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Flights to Tibet from Bangkok

  • by Eric
  • Last Updated: 2023-02-08

With the development of Tibet Tourism, now it is convenient to travel to Tibet from other countries. Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand has much in common with Lhasa as both of them are two significant lands of Buddhism. It is worthwhile for Thai people to visit Tibet for Buddhist culture. Taking flights to Tibet seems to be a great way as it's time-saving and comfortable.

Why Travel from Bangkok, Thailand to Tibet?

1. Both Bangkok and Tibet are The Holy Lands of Buddhism

As a significant land of Buddhism, there is about 93.6 percent of Thailand is Buddhist and about 33,902 active temples in the country. Buddhism has been prevalent in Thailand since the 3rd century BC. It was first introduced by King Asoka who sent out monks to follow and learn the teachings of the Buddha of Siddhartha Gautama. Buddhism plays an important role in the culture of Thailand, taking a visit to some of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world is a necessary tour to seek the real doctrine of Buddhism. As a sacred land of Buddhism, thousands of hundreds of Buddhists from all over the world flood into Tibet to do a pilgrimage.

2. Explore the Unique Natural Scenery that You Never Find in Thailand

Another reason for Thai people to travel to Tibet is to explore its unique plateau scenery. Tibet is a place cherished by nature. Here you can enjoy the beauty of the holy lakes, majesty of sacred Mountains such as Kailash - the center of the world, Everest - the peak of the world, etc. Besides,  you could admire Buddhist temples and monasteries scattered on the plateau.

How to Take Flights to Tibet from Bangkok?

There are two convenient ways to take flights to Tibet from Bangkok.

Air route from Bangkok to Tibet


As the most popular way, taking a flight from Bangkok to Chengdu then transferring from Chengdu to Tibet is definitely a great idea. The journey from Bangkok to Chengdu will take about 3 hours and cost about $524 for a one-way ticket of the economy class cabin. In Chengdu, there are more than 10 flights to Lhasa and other cities in Tibet which makes it easy for you to get there.

Chengdu to Lhasa Flight Info

Air Route Distance Duration Flight Type Tickets Price
Chengdu-Lhasa 768miles about 3 hours direct flights 280$​​​​

>> See more Chengdu to Lhasa flight info


Since there is no direct flight from Thailand to Tibet, You can travel to Tibet via Kathmandu, the only country that operated direct international flights to Tibet. Flights from Bangkok to Kathmandu run several times a day and cost about $510 for a one-way ticket of the economy class cabin. And it will take about half-past 3 hours from Bangkok to Kathmandu. Meanwhile, there are two direct flights from Kathmandu to Tibet and several connecting flights to Tibet from Kathmandu. Taking a direct flight from Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu to Lhasa Gonga International Airport will take about 1.5 hours and cost $460 for a one-way ticket of the economy class cabin.

Kathmandu to Lhasa Flight Schedule

Flight Route Flight Code Departure-Arrival Schedule Type Airlines
Kathmandu to Lhasa 3U8720 12:00-15:30 every other day 319 Sichuan Airline
Kathmandu to Lhasa CA408 12:10-16:00 every  day 319 Air China

>>See more Kathmandu to Lhasa flight info

Travel Documents for Thai Citizens

Travel from Bangkok to Tibet via mainland China

When traveling to China, Thai nationals need a Chinese Visa which can be obtained through the local Chinese Embassy in Bangkok. The process is quite fast and normally only takes 4 days. Once you get your visa, you can apply for your Tibet Travel Permit which is only be obtained by a registered travel agency in Tibet. Without a Tibet Entry Permit, foreigners are not permitted to board any plane to Tibet. Therefore it's necessary to book a Tibet tour in advance. Other permits might be required for travel outside Lhasa but you don't have to worry about that as your travel agency will handle it for you.

Travel from Bangkok to Tibet via Kathmandu

When traveling from Kathmandu to Tibet, you need to apply for a China group visa rather than the China Visa. If you have already booked a travel agency in Tibet, they will also take care of it by sending you an invitation letter issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau. What you need to do is to give them a scan of your passport. Even if you travel from Kathmandu to Tibet, you also need to obtain your Tibet Entry Permit, which will be checked at the customs at Lhasa Gonga International Airport.

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