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Flights from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand

One out of two international airports serving Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi is the newer of the two. The principal hub for major carriers Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways and Orient Thai, the airport handled close to 52 million passengers in 2013, putting it in the top ten busiest airports in the world. And it only has one terminal building! The airport’s 434 feet control tower was said to be the world’s tallest free-standing control tower.

Only a stone throw away from Bangkok central, the Skytrain will get you to the airport in 20 minutes max. Traveling to the airport by bus is not recommendable as the journey could take up to 2 hours. If you have to tow around heavy luggage and public commuting is not an option, you can get to the airport via taxi. Ensure they’re metered taxis. The flag-down start fee is 48 Pesos, and up by 3 Pesos every kilometre.

Chiang Mai

Unlike its more popular and populous counterpart Bangkok, Chiang Mai is less traveled thus making it somewhat unspoilt and not as commercialized. Take this opportunity to explore the abundant natural landscapes such as white water rafting on the Maeteng River, or take an elephant ride around Maesa Elephant Camp, and enjoy the Chiang Mai home-made cuisine at Mon Jam – an open air bamboo restaurant at the top of a mountain.

Hat Yai

Food glorious food, as most would rejoice. The night market boasts heaps of local eats including several stalls selling the famous Hat Yai-style deep-fried chicken and ka-nom jeen. Hat Yai-style fried chicken is a dish known across Thailand, and locals claim that Kai Tod Daycha does it best. Enjoy your spicy bird over fragrant yellow rice. Don’t leave Hat Yai before going on the Singora Tram Tour. These open-air trams drive through the old part of town past the Songkhla mosque, a Thai temple, Chinese shrine and then out to Hat Samila.

Krabi

A must-see sight in Krabi is Wat Tham Seua or Tiger Cave Temple - the best part of the grounds can be found by following a loop trail through a little forest valley behind the ridge where you'll find several limestone caves hiding Buddha images, statues and altars. Krabi offers magnificent sights off-land as well so include sea-kayaking tours in your itinerary – Ao Thalane, which has looming sea cliffs; Ko Hong, famed for its emerald lagoon; and Ban Bho Tho, which has sea caves with 2000- to 3000-year-old cave paintings.

Bangalore, India

A short haul flights away from Bangkok is the South Indian city Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru. Start at Bengaluru Palace – the private residence of the Wodeyar family, during their long reign. Still home to the 20th maharaja, Bengaluru Palace preserves a slice of bygone royal splendour.Bus day tours are worth looking into as they take you to the hard-to-get-to Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelagola. The Indian cuisine is a must-try when you’re in the country so head down Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, where this super-popular eatery and a legendary name in South Indian comfort food will give you a Bengaluru experience.

Beijing, China

Though Beijing is known to be an ancient city, its contemporary art scene has flourished over the years, as this can be seen at 798 Art District. Stroll around and drink in the aesthetics of the Dashanzhi factory complex; old military-industrial factories turned into funky galleries; avant-garde exhibitions; quirky art instillations. Traditional Chinese art doesn’t get any less attention, with Chinese opera and acrobatic performances playing every night at the Beijing Theatres and the Nationality Culture Palace Theatre.

Auckland, New Zealand

A long haul flight away from Bangkok is a city the locals call Tamaki Makaurau. Commonly known as Auckland, it is a nature and wildlife enthusiasts’ paradise. Put your walking shoes on and explore the volcano dotted land. Start with the most newly-formed volcano, Rangitoto. The 600-year-old island is home to more than 200 species of fauna and flora.

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