Cheap Thailand travel

by SmarterTravel Staff

It doesn't take much effort to make a Thailand vacation affordable. After all, the country has long been a favorite of backpackers, students, and budget travelers from around the world. Increasingly upscale options are also available for those travelers who prefer luxury and pampering. Though the overseas flight will take a big bite out of most budgets, in-country costs for accommodations, transportation, food, and activities are low.

When to book

The Tourism Authority of Thailand recommends booking airfare and accommodations at least six months ahead for a high-season trip.


Where to find deals and book

International travelers typically fly to Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). All the major U.S. airlines serve the airport, as do Asia-based carriers including Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines. Compare prices before booking to find the best possible fares.

Flights within Thailand are available at super-cheap prices, and can usually be booked at the last minute. Popular Asian low-cost carriers include AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, One-Two-Go, and Thai Airways. Note that some intra-country flights will depart from Don Muang Airport (DMK) rather than BKK.

Visitors will find a wide array of accommodations options in Thailand, from bare-bones hostels to moderately priced guesthouses to opulent five-star resorts., operated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, is a good place to begin searching for accommodations, as it offers last-minute and destination-specific specials. features cut-rate prices on luxury hotels around Thailand.

Bundling airfare and hotel in a vacation package can often save money. Asian Affair Holidays, Gate1Travel,, and Pleasant Holidays all offer trips to Bangkok and beyond.

A few more sites for deals and booking

  • All Asia Pass: Cathay Pacific's multi-city offer can be a good deal for travelers visiting several cities in Asia. It includes Bangkok and Phuket.
  • Here you'll find discounted hotel rates for properties around Thailand.

The information and websites listed here were valid at the time of publication, but some details may have changed since that time. Please check directly with the provider for the latest information.

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