Monthly Archives: January 2017

Awesome Low Priced Airlines Thailand 2017

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After spending a great day with a friend who just got into town, I came to the realization that so many travelers that come to Thailand have no idea about our great selection of Low cost Airlines. Sure most everyone knows about AirAsia. But there are a lot better offerings out there right now in 2017.

AirAsia is great as they really brought in low cost flights to the area. But from my experience they tend to be a bit more expensive then the others for domestic flights. Most likely this is because of their popularity. Little do people know that most of the low cost airlines include a check-in bag in the price of the ticket, and if you keep a lookout for their promotions, you may even be able to catch a domestic flight for around 500baht (~$15). Here is a list of my favorites. check them out, and leave a your comments below.Bangkok_Air

Bangkok Air

Bangkok Air touted as the Boutique airline of Thailand really lives up to their reputation of being one of the best local airlines, and certainly my favorite. With their free lounge and excellent customer service. It is a rare occasion when I am disappointed. keep in mind that the lounge access is only available before your Bangkokair flight. So if your flying to Bangkok with a 5 hour layover to catch an international flight to Europe or the US. Your 5 hour layover will be spent out in the crowd with the rest of the economy travelers, fighting for a bench to rest your weary body.
Also Bangkokair flies direct to BKK (Suvarnabhumi Airport).Thai Smile Airways

Thai Smile Airways

Here is another great airline that flies direct to BKK (Suvarnabhumi Airport). Which I usually use to price shop against Bangkokair, as I prefer to fly directly to bkk if I will be flying onward to a long-haul international location. Also with both of these airlines, you can ask for them to check your bag all the way through to your final destination. They are not always able to but if it is a partner airline of theirs then I push them to take care of this headache for me, especially if I have a short layover and do not want to stress about grabbing my bag just so I can recheck it in on the next flight. Another thing to keep in mind is this airline is part of ThaiAirways a 4star airline and member of staralliance, so their is a good chance that they can book you all they way through to your home.Nok_Air

Nok Airways

These guys have been around for a while and also do a great job. ‘Nok’ the Thai word for bird, as you will notice by the bright yellow beak on the nose of the plane. Unfortunately only fly into Don Muang on Bangkok destination flights. They offer a reasonable rate and great service. So if you are just flying into Bangkok or if you are willing to take the free shuttle across town to BKK. They can also be a great solution to the budget minded traveler.Thai Lion Airways

Thai Lion Air

Here is another economy airline that has only been around for a few years, and is making a big dent in the industry. I first heard of them a few years back when their representatives were handing out Flyers in the Chiang Mai walking street proclaiming 500 baht flights to Bangkok. Since that time they have become a bit more popular, and those flights are a bit fewer and farther between. They also use Don Muang as there airport in Bangkok so keep that in mind for connecting flights.AirAsia

AirAsia

Ok, I couldn’t have a post like this without mentioning AirAsia. These are the old guys in the industry, and have done the best at getting there name out to become a recognized brand the world over. Based out of Kuala lumpur but do a great job at covering the Thai marketplace.
If you are planning well in advanced you may certainly find a few good deals. Also keep in mind they only fly to Don Muang when in Bangkok. and a check in bag is extra, well actually most everything is extra. A slight touch better then Ryan Air in Europe. Which may be a bad example as Thai Hospitality in general is leaps and bounds above Ryan air’s.

Many of these airlines don’t seem to know much about SEO or getting there name out, so if you do not remember the airline name they may be a bit hard to find via the search engines. So go ahead and add this post to your favorites for future reference, and please share with your friends. Also there are a few other small airlines as well as other international ones who offer some great rates on Thai domestic flights. Have a great flight and leave your comments below.

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Current Thai Visa Regulations 2017

Thai Visa 2017

I wanted to post about something which is asked over and over on many f/b groups, yet is poorly misunderstood by a LOT of people.

The difference between a “visa exempt entry” and a “tourist visa entry”.

Thai Visa 2017People from 57 countries can stamped get into Thailand (for varying amounts of time depending on nationality) by just showing up at the border or the airport.
They are stamped in on a “visa exempt entry” .  It has that catchy name because you didn’t BUY a visa at a Thai consulate before you got here, yet were given a permission to stay stamp for a period of time; ranging from 90 days, 30 days, 15 days or 14 days, depending on your country of origin and the way you entered Thailand via air or land.

Since August 29 of 2014, most people here on a visa exempt stamp can go to the Thai immigration office for their area and apply for a 30 day extension for 1900baht.

Please note: a visa exempt entry is NOT a “visa on arrival”. <- That is what people from 19 countries BUY at the border when they enter Thailand for 1000baht (the price is 2000baht but it’s 50% off until Feb 28th, 2017).

A “tourist visa” for Thailand is something you BUY at a Thai consulate before you come here. They are sold 2 ways;
A single entry tourist visa is valid for 90 days from the date of issue and when you enter Thailand you are stamped in for 60 days.
A multi-entry tourist visa is valid for 6 months from the date of issue and is good for unlimited entries/exits to Thailand for that time, with each entry getting you stamped in for 60 days.
Tourist visa entries can also be extended for 30 more days at your local immigration office for 1900baht.

Oh, just so you know; tourist visas for Thailand are free at all Thai consulates in the world until Feb 28th, 2017.

I hope this helps people understand the difference between a “visa exempt” entry and entering the country on a tourist visa you got at a Thai consulate before you came here. Good Luck..

Credit for this Awesome information about visas and technical wording is from Tod Daniels at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1395920320731833/ .

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