Getting to Thailand from Australia is almost as easy as picking up a Thai takeout in your neighbourhood. We said almost… but with both direct and non-direct routes from Australia’s main cities, you have choices for any budget.
If you are looking to catch the afternoon sun in Thailand, jump onto a 10am or 10:30am flight which only takes 9 hours and 30 minutes from Sydney to Bangkok. You’ll be on the ground in time to order a drink and watch the sunset.
Fast, low-cost or something in-between, read our comprehensive guide to selecting your Land of Smiles flight.
Qantas can get Sydney-siders to Bangkok daily (twice daily if you count their Emirates codeshare). Dreaming of Koh Samui’s beaches or Chiang Mai’s ornate temples? Qantas partners with Bangkok Airways for 12 domestic routes.
All Flying Roo passengers will enjoy complimentary checked baggage, great in flight entertainment and lots of inclusive food and beverage options.
Just a heads up if you’re travelling from Victoria that Qantas’s Melbourne to Bangkok route is Jetstar operated.
Did you know that Thai Airways is the only carrier to get you to Bangkok directly from Brisbane or Perth? It’s the fastest way you’ll get your lips around a sizzling street vendor’s Pad Thai!
There are also daily flights from Sydney and Melbourne. Thai Airways can then connect you with 10 domestic destinations.
Flying Thai Airways you can experience legendary Thai hospitality from the moment you board the plane.
Oh, and if you’re planning on taking a shopping spree while you’re away you can take advantage of their impressive 30kgs check-in luggage allowance.
If you’re a loyal Emirates flyer, you’ll be able to get your fix aboard their daily services from Sydney to Bangkok.
Jump on board Emirates’ gorgeous A380 which has private suites in First Class, flat-bed seats in Business Class and extra room and custom lighting in Economy Class. Don’t forget, they also offer in flight Wi-Fi on board.
Emirates also codeshares with Bangkok Airways so get ready to dive into Thailand’s crystal waters or explore the Northern hill tribe regions when you get there.
If you’re racking up points for that coveted First Class cabin, or insist on the Singapore smile for your Asia travels, Singapore Airlines will connect you to Bangkok.
Plus, who doesn’t love passing through Changi Airport? If you get the time you can take advantage of the Changi Transit Program that gives passengers on Singapore Airlines passing through Changi a free $20 to spend at the airport shops.
Also here’s a heads up for those collecting Velocity miles, Virgin Australia partners with Singapore Airlines for the same routing.
More vacay anyone? Flying via Kuala Lumpur can be the perfect excuse to add a day or two to your journey.
Plus you will get to enjoy all the added benifits of this full-service airline where the immaculately presented cabin crew go out of their way to assist you.
Once you’re ready to leave Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines will jet you to vibrant Bangkok or picture-perfect Phuket.
If you’re planning your Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Phuket holiday, consider flying with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong.
Spend a few says in bustling Hong Kong and see some more of the world on your way, or fly straight on to Thailand after a quick layover.
Cathay Pacific offers a modern and refreshing Economy cabin with latest in seat technology, StudioCX entertainment and a complimentary in flight menu.
LOW COST CARRIERS
If you like a good laksa with your layover, consider a stop in Singapore and snag yourself a bargain flight with Scoot.
Travel from Cairns, Adelaide, Ayers Rock, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and the Gold Coast to Singapore. Then Scoot can connects to over 20 Thai cities. Wherever you want to go in Thailand, Scoot has got you covered.
Scoot even offers in flight wi-fi for those who want to stay connected.
Jetstar offers the only routing for Sydney and Melbourne residents to reach a Thai island directly.
With a flight time of fewer than nine hours, you can be beachside in Phuket sipping a Chang beer by nightfall.
Jetstar also operates a direct Melbounre to Bangkok route.
Jetstar often offers sale prices from Australia Thailand ensuring that getting to your dream holiday destination doesn’t put you out of pocket.
That’s not all, folks! Vietnam Airlines, Garuda, Korean Air, and more can get you to Thailand too. Goes to show the world (and all her stopovers), really are your oyster.