket in advance, about 5-6 months before.

Choose the low-cost airlines instead of the full-services airlines

Budget airlines offer significantly cheaper tickets than their full-service counterparts. It should be obvious, but this comes with compromises such as less leg room and no “free” food/drink on-board (which by the way, is normally covered in your higher-priced ticket with full-service airlines).

NOTES ON BOOKING BUDGET AIRLINES.

Always read the fine print and do the following:

  • Check where the airport location is (some budget airlines fly to airports further out of town).
  • Ensure you've booked & paid for your luggage allowance. Adhere to restrictions on weight, height, and # of bags allowed. Some airlines (e.g. Ryanair) will charge hefty fee if you're over. Remember, paying only for the exact luggage space/weight you need is how budget airlines keep their prices lower than traditional airlines!
  • Read the fine print. The best example is that Ryanair WILL CHARGE A FEE if you do not print your own ticket or adhere to their strict luggage weight and dimensions. A warning of this fee is clearly stated in all capital letters in the first sentence of your e-confirmation. In a nutshell, always read and follow instructions!

Remember, if you want to book the cheapest flight possible (not service-of-the-year-award-winner), be adaptable, do your research, and know the budget airline's requirements & restrictions.

2-way ticket or 2 one-way tickets?

Some website advises you to buy the round-trip ticket to save money for the way back home; some advises you to buy 2 one-way tickets separately even from different airlines and airports which may offer the promotion on both.

Our advice: do your research and find the best price for your travel plan. The booking engines now are very intelligent, it bases on the availability of the flight to set your price. 

Sometimes you can have the best price with a 2-way ticket; but the other times, you can enjoy the promotion on both 2 separate one-way tickets.

With a little effort, you can save 20-30% on your flight ticket. Is that worth a try?

Check the different departure airports and stopovers

Consider neighboring cities when selecting your departure as fares can vary quite a lot according to the airport: it might be worth the extra time even if it is not the closest airport to your home. 

Whether it be by choice or by obligation, stopovers allow you to move and forget the possible lack of comfort of the plane. It also represents a good opportunity to visit other cities without a mandatory visa through stopovers. 

When looking for indirect routes that include stopovers, we advise you to check the website kiwi.com which mixes and matches airlines in order to find the cheapest price. For long-haul flights especially, this can make a huge difference at the end.

Concerning the arrival airport, you will likely land in Bangkok as it services more airlines. It is something to keep in mind when crafting your tour itinerary.

Find and buy your ticket online

The cheapest solution is to buy your plane ticket directly on the Internet and not at a physical travel agency available at your place to avoid extra costs.

Even with the online travel agencies, the price also varies among the different websites. So, our next tip is...

Compare the price with some online flight searching engines

The online flight searching engines will help you compare the price offered by different suppliers.

Here are the 3 best price comparisons websites:

  1. Skyscanner
  2. Google Flight
  3. Kayak

Do not forget to check the option: "flexible travel date" to find the best price for Thailand. This option will allow you to estimate the price month by month.

Search for Airlines errors and sale fares

Airlines sometimes make mistakes when posting their fares, leading to seriously discounted flights. This can happen for various reasons – currency conversion mishaps, technical glitches, or human error. If you're in the know-how on where to find airline error fares, you can save yourself some serious bucks on a ticket.

Don’t try hidden city flight

Don’t be tempted to try a “hidden city” flight. That’s when you buy a connecting flight that goes through your desired destination and skip the final leg. Airlines keep track of travelers who do this and aren’t shy to ban folks. Plus, if you’ve booked it as a round trip, your return will automatically be canceled.

Which airlines operate flights to Thailand

Below you will find the recommended flights from some of the popular countries to Thailand.

From Australia

There are some airlines operating direct flight to Thailand including Qantas Airways, Thai Airways, Emirates and Jetstar Airways are among the airlines that offer direct flights.

Don’t mind a stopover? Then you could also fly with companies like AirAsia X, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines or Tigerair Australia.

How long is the flight from Sydney to Thailand?

Direct flights to popular spots like Bangkok and Phuket are around 9 hours 20 minutes long.

Got your heart set on somewhere else? Then take an indirect flight to other favourites like Koh Samui, Krabi or Pattaya. Flights start at 13 hours long.

How frequent are flights between Sydney and Thailand?

Direct flights from Sydney to Thailand set off a few times a day. Booking an indirect flight gives you loads more choice – up to 100 extra flight routes a day.

Which airports serve Sydney and Thailand?

Planes take off from Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport.

You can take your pick of airports in Thailand. Direct flights make a beeline for Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and Phuket International Airport.

Which direct flight route between Sydney and Thailand is cheapest?

It’s usually cheapest to fly directly to Phuket. You can also find great deals on direct routes to Bangkok – especially if you travel midweek or between May and October, when the rainy season arrives.

From UK

The major airlines that provide flights to Thailand are Etihad Airways, KLM, Lufthansa and British Airways.

With British Airways you can join their executive club for free and start earning points for discounts on future flight tickets and other gifts. They also provide complimentary snacks and drinks during the flights to Thailand making them a great option.

Etihad are also a fantastic airline that provides high standards of comfort, service in in-flight entertainment for a slightly higher price.

Once you’ve decided on where you want to visit in Thailand start researching which airline offers the cheapest flight tickets and who will provide you the best value for money.

How long is the flight to Thailand?

  • Flights from London to Bangkok: 11 hours 35 minutes
  • Flights from Manchester to Phuket: 14 hours 20 minutes
  • Flights from Birmingham to Bangkok: 11 hours 40 minutes
  • Flights from Glasgow to Phuket: 16 hours 20 minutes

From Germany

There are 3 major airlines operating flight to Thailand from Germany including Thai Airways, Lufthansa, and SunExpress.

Which airports serve Sydney and Thailand?

There are 2 airports serving the flight to Thailand including Munich (MUC) and Frankfurt (FRA).

From Munich (MUC), you can take the direct flights to Bangkok (BKK) only, meanwhile if you take the flight from Frankfurt (FRA), you can choose to fly directly to Bangkok (BKK) or Phuket (HKT).

How long is the flight to Thailand?

  • Flight from Munich to Bangkok: 10h30
  • Flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok: 10h40
  • Flight from Frankfurt to Phuket: 11h05

From France

To fly to Bangkok from France, you can choose between Thai Airways and AirFrance.

There is only one airport, Charles de Gaulle (CDG) in Paris serving the flight to Suvarnabhumi (BKK) in Bangkok. 

The flight will take about 10h40 and the price starts from $600/ticket.

From USA & Canada

At the moment, there is no direct flight from USA or Canada to Thailand for several reasons including the high operating costs and safety reason.

Thai government and Thai Airways are working on this to relaunch the direct flight. We will keep updated on this.

There is now only the choice of connecting flight with at least 1 stop and more than 20-hour flight (including the connecting time).

The price starts from $600 to fly from New York or Washington DC to Bangkok with some of the popular airlines such as Fly Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, or Turkish Airlines.

Services and additional charges of Airlines

That said, when comparing the ticket price, you should recheck if it is the full fare with all the services included. Usually, there are hidden costs such as handling fee, payment charges, travel insurance, luggage, choice of the seat or simply meals.

Keep in mind that each airline has its own policy and it is wise to check for instance the cancellation conditions and refund possibilities before buying your ticket.

Also check the total amount and do not hesitate to compare the different companies to find the ones that best meet your expectations. Believe us, you do not want to issue the ticket with the low-cost airlines with $50 cheaper then find out that the checked luggage is not included and you need to pay $70-100 for that.

Recommended Airlines for Sonasia Travelers

Finally, to guarantee maximum satisfaction, here is the list of the 6 airlines recommended for our travelers to buy a ticket to Thailand:

  • Thai Airways
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Fly Emirates
  • Etihad Airlines
  • Air France
  • Qatar Airways

Extra: Getting to Thailand from neighbor countries

Together with Vietnam, Thailand is the tourist hub in the area, hence it is very easy to find the flight to Thailand, especially to Bangkok from the big cities of the neighbor countries.

It is the fact that many tourists choose to first arrive in Bangkok before getting to other nearby countries. Moreover, Thailand has border with Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, there is also the options to get to Thailand or vice versa via bus or train from these countries.

Let’s check more detail below.

From Cambodia

Most of the tourists will fly to Thailand first before taking another connecting flight to the other countries in the region including Cambodia. Hence, it is very convenient to get to Thailand from Cambodia via flights. Moreover, there are 6 international border checkpoints if you want to travel overland to Thailand.

Below is the maps to see the location of all 3 international airports and 6 border gates that help connect Cambodia and Thailand

By flight

Cambodia has 3 international airports, where you can find the flight to Thailand

From Cambodia to Bangkok

There are plenty of departures to Bangkok per day from 3 international airports of Cambodia.

From Phnom Penh, there are more than 15 departures per day operated by both Thai airlines (Bangkok Airways or Thai Airways), Cambodian airlines (Cambodia Airways or JC International), and some low-cost airlines (Thai AirAsia, Thai Smiles, or Lanmei Airlines). The flight will take roughly 1 hour and cost more than $100/ticket for full-services airlines (half price if you choose low-cost airlines).

It is quite the same story if you depart from Siem Reap. There are plenty of choice during the day. The flight duration and the price are quite the same compared with departing from Phnom Penh.

There is less departure to Bangkok from Sihanoukville with just more than 1 departure per day with the options of JC International or Thai AirAsia. If you choose the flight with Thai AirAsia, the price is about $50/ticket. If not, the price is double with JC International.

Of course, you can always have the option of taking the transfer to Phnom Penh and join the flight there to Bangkok

From Cambodia to Phuket

Though a tourist hub in Thailand, but the flight to Phuket from Cambodia is quite limited.

At the moment, there are only 4 departures per week from Phnom Penh to Phuket with Thai AirAsia, which take more than 1 hour and cost about $50/ticket.

From Siem Reap, the story is the same with 3 departures per week with Thai AirAsia. The flight takes about 1 hour 30 minutes and costs about $90/ticket.

There is no direct flight to Phuket from Sihanoukville, so you can either take the transfer to Phnom Penh and join the flight there or take the transit flight via Bangkok.

From Cambodia to Chiang Mai

There is no direct flight from Cambodia to Chiang Mai. We need to take the transit flight from Bangkok to this tourist hub in northern Thailand.

There are more than 47 departure flight per day to Chiang Mai from Bangkok (both Don Muang - DMK and Suvarnabhumi – BKK), so it is very easy to find the suitable flight there

From Cambodia to Koh Samui

The same story as Chiang Mai, you need to take the transit flight in Bangkok to Koh Samui. The good news is that there are more than 20 departure per day from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Koh Samui (USM), hence it is not the difficult job to find the connection.

From Cambodia to other tourist hubs

If you plan to go to other tourist hubs in Thailand such as Hat Yai, Krabi or Trat, you will find the same story as Chiang Mai or Koh Samui. You need either to find the connection flight or most convenient transfer (by bus or train) to the place you want.

Thanks to the development of tourism and economy of Thailand, it is very easy to find the way to get to your dream destinations with the various means of transport.

By Bus

There are 6 main international border gates connecting Cambodia and Thailand. The 2 most popular borders are Cham Yeam, which connect the southern part of the two countries with plenty of beautiful sandy beaches and isolated islands; and Aranyaprathet, which give you the direct access to Siem Reap.

Chong Sa Ngam / Anlong Veng (Google Map)

This is the least popular crossing as it connects the least visited part of the two countries. However, if you do, this is the unforgettable trip with beautiful nature view along the way especially Cambodia part.

Aranyaprathet / Poipet (Google Map)

The border crossing is ideal if you finish your Cambodia journey in Siem Reap or Battambang then continue further to Bangkok to continue further exploration in Thailand or take the flight back home.

Khlong Yai / Cham Yeam (Google Map)

This southern border is suitable for the ones who want to continue their journey to Thailand for the vacation on the southern beaches of the country.

Below are the 3 more borders that you can cross to go to Thailand from Cambodia

By train

There are two daily trains that leave from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet. From Bangkok's Hualamphong Station, get on either the 5.55am or 1.05pm train for a journey that takes about six hours, crossing 40 stations along the way. From Aranyaprathet, the trains to Bangkok leave at 6.40am and 1.55pm

From Laos

Laos is the same as Cambodia, in most of the case, you need to get to Bangkok first before continuing further to any city in Laos.

There are 4 international airports in Laos and 7 border checkpoints where you can get to Thailand.

Check the below maps to see their location.

By Flight

Laos has 4 international airports, and there are frequent departure to Thailand everyday.

From Laos to Bangkok

You can take the flight to Bangkok from all 4 international airports in Laos.

From Luang Prabang, there are at least 4 departures per day to Bangkok with Lao Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Thai Smiles, or AirAsia. The flight takes about 2 hours and cost about $100/ticket with the low-cost airlines and $180/ticket with full-service airlines.

From Vientiane, there are 7 departures per day to Bangkok with Lao Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Thailand Smiles, and Thai Airways. The flight takes more than 1 hour and cost $80/ticket with low-cost option and $130/ticket with full-service option.

The option with departing from Pakse is a big difference. During the high season, there are about 4 departures per week with Lao Airlines; but almost nothing during the low season. The flight takes about 1 hour 30 minutes and cost about $140-$160/ticket. It is the fact that many travelers choose to cross the border to Ubon Ratchathani and take the domestic flight to Bangkok.

If you depart from Savannakhet for Bangkok, you need to take the transit flight via Vientiane or Pakse.

From Laos to Phuket

If you want to fly to Phuket from Laos, you need to take the flight to Bangkok then join another domestic flight to Phuket.

From Laos to Chiang Mai

From Laos, there is the direct flight to Chiang Mai from Luang Prabang with Lao Airlines and Bangkok Airways. The flight takes more than 1 hour and costs about $140-180/ticket.

If you depart from other cities in Laos, you need to transit via Luang Prabang or Bangkok

From Laos to Koh Samui

The option to Koh Samui is the same as to Phuket. There is no direct flight yet. You need to transit via Bangkok

By Bus

There are 7 international border gates between Laos and Thailand, 3 of them are very popular among tourists.

Chiang Khong / Huay Xay (Google Maps)

This border locates in the northern part of the two countries. Many tourists finish there exploration of northern Thailand before continuing further to Laos with the cruise along the mighty Mekong River to Luang Prabang, or vice versa.

Nong Khai / Vientiane (Google Maps)

This is the first border where they build the first bridge to facilitate the trading between the two countries, Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge I. If you finish your tour in Vientiane, you can cross the border to Udon Thani to take the domestic flight to Bangkok, which is much cheaper than the direct flight from Vientiane to Bangkok.

Chongmek / Vang Tao (Google Maps)

This border connects Pakse and Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand. As mention above, you can cross this border to Thai side and take the domestic flight to Bangkok then continue your journey in Thailand or take the flight back home.

Depending on your plan, you can also get to Thailand via the below 4 international border gates:

  • Huaykon / Muang Ngeun (Nan - Xayabouly) (Google Maps)
  • Nakaxeng - Kenethao (Loei - Xayabouly) (Google Maps)
  • Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge III (Nakhon Phanom - Thakhek) (Google Maps)
  • Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge II (Mukdahan - Savannakhet) (Google Maps)

By train

There is only one train running from Laos to Thailand via the border gate in Vientiane (Friendship Bridge 1). However, not many tourists choose this option. Most of them will cross the border by bus and take the night train from Nong Khai to Bangkok if needed.

From Myanmar

From Myanmar, you can get to Thailand via 3 International Airports and 4 border checkpoints. Check below maps to see their location.

By Flight

At the moment, there are 3 airports in Myanmar that serve the international flight locating in the 3 biggest cities of the country: Yangon, Naypyidaw, and Mandalay.

There are the daily flights from these airports to Thailand. More detail below.

From Myanmar to Bangkok

You can take the flights to Myanmar from all 3 international airports.

The busiest airport in Myanmar is in Yangon (the prior capital of the country). From here, there are more than 16 departure flights per day to Bangkok (both Donmeuang - DMK and Suvarnabhumi – BKK) served by Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, MAI, Myanmar National Airlines, Thai Smile, or Thai AirAsia).

The flights take about 1 hour 30 minutes and cost $70-90/ticket with the full-service airlines or $50-60/ticket with the low-cost airlines.

You can either get to Thailand from the airport in the new capital of Naypyidaw (NYT), but the choice is very limited. At the moment, there is now only 1 direct flight per day with Bangkok Airways. The flight takes 2 hours and 30 minutes and cost more than $200/ticket. 

From Mandalay (MDL), it is a little more convenient to fly to Bangkok with more than 2 departure flight per day with Bangkok Airways (to Suvarnabhumi – BKK) and Thai AirAsia (to Donmeuang – DMK). The flight also takes about 2 hours and a half, but the price is much cheaper with the option of low-cost airlines, $70-80/ticket. If you choose the flight with Bangkok Airways, the price will start from $100/ticket.

From Myanmar to Phuket

There is no direct flight from Myanmar to Phuket yet. You need to prepare the connecting flight via Bangkok

From Myanmar to Chiang Mai

The airport in Yangon and Mandalay serve the direct flight to Chiang Mai.

From Yangon, there are more than 1 departures per day to Bangkok with Bangkok Airways (every day), and Myanmar National Airlines (3 departures per day). The flight takes about 1 hour and a half and cost $100-130/ticket

From Mandalay, there are 4 departures per week with Bangkok Airways. The flight takes about 1 hour and a half and cost more than $100/ticket

From Myanmar to Koh Samui

There is no direct flight yet, the best way to get to Koh Samui is to take the transiting flight in Bangkok.

By Bus

At the moment, there are 4 international border checkpoints that help you get to Thailand from Myanmar, but only 2 of them are popular among tourists visiting the two countries.

Mae Sot/Myawaddy (Google Maps)

This is the busiest border post connecting Thailand and Myanmar. From here, you can either take the bus to Bangkok or the northern Thailand. In Myanmar side, you can either continue further to Yangon or the southern beaches.

Mae Sai/Tachileik (Google Maps)

This border crossing point is famous as it is a part of Golden Triangle (Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos), until now, it is still the busiest place of the world for the trafficking of drugs (it is safe if you stay in the line and follow all the instructions at the border). Crossing this border will lead you to Chiang Mai and northern Thailand.

Ranong/Kawthaung (Google Maps)

This border connects you with the southern beaches of Thailand. However, it is not the land crossing border, you need to take the boat from Myanmar to Thailand side, that takes about 30 minutes and costs THB100/ticket.

Phunaron/Htee Kee (Google Maps)

This border post seems to be the closest point to get to Bangkok, but there is no highway at the moment, hence the access is quite limited.

From Vietnam

As Vietnam shares no border with Thailand, there is only the option of taking a flight. The good news is that with 11 international flight from north to south, and most of them have the direct flight to Thailand, you can get to Thailand from almost everywhere in Vietnam.

From Vietnam to Bangkok

It is very convenient to get to Bangkok from Vietnam, most of the International airports serve the direct flights to Bangkok.

From Hanoi, there are more than 8 departures per day including both full-service and low-cost options. The flight takes about 2 hours the price starts from $47 with low-cost option and more than $100 with the full-service one.

There are about 9 departures per day if you choose to take the flight from Ho Chi Minh city. The flight takes roughly 1 hour and a half. The price ranges from $44 with low-cost airlines to about $90 with full-service one.

Da Nang is another place where you can take the flight to Bangkok. There are more than 3 departures per day. The flight duration is about 1 hour 30 minutes and cost $50 with low-cost airlines. The full-service flights cost more than $100.

There is also direct flight from Nha Trang to Bangkok operated by Bangkok Airways and Thai AirAsia. The flight takes 1 hour 45 minutes and cost $46/ticket (Thai AirAsia) to more than $100/ticket (Bangkok Airways).

Bangkok Airways also operate 1 direct flight per day from Phu Quoc to Bangkok. The flight takes almost 2 hours and cost about $120-150/ticket

The route from Da Lat (DLI) to Bangkok is operated by Thai Vietjet Air and Hahn Air with at least 1 departure per day and costs $50 to more than $100/ticket. The flight takes 1 hour 45 minutes.

From Hai Phong, you have quite the same choice as from Da Lat. There is about 1 departure per day operated by VietJet Air and Hahn Air The flight takes about 2 hours and costs about $50 with low-cost option up to $140/ticket with full-service option.

The choice from Can Tho is quite limited with 3 departures per week operated by AirAsia and cost $35-50/ticket. The flight takes about 1 hour and a half

Though tourist hubs, Halong and Hue do not have the direct flight to Bangkok. From Halong, the best way is to transfer by road to Hanoi, then take the flight to Bangkok from there. And from Hue, you need to go to Da Nang to connect with the flight to Bangkok

From Vietnam to Chiang Mai

There is the direct flight from Hanoi to Chiang Mai with at least 1 departure per day operated by Bangkok Airways and Thai AirAsia. The flight takes about 1 hour and a half and costs about $51 with AirAsia or more than $100 with Bangkok Airways.

From Ho Chi Minh city, there are about 4 departures per week operated by VietJet Air. The flight costs about $73 and takes more than 2 hours.

There are 5 departures per week operated by Thai AirAsia from Da Nang to Chiang Mai. The flight takes about 2 hours and cost $70-$80/ticket.

There is no direct flight from other airports to Chiang Mai, you need to take the transit flight via Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, or Hanoi

From Vietnam to Phuket

There is the direct flight from Ho Chi Minh to Phuket operated by VietJet Air, that takes about 2 hours and cost $70-$90/tickets.

From other airports, you need to take the transit flight via Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh city.

From Vietnam to Koh Samui

There is no direct flight from Vietnam to Koh Samui, the best way to get there is to take the transit flight via Bangkok

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to fly to Thailand?

This will depend on where you are flying from, and we base on the flight speed of roughly about 560 miles per hour to make the calculation.

We have make it all clear in the part of "Which airlines operate flights to Thailand?"

How to get the Visa to Thailand?

You can either apply for the visa on arrival, visa at the embassy, or E-Visa on arrival to Thailand. Read our article about Thailand Visa Policy for more detail.

How to get from the airport to city center?

Please find below the information at some popular airport in Thailand

Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok

The city is around 30km from the airport so it’s best to know how you’ll get there before you take your flights to Thailand. You can get the Airport Express service from level 1 of the airport. It will cost around 150 baht and is a great way of travel if you don’t mind a slightly crowded journey. Taxis are available from the same area outside of the airport but insist on getting a receipt and haggle for a price. The drivers are notorious at overcharging so make sure you agree on a price before you get in.

Phuket 

The easiest way is to jump on a bus from the airport and just hop off whenever you’ve reached your final destination.  The airport bus runs every hour from 06:30 until 21:30 and is a cheap method of travel. You can use metered taxis if you are in a rush or don’t want to wait for the bus, but these will cost a lot more. If there are a couple of you travelling, you can split the fare and make it more worthwhile. If you are a confident driver then you can rent a car from the airport. This is a great choice if you plan to drive around different parts of Thailand but if you’re just going to go to your hotel then it might be more of an inconvenience.

Where to go in Thailand?

Some famous places to visit in Thailand includes Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui, Pattaya, Krabi etc. Check out all the Places to visit in Thailand here

What to do & see in Thailand?

For pleasure-seekers on a budget, the best things to do in Thailand make this country a paradise on earth. The promise of daily massages, Michelin-starred street food, top-notch nightlife, island-hopping on a whim and top-notch hospitality is all within reach, and just as alluring as the natural beauty (think white sand beaches, hidden waterfalls, lush rainforests, forested mountains and exotic wildlife) and rich culture, from all kinds of festivals and markets to gold-tipped Buddhist temples, Angkor Wat-like ruins and contemporary art.

Check out all the things to do in Thailand here

NOT READY YET?

We believe you have the right to arm yourselves with as much information as possible before making any decision.

Check below our detailed tips & guide for every places to visit in Thailand, recommendation regarding the inclusion in each theme you prefer, and what you can do based on the time frame you have.

PLACES TO VISIT IN Thailand
Bangkok
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Chiang Mai
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Phuket
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Hua Hin
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Chiang Rai
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Koh Samui
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Thailand PLANS BY TRAVEL THEME
Must-see
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Luxury
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Unique experience combined with top-notch services

Wellness & Leisure
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Easy excursion combined with week-long beach break

Honeymoon
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Easy excursions combined with unique experience making the long-lasting romantic memories

Family
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The combination of fun and educational activities

Trek & Hike
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Explore the least visited destinations and unknown experience on foot

Unseen
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Reveal off-the-beatentrack routes, least explored destinations, and unknown tribe groups

Cycling
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Explore every corners of the destination on two wheels

Cruise
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The combination of some must-see experience and the cruise tour along the mighty rivers

Thailand PLANS BY TIME FRAME
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As some of you may have seen in the news, Thailand is gearing up for a ‘soft reopening’ to vaccinated travellers a month from now on July 1.

It is official, sort of. After months of kicking sand around debating if it will really happen, the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) has officially approved the Phuket Sandbox plan, an important step forward. The announcement, made late this afternoon, June, 4th, appears to answer the often-posed question if the sandbox plan would ever happen after the much more intense and deadly third wave of Covid-19 swept through Thailand.
Then, the island will be opening Phuket International Airport to foreign travellers as proposed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The trial will be the first of its kind in the country, and if successful, may be rolled out across other parts of Thailand. The Thailand Authority of Tourism (TAT) has already earmarked Krabi, Pattaya, Bangkok, Buriram, Cha-am, Koh Samui, Phang-nga and Hua Hin as possible destinations to try out the scheme.

Each model will be slightly different, depending on geography, and international visitors will still have to get a visa in advance and fill out some paperwork (see details below). Nevertheless, this will come as promising news to those travellers desperate to visit Thailand!

If the Phuket Sandbox Scheme goes ahead, from June to September 2021, Thailand is expecting to receive up to 129,000 international visitors – will you be one of them? In this article, we’ll attempt to answer all of the questions you might have about the Phuket Sandbox and more!

Disclaimer – Information regarding the Phuket Sandbox Program is changing literally every day and is dependent on the COVID-19 situation across Thailand. While we update this article regularly to the best of our ability, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Learn more about our travel guide for Phuket island here

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Also known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival or the Kin Jay Festival, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event celebrated primarily by the Chinese community in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia.

Running for nine days, the vegetarian festival in Phuket is considered by many to be the most extreme and bizarre of festivals in Thailand. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival could be Thailand's answer to the Tamil festival of Thaipusam celebrated in neighboring Malaysia. Devotees not only adopt a special diet for the holiday, a select few participants prove their devotion by practicing self-mutilation.

Some of the feats performed include piercing cheeks with swords, walking on nails or hot coals, and climbing ladders made of knife blades! Most participants miraculously heal up without needing stitches or medical care.

WARNING! The content and the images are not recommended for the faint of heart! Consider before continuing.

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Buddhist Lent Day (Thailand Wan Khao Phansa, Laos Boun Khao Phansa) is the start of the three-month period during the rainy season when monks are required to remain in a particular place such as a monastery or temple grounds. Here, they will meditate, pray, study, and teach other young monks. In the past, monks were not even allowed to leave the temple, but today, most monks just refrain from traveling during this period. You will still see them out during the day.

It is said that monks started remaining immobile in a temple during this time because they wanted to avoid killing insects and harming farmland. Apparently, traveling monks were crossing through fields, thus destroying the crops of villagers and farmers. After catching wind of this, Buddha decided that in order to avoid damaging crops, hurting insects, or harming themselves during the rainy season, monks should remain in their temples during these three months.

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The Hmong New Year celebration is a cultural tradition that takes place annually in select areas where large Hmong communities exist and in a modified form where smaller communities come together. During the New Year's celebration, Hmong dress in traditional clothing and enjoy Hmong traditional foods, dance, music, bull fights, and other forms of entertainment. Hmong New Year celebrations have Hmong ethnic traditions and culture and may also serve to educate those who have an interest in Hmong tradition. Hmong New Year celebrations frequently occur in November and December (traditionally at the end of the harvest season when all work is done), serving as a Thanksgiving holiday for the Hmong people.

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Thailand never fails to amaze its thousands of visitors with the most vibrant festivals that are sure to delight them by offering glimpses into the heritage and traditions of the country. Each month offers an exciting opportunity to be a part of these festivals. From kids to adults and old-aged people, locals have the time of their lives during these festivities. Considered to be one of the best ways to relish a memorable time in what is already known as an incredible country, these festivals in Thailand are the most popular ones to be a part of.

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Magha Puja (also written as Makha Bucha Day) is the third most important Buddhist festival, celebrated on the full moon day of the third lunar month in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Sri Lanka and on the full moon day of Tabaung in Myanmar. It celebrates a gathering that was held between the Buddha and 1,250 of his first disciples, which, according to tradition, preceded the custom of periodic recitation of discipline by monks.

On the day, Buddhists celebrate the creation of an ideal and exemplary community, which is why it is sometimes called Saṅgha Day, the Saṅgha referring to the Buddhist community, and for some Buddhist schools this is specifically the monastic community. In Thailand, the Pāli term Māgha-pūraṇamī is also used for the celebration, meaning 'to honor on the full moon of the third lunar month'.

Finally, some authors referred to the day as the Buddhist All Saints Day. 

In pre-modern times, Magha Puja has been celebrated by some Southeast Asian communities. But it became widely popular in the modern period, when it was instituted in Thailand by King Rama IV in the mid-19th century. From Thailand, it spread to other South and Southeast Asian countries. Presently, it is a public holiday in some of these countries.

It is an occasion when Buddhists go to the temple to perform merit-making activities, such as alms giving, meditation and listening to teachings. It has been proposed in Thailand as a more spiritual alternative to the celebration of Valentine's Day.

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