I'm wondering what would be the best airline to fly with domesticly within Thailand, pretty much what's the cheapest, since the flights will be only ~1 hour.
I found Skyscanner and Asia Air seems to come up with the cheapest prices, although I want to get from Phuket to Chiang Mai and using them I need 2 seperate flights, pretty good deal, but wondering if there's another airline I missed or if it's better to take a train from Bangkok. I haven't yet taken a train in Thailand, I have hear it's an experience although I still think I'd prefer to fly.
There are several discount airlines serving Thailand. Try these and see if you can get a direct Chiang Mai-Phuket flight.
I flew Bangkok Air recently , BK to K. Samui and found them to be spot on. The cost was about $100.00 Kiwi. They are on the net.
If you have some time on your hands then I would suggest spending that little bit more and fly direct from Phuket to Bangkok and then take the train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. The prices are very good, the journey takes around 12 hours and the overnight sleepers are air-conditioned and well kept. The views are fantastic, you really do get the chance to see some rural life in Thailand.
The full service airlines in Thailand are Thai Airways and bangkok Airways.
One-2-Go by orient Thai offers cheap fixed price fares but still offer a good service and full baggage allowance.
Air Asia and Nok Air are budget airlines, you book direct with them on their website, in general the earlier you book the cheaper the fares.
Note that Air Asia and bangkok Airways operate their flights from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, Nok Air and One-2-Go operate from Don Muang Aiport. Thai Airways operates from both for Phuket and Chiang Mai.
Vegasmike has given you the other websites, I will add www.airasia.com for Air Asia.
[ Edit: Edited on May 20, 2007, at 9:21 AM by Louissa ]
I can highly recommend nok air out of all the budget airlines in Asia. I book a return from Bangkok to Phuket, they were the cheapest too.
What are the planes like on these budget airlines? would they be like our own like ryanair? I have seen pictures of Koh samui airport and it looks so tiny - are the domestic planes small? I have visions of a horrible bumpy flight
No, they are usually quite big planes, especially for popular routes like Bangkok to Phuket, Bangkok to Chiang Mai etc.
Nok air is the budget airlines for Thai air, the planes look very similar. I've been with airasia, nok air & fly12go, nok air & fly12go I found a lot better then airasia. I guess airasia is quite similar to Ryan Air or Easy Jet in Europe.
Of the main domestic airlines here is a breakdown of their passenger ratings according to SkyTrax:
3* Air Asia - http://www.airlinequality.com/Airlines/AK.htm
3* Nok Air - http://www.airlinequality.com/Airlines/DD.htm
4* Bangkok Airways - http://www.airlinequality.com/Airlines/PG.htm
4* Thai Airways - http://www.airlinequality.com/Airlines/TG.htm
Depending on the time of the year you wish to travel they can all be the cheapest at one point, yes that includes Thai Airways who just last week were offering very low fares across some of their routes.
I agree with the above, Nok Air is one of the best low cost carriers, also they are a fully Thai company, therefore the money is more likely to stay in the country and be re-invested in projects that may help the Thai people.
Above all Thai Airlines and Bangkok Airways are excellent international quality airlines, service, food etc usually top notch.