Cheap Flights to Bangkok, Thailand
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Student flights from the UK to Bangkok
Bangkok is one city that’s almost always near the top of students’ bucket lists—and for good reason! Bangkok—the capital of Thailand—is a carefree and colorful city famed for its ornate Buddhist temples, bustling city street life (with plenty of delicious street food and markets!) and energetic nightlife. It’s a super easy city to explore on a budget, with cheap eats and accommodations just about everywhere, and there’s always something to do. Immerse yourself in Thai culture with trips to local temples, shopping at local markets (including the famous floating markets!) or by heading to a few museums. Night or day, Bangkok packs a lot to do into a single city.
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What are the main Bangkok airports, and how do I get from them to central Bangkok?
Bangkok has two airports: Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) and Don Mueang International Airport (DMK). Suvarnabhumi (BKK) is by far the most popular option for international flights, though if you have a layover and are switching to a low-cost Thai airline, you might land in DMK.
Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK): Suvarnabhumi is the most popular (and common) airport for international travellers flying into Bangkok, and there’s a very good chance your flight will land here. Once you arrive, it’s pretty easy to get into the city. The Airport Rail Link train runs from the airport station (at the basement of BKK) to Makkasan Station (downtown) in just 35 minutes, and costs only 15 to 45 baht (£0.37-£1.10). This is by far the cheapest and easiest option, but taxis are available too, as well as local buses.
Don Mueang International Airport (DMK): Don Mueang is an older airport in Bangkok that’s become a lot less popular in the years since BKK has been operating. Now, Don Mueang mostly services domestic flights and international flights on low cost Thai or Southeast Asian carriers. Airlines like AirAsia, Tiger Air and Thai Smile usually fly into DMK. A taxi is the easiest (though not the cheapest) way to get downtown from the airport. It’ll take about 45 minutes to an hour (more during rush hour) and cost about 350 - 500 baht (£8.50-£12.30). You can also take the BTS (light-rail) or a train from Don Muang Train station (about a 15-minute walk from the airport), but it’s a more complicated option and will take 1-2 hours to get into the city.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the UK to Bangkok?
Prices based on bookings made 60-91 days prior to departure.
Bangkok universities and campuses
While Bangkok might not be the first city you think of when it comes to studying, Thailand is a great place to study abroad! The vibrant culture and friendly locals will have you feeling at home in no time, and it’s a great place to study art, religion or international business. With the opportunity to teach English, it’s also a popular place for a working holiday. There’s no shortage of students and universities in Thailand either—from the top-ranked Mahidol University and Chulalongkorn University to smaller universities and campuses. Check with your home university to see what study abroad programmes or exchange programmes in Thailand they have available.
Bangkok lifestyle and culture
Bangkok is a bustling and energetic city that always has something to do, day or night. Despite the hustle and bustle, though, Bangkok also manages to have a carefree vibe, making it the perfect place for a vacation where you can immerse yourself in a new culture while also taking a break from normal life. Religion is a big part of daily life in Thailand too, so act and dress respectfully when visiting any religious sites or events. Many temples in Thailand have strict dress codes (covering arms/legs, etc.) so make sure you research and prepare for those in advance.
Exploring Bangkok on a student budget
Bangkok is a super easy city to explore on a student budget! From cheap street food and markets, low-cost accommodation all over the city, and plenty of free and cheap things to do, Bangkok is a must for backpackers. Most simple meals out cost less than 200 baht (that’s only £4.90!). Plus, there are lots of free things to do—for example, many exploring one of the many outdoor markets around the city (the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market are two of our favorites). Most temples are very cheap to visit as well, and you can even take a free meditation class at some!