Cheap Flights to Thailand from the UK

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Best student & youth fares right now to Thailand

Want to tick Thailand off your travel bucket list? Well now is the time to do it. Check out some of the best deals for students and youths from the UK to Thailand below.

Student flights from the UK to Thailand

Thailand has it all: history, architecture, nightlife, cuisine, wildlife and natural beauty. Making it the perfect place to kick off your Southeast Asia backpacking trip, finish your year abroad or just take a few weeks out of day-to-day life.

Students from all over the world fly to Thailand for its unique culture, as seen in historic temples , floating markets, boxing classes and cooking classes. Get lost in the cities of Bangkok or Chiang Mai, get your nature fix in one of the many jungles and national parks or sail away to an offshore paradise in the form of Ko Lanta, Koh Samui or Ko Lipe.

And now you can take that Thailand trip you’ve always dreamed of for less with StudentUniverse. Get student and youth discounts, plus members who sign up for free get even more savings and exclusive offers! Meaning those extra pounds you’ve saved can go towards stuffing your face with world-renowned street food or to explore the hundreds of islands scattered along Thailand’s tropical coasts.

map of Thailand showing major airports

What are the main Thailand airport hubs?

Bangkok is one of the main airport hubs in Thailand and is home to two airports; Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport. But you will also find airport hubs in Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phuket, Hat Yai and Chiang Rai. Many of the listed airports operate international flights, as well as domestic too.

How to fly from the UK to Thailand

Flying from the UK to Thailand may be pretty lengthy (we’re looking at eleven hours and up), it’s not a particularly difficult journey. The only direct flight to Thailand is from London to Bangkok, but you can catch in-direct flights to from another of other UK cities. Once in Bangkok you can fly domestically to other locations in the country.

When is the best time to fly to Thailand?

Thailand is a beautiful country to visit all year round, but be aware that it is a country with three seasons; hot, cold and rainy. The best time to head to Thailand if you want great weather is between November and April. From April and May the rainy season in Thailand begins, so you’ll have less beach days and more monsoon showers to look forward to.

April sees locals and tourists take part in a countrywide water fight, to celebrate the Thai New Year, otherwise known as Songkran. Chiang Mai is the place to be in November, as it’s the month of the lantern festival (Loi Krathong). Just remember flights and accommodation may rise in price around the holidays, so book early!

When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the UK to Thailand?

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Prices based on bookings made 30-60 DAYS days prior to departure.

Why do British students love visiting Thailand?

Thailand has been pretty well travelled when it comes to backpackers and students. Making it an easy stepping stone for those wishing to explore Southeast Asia. It has a pretty low cost of living, making it an ideal destination for cash strapped students. Plus there are so many exhilarating, historical and tasty experiences to be had whilst in Thailand.


Thailand universities and campuses

Thailand universities and campuses

Thailand may not be your first choice for a study abroad location, but it’s definitely worth a consideration. There are a number of study abroad programmes open to UK students, and you’ll be pleased to know that Thailand has 16 universities that have made it into the Times Higher Education World university Rankings too. These include Mahidol University, Chiang Mai University, Mae Fah Luang University, Chulalongkorn University and Kasetsart University.


Thailand lifestyle and culture

Thailand lifestyle and culture

Lifestyle and culture in Thailand is very different to what you experience in the UK. There is a huge emphasis on family, respect and patriotism within Thailand. It’s a country that is famed for its hospitality, so always treat locals (and each other) with respect and gratitude. Religion is also heavily infused into daily life, so be considerate of this when visiting religious sites or taking part in any religious celebrations or events.


Exploring Thailand on a student budget

Exploring Thailand on a student budget

Thailand is a fantastic destination to explore on a student budget. Travel within the country is extremely affordable, the street food is delicious and cheap, plus there is a great hostel culture and a lot of free things to see and do whilst in Thailand.

Frequently asked questions about flying from the UK to Thailand

Do I need a visa to visit Thailand?

What time zone is Thailand and how does it compare to the UK?