Title says it all. Was wondering what the chepeast way to get from Australia to the East Coast Islands off Thailand is (with three weeks travel time leaving early July). I was thinking of flying Sydney to KL, and prices seem around $700 Australian one way. Anyway very open to suggestions as to path or how far in advance I whould purchase my ticket.
One more thing, I'm after one-way fares as I then plan to travel thorugh SE Asia to Central Asia over a number of months.
You can bus up from KL to Thailand
Was mainly after the international travel side though, i.e is it cheaper to go through malaysia or some other country or should I just fly straight into KL.
KL is fine. The alternative is Singapore, but Malaysian Airways always seems to be offering good deals
Fly to KL with MAS then to Bangkok via air asia. Save money and save time. Check out www.airasia.com . Have fun!
Personally I'd fly to Singapore then overland via Mallaca to KL.Fly to Thailand from KL.
Here's the British Foreign office advice about Thai/Malay border crossings:
SAFETY AND SECURITY
There is a high threat from terrorism throughout Thailand particularly in the far southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla. We recommend against all but essential travel to these four provinces. The Thai authorities have declared martial law in some districts of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. This gives security authorities extra powers of search and detention. Since January 2004, there have been regular attacks in these far southern provinces, including bombings and shootings. Over 500 people have been killed and several hundred more injured. Civilian targets and Thai Government personnel and buildings have been hit. No British tourists have been killed in these attacks but tourist hotels and bars, shops, marketplaces and transport infrastructure have been targeted. On 3 April 2005, at approximately 20:00 local time several bombs were reportedly exploded in Haatayi airport, outside a hotel and shopping centres in Songkhla province. Reports indicate about 90 people have been injured and two killed. There are no reports of any British or foreign nationals being involved. On 25 October 2004, at least 85 demonstrators died in Tak Bai, Narathiwat province, following clashes between demonstrators and members of the Thai security forces. On 28 April 2004, there were attacks on security forces in 10 locations in Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces, killing 106 militants and five members of the security forces.
Further attacks in Thailand could be indiscriminate and against places frequented by foreigners. Following the increased violence in the far south, the Thai authorities have taken additional security measures in other parts of the country, including tourist centres and Bangkok.
The Thai authorities are investigating a suspicious package discovered in an area of central Bangkok, not far from the British Embassy. The Embassy is keeping its security arrangements under review.
Westerners have been deliberately targeted in large-scale terrorist attacks in neighbouring Indonesia. The extremist group Jamaah Islamiyah is thought to be responsible for the bombings in Bali (October 2002) and Jakarta (August 2003 and September 2004). The Thai authorities have arrested a number of terrorist suspects, most notably a senior leader of Jamaah Islamiyah.
Please read Security and General Tips in the 'While you are there' section and Risk of Terrorism when Travelling Overseas on the FCO website for further information and advice.
Five British nationals have been murdered in Thailand since August 2004.
BTW I have spent a lot of time in Indo/Malay and loved it,sure there were bombs but nothing aimed at tourists/expats.
This may have changed now,so look at Malay newspapers for current situation.
Enjoy your trip.