Flights to Thailand
Thailand, situated in South-East Asia, is a country of contrasts and has much to offer the intrepid tourist including a tropical climate, great beaches, heaving cities, tasty cuisine and amazing architecture and culture.
Most visitors arriving on flights from South Africa will enter Thailand via the country’s capital and largest city, Bangkok. There are two airports in Bangkok which accept international flights, though the one which now takes precedence is the newer Suvarnabhumi International Airport (airport code: BKK), located 19 miles (30km) outside the city centre.
There’s a good choice of airlines offering indirect flights to Thailand and Bangkok. From Johannesburg these include: South African Airways, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines and Kenya Airways with stops in such cities as London, Dubai, Hong Kong or Singapore.
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The Tourist Attractions of Thailand:
As mentioned above, Thailand is a country of contrasts which has something to appeal to all tastes. Here are just some of the highlights of a visit to Thailand…
Bangkok is one of the great cities of the world and though it is incredibly busy, noisy and polluted it’s reputably one of the most traveller friendly cities in the world too. There are numerous top attractions to see in Thailand’s capital city, the majority of which are concentrated with the Old City of Bangkok, including the top three – Wat Pho, with its huge reclining Buddha; the Grand Palace; and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Bangkok is also a shopper’s heaven. There are so many shopping opportunities here, many of which are very affordable, including the Oxford Street of Thailand, Sukhumvit, and numerous shopping malls and street markets.
Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle
Chiang Mai is a city in North Thailand and is quite a contrast to Bangkok. This is a city with a historic centre which is surrounded by ancient city walls and a moat and which is famous for having more than 30 temples. Chiang Mai is the gateway to Northern Thailand and a good access point to the Golden Triangle.
The Golden Triangle is the name given to the point at which the three countries of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet.
Tropical Beaches and Islands
Apart from the cities and the temples, Thailand is most famous for being a stunning tropical holiday destination. South Thailand is the best region for beaches – there are many on the mainland though there are also numerous islands too. The island of Phuket is probably the most well-known of them all and features numerous great beaches, some quieter than others. But for some visitors, Phuket may be a little too commercialized and busy; you don’t need to worry as there are plenty more islands to choose from!
If you prefer a quieter tropical destination try the island of Ko Tao which is also renowned for its great diving, or for a range of both busy and quieter beaches, the island of Ko Samui is also a popular destination.
When Should You Visit?:
Not surprisingly, Thailand has a tropical climate and is characterized by hot and humid weather throughout the year. However, the local climate can vary quite substantially from north to south.
Bangkok’s rainy season is from July to October and the average high temperatures across the year range from the low to mid 30’s C (88-95F).
In the south east of Thailand, the monsoons hit at a different time – between November and February, so it’s worth doing a little research before booking your holiday to check what the dominating weather will be when you’re thinking of visiting.