I'm off to Asia in a few months time and was wondering what airlines people could recommend for flying from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City, and then also from Hanoi to Seoul, and then finally from Seoul back to Bangkok. Is there a package deal you can get which covers a few flights, or will I have to buy each flight individually? Also, would I be better off buying all my flights before I get there, or should I just wait until I get to Bangkok and try one of the travel agents out there?
I flew Ho Chi Minh - Bangkok last week with Thai Airways and it cost about 100 pounds (no pound sign on this pc!)
We looked into Hanoi - Bangkok with air asia and it was about half that price, maybe even less so if you could fly into Hanoi it might be cheaper. We didnt have enough time in Vietnam to get to Hanoi. Im sure there is some sort of ticket with Air Asia that lets you have so many flights for a certain price but im not sure which destinations is covers. Vietnam airlines also fly Ho Chi Minh - Bangkok but we found Thai was slightly cheaper (altho they did break my bag! But they also fixed it right away!)
Have a great time!
In 2003 I flew Thai airways from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh city, flew Vietnam airlines within Vietnam and flew back to Bangkok from Hanoi with Thai airways again.
I don't think Vietnam airlines fly those Russian-made lead ballons anymore on their international routes, so either Thai or Vietnam airlines would suit.
Thai airlines has been a favourite of mine for 25 years so I'm probably biased that way.
Have you checked the web to see if there are any Asian airline alliances (like Star Alliance which includes QANTAS, BA, Cathay, etc)?
Maybe Korean airlines and Thai have an alliance.
There are no cheap flights w/in Vietnam... it's all monpolized by Vietnam and Pacific Airlines, which have the same prices. The cheapest possible tickets you will get to VN are from BKK but still, there aren't as many carriers that fly directly to HCMC.
Star Alliance, fyi, includes Thai and Singapore air. Cathy, BA and Qantas are part of a different alliance... but I think Thai and SIA are the best.
Oh forgot to add... it's probably better to book your tickets from BKK unless you are able to find some good prices before you get there. But the travel agents in BKK seem to have the best prices for travel in southeast asia.
You might want to look into the Asia Pass (or something similarly named) that is with Cathay Pacific. Go to their website and see the destinations... it has a time limit - maybe a month or so but you get a certain amount of free flights.
I have flown both Thai and Vietnam airlines from BKK to HCMC this year and i paid about 100 pounds for a return too. Thai was the slightly cheaper one but i only paid about 500 baht (about 6/7 pounds more for my Vietnam Airlines flight.
Robertson has smacked me with a wet towel!!!
I did get the airline alliance wrong, for which I grovel at Robertson's feet.
I spotted my mistake today, and had hoped no-one would notice.
Drats, double drats, even treble drats.