Get Flights To Thailand From Popular Airlines
You can get flights to Thailand from Thai Airways, British Airways, Eva Airlines, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirate’s Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, KLM and Korean Air. Their flights are available at all main UK airports like London Heathrow, Aberdeen, Cardiff, Manchester and Birmingham. Most tourists visit Thailand during the months of November to March. Due to high demand of flights, tickets' rates highly increase in these months. In peak season, a flight in economy class is around £750 to £1000. However, off season prices are really low as compared to peak season. The flight in economy class in this time of year can cost you £385 to £700. Booking flights in advance will enable you to avail cheap prices.
Direct flights or with stopovers to Thailand major cities
Three airlines offer direct flights to Thailand; Thai Airways, British Airways and EVA Air. Direct flights are only available at London Heathrow Airport for Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. Thai Airways is the flag carrier of the country. It operates flights from London (all airports), Birmingham and Manchester to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui and other major destinations.
Other airlines offer flights to Thailand with one or multiple stopovers. Indirect flights are cheaper than direct flights. However, flight duration of such flights is longer than direct ones. These flights usually make stopovers in any Middle Eastern, Far Eastern hub and sometimes in a European city as well.
Most searched routes from UK to Thailand
Following are few routes which are generally taken by UK travellers for reaching Thailand:
- London to Bangkok /Phuket via Dubai with Emirates Airline
- London to Bangkok /Phuket via Doha with Qatar Airways
- London to Bangkok /Phuket via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways
What are average flight duration for Thailand from major UK Airports
Flight durations vary from airline to airline and mainly depend on your destination and time period of stopover. Direct flights usually take 11h 15 minutes on average. However, flights with stopovers have extended flight duration. The longest flight duration for Thailand is around 40 hours. Stopovers can be as long as 16 hours. Below is a list of main airlines with their corresponding flight durations:
- Thai Airways operates from main UK airports and it covers all Thai destinations with usual stopovers at Frankfurt, Brussels and Suvarnabhumi Airport - Bangkok. The minimum flight duration is 11h 15m (direct) and maximum duration is 30h 25m.
- British Airways offers flights to Bangkok (all airports), Koh Samui and Phuket from main UK airports. Stopovers can be made at Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Suvarnabhumi Airport – Bangkok. Its flights can take time between 11h 35m (direct) to 43h.
- Another airline offering direct flights to Thailand is EVA Air but its flights are only available at London airports. Its minimum flight duration is around 11h 30m (direct) and maximum flight time is 27h 30m.
- Malaysia Airlines can make a stopover at Kuala Lumpur or Penang and it also exclusively operates at London airports. Its shortest Thai flight is around 16h and longest is around 33h 35m.
- With Emirates Airline, you can travel to all main Thai destinations. Its usual stopovers are Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. Minimum flight duration can be 14h 50m while maximum can be 39h 30m.
- Singapore Airlines make stopover at Singapore and Munich. Its shortest flight period is 16h 10m and longest period is 28h 10m.
- Qatar Airways offers flights to Bangkok (all airports), Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui with stopovers at Doha. Minimum duration is 14h 20m whereas maximum is 38h 50m.
- KLM flights make stopovers at Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Paris. Bangkok (all airports), Phuket and Koh Samui are popular destinations from UK airports. It can take time between 14h 05m to 39h 45m.
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Baggage allowance by main airlines offering flight to Thailand
Understanding baggage allowance can be tricky for first time travellers. As every airline has different standards in terms of weight and dimensions of bags, free checked-in baggage and hand baggage. If you exceed these limits, airline charge you additional fee. We have compiled a list of airlines which are offering flights to Thailand with their corresponding baggage allowance:
- Thai Airways allows 30kg in economy class, 40kg in business class and 50kg in first class for all Thai destinations.
- With British Airways you can take one bag of 23kg in first class, two bags of 32kg each in business class and three bags of 32kg each in first class to major Thai cities.
- EVA Air allows two bags of 20kg combined in economy class and two bags of 30kg combined in business class at all of its Bangkok flights.
- Emirates Airline offers flights to Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui. On these flights, you can take 35kg in economy class (depending on fare type), 40kg in business class and 50kg in first class.
- Checked baggage allowance of Singapore Airlines is 30kg for economy class, 40kg for business class and 50kg for first class travellers of Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui.
- When you are travelling with Malaysia Airlines, you can take 2 bags of 30kg combined in economy class, 2 bags of 40kg combined in business class and 2 bags of 50kg combined in first class to main Thai destinations.
- Qatar Airways allows you to take 32kg in economy class, 40kg in business class and 50kg in first class while travelling to Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui and others.
- KLM has checked baggage limit of 12kg in economy class and 18kg in business class for Bangkok, Koh Samui and Phuket.
Always remember to weigh your baggage before going to airport. If it’s above the stated limit, then pre-purchase baggage allowance online.
Best time to book flights for Thailand
Thai climate can be mainly divided into three seasons: from May to October it’s rainy, from November to February it’s cool and from March to May it’s hot. Rainy season is the most unpredictable of all. The intensity and length of this season varies from year to year. However, rain can occur anytime of the year as Thailand lies in tropical region.
The best time to visit Thailand is during cool season. Temperature is more pleasant and rain is far less as compared to other months of the year. Waterfalls are flowing with their full spate and upland flowers are blooming. But, keep in mind this season is also the busiest one. We would suggest you to book flights well in advance for getting cheaper rates.
Where to stay in Thailand?
Rates of accommodation tend to fluctuate throughout the year, increasing in peak season and lowering down in off season. Best budget accommodations are offered in bungalows and guesthouses. Rural areas and beaches have both of these types. Their services include safe locker for your valuables and luggage, cheap restaurant, tour desk and internet access. They are designed to cater needs of every budget size.
However, travellers who are on a business trip or want better accommodation facilities prefer to stay in tourist hotels in Thailand. In this category middle-ranking hotels, expensive and luxury hotels are included. International hotel chains like Marriott, Sofitel and Sheraton are also operating in Thailand.
For backpackers, it is best to stay in youth hostels. There are over dozen registered and numerous unregistered hostels. However, their rates can be higher than budget guesthouses. Another option is to get homestay accommodation which is not only cheapest among all but also gives you a chance to learn and understand local culture.
Regardless of your choice, it is best to book accommodation in advance. This will not only ensure the availability of room but also you can save a lot of money.
Thailand most popular eateries and places to see
Thailand offers so many things to do and see. It has world famous beaches, unique diving spots, lush green jungles, cheap prices and yummiest food. Thai food is really cheap, especially its street food. Every Thai city has its own specialties in food and tourist attractions. Here are few of them:
Bangkok: Most UK travellers prefer to get flights to this city as major airlines are offering direct flights to Bangkok. Popular tourist attractions are Wat Pho, Chao Phraya River and Waterways, Jim Thompson’s House, Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw. Street food is the best way to taste the original Thai cuisine. Good eatery places in town are Bangrak, Chinatown, Saphan Taksin and La Table De Tee.
Phuket: Phuket might seem small in terms of size but it offers so many activities and sites to view. Must see attractions are Phang Nga Bay, Bangla Road Nightlife, Big Buddha, Phuket Temples and Phi Phi Island. And when you feel hungry after all this exploration, you can eat good food at floating restaurants, Bangpae Seafood and Lock Tien Food Court.
Koh Samui: Koh Samui offers diverse and interesting things to see and do. There are plenty of man-made and natural wonders to explore. Main tourist attractions are Angthong National Marine Park, Big Buddha, Namuang Waterfall, Hin Ta and Hin Yai. Like any other Thai city, this place has also some delicious dining options like The Boudoir, Barracuda Restaurant and Dining on the Rocks.
Annual Thai Events And Celebrations
Festivals and celebrations of any nation help you in understanding their culture and traditions. Thailand has plenty of events happening around the year. Here are few of them which are worth attending:
Songkran Festival: This festival is a kind of water fight and the battleground is streets and roads. Festival takes place on 13TH of April, at the start of Thai New Year.
Monkey Buffet: Monkey Buffet is celebrated on the last Sunday of every November. It is a way of thanking monkeys for being a major tourist attraction of the Lopburi town.
Loi Krathong : On the full moon of the last lunar month (November), river goddess is honored with Loi Krathong. Thais set afloat small vessels/boats (krathongs) in rivers and canals. These are adorned by flowers, candles and coins.
By Z A Chahal
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Do I require a visa prior to a trip to Thailand?
On your arrival to Thailand you must hold a valid 6 months passport, a valid visa for Thailand and proof of further travel. Despite this travelers belonging to some Asean or Western nations, which include most European, North American and Commonwealth countries are exempted from obtaining a valid visa prior to their visit under some conditions. If the duration of the visit will not exceed 30 days, they will be permitted to enter the country through Thailand immigration by a 30 Thai visa waiver that will be granted upon arrival.