Thailand’s capital offers a spiritual side, a gastronomic extravaganza, buzzing nightlife and the chance to truly shop till you drop. It’s a non-stop feast for the senses – and the only way to approach it is to throw yourself headfirst into Bangkok’s banquet.
From the infamous bars of Soi Cowboy to the elegant spaces of its gilded temples, grabbing a cheap flight to Bangkok places a world of experiences at your feet.
And we’re about to show you just how you can bag that bargain fare.
The weather is at its most forgiving in Bangkok between November and March – yet this is also when air fares can double.
Between March and May, the heat here may prove too much for many – flights are cheaper but you need to weigh this up against the hot and sticky climate that will greet you on arrival.
Rainy season descends between May and October, yet this is usually characterised by sudden downpours and an otherwise tropical but comfortable climate. It is in this season that conditions are perfect for grabbing a low-priced airfare without also arriving in the sweltering heat.
It’s always possible to hunt down flight deals whenever you are flying to Bangkok, as long as you know how to find them.
Here are some search secrets that can unlock a lower air fare for you.
It is possible to book connecting and direct flights to Bangkok from many UK airports.
Here are some of the most popular routes:
Airlines offering direct flights to Bangkok include:
However, many of the cheapest flights can be found by booking a connecting flight. Airlines offering indirect options include:
Bangkok has two airports: Suvarnabhumi Airport (sometimes called Bangkok International) and Don Mueang Airport.
Most flights from the UK land at Suvarnabhumi Airport, but if you arrive in Bangkok from a short or medium haul connection you may well land at Don Mueang.
Pronounced 'soo-wanna-poom', which is handy to know if you need a taxi back, Suvarnabhumi is Asia's sixth busiest airport and Thailand’s busiest. It is located about 19 miles from the centre of Bangkok.
There are train options available to hit the city – the non-stop Express Line and slower City Line service both connect to the city's excellent BTS SkyTrain. Buses are also on offer – but journey times can reach the two-hour mark if the traffic is heavy. Most people opt for the relatively cheap taxi option – it takes around half an hour to reach the city.
Don Mueang Airport
Located 16 miles from the heart of the action, Don Mueang may be closer to Bangkok but its transport options are less slick.
The rail service is notoriously slow and unreliable, and bus journeys can be long, thanks to Bangkok’s traffic. Metered taxis are available outside and offer the easiest way to get in to the city centre.
Of course, any guide will tell you to visit the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun, Jim Thompson’s House and the Khaosan Road. But we want you to dig a little deeper into the delights of this fantastic city, so here are three things to try in Bangkok that will set you apart.
Seats at a Thai boxing match are a great way to get a thrill in Bangkok. Yet, how about taking part in a Muay Thai training class?
The Chacrit school on Sukhumvit Soi 39 accepts drop-in enquiries for an hour’s session that culminates in you giving it your best shot against a fully-padded up trainer.
A walk in the park
Escape the Bangkok traffic by following the walking route that parallels the capital’s main east-west road, Sukhumvit.
Starting at Benjakitti Park lake the path follows a tranquil canal, passing a rustic tobacco factory, mosque and many scenic stilt houses. You’ll end up in Lumpini Park, where huge water monitor lizards roam.
Bangkok's Jatujak (or Chatuchak) Weekend Market is one of Asia’s biggest. Across 35 acres you’ll find thousands of vendors selling everything from Thai handicrafts, artwork, clothing, household goods and pets.
Jump off at Mo Chit station (BTS) or Chatuchak Park Station (MRT) to shop till you drop.