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Domestic/Internal Flights in Thailand: News and Advice

Old Jun 28, 11, 3:57 pm
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Domestic/Internal Flights in Thailand: News and Advice

I need to book flights to travel between Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Khao Lak in July/August. I just wanted to get an idea of what airling people recommend using and what to look out for in terms of hidden fees etc. Any help would really be appreciated.
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Old Jun 28, 11, 4:27 pm
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On another travel forum (fodors) folks talk about a Bangkok Airways pass of some sort that allows for 3 destinations. You might check into that one.
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Old Jun 28, 11, 6:26 pm
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In my experience, Air Asia and Nok Air are perfectly decent discount carriers. Bangkok Airways is highly over-priced relative to those two, unless you are going somewhere that only they fly to, such as the BKK-Siem Reap route, or BKK to Koh Samui. And in that case, I would encourage you to use their Discovery Airpass, which is for 3-6 legs of travel and must be bought from outside of Thailand in advance, but gets the Bangkok Airways fares into nearly the same realm as the two discount airlines I mentioned before, Nok Air and Air Asia.
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Old Jun 29, 11, 10:41 am
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Just as another data point, I have been pleasantly surprised with Air Asia's domestic Thai service.

I also had an experience with 1-2-3 GO (Orient Thai) that was booked for me, that was, umm interesting. Not that I recommend them, but their prices are usually inexpensive.
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Old Jun 29, 11, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by DJGMaster1 View Post
In my experience, Air Asia and Nok Air are perfectly decent discount carriers. Bangkok Airways is highly over-priced relative to those two, unless you are going somewhere that only they fly to, such as the BKK-Siem Reap route, or BKK to Koh Samui. And in that case, I would encourage you to use their Discovery Airpass, which is for 3-6 legs of travel and must be bought from outside of Thailand in advance, but gets the Bangkok Airways fares into nearly the same realm as the two discount airlines I mentioned before, Nok Air and Air Asia.
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Just as another data point, I have been pleasantly surprised with Air Asia's domestic Thai service.

I also had an experience with 1-2-3 GO (Orient Thai) that was booked for me, that was, umm interesting. Not that I recommend them, but their prices are usually inexpensive.
No offense, but Bangkok Airways currently has the cheapest promo BKK-HKT, cheaper than Air Asia, Nok Air, and Orient Thai... only if they have V class available on that day.... 1850THB TAX IN
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Old Jun 29, 11, 1:20 pm
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I find Bangkok Airways to have excellent prices on routes that have real competition. They would be my first choice on routes like BKK-CNX or HKT.

On routes with limited or non-existent competition they are quite expensive.
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i have also been pleasantly surprised by airasia service and brand new planes...book far enough ahead and they are great.
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Old Jun 29, 11, 2:22 pm
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So if the Air Asia flights are about $70 cheaper than getting us Thai Airways Discovery passes, which would you go for? (we are going to be on honeymoon if it makes a difference)
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Originally Posted by dedicatedshopper View Post
So if the Air Asia flights are about $70 cheaper than getting us Thai Airways Discovery passes, which would you go for? (we are going to be on honeymoon if it makes a difference)
Are you talking about Bangkok Airways Discovery pass or a THAI pass? Is it $70 cheaper for each flight (unlikely) or the whole multi-segment purchase?

If you're talking about $70 for several segments I'd say go with the Discovery Airpass. You'll have some food and drinks, free bags up to 20kg, 30kg if you join their FFP FlyerBonus, and a lounge, depending upon which airports you're departing from.
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Originally Posted by seanthepilot View Post
No offense, but Bangkok Airways currently has the cheapest promo BKK-HKT, cheaper than Air Asia, Nok Air, and Orient Thai... only if they have V class available on that day.... 1850THB TAX IN
True, and PG has better checked bags policy as well, which can get pretty high on Air Asia. However, I must say the last time I flew BKK-HKT on PG I was shocked at the condition of the Airbus. Dirtiest plane I've flown in Asia in a long time, with carpet so threadbare you could see the floor of the plane at each passenger seat where feet would rest.
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For a $ 70.00 difference I'd go on Thai, for sure. To me it would be worth it.
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Old Jul 9, 11, 7:59 pm
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For a $ 70.00 difference I'd go on Thai, for sure. To me it would be worth it.
Can you get *A miles for those flights?

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Can you get *A miles for those flights?

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In principal that depends on your booking class, but TG obviously is a *A carrier so if the class you are booked in qualifies for mileage, then yes.
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Yes, all domestic flights earn at least 500 miles to ROP but I'm not sure for other *A FFP.
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Old Jul 10, 11, 4:57 am
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Originally Posted by joy16 View Post
Yes, all domestic flights earn at least 500 miles to ROP but I'm not sure for other *A FFP.
This summer they've been advertising domestic flights will earch 1000miles per segment. I know UA credits every domestic TG fare class, but only at actual mileage.
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