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Return flight to Bangkok (Thailand) £280 (Departing LGW / Nov - Mar departures / Incl 23kg hold luggage / Air China)  @ Skyscanner / MyTrip
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Return flight to Bangkok (Thailand) £280 (Departing LGW / Nov - Mar departures / Incl 23kg hold luggage / Air China) @ Skyscanner / MyTrip

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Posted 20th Aug

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Great price, especially as hold luggage is included.There is one stop in each direction (Shanghai), and there are are long layovers (~ 14 hours), so this deal will not be for all, but for those who can tolerate a long layover then this is an excellent price.

Example dates:
02 Nov 2019 - 13 Nov 2019
05 Nov 2019 - 22 Nov 2019
07 Nov 2019 - 19 Nov 2019
05 Feb 2020 - 19 Feb 2020
12 Feb 2020 - 26 Feb 2020
26 Feb 2020 - 09 Mar 2020
27 Feb 2020 - 09 Mar 2020
03 Mar 2020 - 10 Mar 2020
03 Mar 2020 - 13 Mar 2020
10 Mar 2020 - 23 Mar 2020

+ Lots lots more, use the month date matrix on Skyscanner to find suitable dates


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Jeez mate I'm all for a cheap flight to Thailand...but that is a bit of a nightmare flights. No vote either way as it might benefit someone.
Don't waste your money on this one. Air China or Hell, these words are synonymous In addition, you should be aware that transit through any airport in China is not seamless; one has to stand in the queue at the Chinese immigration counter, get a stamp, pick up the bags and re-check in again for your onward flight. One of the worst travel experiences in the world! As for as the Chinese immigration is concerned, I would leave it for you to guess how 'good' and 'polite' they are!
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Jeez mate I'm all for a cheap flight to Thailand...but that is a bit of a nightmare flights. No vote either way as it might benefit someone.
youchoose20/08/2019 15:40

Jeez mate I'm all for a cheap flight to Thailand...but that is a bit of a …Jeez mate I'm all for a cheap flight to Thailand...but that is a bit of a nightmare flights. No vote either way as it might benefit someone.


Yeah not ideal, but good if you like reading or plane spotting I guess
Heat.
reindeer33320/08/2019 15:46

Yeah not ideal, but good if you like reading or plane spotting I guess



I just like to get there as cheap and quick as possible. But hey keep posting them mate...and have a bit of heat
me no likey lay over for so long yankee boy! no sukky wukky!
The £300 you save could pay for 2 weeks of accommodation and a fair chunk of your food. I'd hate the layovers but if on a very strict budget it'd be worth it.

Edit: probably only saving £200 actually
Edited by: "tek-monkey" 20th Aug
Don't waste your money on this one. Air China or Hell, these words are synonymous In addition, you should be aware that transit through any airport in China is not seamless; one has to stand in the queue at the Chinese immigration counter, get a stamp, pick up the bags and re-check in again for your onward flight. One of the worst travel experiences in the world! As for as the Chinese immigration is concerned, I would leave it for you to guess how 'good' and 'polite' they are!
tek-monkey20/08/2019 16:47

The £300 you save could pay for 2 weeks of accommodation and a fair chunk …The £300 you save could pay for 2 weeks of accommodation and a fair chunk of your food. I'd hate the layovers but if on a very strict budget it'd be worth it.Edit: probably only saving £200 actually


Only if you want to be staying in 1 or 2 star accommodation.

Last time I went to Thailand I was paying £100-£200 per night but the hotels were 5 star and out of this world in terms of room size and facilities and the food.

Even Holton in Newcastle is £90 a night and it's not even a patch on these hotels but £300 for a weeks accommodation will not be to everyone's taste.

The £200 saving on a trip which already takes a day isn't worth it. If you can't afford a short flight then you better off just going somewhere else like Marrakech.
Although not the best airline, it is tolerable and you can’t complain at the price. I used them last year and extended the layovers to get two short breaks in Beijing for the same price. Saw the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Sq etc and ate some great food for what felt like an extra two holidays bolted on.
DealWizard20/08/2019 16:52

Don't waste your money on this one. Air China or Hell, these words are …Don't waste your money on this one. Air China or Hell, these words are synonymous In addition, you should be aware that transit through any airport in China is not seamless; one has to stand in the queue at the Chinese immigration counter, get a stamp, pick up the bags and re-check in again for your onward flight. One of the worst travel experiences in the world! As for as the Chinese immigration is concerned, I would leave it for you to guess how 'good' and 'polite' they are!



Agree getting a stamp isn’t a quick process so don’t plan on doing much on a short layover. However my bags were going direct to Bangkok (from London) on Air China last year until I stopped the check in lady. So I doubt you’d do anymore more than pass through the transit gate if you weren’t leaving the airport (which I saw plenty of people from my flight do).
OlBewd20/08/2019 17:44

Agree getting a stamp isn’t a quick process so don’t plan on doing much on …Agree getting a stamp isn’t a quick process so don’t plan on doing much on a short layover. However my bags were going direct to Bangkok (from London) on Air China last year until I stopped the check in lady. So I doubt you’d do anymore more than pass through the transit gate if you weren’t leaving the airport (which I saw plenty of people from my flight do).


Bags do not go direct - you have to physically take them from the belt (after you have cleared the Chinese immigration) and then recheck in again. I have had to do this about 3 times last year and once this year. And I wasn't leaving the airport. However, that said, when talking about immigration regulations/restrictions, China is an erratic country. Things change at a very short notice and one should be ready to face 'anything'! I remember an incident where a Chinese immigration officer leaped from his chair to snatch my travel wallet because he thought he had seen another passport that I had not declared. On close examination, he realised it was just another ID document from an organisation and not a passport. However, he did not have any courtesy to apologise. He continued with his stone-faced gestures.
Sonny_A20/08/2019 17:33

Only if you want to be staying in 1 or 2 star accommodation.Last time I …Only if you want to be staying in 1 or 2 star accommodation.Last time I went to Thailand I was paying £100-£200 per night but the hotels were 5 star and out of this world in terms of room size and facilities and the food.Even Holton in Newcastle is £90 a night and it's not even a patch on these hotels but £300 for a weeks accommodation will not be to everyone's taste.The £200 saving on a trip which already takes a day isn't worth it. If you can't afford a short flight then you better off just going somewhere else like Marrakech.


We obviously have very different tastes! Think we averaged maybe a tenner a night each in Thailand/Cambodia, three of us sharing, and every room was fine apart from the one in Bangkok itself but that was a hostel not a hotel. I never pay too much for rooms as I'm only ever in them to sleep, in europe I generally just use airbnbs. I did 2 weeks in the azores back in June/July for about £700 between 2 and that included all flights, bags, accommodation and car rental.
Edited by: "tek-monkey" 20th Aug
OlBewd20/08/2019 17:39

Although not the best airline, it is tolerable and you can’t complain at t …Although not the best airline, it is tolerable and you can’t complain at the price. I used them last year and extended the layovers to get two short breaks in Beijing for the same price. Saw the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Sq etc and ate some great food for what felt like an extra two holidays bolted on.


How was your visa-free experience?

I was thinking of doing LON > Beijing stay 4-5 days then Beijing > Bangkok.
DealWizard20/08/2019 17:54

Bags do not go direct - you have to physically take them from the belt …Bags do not go direct - you have to physically take them from the belt (after you have cleared the Chinese immigration) and then recheck in again. I have had to do this about 3 times last year and once this year. And I wasn't leaving the airport. However, that said, when talking about immigration regulations/restrictions, China is an erratic country. Things change at a very short notice and one should be ready to face 'anything'! I remember an incident where a Chinese immigration officer leaped from his chair to snatch my travel wallet because he thought he had seen another passport that I had not declared. On close examination, he realised it was just another ID document from an organisation and not a passport. However, he did not have any courtesy to apologise. He continued with his stone-faced gestures.


Have to admit I’m quite shocked at that as with getting a visa on arrival, immigration, collecting bags, checking in, immigration again you could be talking about 4 hours of queueing! Were you flying on domestically or internationally as I’m still adamant the other people on my flight were transiting in the normal fashion. But as you say China’s an awesome but somewhat erratic country so nothing would suprise me...
dark_shadow20/08/2019 18:12

How was your visa-free experience? I was thinking of doing LON > Beijing …How was your visa-free experience? I was thinking of doing LON > Beijing stay 4-5 days then Beijing > Bangkok.



We did an overnight stop on the way to break the flight and 72 hours visa free on the return leg. With the overnight layover the hassle of getting in and out the airport ate massively in to our time to actually do anything. However on the way back we were able to hit up all the main sites and it delayed the holiday blues as it was like an extra little holiday bolted on the end

My top tip would be to make sure you know the visa free process ready for when you land. They’re not exactly efficient in the queue, so if you can beat your plane to the special booth then you should be through customs an hour or so before the slower members.
Air china and the other budget Chinese airlines are bad from the on board service to the long layovers and the then there's the other passengers you have to deal with! Bring some ear plugs.

Ukraine air do some good deals heading this way and only 15/16 hours in total. I have seen them sub £400.

You should not underestimate jet lag heading west to east either you could very well end up loosing another day or two recovering.
I wish I could get sacked so I can just travel for a bit.
Chiptivo20/08/2019 19:22

I wish I could get sacked so I can just travel for a bit.



You're fired! Sacked, finished, finito, comprende? You're welcome, you owe me one now
OlBewd20/08/2019 18:12

Have to admit I’m quite shocked at that as with getting a visa on arrival, …Have to admit I’m quite shocked at that as with getting a visa on arrival, immigration, collecting bags, checking in, immigration again you could be talking about 4 hours of queueing! Were you flying on domestically or internationally as I’m still adamant the other people on my flight were transiting in the normal fashion. But as you say China’s an awesome but somewhat erratic country so nothing would suprise me...


I flew abroad all the time. To Hong Kong (that is taken as a non-domestic sector) and once to Australia. Yes, it took me exactly 3 and a half hours last time to go through the formalities and then recheck-in.
A good deal from a north east airport would be good now and then
Raining, wet and humid, sounds great
December is peak season!
Feel depressed just thinking about a 14 hours stuck in airport and then repeating on way back
Pricebusters21/08/2019 10:58

Feel depressed just thinking about a 14 hours stuck in airport and then …Feel depressed just thinking about a 14 hours stuck in airport and then repeating on way back



Going is possible....but you need the shortest possible return home.
Flew air China last year to BKK, checked bags in at LHR then didn't see them again until Bangkok. Service was great and the planes were clean and new. Went back this year with Etihad and it wasn't as good as air China. Definitely recommend, i paid £330 last year. Transit wasn't to bad little longer than the norm.
Edited by: "wisedavo22" 1st Sep
Flew with Air China to Bangkok a couple years back, had a cheeky 60hr stopover in Beijing too. No issues on the outbound flight other than the seats being less comfortable than most.

On the way back our bags didn't make the changeover in Beijing, and we're supposedly on the next flight later that night. They arrived the next day (2 flights later), and were supposed to be couriered to us - however they first sent me my friend's bag (who lives in Manchester) and sent him mine! Took a couple of days to get it all sorted and swore I'd never fly Air China again.

All being said, these flights are a great price and likely as a result of promotional offers due to their new route via Shanghai to ASEAN.

Maybe worth a punt for anyone looking for a (very!) low frills flight to ASEAN, or if interested in a stopover to Shanghai (72hrs entry given with visa on arrival unless they've changed it).
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