No airline flies direct to Chiangmai or Chiangrai from Australia, all flights entail a change of plane and often airline too. From Bangkok you can get there on Air AsIa. Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Orient Thai, and Thai Airways.
Thank you for that. For some reason I thought that Singapore Airlines and one of the other large carriers also flew there, but must be mistaken. I know it's not a direct trip, but was looking for a carrier other than the usual budget ones mentioned above.
Thanks again. MCG
Thank you everyone. May change how we were planning to do our trip this year.
Great info - thanks.
Keep us posted MCG. I have been following your plans and am eager to know what you end up doing.
Singapore Airlines fly to Chiang Mai, through their short-haul subsidiary Silk Air. You are able to get it all on the same ticket, and the Singapore Airlines website shows these at around $1096.
Looking at Zuji, flights in March, for example, are $1019 return with Thai Airways - their service is good and they offer the best connections to both Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Doing a multi-stop search you should even be able to get the ticket for a similar price going to Chiang Rai and then flying back out of Chiang Mai for example. Put your first leg in as BNE-CEI and your return leg in as CNX-BNE. This ticket usually allows a stopover in Bangkok too, so BNE-CEI, CNX-BKK and then BKK-BNE.
You do have choices, and both Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways are good airlines. It will depend on whether you'd like to stopover somewhere like Singapore or Bangkok, and what your focus is on - I think SQ are better for entertainment and to some extent service, while TG offer better connection timing and food.
You could consider flying out of Melbourne or Sydney (say catching a domestic flight down the night before), but that's probably a bit of a hassle. Royal Brunei fly to Bangkok out of Melbourne for around $750, though you'd then need to transfer to a domestic flight out of Bangkok.
We were so lucky last year, having picked up bargain priced tickets with Singapore Airlines. Broder, this year we just want to go to Chiang Rai without changing airlines etc. Happy to go into Chiang Mai and bus it north if that is how it ends up. I was concerned that one of the other major players did that run and we didn't know about it, but it seems that Singapore Airlines and Thai are the ones to stick with.
Yes, could travel to Sydney/Melbourne, but trying to keep it simple. I just may need to spend more money to get it just right.
Robol - we also loved SQ, and will review those sites again! Will keep you posted Broder. In fact I hold you responsible for us now being addicted to Chiang Rai!! Thanks everyone MCG. ( Going in June )
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