If you’re planing your travel journey around Thailand, don’t assume that the bus or train is always the cheapest opinion. When it comes to long-distance travel in Thailand, a flight can often be the best choice in terms of convenience and price. And if you know in advance the dates you want to travel, there are sometimes promotional fares available which actually make flying cheaper than taking the bus or train. However, here comes few airlines I could recommend for low-cost internal flights.
Most of the low-cost airlines in Thailand, such as Air Asia, Nok Air, and Lion Air, operate domestic services from Bangkok’s Don Muang airport. But there is Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways that have flights from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport.
Last but not least, Thai Smile, operate services from both Airports.
Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways are often thought to be the most expensive domestic airlines in Thailand. Although that might be true on some routes, it isn’t always the case so it is better to search and check the prices on each airline yourself before jumping into conclusions.
Well established in Thailand, Air Asia operate services from Bangkok’s Don Muang airport to various destinations throughout Thailand plus some international flights too.
- Buri Ram，Chiang Mai，Chiang Rai，Hat Yai，Krabi，Khon Kaen，Loei，Nakhon Phanom，Narathiwat，Nan，Nakhon Si Thammarat，Phuket，Phitsanulok，Roi Et，Sakon Nakhon，Trang，Udon Ratchathani，Surat Thani，and Udon Thani.
Services from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi with both domestic and international flights.
A relative newcomer to the low-cost airline scene in Thailand, Lion Air operate from Bangkok’s Don Muang airport. They also have some international flights to Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.
- Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Krabi, Phuket, Surat Thani and Udon Thani.
No Air service various destinations throughout Thailand including Chiang Mai, Phuket, Sukhothai, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani out of Bangkok Don Muang. Nok Air also offers connecting boat services to a number of the Thai islands:
Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan – via Surat Thani or Nakhon Si Thammarat
Ko Phi Phi – via Trang or Phuket
Ko Lanta – via Trang
Ko Ngai, Ko Mook, Ko Kradan – via Trang
Ko Lipe – via Trang or Hat Yai
Nok Air also provides some international services to Singapore using Scoot Airlines.
Thai Smile is the low-cost branch of Thai Airways. Services from both of Bangkok’s airports, Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi to destinations including Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phuket and Surat Thani.