ThailandHow to get there

How to get there
(Last updated August 2013)

Thailand has the most well established tourism network of all South East Asian countries. Within the last 20 years it has successfully changed its profile from backpacker destination to a destination of a wide range of luxury hotels.
Depending on your origin of travel there are several international gateways to Thailand:

From Australia
Most major Australian cities offer direct flight services to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Thai Airways operates daily out of Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Jetstar also operates out of the eastern capitals. The island of Phuket can be reached from Perth with Virgin Australia. Sydney-Phuket services are offered by Jetstar, codesharing with Qantas.

From North America
Thai Airways has daily scheduled flights from Los Angeles to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Delta Airlines offers daily flights from Seattle to Bangkok with a stopover in Tokyo, Japan. United Airlines operates daily flight services from Chicago to Bangkok, also with a plane change in Tokyo.

From Asia
Bangkok and Phuket are the main entry points into Thailand. Both can be reached on a daily basis from most major Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, Taipei and Seoul.

From Europe
The capital of Thailand, Bangkok, is serviced by several major airlines from various airports in Europe. Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Emirates, Swiss Air and British Airways offer regular flights, mostly departing Europe at night time with an arrival the following calendar day. Direct services to Bangkok are only offered by Thai Airways from London, Frankfurt, Munich or Zurich. Connecting flights to Phuket are offered daily.
As part of your travel plan we will happily assist you in finding the most suitable flight connections to your dive destination. In many cases we can issue the tickets on your behalf.

Air taxes are subject to strong fluctuations and can change daily or until your flight ticket has been purchased. Taxes generally include local airport/security fees, departure taxes, ground handling fees and fuel surcharges.

Should the most convenient route involve instant purchase airfares we can still issue them with your authorisation. All airfares issued by us will attract a small service fee and might slightly be more expensive then the cheapest offers online.

In general, airfares available for purchase online depend on day of departure and time of travel. Those instant purchase airfares require full payment at time of booking. If you choose to arrange your own flights online, we won?t be able to provide any services for seat reservations, schedule or itinerary changes.
Please note that baggage rules and regulations are subject to change at any time.

For most carriers operating between the US and Asia, the 2 piece system still applies. You are allowed to check in 2 pieces at 23kg (50lbs) per piece.

Coming from Australia and Europe, the checked baggage allowance is generally 20kg (44lbs) to 23kg (55lbs), depending on the airline chosen, and airlines can charge excess baggage fees for dive gear.

Airlines are strictly enforcing their checked baggage limit and can charge excess baggage fees for additional checked pieces and dive gear.

Fragile items such as camera, regulator, dive computer etc., should be packed in a small bag and taken as carry-on luggage. Batteries from dive torches, strobes, cameras and other devices should be removed prior to check-in. Be sure your baggage is properly tagged.
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