Hi further to several investigations i have now got my route planned.
Was wondering if anyone can help on the cheapest way to achieve this tour.
Destination in order (i think, open to suggestion)
Ive been looking at flights and various methods of travel to achieve these destinations but all are coming back a bit over my buidget. Take in mind that im only in and around here for six weeks so alot to pack in.
Am i best doing it in the order i have shown.
Can anyone point me in the right direction for cheap airlines etc..
Many thanks in advance for any assistance given.
I booked with statravel to BKK for £420 return.
I'm doing a very similar thing to you, only the other way round (BKK, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand). Buses between places are supposed to be very, very cheap (like Phnom Penh to Saigon for less than £6!). I'm hoping travel will be similarly priced everywhere.
In Vietnem, you should go on the open tour bus. For $25 (£14) you can travel the length of Vietnam at your own speed, stopping off at many towns along the way.
What is your budget if you don't mind me asking?
I'm giving myself £100 per week including accomodation, food, travel and everything else. It will be tight in some places but it's all I can afford!
Im going with my girlfriend and we are taking a bit of money ith us. Weve been saving for a long time.
We have about £70 per day between us in spends and accomadation and about £1600 to spend on flights.
Thought we may aswell go and do everything we want to. Just pretty stuck on the cheapest way to travel in such a short space of time.
Check out AirAsia.com for cheap flights around South East Asia. Their hubs are in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. BTW, Air Asia flies out from Bali to Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. So you may want to give KL a thought if you're flying Air Asia.
Ok, first try to get a Open Jaw Ticket, => Bali return from Bangkok.
The calculations at the airlines is always both ticket prices (each destination) divided by 2 and add with each other.
eg. Bali = 600 Pound Bangkok = 500 300 + 250 = 550 (that's an Example.
Give Singapore a miss. And try to book a cheap flight with Air Asia Bali - Johor (Malaysia)or Kuala Lumpur. Do it online far in advance and you should get the cheap prices. Kuala Lumpur instead of Singapore is a nice choice too. Try also to get a cheap Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok.
From there you are free to do your Vietman, Laos and North Thailand route.
I guess others can advice you better on the possibilities there.
Hi Phil, have you thought about an open-jaw ticket, we have paid £595 each, flying into Bangkok then flying home from Ho Chi Minh City 6 weeks later, you dont have to backtrack and this alone will save you money. stokesy
If it were me, i would travel overland, and only do as much as i comfortably have time for.
Travelling overland, in Asia is much cheaper, than flying.
At least in Thailand, it is. I have not researched the prices, of the other countires, on your list.
Just an observation:
You are in to Singapore and out of Bangkok (intercontinental travel). With Air Asia http://www.airasia.com/site/en/home.jsp
offering flights between the two at only around S$40 (=US$25) you may do better (cheaper) to buy a return Manchester to either Singapore or BKK and using the Air asia flight to close the loop at the end of the travel.
Singapore up through SEA finishing in BKK seems great for 6 weeks but why Bali? (wrong way and will certainly use up travelling $ or time).
How about this:
1. Intercontinental into Bangkok
2. Bangkok for few days to find your feet
3. Thailand North (overland - not too far)
4. fly back to Bangkok and then out to Cambodia Phnom Phen on a cheap Air Asia flight
5. PP - sights (palaces and Killing fields etc)
6. Down to the south coast of Cambodia overland -4 hours(good and cheap Southern Thailand alternative for bit of beaching it and some great seafood)
7. Back through PP to Siem Reap (overland - cost only around US$16 by comfortable bus)
8. Siem Reap - 'Wonders of the world' and one of the highlights in all of SE Asia.
9. Either a) back to Phnom penh and onward to Ho Chi Minh by boat and bus or b) fly directly to Vietnam from siem Reap (Vietnam airlines and not cheap!)
10. Fly back eventually from Vietnam to Singapore (worth it by the way - great place) before heading back to manchester via Bangkok