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The quintessential backpacker paradise, Thailand is one of South East Asia’s most sought after holiday destinations. Whether you’re seeking cheap flights to Thailand from London or another of the UK’s international airports, with our help you’ll soon be kicking back on a tropical beach, surrounded by exotic rock formations, beautiful plant life, royal palaces and ancient pagodas.
While looking for cheap flights to Thailand, the first thing to understand is that the country lies within two distinct climate zones. This means that the weather is the primary driver behind the peak and off-peak seasons.
Sun seekers should visit from January to April, when the weather is hot and there is minimal rain. May is also a popular time to visit thanks to the Songkran water festivals, when locals and visitors alike throw water at each other – don’t expect to stay dry!
For cheap flights to Thailand, the best time to travel is May to October, or the ‘wet season’.
There are a few things that can help you to find cheap tickets to Thailand.
Flexibility with travel dates almost certainly helps, while remaining open to your departure location can be beneficial too.
While searching, select ‘nearby airports’ under your chosen departure location on the search form to compare prices with other nearby airports.
If possible, for long distance travel, we also recommend flying directly from London to Thailand. And searching ‘all London airports’ will also increase your chances of finding a better deal.
The only direct flights to Thailand from the UK are from London to Bangkok, which is ideal if your main aim is to explore the Thai capital.
Those seeking to spend time on the Thai peninsula will have to catch a connecting flight from Bangkok onwards to the islands of Phuket or Koh Samui.
Estimated travel times from London to these key Thai destinations are as follows:
The largest airport in Thailand is Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. In addition, Samui International Airport and Phuket International Airport (located respectively on the islands of Koh Samui and Phuket) are popular tourist destinations. Cheap flights to Thailand can also be found to Pattaya.
Between them, these four major airports receive many airlines, including:
Getting around once you arrive in Thailand depends largely on which area of the country you are visiting.
In Bangkok, taxis and tuk-tuks are affordable modes of transport, which offer an authentic local experience. However, you should also expect to experience the authentic local traffic! Bangkok’s Skytrain, however, offers a more reliable way to get around.
Meanwhile, in southern Thailand, where many escape the city for a peaceful break on the white sand beaches, the preferred mode of transport is definitely nipping between islands by boat: getting around was never quite so blissful.
If you love temples and palaces, alongside colourful cities, glorious beaches and magical island chains, Thailand will not disappoint.
Besides the common tourist attractions, the nation is also packed with cultural delights that are easily overlooked in favour of the more obvious.
For instance, those willing to venture north, away from Thailand’s coast, will be treated to delights such as the display at Lake Nong Han, or ‘Lotus Lake’. The surface of the lake is alive with countless red and pink lotus flowers and is particularly popular around Valentine’s Day.
If you’re visiting Thailand for a brief visit, then you’re in luck – British passport holders visiting for less than 30 days require no visa. If you’re planning to stay longer, then it is crucial to apply for a visa before you travel.
You should also familiarise yourself with Thai customs. For instance, pointing at someone will do you no social favours, while disrespecting the king can actually land you in jail. There was also recently a smoking ban imposed on some tourist beaches, including those in Koh Samui, Phuket and Pattaya. Flouting this ban can lead to a fine or even prison sentence. If you’re a smoker, then, be sure to check the local rules (or just bring nicotine patches).