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What's Thailand like?

Thailand is a tropical paradise. With year-round sunshine, scenic islands and exotic fruit, it's easy to slip into holiday mode straight away. As well as its numerous beaches, Thailand offers ancient architecture, lush forests and some of the world's favourite spots for rock climbers.

Buddhist culture has a strong influence on the local population, who are relaxed and friendly, although the traffic can seem utterly chaotic for a first-time visitor.

What airlines operate flights to Thailand?

Although several airlines (including Air New Zealand, Qantas and Singapore Airlines) offer flights to Thailand from New Zealand, the only direct option is the Thai Airways flight from Auckland to Bangkok.

Best time to book

Looking through 3 years of data, Skyscanner found that the best time to book flights to Thailand is 26 weeks before you intend to fly. This can save you 12% on the average fare.

Do you need a visa to visit Thailand?

New Zealand citizens can get a 30-day visa on arrival to Thailand. If you're not arriving by air, you'll be limited to 2 visas in a year.

How long is the flight to Thailand?

To Bangkok

To Chiang Mai

From Auckland

12 hours 15 minutes (direct)

14 hours 45 minutes (1 stop)

From Christchurch

14 hours 10 minutes (1 stop)

17 hours 5 minutes (2 stops)

From Queenstown

14 hours 30 minutes (1 stop)

18 hours 20 minutes (2 stops)

From Wellington

14 hours 40 minutes (1 stop)

17 hours 5 minutes (2 stops)

When is the best time to visit Thailand?

As a rule of thumb, Thailand has 3 seasons: wet, cool and hot.

The wet season runs from May to October. These months are still warm, but you may experience heavy downpours on a daily basis which can play havoc with tours and travel plans. The islands can be very hard to reach during this period.

The cool season, often the most favourable for visitors from New Zealand, runs from November to February. Bear in mind that 'cool' is in relation to Thai weather, not NZ weather, and you may still experience days warmer than 30°C.

The hot season runs from March to May, but with beaches, pools and air conditioning it's easy to cool off. Thai New Year ('songkran') is on 13 April every year, but often the locals will take a few days off to celebrate. Because of the high heat, it's become traditional to have huge water fights in the street, and you're likely to get soaked whether you want to participate or not.

How expensive is Thailand?

Thailand is far cheaper than New Zealand, including accommodation, public transport and meals out will all be much cheaper. Some delicious dinners cost as little as $2 while local beers should be no more than $3. Taxis and purchases from markets are often negotiable.

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

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