Airfare to Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is Thailand’s travel hub. It is usually home to the cheapest flights in southeast Asia, with millions of backpackers and luxury-goers alike visiting the city each year. Outside of the backpacker haven (and ghetto) Khao San Road, travelers make time to see the night markets, eat banana pancakes and watch in amazement at the feats of the girls in the Red Light District. Getting ripped off by a tuk-tuk driver and checking out the Grand Palace (no, it’s not closed today, no matter what the driver tells you) are two other Bangkok must-dos.
Airfare to Bangkok will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Phnom Penh, Cambodia. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. AirAsia, Tiger Airways, Valuair Limited, Nok Air, One-Two-GO, Thai AirAsia and Jetstar Asia Airways fly to Bangkok. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Singapore; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Thai Airways is the national airline. However, Qantas, FinnAir, KLM and other airlines also stop in Bangkok.
The most expensive air tickets to Bangkok are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Phnom Penh, Cambodia and traveling overland to Bangkok via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Bangkok, check out BootsnAll’s Bangkok Travel Guide.