There a number of airports in Thailand which allow you to take off to other countries and touch down in some exotic Thai locations besides just the city.
With the extension of multiple-entry tourist visas to 6-months and Thailand being located in the hub of Southeast Asia, here is a list of Thailand’s Airports with international flights.
The Suvarnabhumi airport is Thailand’s major international airport in Bangkok which opened in 2006. It initially cost an estimated $155 billion, has the world’s tallest control tower and is the 4th largest single passenger building airport in the world.
The airport handles over 800 flights a month and more than 45 million passengers a year. It’s a major hub and non-stop flight destination for over 500 international, domestic and dedicated freighter airlines. In 2013, its busiest international routes were between Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, Dubai, Malaysia and India.
Don Mueang International Airport
Don Mueang International Airport was Bangkok’s main international airport for over 80 years and is currently one of the oldest operating airports in the world. Since relinquishing its international title to Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang is now the main caretaker for domestic flights in Thailand. However, it still provides some close-by international flights.
In 2013, some of its busiest international routes were from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Yangon, Chongqing and Jakarta.
The popularity of low-cost airlines in Thailand has literally taken off using Don Mueang as their base. These low-cost carriers are continuously adding new flights to their domestic roster which already include; Bali, Maldives, Mandalay, Taipei, Phnom Penh and Seoul.
Phuket International Airport
Phuket International Airport is Thailand’s second most busiest airport and for good reason – the beautiful beaches and islands on the Andaman Sea. Imagine landing in Thailand to a tropical oasis instead of the regular city. That’s what international holidaymakers do helping to set a record of 11.3 million arrivals and departures in 2013.
The Phuket International Airport offers some exotic routes between Moscow, Stockholm, Perth, Bali, Zurich, Frankfurt, Manila and Copenhagen to give you an idea.
Chiangmai International Airport
The Chiangmai International Airport is another good one if you want to pretend the gridlock and fumes of Bangkok doesn’t exist in your Thailand. Chiangmai provides a really laid-back setting in the up-north air and much calmer city that has all your basic luxuries.
In 2013, the airport had 19 airlines, served more than 5.3 million passengers and handled more than 43,000 flights. The Chiangmai International Airport is an indispensable gateway to the North, not just for Thais. In 2013, the busiest international routes were between Kuala Lumpur, South Korea, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and China.
Hat Yai International Airport
The Hat Yai International Airport is located in the southern most parts of Thailand which contains the highest population of religious Muslim-Thais, shares a geographic border with Malaysia, and is in close proximity to Indonesia and Singapore.
International flights are quite extensive making it a truly international hub in the south which includes flights between Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, China, Australia and more.
Chiangrai International Airport
The Chiangrai International Airport makes the list even though it offers only one international flight to Kunming in China at the moment. The airport will have you hovering next to the borders of Myanmar and Laos interchanging with southern China over some breathtaking expanses of natural foliage and mountainous lands.
Samui International Airport
Samui International Airport takes the title for the most exotic airport in Thailand. It is located on the resort island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand where Boeings scrape the ocean and palm tree skylines. The entirely open-air airport’s tropical design and remote setting is picturesque for savvy globetrotters and secret rendezvous.
International flights provided at the Samui Airport fly between Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and China.