Thailand has been frequented by travellers since the hippie trail, but when the suntanned Leonardo DiCaprio tumbled across our screens in the film 'The Beach', it’s arguable whether we loved a place more. Crystal blue water, white sandy beaches and delicious exotic food – flights to Thailand tick all the boxes for a journey into paradise. Start with the psychedelic hurdy-gurdy of Bangkok and then fan out around this tropical paradise to enjoy elephant riding, river rafting, island hopping and the most delectable cuisine known to mankind. Book your flight to Thailand with Qantas, now offering connections around the country with Bangkok Airways.
Flights to Thailand
Thailand experiences dramatic shifts in climate – from very humid heat to monsoonal rain. Monsoon season stretches from May to November with flooding most likely to occur in September. It’s usually cool and dry between November and January and many travellers will take advantage of the temperate conditions by visiting during this time.
Most people top or tail their holiday with a stop in the pulsating city of Bangkok but with Bangkok Airways, you can fly directly to the islands as well.
East meets west in Bangkok – the ancient and modern sit side by side in this energetic city that continues to rapidly modernise without losing sight of traditional culture and the splendour of its heritage. Bangkok's origins in the low-lying Chao Phraya Delta gave rise to the distinctive khlongs – this network of canals was the primary way to get around until the late 19th century and gave the steamy city its moniker: Venice of the East. Read our guide to Bangkok.
It might be little known to tourists, but wealthy locals (including Thai royalty) and expatriates have long holidayed in Hua Hin. You’ll find all the top hotels, spas and world class restaurants only two hours from Bangkok. Enjoy the pleasant beach, eat at the excellent night market and even visit a vineyard.
Phuket & Phi Phi
Thailand’s biggest holiday island has plenty going for it – a wide selection of high quality hotels from budget to luxury, excellent restaurants and white sandy beaches to name a few. Most travellers to Phuket will find themselves taking the obligatory postcard shot of Phi Phi Island, but there are plenty of other attractions in the area. Old Phuket Town offers a glimpse into the island’s colonial past while Wat Chalong and the Big Buddha make for an excellent day off from the beach. Bangla Road can be confronting but plenty of people go there for the wild nightlife anyway. Phuket also leads the rest of Thailand in luxury spas with places like Cheraim Spa Village, Banyan Tree and others.
Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai
After the madness of Bangkok, there’s no better place to chill out than on the rooftops overlooking the temples and colonial architecture of Chiang Mai. Known as the cultural hub of Thailand, Chiang Mai offers the atmosphere of a classic Thai village, with all the mod cons and hotels of modern tourism. It also has some of the country’s best boutique and luxury hotels. Hang out in the city or get out and about the mountains to ride elephants or bamboo raft through the rivers. Chiang Rai, located about 200km north of Chiang Mai, is a quieter option.
Spectacular beaches, beach dining and atmospheric sunsets; what's not to love about the island of Koh Samui? Most of the island’s action centres around the hugely popular Chaweng and Lamai Beaches, where you’ll find parties, pubs and big hotels. More relaxed and the location of several upmarket resorts with private beaches, are the bays of Choeng Mon. The spectacular limestone islands of Ang Thong Marine National Park, with its postcard perfect beaches are a big attraction of the island, as are world class ‘beach dining’ restaurants, fabulous spas and the good old fashioned beach massage.
So many things to do in such a short time... Oh well, you’ll just have to come back. Tick off all the essentials like visiting the canals of Bangkok, boating around the islands of Ang Thong and elephant riding in the mountains, and then add some of these unique suggestions:
- Take a Thai cooking course with a local in Bangkok
- Ride the train to the bridge over the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi from Bangkok
- Visit the House of Opium at the Golden Triangle just outside Chiang Rai
- Shop for unique items at the night markets of Chiang Rai
- Holiday like the locals do (well the wealthy expats anyway) at Hua Hin beach to the south of Bangkok
- Get a suit fitted at Peninsula Tailors in Bangkok
- Visit the H Gallery in Bangkok to see the latest in Thai contemporary art
Our bestselling tours in Bangkok at qantas.com right now…
- Phang Nga Bay Tour by Speed Boat from Phuket
- Canoe Cave Phang Nga Bay Tour from Phuket
- Phi Phi Islands from Phuket
- Private Tour: Hill Tribe Villages and Tea Plantation from Chiang Rai
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Flights to Thailand with Qantas operate via Bangkok with onwards connections with our codeshare partner Bangkok Airways. Find out more about your Qantas flight to Bangkok.
After arriving at the airport, check to see if your hotel offers a free shuttle before booking transport. Otherwise, pre-book a convenient private airport transfer.
Book your flight to Thailand via Bangkok with Qantas and then fly onwards to other destinations across Thailand with our codeshare partner Bangkok Airways. Enjoy the following service on Qantas flights to Bangkok:
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Book your flight to Singapore and feast like a king in The Lion City. Start with a Singapore Sling over high tea at Raffles, eat at a chilli crab restaurant and down a beer at a Clarke Quay "godown". Read our guide to Singapore.
The 'Paris of the East' is a beguiling combination of temples, museums and skyscrapers, and simply by being there, you will be at the centre of modern history. Read our guide to Shanghai.
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