Thailand is one of the most popular countries in the Southeast Asia, opening its doors to over 32 million travellers a year. It famously serves up a well-trod backpacker route of gleaming temples, sandy beaches, spectacular islands, frenetic cities – and legendary full moon parties.
But it’s also increasingly the stomping ground of luxury beach hotels and adventure tours that veer right off the beaten track.
Travelling from Sydney? It’s usually cheaper and easier to catch a direct flight to one of the big cities like Bangkok or Phuket. Flights start at just over 9 hours long.
Direct flights to popular spots like Bangkok and Phuket are around 9 hours 20 minutes long.
Got your heart set on somewhere else? Then take an indirect flight to other favourites like Koh Samui, Krabi or Pattaya. Flights start at 13 hours long.
Qantas Airways, Thai Airways, Emirates and Jetstar Airways are among the airlines that offer direct flights.
Don’t mind a stopover? Then you could also fly with companies like AirAsia X, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines or Tigerair Australia.
Direct flights from Sydney to Thailand set off a few times a day. Booking an indirect flight gives you loads more choice – up to 100 extra flight routes a day.
Planes take off from Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport.
You can take your pick of airports in Thailand. Direct flights make a beeline for Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and Phuket International Airport.
It’s usually cheapest to fly directly to Phuket. You can also find great deals on direct routes to Bangkok – especially if you travel midweek or between May and October, when the rainy season arrives.
Book a flight from Sydney to Thailand, and you’ll discover a country that dishes up some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet.
The capital, Bangkok, is a firecracker. The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun showcase its grand past history, while lively Khao San Road is a neon-lit backpacker haunt. Patong in Phuket also pulls out the big guns, serving up 24/7 bars and clubs by the beach.
For something a little different, head for the Phi Phi Islands, where white-gold beaches pair up with sky-scraping rock formations. Or make tracks for central Thailand. Here, Kaho Yai National Park shelters waterfalls and elephants.
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