cheap flights to Thailand
- International flights tend to fly into Bangkok. If you want to explore the northern parts of the country, head to Chiang Mai International or Chiang Rai.
- South of Bangkok is Pattaya and Phuket Airport which can be accessed from flights across Thailand.
- If you're not a fan of ferry rides, opt for a flight from Krabi to the resort island of Koh Samui. Once there, you'll be able to visit the likes of Kho Pha-ngan and Koh Phaluai.
Approx 13 hours
Thailand sits at the centre of the Indochina Peninsula in Asia and it's known worldwide as a wonderful holiday destination, so flights to Thailand are always sought-after. Once there, you will find great food, a lovely tropical climate, fascinating culture and great beaches, and what's more all this won't break the budget either! In fact, the majority of your holiday budget will be consumed by the price of your Thailand flight, so aim to stay as long as you can.
Expect a huge variety in experiences too, from bustle of Bangkok, to the northern jungles and the southern beach resorts whose white sands have become synonymous with perfection, and more too. One thing's for sure, once you've been on a flight to Thailand, you'll want to go back for more!
So it's time to head on over, taste your first bite of Thai street food in Bangkok, visit the amazing temples of Chiang Mai, go to a full moon party in Ko Pha Ngan and gaze in wonder at Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred Buddhist temple in the country and where you will find the famous Emerald Buddha.
Flights to Thailand
Your flight to Thailand could arrive into any number of airports, and where you arrive will largely dictate what sort of holiday you will have. If you're simply after the cheapest flight to Thailand that's out there, and will worry about heading off elsewhere once you're on the ground, then you definitely should go for a flight to Thailand's busiest airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.
It's usually cheapest to take an indirect flight to Thailand, with many Bangkok services stopping along the way. The travelling time on a direct flight to Thailand from the UK is just over 11 hours, and with a stopover this can get to over 15 hours very easily. Watch out for two-stop flights though, as these often take well over 24 hours without any cost benefits over the one-stop flights to Thailand.
Getting a flight to Phuket, is normally the way to get to the southern beaches of Thailand on the cheap, whilst a cheap internal Thailand flight onwards to Krabi or Ko Samui can save you precious time. But if the culture is why you're looking into a Thai flight, then heading to Chiang Mai will be money well spent.
Once your flight into a Thai airport touches down, you'll need to get to your hotel to rest up before you can begin your adventures! In Bangkok there is a huge range of options from limousines to shuttle buses plus taxis and local buses. If you're a little worried about finding your way after arriving on your flight then a taxi won't break the bank, just make sure that they use the meter!
Taxis are also available in Chiang Mai, but at other smaller airports you'll need to start your adventure as soon as your flight to Thailand arrives. Local buses, tuk tuks (three-wheeled vehicles) and songthaew, which are often called minivans, are the main modes of travel in these other destinations. As Thailand is a popular country for backpacking and budget travel you'll be on a well-worn route and there should be plenty of advice on the internet on how to get to your particular hotel, village or beach.
If you're feeling brave, hiring a car is an option available all over the country. Be warned though that the Thai people don't follow many of the rules we adhere to in the UK, so there will be a very steep learning curve. Some things that will help are avoiding rush hours, sticking to a slow pace if you're worried and being very vigilant!
Where to stay in Thailand
Thailand has accommodation choices to suit every budget so it's easy to plan your dream holiday once you book your flight to Thailand. Luxurious offerings are easy to find all over the country with golf and spa resorts gaining ever-increasing popularity. We can't see this trend changing in 2013 and 2014, as Thailand does luxury well!
Beach lovers will be astonished to find out how easy and cheap it is to get a good quality hotel right on the beach. Plus, many hotels boast their own private beach so you can relax in blissful surroundings, although never leaving the resort will definitely leave you needing to re-visit on another Thailand flight!
Plus, if you're on a shoestring budget, Thailand is well on the backpacker circuit, meaning there are a whole raft of super cheap places to stay, well-vetted and reviewed all over the internet. It's a good idea to plan to stay in several of these places rather than stick to one because getting to know fellow travellers is at least half of the fun of this type of holiday in Thailand.
What to do in Thailand
Where you go will affect the things that you do, for example in Bangkok the main activities are sightseeing by day and partying by night, whilst in Chiang Mai things are more sedate with the local culture the main draw.
If your Thai flight arrives into Phuket or Krabi then the beach is sure to be your main focus! Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan are where it's at for the strongest hippy traveller culture and the famous full-moon parties.
You could also join in one of the many parties in 2013 or 2014 by visiting for one of the less hedonistic offerings such the Thai Martial Arts Festival, the Koh Samui Yacht Regatta or even the Naga Fireballs in Nong Khai!
For more ideas get yourself over to our Thailand guide.