Flights to Thailand
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Fall in love with Thailand, the ideal starting point to your Southeast Asia backpacking adventure. It’s home to cooking classes, boxing, floating markets and historic temples. It’s a destination that truly has it all: beaches, architecture, history, food, nightlife, wildlife and natural beauty.
Stay busy exploring the bustling cities of Bangkok or Chiang Mai and stuff your face with delicious Thai delicacies. Discover the many national parks and jungles that call Thailand home. Or head to Thailand’s coast and take to the beach on Koh Samui, Koh Lipe or Ko Lanta.
What are the main Thailand airport hubs?
Bangkok is the main airport hub in Thailand, and the most likely arrival and departure point for your trip. Bangkok is home to two airports Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport. If you are travelling around Thailand you may also end up flying to Phuket, Krabi, Hat Yai, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.
Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK): This is Bangkok's newest and biggest airport. Most international flights arrive or depart from BKK. From the airport, the Airport Rail Link train is the easiest way to get into the city, costing just 45 baht ($1.40 USD) and takes about 25 minutes to get from the BKK airport to city center.
Don Mueang International Airport (DMK): Bankok's oldest airport, DMK, handles mostly domestic flights. If you're planning to fly elsewhere in Thailand, especially on a local budget airline, you might fly into or out of DMK. The easiest way to get to DMK is by simply taking a taxi: just allow yourself plenty of time, as Bangkok's traffic can be horrendous! If you're traveling between BKK and DMK, there's a free shuttle bus you can take, bus 554.
Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX): If you want to explore Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is probably the airport you'll be flying into. Thankfully, it's an easy airport to fly into and out of, and is centrally located to the city. Take a bus ($.70), a tuk-tuk ($3.30), or a taxi ($4.90) to get into the city from the Chiang Mai airport.
How to fly from the USA to Thailand
There are currently no direct flights from the US to Thailand. But there are a number of different connecting flight options for you to choose from. Fly from major US cities to Thailand with connections in cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Taiwan and more. Airline partners that we work with who operate flights between the US and Thailand include EVA Air, Etihad Airways, Emirates and Qatar Airways and more.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the USA to Thailand?
Prices based on bookings made 60-91 days prior to departure.
Thailand universities and campuses
You may not have considered Thailand as a study-abroad destination, but it is worth a consideration for a semester or year abroad. There are 16 universities in Thailand that are listed in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, including Mae Fah Luang University, Chulalongkorn University, Chiang Mai University, Kasetsart University and Mahidol University.
Thailand lifestyle and culture
Family, respect and patriotism are three key focuses in daily life in Thailand. It’s a country famous for its warm hospitality and friendly locals, so do treat any locals you meet with huge gratitude and respect. They really do take rudeness to heart! Religion is a big part of daily life in the country too, so act and dress respectfully when visiting any religious sites or events.
Exploring Thailand on a student budget
Worried about traveling to Thailand while on a student budget? Don’t be! It’s actually an ideal destination for those looking to save money where they can. Travel within Thailand is cheap, there are tons of affordable accommodation options, plus the street food is delicious and cheap too. Plus there are so many free or budget things to see, do and experience while in Thailand.