Thailand has over 10 international airports because it is surrounded by several countries and due to its unique geography. Flights originating from the US to the country will arrive at one of three airports: Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) and Don Mueang International Airport (DMK), both in the capital city of Bangkok, and Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) in the northern part of the country.
The northern part of Thailand is dominated by the provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, both of which are within reach of Chiang Mai Airport. However, only flights from San Francisco Airport (SFO) use this hub, so if you arrive at either of the Bangkok Airports, you’ll have to arrange a connecting flight to either Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai Airport (CEI) to get there.
The Isan Region represents the eastern part of Thailand and there are four major cities there, including Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima and Udon Thani. Suvarnabhumi Airport is close to Nakhon Ratchasima, but the other cities are at least a 5h drive away, so flying into Udon Thani International Airport (UDD) will definitely save travel time that can be used to discover the region.
The popular resort island of Phuket and its world-class beaches lies almost 500 mi from Bangkok, but despite the distance, it’s cheaper to fly into Bangkok and get a connecting flight to Phuket International Airport (HKT) than to fly directly to Phuket. Therefore, you may wish to factor that into your travel plans when booking your flight from the US to Thailand.
Families traveling on holiday to Bangkok will want to check out KidZania, a miniature city tailormade for children to enjoy. KidZania is less than a 30m drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Siam Paragon downtown.
Q. When is the best time to book flights to Thailand?
Aim to have your flight tickets secured at least four months in advance to give yourself a chance of finding the cheapest flights to Thailand. If you can then book them even further ahead, especially if your dates coincide with a major event or the peak season.
Once you’ve narrowed down your destination by choosing a city, usually either Bangkok or Chiang Mai, you’ll be able to figure out what dates offer the cheapest flights to Thailand and go from there.
Flexibility is the key to securing discounted flight tickets so if you’re not governed by a particular set of weeks or to a specific location then you’ll give yourself the best chances of finding the cheapest flights to Thailand.
Don’t worry too much about which side of the plane to sit on as each has their benefits and offer equally impressive view through your flight.
Q. How long is the flight to Thailand?
An average nonstop flight from United States to Thailand takes 24h 18m, covering a distance of 8594 miles. The most popular route is Los Angeles - Bangkok with an average flight time of 21h 20m.
Q. Can I get a nonstop flight to Krabi from the US?
Unfortunately, there are no nonstop flights available from any airports in the United States to Thailand. If Krabi is your ultimate destination, your best bet is to book a flight to either Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok and then get a connecting flight to Krabi International Airport (KBV).
Q. What are the most popular routes from USA to Thailand?
While some choose either New York John F Kennedy Intl - Bangkok Suvarnabhumi or San Francisco - Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Los Angeles - Bangkok Suvarnabhumi is the most popular route from USA to Thailand.
Q. Where should I fly if I’m visiting Phuket beaches and Thailand’s islands?
Phuket Island does have its own international airport. Phuket International Airport (HKT) is at the very north of the island, about 1h from the city of Phuket. However, it can be expensive to fly to Phuket, so many tourists travelling on a budget fly into Bangkok and take public transport to Phuket.
From Phuket, you can take a boat to many of the most popular islands such as Ko Phi Phi, the Similan Islands, or the Racha islands.
Keep in mind, however, that this is more than a 10h journey.
Q. Where should I fly to in Thailand if I’d like to visit the northern part of the country?
If you want to skip Bangkok and visit Thailand's north, including the "Golden Triangle" region near the borders with Laos and Myanmar, consider flying into Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX).
However, it can be expensive to fly to Chiang Mai, so many tourists travelling on a budget fly into Bangkok and take another budget domestic flight to Chiang Mai.
Q. How much does it cost to fly to Thailand?
The price ticket ranges from $450 to $850 depending on your flight route and date.
We recommend using some online ticket booking platform (Kayak, Cheapflights, or SkyScanner) to look for the cheapest flight possible according to your travel plan. They do have alert system when there is the price change on your travel date
Here is how to get the cheapest flight possible to Thailand