The Maldives are so hot right now. And we’re not just talking temperature.
Hotels and resorts seem to be opening all over the small island nation, as every influencer, celebrity, and hardcore vacationer seems to have been spotted there, or at least, spotted putting it at the top of their list.
Of course, it’s easy to see why. Between beaches that look like they come straight out of a picture book and turquoise blue waters that feel like they must be photoshopped, the Maldives provide much to swoon for. It’s the perfectly sweet getaway, be it for romance or relaxation, and luckily, it is now easier than ever to get there, too.
Soon to launch 11 flights between Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Male in the Maldives, Bangkok Airways is making the dream of a vacation on the islands a hassle-free reality. Yet whilst we know how to take a nap on the beach and how to drink a cocktail to the sunset, what are some things that may need to be considered before you fly? Here, we’ve put together a handy list to keep you covered. You can thank us later.
[All images courtesy of Bangkok Airways]
Mark your calendar
Granted, there isn’t really a right or wrong time to fly to the Maldives, but there are a few things to consider.
If you’re the type that is looking to tan the day away, the best time to go is between November and April. This is the dry season in the Maldives, with a peak between December and March. The Monsoon period runs from May to October, though the heaviness of the rain depends on whether you’re staying in the Northern or Southern atolls.
It’s also important to note that rain in the Maldives is much like rain in paradise: it won’t ruin your day, and some may even find it moreso romantic. Bangkok Airways currently serves daily flights between Bangkok and the Maldives, so you’re also spoiled for choice. The daily outbound flight departs Bangkok at 9.20am and arrives in Male at 11.55am. The inbound flight departs Male at 12.45pm and arrives in Bangkok at 7.25pm. Yes, there’s also a two-hour time difference, but jet lag shouldn’t be an issue.
From 7 April 2020 onwards, Bangkok Airways will increase service to 11 flights weekly, with the new outbound flight departing Bangkok at 7.50pm and the new inbound flight departing Male at 11.10pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Don’t have a panic attack
You don’t want a mini panic attack at Suvarnabhumi airport before you fly, when you realise that you haven’t prepared the relevant documentation for the place you’re flying to.
Luckily, for the Maldives, a tourist visa is granted on arrival for all nationalities. You’ll need to fill in a form, carry a passport with at least 6 months validity, proof of paid accommodation, and proof of sufficient funds and return tickets.
Nothing too complicated, but good to know. Mini panic attack averted.
Buy an underwater camera
Or just a camera in general. Or just a smartphone. Or just a mental way of snapping memories and holding on to them forever.
There is a lot of content you’ll want to capture in the Maldives, be it your overwater bungalow by the deep blue, or the palm trees against the white sand. Our insider tip is to get an underwater camera, though, as you’ll definitely want to go diving or snorkelling (or at least swimming) and spot some really special sea life. An Instagram story featuring a casual sting ray? Groundbreaking.
Beyond the beach and your bikini, you’ll also want to bring a few warmer items of clothing, as it can get quite chilly come nightfall. Also bring plenty of sunscreen, and a good book to enjoy by the pool. Luckily, Bangkok Airways boasts a generous 20kg of baggage allowance per passenger. Are you one of those people who needs several clothing options even just for a short trip? You’ve met your match.
Get into samosas
Maldivian cuisine may not be quite as internationally recognised as Thai cuisine, but there’s no time like the present to get acquainted.
With influences of Indian food culture, typical Maldivian food features a lot of familiar items like chapati bread and samosas (or bis keemiya, as they call them here). Being an island nation, there is also a wealth of fish and seafood dishes to try.
Still not feeling so adventurous? Fret not, Bangkok Airways serves up in-flight meals to prep your appetite — or to welcome you back warmly — with full on-board meals served on all flights.
Develop a love for sea planes
Beyond the nature and tranquil way of life, a lot of the fun in getting to the Maldives is the journey itself. From the plane, you’ll spot hundreds — if not thousands — of small islands before landing at Male International Airport. From here, the onward journey depends on whether you head on to Male itself, or to one of the other islands. These can be reached either by boat or by seaplane, with many resorts offering lounges pre-seaplane journey.
You’ll come true full circle this way, as departing from Suvarnabhumi with Bangkok Airways means that you can enjoy lounge access in Bangkok, too. All passengers are eligible for lounge access at Boutique lounges, whilst Blue Ribbon Club Lounge access is granted to all business class passengers. A perfect way to unwind before you embark, your Maldivian holiday mode starts here.