Airfare to Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is the trekking capital of Thailand – where travelers come for a break from hectic, dirty Bangkok to relax among the trails, the jungle, and the numerous tribal villages. Riding an elephant and taking a guided tours to observe other wildlife creatures are two of the other popular tourist attractions.
Airfare to Chiang Mai 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 Bangkok, Thailand or Vientiane, Laos. 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, One-Two-GO, Thai AirAsia and Tiger Airways fly to Chiang Mai. 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 Bangkok, Thailand; 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, Phuket Air and other airlines also stop in Chiang Mai.
The most expensive air tickets to Chiang Mai 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 Bangkok, Thailand or Vientiane, Laos and traveling overland to Chiang Mai 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 Chiang Mai, check out BootsnAll’s Chiang Mai Travel Guide.