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Thailand has a knack for attracting travellers back again and again, because it really does have something different to offer every time. White sandy beaches are complemented by green hinterlands and ancient temples, in addition to a smattering of tropical islands and bustling street markets to explore. Experience everything from the famous full moon parties to Thailand’s many spiritual and historical sites dating back thousands of years.
While Bangkok is the capital, Phuket is the largest island and most popular Thai destination for Aussie holidaymakers, with the best choice for direct flights. The island of Koh Samui is the adventure seeker’s paradise and along with Ko Pha-ngan next door, you won’t struggle to track down Thailand’s infamous nightlife. Those looking for a cultural break will appreciate the ancient city of Chiang Mai in the north.
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Thailand flight time
- From Sydney: 8 hrs 45 mins+
- From Melbourne: 8 hrs 30 mins+
- From Perth: 6 hrs 45 mins+
- From Brisbane: 9 hrs+
Airlines that fly to Thailand
- Malaysia Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- Thai Airways
Thailand insider flight tips
- Flight deals can be found to Chiang Mai in the north and to Bangkok in the centre during rainy season, July to November. Peak season coincides with Australia’s summer months of November–March
- Direct flights: Thai Airways flies direct to Bangkok daily from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Jetstar also flies direct to Bangkok from Melbourne and Brisbane, and to Phuket from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra on most days. If you can be flexible with your dates and don’t have much luggage then these are usually the cheapest flights to Thailand.
- There’s no shortage of competition on flights to Thailand from Australia. Low-cost carriers such as Jetstar, AirAsia and Scoot operate flights from and to most cities in Australia and Thailand with stopovers in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Bangkok.
- Koh Samui on the south coast adjacent to Phuket and Chiang Mai in the north cannot be reached directly. They are served by airlines such as Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Cathay Pacific with a stopover elsewhere in Asia on the way.
How to get from the airport
The majority of hotels in Thailand will be happy to arrange airport transfers for you. This is the most hassle-free method and some rates are also inclusive of them. Passengers arriving throughout Thailand should ignore touts offering a cheap price as unfortunately many are scams. The alternatives are usually to head for a counter to book a private or shared transfer, or go straight to a metered taxi rank. Shared taxi services will cost a flat fee according to your destination and the shuttle leaves once it’s full. With private taxis always make sure the driver knows exactly where you are going – it helps to have your hotel name written down, and you should agree on a price before getting in.
Bangkok International Airport connects visitors easily to the city via Airport Rail Link. Regular public buses and private or shared taxis are also available.
Phuket Airport Bus runs to a schedule from the airport to the town and departs on your left when you step outside the Arrivals terminal. From Phuket Town local buses run to Patong, Karon, Krabi and Khao Lak.
From Chiang Mai Airport you can purchase a taxi coupon in the Arrivals hall and a marshall will direct you to your driver at the terminal exit. Get your driver’s card so that you can call for future rides as taxis aren’t always easy to find in Chiang Mai.