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Where do I get cheap plane tickets to go to Chiang Mai, Thailand?

 

in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @talberly | 5yr  | 20 comments

Where do I get cheap plane tickets to go to Chiang Mai, Thailand? I would like to know if there is a site where the cost of the plane ticket was under $1,000. If it is offered at a price even lower, the better. I want to minimize expenses as much as possible. Iโ€™m curious to know the price of the flight ticket that digital nomads have purchased in the past and from which sites. Could you help me? Thank You.

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@theorm | 5yr

I second suggestions that from Australia to Thailand you should look for airlines like Scoot and AirAsia. They usually have the cheapest prices.

From places further away I would recommend www.flystein.com (disclaimer - Iโ€™m a founder there). There you would hire a flight hacker who can find the best and cheapest flights on the market. From Europe or the US they can save at least a 100$ comparing to what youโ€™d find on Kayak or similar websites (but often it can be more than that). They also take into account all preferences, something a normal travel agent would do.

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@talberly | 5yr

Thank You. I appreciate you @theorm , @db8871 , @nomadtax, @jdks, @mart and @rlenn for your input and advice.

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@db8871 | 5yr

This fall, airchina.us is very competitive from continental US.

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@nomadtax | 5yr

If youโ€™ve got plenty of free time, you could fly from NYC or Boston to Europe using a low cost carrier like Norwegian or WOWair and then fly to Bangkok using Norwegian. If booked in advance itโ€™s easy to find tickets from the east coast to Europe under 200$ all-in and the same from Europe to Bangkok. Add to that positioning low cost flights and you are in Chiang Mai for less than 500$.

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@dellanyo | 5yr

Great posts above :+1:. Iโ€™ve never ventured as far as Thailand (yet) but thereโ€™s a great app called Hopper which helps you monitor flight prices. Also, Iโ€™ve found eDreams to be consistently cheaper than some of the other flight comparison websites.

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@mart | 5yr

I use Google flights it searches many sites. From Bangkok it is cheap to fly with Airasia.com

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@riennn | 5yr

I find Skyscannerโ€™s interface a bit mehh.

Momondo is what Iโ€™m using and itโ€™s so much cleaner :smile: But youโ€™ll be good with most of the flight comparison websites!

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@miles | 5yr

Quick update since I booked flightsโ€ฆ I hired Todd with FlightFox (https://flightfox.com/todd) to search for me and he found Premium Economy and Business class tickets for less than $150 more per person (wife and I) compared to what I was looking at booking from my own searches in economy class.

He was brilliant, it cost me $49 for the search and he gave me several optionsโ€ฆ 22 hours of travel with extra leg room and champagne to Bali, coming up!

[Mods, that link to Toddโ€™s page is not an affiliate link and if it is against TOS, please deleteโ€ฆ Just wanted to give credit to the guy who helped me out]

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@talberly | 5yr

Thank You. I appreciate you @Miles for your advice. $150 more per person is not a bad deal for Premium Economy and Business class tickets.

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@miles | 5yr

Wowโ€ฆ That tip on skyscanner.com is a good one. That site is new to me. Currently booking two tickets to Bali for the wife and I a couple months out and that site is winning big-time on deals for SFO to DPS. Will click through the affiliate link here before booking!

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@talberly | 5yr

Thank You. I appreciate you @levelsio, @Inspirationfeed, and @Lisa_Ghisolf for your advice.

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@ibobriakov | 5yr

Probably the most efficient way is to get flight to Bangkok via Skyscanner or similar, and then get a low-cost ticket from Bangkok to Chiang Mai from AirAsia or NokAir directly

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@lisa_ghisolf | 5yr

Iโ€™ve been seeing a lot of inexpensive east Asian flights on secretflying.com.

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I would recommend using skyscanner.com, and looking for a flight that is 2-3 months ahead. I always use Etihad Airways to get to Bangkok because they undercut everybody else. Usually a one way flight to BKK is $740 - $840. Plus you get unlimited alcoholic drinks (until you get rowdy, lol), a huge selection of movies (latest releases), and quality food( I swear, they feed you like every 2 hours).

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@levelsio | 5yr

Try SkyScanner, if you book through Nomad List (click book on the city page), we get some commission :sunny:

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@talberly | 5yr

My intention is to fly from Erie, PA in the United States. I appreciate you @Victoria @timnomad , @Don_Lee and @inthaiguy for your advice on the matter.

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@don_lee | 5yr

I use skyscanner.com all the time to see the lowest prices then I book directly with the airlines.

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@inthaiguy | 5yr

Malaysian Airlines has some good prices right now, but only saw deals from Australia to BKK. Worth a look.

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@victoriathoo | 5yr

Try some of the flight comparison sights as a start, rome2rio, momondo, skyscanner, adioso. But yeah helpful to know where youโ€™re flying from! For example from Perth, Australia (where i am at the moment) the budget airlines like Scoot, AirAsia and TigerAir are always the cheapest.
Other factors like being flexible with flight dates will help keep the cost low.

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@anon72215238 | 5yr

Where you flying from?

I flew from Europe recently to Bangkok using Norwegian Air. Then took overnight train from BKK to CM.

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Hello, we are US citizens that have been able to stay in Italy past our standard visa stay due to covid. Now we must leave. We want to drive to Croatia as our โ€œout of EUโ€ stay. But Iโ€™m now wondering what considerations I need to take care of for my visa. I wonโ€™t go through an airport and get my passport stamped. But I assume I need to get my passport stamped as a way to prove Iโ€™m out of the EU.

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by @coffeeshopceo | 13d 13 days ago | 672 comments

tl;dr: introduce yourself in this thread.

We must all get sick of the same backpacker travel questions when we meet new friends, I know I do.

You know the ones - where are you from, whereโ€™ve you been, where are you going, what do you do, how long have you been doing it - etc.

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in Croatia by @ld | 15d 14 days ago | 3 comments

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So we must leave the Schengen zone. We should avoid USA. We should avoid long air travel.

We were thinking Croatia.

Do you recommend a route to Croatia? We are open to long train rides. Ideally not long ferry rides. Is there a ferry route under 4 hours? I read about it...I don't see it. If not, the other option is to make our way north and up over to Croatia via train.

I'd appreciate your thoughts and insights!

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Did you learn any Thai before staying in Chiang Mai?


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Iโ€™m curious to know how many people learned some Thai before going there. Learning languages is a hobby of mine but Iโ€™m very put off by how complex the writing system is, and if I decide not to learn it Iโ€™ll probably cross Chiang Mai off my bucket list. I prefer to be at least conversational in a language before I do an extended stay in a country. Iโ€™m curious how people who learned no Thai did getting by. And Iโ€™m curious, from people who did learn some, if itโ€™s any easier than it seems? Thanks!

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