It’s no secret that airfare from the States to Thailand is expensive. Don’t let that initial cost deter you from booking this trip of a lifetime, because the savings come pouring in once you’re actually there.Airfare: While flights to Bangkok from the West Coast often cost about $1000, intra-Thailand flights come to just $21-$60 (on AirAsia) per leg to bounce around and experience everything from the beaches of Ko Phi Phi to the night markets of Chiang Mai.
Hotels: Thought Vegas was the only place to find a 5-star resort for less than $160? I was easily finding luxury resorts in beach towns and cities at this price point. If you want to slum it at a 4-star resort, those are widely available for less than $70 per night across the country. There’s currently a $67 deal for a 4-star Phuket suite that’s half off.
Packages: If you’re OK with a pre-determined schedule and someone handling all of the logistics of your trip (definitely a perk in the eyes of some) there’s a lot of value in package deals. Why? For starters packagers can, in some cases, negotiate prices with airlines, especially if they’re buying in bulk. A package price also allows well-known or upscale hotels to mask their low hotel-only pricing because it’s bundled into a total package. This also saves the headache of planning an itinerary and making all of the individual bookings yourself.
In last week’s Top 20, we published an 11-night deal that visits five cities. It includes airfare from Los Angeles and stays at 4-star hotels, including Le Meridien properties for $1499 per person. Packaging these components separately would cost at least $1000 more.
Activities: Folks don’t necessarily equate Thailand with a spot chockfull of activity, but they’re sorely mistaken. Here are just a few of the very common day trips available at very reasonable prices:
And the best part … the $5 30-minute massages that can literally be found around every corner. The perfect way to unwind, every day.