How to get to Thailand

Travel to Thailand

Make Bangkok your first stop, spend a few nights in the bustling capital and then take cheap flights with Nok Air or Air Asia through Thailand. Orlando is the nearest airport. What's the fastest way there? We' re not sure if we should make a stopover? If so, where?

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Arrival to Thailand| About Thailand

There are currently six Thailand internation airfields in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Krabi, Phuket and Ko Samui. Fees to Thailand generally vary according to the time of year, with the highest price around mid-November to mid-February when the best conditions are available (with rewards for travel between mid-December and New Year) and July and August when they occur during summer semi-week.

Usually the best way to most of Thailand's local airport is to fly to Bangkok and then buy a local bus-trip. There are, however, a dozen potentially useful, mostly seasonsal, multinational air lanes to Phuket, among them multi-airline services from Australia.

Ko Samui has services from Singapore, Hong Kong (both Bangkok Airways) and Kuala Lumpur (Berjaya Airlines and Firefly); for Krabi you can travel from KL with Air Asia, from Singapore with Tiger Airways or non-stop on saisonal, mostly scheduled Scandinavian routes; and for Chiang Mai Silk Air flies from Singapore, Air Asia from KL and Macau, while Korean Airlines from Seoul is a favourite destination for travellers from the Americas.

A non-stop flight from London to Bangkok with Qantas (wqantas.com. outside), British Airways (wba. com), Thai Airways (wthaiair. com) or Eva Airways (wevaair. com) is the quickest and most convenient way to reach Thailand from the UK, a trip of about eleven and a halfhrs. They sometimes have specific offers, but a normal price in high seasons could be around £900.

Tariffs on non-stop services to Bangkok are always lower than non-stop services - about 600 in the high seasons when you book them well in advance with Qatar Airways (wqatarairways.com), for example - although these trips can take two to twelve extrahrs. No non-stop services from a UK local airport or from an airport in Ireland, and instead of flying via London, you can easily catch a connection to another hub such as Frankfurt (with Lufthansa; wlufthansa.com), Zurich (with Swiss; wwiss. com), Abu Dhabi (with Etihad; wetihadairways.com) or Dubai (with Emirates; wemirates.com).

For example, Newcastle upon Tyne's current high seat departures from Emirates are around 675 in the peak period and from Dublin via Copenhagen with SAS (wflysas.com) around 800. Thailand Airways (wwwww.thaiairways.com) provides comfortable flight from LA to Bangkok, with a one-hour stopover in Seoul, which costs around $1600 in high saund .

Many other carriers fly from East and West Coast towns to Bangkok; it is usually simpler to find a cheap rate on Asian routes than on European routes, even if you depart from the East Coast. In the high seasons, New York offers a yield of more than US$1375, inclusive of tax, from LA of US$1250.

The most comfortable way to get to Bangkok from the biggest number of Canada towns is by Air Canada (waircanada.com); about 1450 USD is expected from Vancouver in the high seasons; 1675 USD from Toronto. The flight time requirements are twenty-hour from New York or Toronto (west or east), which includes non-stop stops, seventeen-hour flights (non-stop) or nineteen and a half hour flights (with a stopover) from LA and eighteen-hour flights from Vancouver.

There is no lack of regular service from Australia to Bangkok, with connections directly from the big towns run by Thai Airways (wwww.thaiairways. com), Qantas (wqantas.com. au) and half a dozen others (about nine hrs from Sydney and Perth), and many alternative routes via Asia spanning at least eleven and a halfh.

They can also travel non-stop from Sydney (with Jetstar; wjetstar.com) and Perth (on Thai and Virgin Australia; wvirginaustralia.com) to Phuket. There is often not much distinction between non-stop and non-stop tariffs with the big airline companies, nor between the tariffs of the big east city. Coming from Sydney, if you make your reservation well in advance, you should be able to get a Bangkok flight in high seasons for about $900, on a low-cost airline like Jetstar or through a specific campaign with one of the big airline companies; non-stop trips with the big airline companies usually costs about $1200.

Perth and Darwin rates are up to $200 off. Thai Airways flies non-stop from New Zealand for twelve long hrs between Auckland and Bangkok and costs around 1700 NZ$ (including taxes) in the high seasons. Auckland' s British Airways/Qantas services make short stopovers in Sydney, extending the journey by about three additional business days, and other large Asia carriers operate non-stop services through their turnstiles (from 1pm but usually 5pm): rates for non-stop services can begin as early as NZ$1500 in the peak time.

Thai Airways (wwww.thaiairways.com), code-sharing with South African Airways (wflysaa.com), currently offers three non-stop weekly services from Johannesburg to Bangkok, which last 11.5 hrs and cost from about 9.500 ZAR for an advanced reservation in the high tourist seasons inclusive of tax. Otherwise you will stop either in the Middle East or in Hong Kong or Southeast Asia, with rates beginning at around ZAR8000 in the high seasons.

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Bird Watching Thailand wthailandbirdwatching.com. Favourite, long-established experts for budgeted trips, incl. discounts for students and young people. Ireland's most important point of sale for reduced rates for young people and students, with a subsidiary in Sydney.

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