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Cheap flights to Bangkok

What's Bangkok like?

It's not hard to see why Bangkok is the most visited city in Asia-Pacific. The starting point for exploring Thailand's idyllic islands and further adventures in Southeast Asia, it's also a must-visit city in its own right. Even if you've already seen the Grand Palace and the golden temples, it's the less celebrated assets like the street food, the night markets and the people that see many travellers extending their stays.

Which airlines fly to Bangkok?

Thai Airways offers direct flights from Auckland to Bangkok daily. All other routes from New Zealand have a stop at airports in Australia or elsewhere in Asia, where you transfer to another flight.

You can fly all the way with Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines or Qantas, or a combination of different airlines.

How long is the flight to Bangkok?

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Auckland to Suvarnabhumi

12 hours (direct)

Christchurch to Suvarnabhumi

14 hours (1 stop)

Queenstown to Suvarnabhumi

15 hours 45 minutes (1 stop)

Wellington to Suvarnabhumi

14 hours 30 minutes (1 stop)

Bangkok Don Mueang Airport

Auckland to Don Mueang

17 hours (1 stop)

Christchurch to Don Mueang

19 hours 20 minutes (2 stops)

Queenstown to Don Mueang

19 hours 55 minutes (2 stops)

Wellington to Don Mueang

19 hours 25 minutes (2 stops)

What is the best time to visit Bangkok?

Bangkok is most popular in the dry season from November to March, when temperatures are warm and there's less chance of rain spoiling your sightseeing. However, this is also when the city is busiest and hotel deals are more scarce.

Unless you're looking for discounts, you may prefer to avoid the hot summer months of April and May and the wet season from June to October.

How expensive is Bangkok?

Bangkok and Thailand in general are very cheap for New Zealand travellers. A few dollars will pay for a meal or a beer, and prices are even cheaper if you buy from local eateries, street vendors and convenience stores.

Arriving in Bangkok

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) is the main point of entry to Bangkok. Located 25km from the city centre, it's connected to the MRT by the Airport Rail Link (45 baht), public buses (60 baht) and taxis (up to 500 baht for Khao San Road).

Some flights arrive at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport (DMK), especially if the last leg of your journey is with a budget airline. This is the older of the city's 2 airports and closer to the city, which means taxis can be cheaper (300-390 baht), but journeys can take longer due to traffic.

Useful tips about Bangkok

Bangkok is not a pedestrian-friendly city. You'll get the best experience by putting down the guidebook and arranging a guided tour by taxi or tuk-tuk.

Make sure you stay hydrated. Bottled water is widely available from stores and street vendors, but you should make sure it's sealed.

If you can't choose where to go next after Bangkok, why not try one of Thailand's lesser-known islands?

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Please note: all information is correct as of December, 2017.

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