Flying to Thailand
Most airlines will fly into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Thai Airways, Malaysian Airways, Etihad, Emirates and British Airways all provide flights to Bangkok 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. A night flight might be easier with a small baby as they can sleep in the cot 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 in case of delays.
If you are catching a connecting flight to Chiang Mai or one of the islands you will be able to connect with your flight at Suvarnabhumi Airport, but only if you book with Thai Airways. If you are flying with AirAsia you will need to travel to Don Mueang Airport which is approximately 30 minutes away (longer during rush hour). You can catch a connecting bus from the second floor of the passenger terminal, gate 3.
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 operators such as Oriental Escapes (they also operate in Chiang Mai). On arrival at the airport your stroller might be sent to the oversized baggage area so be sure to check there if it does not come out on the carousel.
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 jet lag click here.