was recently announced that Air Asia would begin making direct flights
from Manchester, UK, to Kuala Lumpur starting from around £200
including taxes; the first airline to provide cheap travel from
Europe to Asia by introducing budget flights. With the proliferation
of airlines described as "low cost", "no frills"
and "low fare" in Asia since 2000 this means that by combining
a flight to Kuala Lumpur with a no frills flight onto Bangkok or
one of a few other destinations within Thailand, the cost of travelling
to Thailand from Europe could be as cheap as £250, quite a
lot less than current fares.
the long distance and time involved it may well be worth paying
the extra for comfort, service and entertainment.
Asia, Bangkok Airways
has the largest range of flights serving Thailand, with regular
flights to and from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Trat, Ko Samui and Phuket
as well as flights to Cambodia , Laos, Japan, Singapore and China.
I hear that the airports at Trat and Ko Samui have thatched rooves!
Air serves Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Nakorn Ratchasima,
Trang and Phuket.
Two Go deals with Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Surat
Thani, Hat Yai and Chiang Rai, apparently serving free snacks and
soft drinks in flight.
Air, curiously, does not fly to Phuket, Instead flights
between Bangkok, Ranong and Yangon in Myanmar are provided.
Air runs flights between Bangkok and Lampang, Nan,
Sakorn Nakorn, Nakorn Phanom, Roi-Et, Mae Hong Son, Buriram and
Chiang Mai, although the wisdom of stepping foot on an airline run
by a brewert remains questionable.
Asia flies from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh,
Singapore and Hanoi amongst others.
Airways supplies a range of flights within southeast
Asia and serves Bangkok, Hat Yai, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phuket and
Udon Thani within Thailand. Don't confuse this with Tiger Airways
in the UK or you may find yourself in a biplane flying over the
Many of these
fares within Thailand can be very little more than travelling by
bus and I have been told that in some cases they are less; they
certainly make some long and uncomfortable journeys much more manageable.