My sister and I are flying to Bangkok at the end of November and returning from Manila at the end of February. We would love to see as much as possible in the 3 months, but of course on a tight budget. From Thailand we will go to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam then we would like to move on to the following; Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Brunei, and finally arrive in Manila and spend our last 21 days touring the Philippines.
After talking to a few travel advisors they have not been very helpful with advice from moving from country to country and it seems their prices for internal flights are very expensive.
If you have travelled the countries that we are attempting to, i would love to hear how you best made your way and how much you paid for flights. also did you buy internal flights once in Asia because it was cheaper or did you plan your travel prior to leaving the UK??
Looking forward to hearing from anyone that had the same plans as us!!!
You seem to have a whole lot in your plate for only 2 months (the time before you head to Phillipines). I would say Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia is pretty much out of the question. You need at least 3 or 4 months to do all that in a rush. I would say with that amount of time you should stick to Thailand for about 3 weeks, and then a breif 4-6 week trip through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Leave Malaysia and Indonesia for another trip.
Getting around is very easy in South East Asia. I don't know anything about flights, though I'm sure it's cheaping buying while in the country. And though flying some of the way to save time is definelty possible, most of the highlights of the region are in areas that require land transport to reach. But bus and train options are endless and incredibly cheap. Public transport is easy to arrange, and tourist buses are even easier. Almost every hotel or travel agent in the region will book onward transport for you. Going overland the whole way (except to Phillipines obviously) is quiet possilbe and well troden.
If you are interested, you can check out this page http://degolasse.myphotoalbum.com/view_photo.php?set_albumName=album29&id=aab, which is a route map of what seen in a 3 month overland trip of the region. Follow the white lines.
I highly suggest you take air asia ( www.airasia.com) if you intend to travel within SEA via flight. Air asia brings you to the places which you mention. Book in advance in order to get real cheap flights . Visit the site often , sometimes they have really cheap air fare promotion.
It is a low cost flight , do not expect free meals and booze on board. Free seating but however, overall i will give thumbs up for helpful and friendly service.
from Lao or Cambodia to Vietnam, why not take a coach? it's much cheaper than flight!
I would go with airasia... I did Jakarta - Kuala Lumpur - Bangkok - Phuket - Bangkok - Singapore, all in 2 weeks time... It's a great experience seeing all those places in such a convenient matter! You can buy your plane ticket in advance and work it aroun your schedules in those cities! Have fun...
I think you've allotted plenty of time for SE Asia - you should be able to see all those places easily. You may not be able to stay in each place too long, but it can be done. We spent about 2 to 2 1/2 months doing an overland trip like this: China-Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore-Malaysia-Thailand-Laos-China. All of it overland (train, bus, cab) and at a fairly leisurely pace. The main places to use flights would be in Cambodia - their road system sucks, and like I said in another thread, if it is rainy in Laos, fly rather than bus it.