Thailand’s majestic beauty for Australians is still strong. The journey will take you only six hours from Perth by air and from the East Coast – eight hours. Thailand has glamorous beaches, forests, mountains, temples galore, the best food on earth and not forgetting the best shopping experiences. The country’s famous full moon parties, creates one of the best entertainment mixes that will leave many people wanting more.
Well, Thailand is a common destination for first time travelers. The main reasons for this is that;
• It is easy to get around
• Finding good quality food is easy
• English is spoken widely (there is no communication barrier)
• Great place to be entertained
• There are great beaches and much more
The Best Time To Visit Thailand (Seasons)
Thailand is a hot and humid place (at least most of the year). The most comfortable time to visit is November to March. These are months that rain is at a minimum and the temperatures are fair. However, Thailand experiences a growth in the tourist population in July and August.
The rain season runs from July to October. Well, this is the season that the country’s tourism gets a bad reputation because of pollution (the beaches become flooded with litter). On the other hand, it can be a great time for you to get a break from the heat. The countryside become lush and green. The wettest time of the year is October.
The month of October is when everything is cheap, including hotel room rates. Therefore, if you are looking forward to visiting this great country at an affordable rate, then consider the month of October.
How To get Affordable Flights From Australia To Thailand
First and foremost; if you are planning to book for a spot at popular destinations such as Bangkok, Phuket or Ko-Samui, then you should consider shopping around for better and affordable packages from the major travel agencies in Australia. Fiji is a city where you can easily book for such packages at an affordable cost. Keep in mind, they are also in a position to book an airline or purchase an airline ticket for you that is affordable. This technique is considered affordable compared to buying or booking online.
If you do not want to use an agent and prefer to book a ticket yourself, then you should never assume that Jetstar (which fly into Phuket Direct) is the cheapest option. There others such as Thai Airways, British Airways and also Singapore Airlines. Compare prices to identify the best option for you. From there, you can book yourself on the domestic carrier to any of the popular islands. The cost from the East Coast has been low for a while now and they go for $600 including tax and return tickets from Bangkok.
If you are a student, then it is wise to check in with Student flight (STA) because they often offer cheap rates on this route.
However, to get the most out of your trip, you should consider flying into Bangkok and spend few days there. After that, travel to Phuket or Ko Samui. You can travel both cities if you wish. This way, you will only spend around $1200 including tax to visit all three cities in the low season. Over the holidays (Christmas) you may spend $2000 including tax on flights only.
In the low season, the spending budget for travelling ranges from $30 – $50 dollars per day. Well, the fact is that this is not cheap as compared to some countries in South East Asia. However, we can all agree that it is great value. For a more comfortable holiday, the budget may rise to about $100 a day.
Well, there are several different carriers that you can choose to get you out of Bangkok to popular islands and other destinations within the country.
1. Thai Air Asia
This airline offers both domestic and international routes.
2. Nok Air
Very popular in the country and flies to the following cities and islands;
• Nakhon Si Thammarat
• Udon Thani
• Hat Yai
• Chiang Mai
3. One Two Go
Another great and popular airline in the country that offers similar destinations to the one above (Nok Air). This airline is known for its pleasant inflight services. For example, they offer free snacks on board.
4. Bangkok Airways
This is the oldest airline in Thailand and they have been in business since 1986. This is a popular choice for many people because they fly to over 20 Asian cities.
5. Great For Bangkok
This airline only travels to three destinations in the country. They include:
• Ko Samui
To know more about their services, you can look online at their website. While you’re at it, you can purchase a ticket at a very affordable price.
6. Destination Air
This is a small company that offers scenic flights via sea plane. They also offer a day trip around Phuket and its surrounding islands such as Ko Pi Pi.
The moment you arrive in Thailand; it is easy to change Australian dollars to local currency. You may also use an ATM for better rates. If you plan well in advance you can look into international money transfers, so you have everything organised before you go.