Thailand is one the most important travel destinations in the world, as it’s the main entry point into South East Asia. It’s also one of the most tourist-friendly countries in the area, which means it’s a great decompression chamber between home and more challenging destinations in Asia.
Most tourists who arrive in the country by air land at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (nicknamed “Swambi”), the biggest and most crowded airport in Thailand.
Flights to Bangkok – Suvarnabhumi Airport is located at 30 km / 19 miles east of the center of Bangkok . The new airport was opened in 2006 and is the new main airport which serves Thailand’s capital. The airport is used by all international airlines as well as domestic ones.
Bangkok’s new airport is the main hub for:
- Thai Airways International —national carrier of Thailand
- Bangkok Airways —regional airline serving 20 destinations in Thailand, Cambodia, China, Japan, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam
- Orient Thai Airlines — local airline which operates charter flight
- PBair —local airline which operates domestic and international scheduled flights
- Thai AirAsia — local low-cost airlines
Several other airlines use the airport as focus airport: Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, EVA Air, Emirates Airline, Air India, Druk Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Singapore Airlines and SriLankan Airlines.
Flights to Chiang Mai – Though Chiang Mai International Airport isn’t the international hub that Bangkok’s airport is, it is still a major player, especially for flights within Asia flights.
Flights to Phuket – Airlines that run domestic flights into Phuket include: Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Nok Air, and Bangkok Airways.
Quick search for flights to Bangkok (BKK), Chang Mai (CNX), and Phuket (HKT):
Tips to get a cheap ticket to Thailand
During the high season, charter flights from Europe and Australia serve directly the beach resorts areas (such as Phuket), while many other airlines offer direct flights into the country on a regular basis. With so many options, it’s actually quite easy to find deals to Thailand.
Using a booking/search widget (see ours below) allows to you search many different airlines in one go. It’s a great tool for comparing prices and flight times.
Make sure to start the search for a flight far in advance because the flights book up very quickly as the season approaches. The high season lasts from November to May, but most of the country is a travel destination year round. To avoid the highest fares, try to book your ticket during the shoulder season.
If you have some flexibility, book a flight during mid-week. The weekend flights book up faster and are generally a bit more expensive.
If you use a travel agent to book your accommodation make sure to ask if there are any charter flights available.