Anyone booking cheap flights to Bangkok for the first time will find Thailand’s capital bustling, mesmerising and slightly overwhelming. From November to March is peak season when the weather is tropical and balmy and temperatures average in the late 20Cs; perfect for sightseeing The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, and the Emerald Buddha. Most people search flight tickets within this cooler period, so book your flights to Bangkok early for the best savings. Events and festivals throughout the year can also cause a price hike for flights to Bangkok.
March to May is Bangkok’s off season when most people avoid flights to Bangkok as it’s typically unbearably hot and humid. If you hate the heat then it’s best to give these months a miss. The Songkran Festival in April can cool down Bangkok’s hottest month with its water fights but you’ll need to book flight tickets and accommodation early, as there will be a huge influx of visitors.
Bangkok’s tropical monsoon means hot and humid weather for most of the year but June to February are the optimal times to visit. May to October is the rainy season but not too uncomfortable so it’s an ideal time to find cheap flights to Bangkok as well as cheaper accommodation. Just be sure to pack wet weather gear and focus your activities on shopping, aquariums and temples.
Flights from Auckland to Bangkok – 12 hours
Flights from Wellington to Bangkok – 14 hrs 45 mins
Flights from Christchurch to Bangkok – 14 hrs 10 mins
Flights from Dunedin to Bangkok – 16 hrs 40 mins
National carrier Thai Airways operates direct flights to Bangkok from Auckland, or you can travel via Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines, a slightly longer route. Other airlines operating flights to Bangkok include Qantas, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific. You can also fly from Christchurch with Singapore Airlines and Qantas without a stopover in Auckland.
Bangkok International Airport (BKK) is 30km from the city centre. Heading in from the airport is convenient with the Airport Express bus service operating from level 1 near entrance 8 of the airport, it has four routes and tickets cost NZD$6. Taxi stands are also on level 1 but be prepared to haggle the cost of a ride to the city and make sure to agree on the fee before you get in. Alternatively, the Airport Rail Link City Line is a cheap way to travel into the city at NZD$2 for a single ticket. Trains leave every 15 minutes, and make six stops with a total journey time of 25 minutes, you’ll need to take a taxi from your stop to your final destination.