When's the cheapest time to fly to Bangkok?
Thailand's high season takes place between November and February, so if you're on the lookout to score some cheap flights to Bangkok in 2023, then your best bet for a whopper of a deal is to fly between March and October. But the good news is that there's always last-min deals you can snap up throughout the year if you keep your beady eye out.
When's the best time to book my flight to Bangkok?
So, you've got your eyes on the prize. But now you want to know when to book. Sure, you can wait for some last-min bargains but - if you ask us - you really want to book those flights to Bangkok in advance! Especially if you want to make the most of the great deals on offer. But how early is early, you're wondering? Well, we reckon the sweet spot for the best cheap flight to Bangkok is around 14 weeks in advance, so mark your calendars! The early bird gets the worm, and all that.
Okay, but how long will my flight to Bangkok be?
Your flight time to Bangkok will vary. Of course, there'll be some small differences in your flight time depending on which part of the UK you're travelling from. But, frankly, the main thing you need to think about is whether your flight is direct or has a stopover. A direct flight from London can take between 11 and 13 hours, but a cheaper flight with a stopover can nearly double that time. The only question left is - time or money?
What's Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) like?
So, what can you expect when you finally touch down in Bangkok? Suvarnabhumi (we'll help you out: it's pronounced "su-wan-na-poom"), unofficially known as Bangkok Airport, is one of the largest international airports in Southeast Asia - it's a bit of a whopper, which is not all that surprising considering it serves the most visited city in the world. Sitting pretty just 30km east of Bangkok, it's currently the 17th busiest airport in the world.
I've arrived! What next?
So, the flight's over. To be honest, arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport is a treat in and of itself. A pretty modern airport, designed by the folks at Murphy/Jahn Architects, on arrival you'll be greeted by a whole lot of passport control checkpoints, with 22 different baggage control conveyor belts on hand for the high volume of incoming flights the airport welcomes on a daily basis. Your arrival at the main terminal building will either be through a terminal gate or a bus gate, depending on where your plane lands within the airport grounds and which airline you fly with. The bus gates bring arrivals within a hop, skip, and a passport check away of immigration, found on the 2nd floor. And if you're a bit peckish after all that time in the air, there's a bucket load of restaurants. Essentials, like phone shops and ATMs are also available within the arrivals hall itself.
What about getting to the city from the airport?
Around 30km from the city of Bangkok, you'll find a load of transport options waiting for you at the airport. The pick of the bunch is its new airport rail link (don't you just love an airport rail link?), which offers a cheap and speedy way of getting out of the airport and right on into downtown Bangkok for an ice cold Singha. To find it, you'll need to head to the basement floor, where frequent trains (every 15 mins from 5.30am to midnight) will take passengers to Makkasan Station in about 35 mins, with plenty of domestic stops en route. Tickets will cost you between 15 and 45 baht depending on where you're travelling to.
This isn't the only option though! If you'd prefer something a but more chill, there's always the taxi option (you'll need to pay an extra 50 baht on top of the meter fare, plus any tolls) which will pick you up from the rank on the first level. Or there's always the airport limo, of course. Costing you around 3 times the price of a taxi, it's more pricey but if you ask us? Worth it.
Okay, but why should I visit Bangkok anyway?
Home to more than 9 million people (around 13% of the entire Thai population!) Bangkok has got adventure and entertainment in its bones. From world-famous street food to a cityscape that's the absolute envy of urban rivals across Southeast Asia, the question you should be asking yourself is not why visit Bangkok, but bloomin' why not?! Come on, be honest. You're struggling to think of a comeback, aren't you? We've highlighted just some of the best bits below.
Street food shenanigans
Alright, you may very well have tried Thai food. But you ain't tried Thai food done proper. Only in the heart of this wonderful country can you really experience the age-old family recipes, the lavish combinations of sweet and sour, of spice and salt...okay, we're getting carried away. Forget your fancy fine dining. Actually, forget your regular dining experience altogether - Bangkok's street food scene has got a trick or two up its sleeve for you. Your job? Tuck in.
A city of many faces
Famously multifaceted, the varying urban sprawl of Bangkok takes you every which way. Temples. Gorgeous gold spires. Inviting alcoves and backstreets. Intimate bars. Squeaky-clean malls. Calming canals. All with skyscrapers of the future towering overhead.
Just going out for a bit of fresh air
If you wanna take a chill pill and get out of the city for a wee bit (we don't blame you - Bangkok is full on!), there's a bunch of more rural options to tickle the pickle of the outdoor adventurer. Whether you want to make a splash in one of the many waterfalls or take a tour of the nearby jungle, there's plenty of ways to quench the your thirst for Thailand top natural beauty. She's a stunner, that's for sure. So, breathe it in and enjoy.
Oh, and don't forget this lot before you fly!
If you're a British passport holder, you're allowed to enter Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa. But if you need to stay longer, you'll be able to extend your stay for another 30 days - but only one time. You'll also need to either provide proof of vaccination status or a negative Covid-19 test that has taken place within 72 hours of your journey. This'll be checked by airline staff, as well as officials on your arrival. While it does have its high and low seasons, the temperature is generally above 30 degrees C for most of the year in Bangkok, so make sure to pack accordingly! Oh - just remember to pack a raincoat if you're travelling in the rainy season, you're gonna need it! And, of course, sunscreen all year round, please!