Thai Airways, Malaysian Airways, Etihad, Emirates and British Airways all provide flights from the UK and Ireland. Most of these airlines will require you to change flights and if you feel your baby could use a break from flying you could opt to fly with Etihad which stops in Abu Dhabi for example. Flight time takes between 11 and 12 hours from the UK and Ireland. A night flight might be easier with a small baby as they can sleep in the airline bassinet however make sure that you tell the airline that you will require this when booking. Remember to pack enough food, milk, water and snacks for your baby just in case of delays.
For information on the baggage allowance and airline policies on travelling with babies and toddlers click here.
Most airlines will fly into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. If you are staying in Bangkok you might be able to arrange for a hotel shuttle bus to pick you up or you can get a taxi from level one. Make sure that you agree on a fare prior to starting your journey. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the CBD area of the city. If you want to book a car with a car seat you can pre arrange this from a local taxi company. On arrival at the airport your buggy might be sent to the oversized baggage area so be sure to check there if it does not come out on the carousel.
Jet Lag – Thailand is 6 hours ahead of the UK and Ireland in the summer and 7 hours in winter. Night flights make jet lag easier to cope with as it minimises sleep disruption. Try to get onto local time as quickly as possible as this will encourage your baby to adjust. For further information on handling jetlag click here.