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Getting around by air


In some cases – such as when travelling to neighbouring countries or to domestic destinations – it is still convenient to use a travel agent in Thailand. The amount of commission an agent will charge varies, so shop around to gauge the discrepancy in prices. Paying by credit card generally offers purchasing protection, because most card issuers provide refunds if you can prove you didn’t get what you paid for. Agents who accept only cash should hand over the tickets straightaway and not tell you to ‘come back tomorrow’. After you’ve made a booking or paid your deposit, call the airline and confirm that the booking was made.

Air fares during the high season (December to March) can be expensive and seats book up quickly.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.

Airports & Airlines

Thai Airways is the national carrier, and Bangkok is the country’s primary international and domestic gateway. Thailand's provincial airports support an extensive domestic and growing international network. Airports with international connections include the following:

Suvarnabhumi International Airport The country's main air terminal is located in Samut Prakan, 30km east of Bangkok and 110km from Pattaya. The airport’s name is pronounced sù·wán·na·poom.

Don Mueang International Airport Located 25km north of central Bangkok, Don Mueang was retired from service in 2006 only to reopen later as the city’s de facto budget and domestic hub.

Phuket International Airport With several domestic and international destinations.

Chiang Mai International Airport International destinations include many Asian and Southeast Asian cities.

Chiang Rai International Airport International destinations include Kunming, China.

Hat Yai International Airport International destinations are limited to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Ko Samui Airport International destinations include Singapore.

Krabi International Airport International destinations include Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and a few cities in China.

U-Tapao Airport International destinations include Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and a handful of cities in China and Russia.