Planning for my trip to Thailand – the journey and flights

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My nearest home airport is Manchester, so I always have to take that into account when planning

my flights. I try to book all flights together so that my luggage is taken care of from when I board my

first plane to arriving in Bangkok.

I keep my eye on the flights and book when I think they’re going to be at their cheapest. However, I

don’t sacrifice good flight times for a slight saving. For example, it is possible to get some very cheap

deals but they entail a long stopover in somewhere like Qatar or Doha. If you add a 6 hour wait,

or even longer, to your journey to get a cheap fare you need to ask yourself if it is worth it to you.

Personally, I’m at an age where I’d rather pay a little more for a more convenient flight time.

I’ve just booked my next flight to Thailand in February 2014. I think I’ve got quite a good deal with

BA. I go from Manchester to Heathrow; then from Heathrow to Bangkok (and return the same

way) for £656.54. I’m allowed 23kgs luggage plus a carry-on case. I have only 2 hours to wait for a

connection which is great.

One thing to watch out for, though, is if you book a separate flight from Bangkok to one of the

islands or another venue inland. This happened to me last year as I booked my flight to Bangkok

but then I booked a separate flight to Krabi. I had to retrieve my bags at Bangkok and check them

in again for the next flight. The other problem was that on the flight to Krabi, I realised that I only

had 20kgs of luggage allowance and had to ditch some of the things I was going to take before I left


I’m not very good at sleeping on the long flights and I have tried the herbal sleeping remedies but

they don’t seem to work very well. I do pass the time away watching all the latest films which are

always on the long haul flights. The last flights I had, I was very fortunate that there were some

spare seats and after take-off we were allowed to move about and occupy a different seat. I was

able to lie down which was much more comfortable. I have difficulty trying decide whether to ask

for an aisle seat or a window seat. I do like to move about a bit so that you don’t get problems with

your legs so for that reason an aisle seat is more convenient. However, if you do think that you’ll get

some sleep, it’s probably best to go for a window seat as you won’t be disturbed and you can lean

against it.

I always keep a pen and a note of my passport number in a place where it’s easy to find, as the cabin

staff come around with embarkation/disembarkation questionnaire which you need when you land

to get your visa. If you can complete this on the plane it will save you time at Bangkok.

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