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1. Posted by Qokoon (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

This is for those of you who've had the opportunity to travel to Bangkok from the US. I have become intersted in going there and I am looking at the posibility of traveling there next summer. My questions are:
1) what is the best website or airline to find cheap tickets to go there?
2) when are the best seasons to travel over there?
3) cheap tours and hotels?
4) places to see?

Thank you in advance!

2. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Hey!I say your best bet at this early stage is to visit your local STA Travel or look at their site online!If you go in, theyre all really helpful and have a lot of travel experience,they will be able to reccomend tours, trips, cheaper flights!!!good luck!!!you will love Bangkok, its amazing!

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 11y

Quoting Qokoon

This is for those of you who've had the opportunity to travel to Bangkok from the US. I have become intersted in going there and I am looking at the posibility of traveling there next summer. My questions are:
1) what is the best website or airline to find cheap tickets to go there?
2) when are the best seasons to travel over there?
3) cheap tours and hotels?
4) places to see?

Thank you in advance!

What ever travel agency, discount broker, bucket shop or internet guru you use - always check the website of the airline you want to fly on. Sometimes airlines run specials that are better than what you get with a discounter. Some airline companies guarantee to have the lowest price. So in order to know you have a "good deal" you have to know the real price from the airline!

Leaving on Fridays, weekends, or holidays will usually be higher than Mon.-Thur. Sometimes airlines end up with a lot of sudden cancellations (bomb goes off somewhere, plane crashes, etc.) when tour groups cancel out. The airlines want to fill those seats quickly and will discount those seats quite a bit. They figure a little money is better than an empty seat.

I usually won't leave on a Monday because I need a "working day" to pay last minute bills, stop the mail, and newspaper, etc. Also I plan my departure time so that I can take advantage of public transportation and not have to kiss someone's butt to bring me to the airport. Leave enough time to go through customs on arrival home (at least 2 hrs.) when you plan your connections. Check your schedule, if you have a long layover (over 4 hours) you may be able to change your departure time and sleep a little longer and still meet your connections. Sign up for the frequent flyer programs, Asia travel really adds the miles up, when you get a silver card or gold card you get additional benefits like shorter lines, first on the aircraft, special seating, etc. I only fly on airlines that I can use the miles on!

I usually leave from Boston, Northwest and United have specials from time to time that I have taken advantge of. I have also used China Airlines a lot, they usually have lower prices than many airlines. (Internet: www.china-airlines.com.)

If it is cold in North America or Germany it is high season for hotels in Asia. But the increase in price is not too much. Availability for certain hotels may be more of a problem than the slight increase in price. When the kids are out of school that is usually high season for the cost of airfare. Usually this is during the June to September time frame, American Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years (both Western and Chinese.)

There are lots of travel agencies in Bangkok or Pattaya that have menu boards showing different tours and their prices. You are free to look and compare those prices and choices with other travel agencies and choose the one that meets your needs. Or, you can "wing it" and plan your own transportation and tours.

First, read up on the Travellerspoint information, Rough Guides info, Lonely Planet, and Bootsnall for additional data. Plan your budget first. How much you can afford (or want to pay) for your hotel will determine what recommendations you will get. Hotels in Bangkok, for instance, will be in the 600 baht to 4000 baht per night. You really can get hotels in Thailand for less than $20 that offer Cable TV, HW, refrigerator, private bath, and safety box (for storing valuables like passport and money.)

The rain may affect some of your beach time, but usually it rains for a short time, take that time to shop or go to a movie, eat, etc. Don't let the threat of rain affect your trip too much. Women usually like Chiangmai, if you go there use the overnight sleeper train from Bangkok, it's cheap (about the same price as a night in a hotel.) The train arrives in Chiangmai in the early morning, you have lots of time to find a hotel and most of the day left for walking and gawking. Thailand is probably safer for women than your own hometown!

AL