My boyfriend and I love holidaying in Thailand, and this year we tried out the cheap flights from Newcastle to Bangkok for the first time – purely for convenience and avoiding booking the extra days of annual leave to deal with travelling in the UK before we even get to our destination.
Flying from Newcastle made a super easy beginning to the holiday. It makes so much difference just taking a quick road trip to the airport, checking in and relaxing with a drink! If you’re already in a chilled out mood for browsing the shops they have plenty of little boutiques as well as the usual suspects. Or if you’ve forgot any essentials – more my style than chic shopping-queen I have to admit! – you can nip into Boots etc. Duty-free is available of course, ready for beating the post-holiday blues for another few minutes once we’re back from beautiful Thai paradise to British ‘summer’.
This was our first time there, but there are plenty of flights from Newcastle to Bangkok leaving every week with all the packages we’ve come to expect holidaying in Thailand, and some cheaper prices compared to the London airports like Heathrow and Luton. I would definitely recommend checking out the offers available when you’re planning your break to Thailand – and based on the amazing holidays we’ve had over the years of course I have to recommend to everyone trying out Bangkok and the stunning Thai beaches and southern islands at least once in your lifetime! You can find some pretty affordable Bangkok hotels that put you right next to the ocean so you can make the most of your time there.
The airport itself is just outside Newcastle, in Woolsington, so it’s an easy drive up the A1/A696, or you can hop on local transport if you haven’t managed to persuade friends or family to drop you off by then. The usual Tyne and Wear Metro, or coaches out of Newcastle or Sunderland work just fine – it’s around 20 minutes out from Newcastle and an hour if you’re hailing from slightly further afield, around Sunderland. We were lucky/smart enough with bribing my boyfriend’s Dad to drop us off, and the drop off/pick up area made it painless.
We checked in without the usual huge queues and stress of navigating a multi-terminal airport. It was great to relax with drinks and get in the holiday mood before even boarding.
I had a sneak peek at the executive class lounge for BA, which looked even more swanky and comfortable – so we might make a little extra time to relax at Newcastle before next year’s break. Even without the first class treatment this time I was really impressed by the easy experience at this impressive airport. The location out at Woolsington is just right, and there’s everything on offer as we expected. The staff who we interacted with were friendly and knew what they were doing – it’s nice to speak to someone alert and who knows you just want to get on your way as quickly and painlessly as possible! When we’re booking up again we’ll be looking for our flights from Newcastle based on this experience.