Amazements lurk around every bend in every canal, every turn in every tight-knit street in Bangkok. This is a bucket-list city, where wild nights in the DJ-spinning bars of Khaosan Road meld into meditative mornings before the revered shrines of the Emerald Buddha. It's the place to come for tastings of coconut-infused masaman curry and peanut-topped pad noodles, for explorations of the Royal Palace, and hard-fought bouts of muay Thai. What's more, it's the capital of the Land of Smiles. That means cheap flights to Bangkok from New Zealand can be the first step in a Southeast Asian adventure that includes white-sand beaches on southern isles and encounters with elephants in misty northern mountain ranges.
Khaosan Road is quintessential backpacker's Bangkok. Come here to munch on deep-fried scorpions and glug bucket cocktails until sunup!
Wat Saket is also known as the Temple of the Golden Mount. That's for the soaring gold stupa that looms high above downtown Bangkok here.
A sea of stupas and pagodas sprouts from golden temple halls at Bangkok's amazing Grand Palace complex.
Thai Airways fly direct between New Zealand and Bangkok.
The best airline to fly to Bangkok from New Zealand is Qatar Airways. For non-stop flights then Thai Airways is the best.