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Advice needed on SE Asia Route... please!

Travel Forums Asia Advice needed on SE Asia Route... please!

1. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 8y

Hi All

I am still trying to get my head around the route we can take though SE asia.

We have the luxury of not being stuck to a time limit so basically can stay in any country for as long as we like or the visas allow.

My latest idea for this part of our route is as follows, the bits in bold are the flights I am intending to include as part of the RTW ticket and we will be getting to Bali at the beginning of Feb 09:

Cairns - Bali - Singapore - Manila - surface to Cebu - Singapore - surface to Kuala Lumpar - Bangkok - London - Cambodia - Vietnam - Laos - China - Nepal - India

My main problem, and one I am probably getting a bit too hung up on is how we can get into Thailand. The tickets will expire at the end of May 2009 and I had planned that we would get to Thailand before this time so we could use the Bangkok-London flight as our proof of onward travel. We would however not get this flight but go overland through Cambodia and continue on from there.

Based on this route we would be fine if we raced through though in 3 months but I really really don't want to be restrictred with how long we can stay somewhere just for the sake of reaching Bangkok before the end of May.

Basially I would like some advice on the following questions:
a) Is this a good route in the first place
b) do people think I should get over the Thai visa thing and worry about that when we are there??
c) should I include less of the SE Asia flights as part of my RTW ticket and book them when I am there? Is this a cheaper option? I am also a bit concerned that we could end up wasting some of the flights if we stay somewhere that takes us beyond the 12 months.

I know it is a long way off but I am hoping to book our flights quite soon so need a rough itinerary sorted now.

Please help I feel like I've come up against a brick wall with this at the moment !!!

Thanks

Sophie

2. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 8y

ok I'm back and in a moment of clarity I have re-planned our route but again need some advice on if everyone thinks this sounds like a plan....

Sydney
fly to Bangkok
overland through Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos
back overland to Bangkok then travel south through Thailand
overland into Malaysia travelling down to Singapore
fly to Bali and travel around Bali, Lombok & the Gilis
fly to Borneo and travel up North to Malaysia
fly from Malaysia to Manila - is this possible or would I have to fly back to Singapore and then to the Philippines?
Philippines - Hong Kong or Shanghai through China.....

This is very rough at the moment and I will need to look into the airports and where flys to where but having also looked at the climate for each area this looks like we might be better doing it this way round anyway.

At this stage just advice on the following would be really useful:
a)whether the flights I will need to catch are hugely expensive or quite reasonable as long as you book them a bit in advance
b)if the boder crossings I am intending are possible eg Borneo to Malaysia??

Thanks

Sophie x

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Sophie,
I did a quick check with several discount airlines and your KL to Manila leg is possible. Both Air Asia and Cebu Pacific fly this route. The fare is about $35 plus tax for advance bookings. Type in some dates and see if this will work for you

4. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 8y

Hey thanks VegasMike that is a great help, I will check them out but that price certainly seems reasonable to me.

5. Posted by georgekcc (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi Sophie,

You can also fly from Manila (Clark) to Kota Kinabalu (Borneo, Malaysia) using AirAsia and tickets are cheap from about MYR50 (depending on dates or promotions) one way. From Kota Kinabalu you also have a lot of choices by AirAsia to fly out.