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Language: Thai | Currency: Baht (฿) | Local time: ICT (UTC +7) | Avg. Flight time: 11.5 hrs
Bangkok’s other airport, Don Mueang International (DMK), operates mainly domestic flights and international flights by south-east Asia-based budget airlines. Note that there is no direct rail link between the two airports, and you will need to allow at least two hours’ travel time to reach one from the other; check any multi-stop bookings carefully or you may have to make an unplanned dash between the two.
Direct flights depart frequently to Suvarnabhumi International Airport from London Heathrow (LHR) with Thai Airways, British Airways and EVA Air, and take around 11 hours. There are also flights from London Gatwick (LGW), but these involve a stopover, such as via Dubai with Emirates Airlines, via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines or via Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific.
Most regional airports in the UK offer flights to Bangkok, but these are indirect flights with a stop in London, Europe or the Middle East depending on the airline.
Flights from Manchester (MAN) are available from Emirates via Dubai, Etihad via Abu Dhabi and Lufthansa via Frankfurt. From Birmingham (BHX), flights are available with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul, Air India via Delhi, Emirates via Dubai and KLM via Amsterdam.
From Edinburgh (EDI), there are plenty of airlines offering flights with one stop: Qatar Airways via Doha, Etihad via Abu Dhabi International, British Airways via Heathrow, KLM via Amsterdam and Turkish Airlines via Istanbul. The other cities in the UK offering similar flights are Newcastle, Belfast, Bristol, Norwich, Inverness, Leeds, Humberside, Dundee, Nottingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton, Newquay, Liverpool, and Blackpool.
The cheapest time to fly to Bangkok is during the low season, from May to October, when tourist numbers are at their lowest and temperatures are at their highest; from July onwards there are heavy rains.
November to March is the high season, and flights are correspondingly at their peak, especially over the period between Christmas and New Year, so make sure to book ahead for the best fares. Package holidays, which include flights and accommodation, are one good way of saving money.
British passport holders do not need a visa for stays of 30 days or less – this is known as a visa exemption. Passports need to be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Thailand, and Thai authorities may require proof of onward travel.
If you’re visiting Thailand with the visa exemption, you can only enter the country twice a year when using a land border. Those travelling by air do not have any restrictions.
Looking to visit Bangkok? Make sure to check out our Tips and Advice first.