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Travelling Asia cheaply? or not so cheaply?

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1. Posted by Walkaways (Full Member 106 posts) 8y

Asia is my main concern & I was a bit dishearted seeing RTW flight prices as i know tax adds a lot to the cost, and this is not to mention the fact that general expenses rise in western countries like Australia & USA

I found one world alliance do an asia continent pass - i thought i could get a deal with sta or another cheap airline flight on a return fare to Hong Kong then use the continent pass. It just seems quite cheap to me & i feel i might be miscalculating or am being stupid. It would kind of work like Pick 'n' mix asia but still being cheap. Am i forgetting surcharges or something?

This is a basic option
- London Heathrow - Hong Kong rtn about £400 when getting a good deal

- (using asia pass) Hong Kong - Bangkok £80
- OVERLAND to Kuala Lumpur
- Kuala Lumpur - Singapore £35
- Singapore - Hong Kong £100
- Maybe other destinations like Manila, Bali or Taipai

(http://www.oneworld.com/ow/air-travel-options/single-continent-fares/visit-asia)

- Hong Kong - London (using initial return flight)

Thats like £615 not including some overland travel from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur (but that could probably be done quite cheaply) I thought it would cost way past the thousand pound mark to tour asia when beginning in the UK and im well aware that Round The World Tickets are way past the thousand pound mark with tax & fuel charges.

Thanks
Walk

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 8y

Normally Cathay Pacific gives a free stopover in HK when you buy a SEA ticket beyond HK. Don't know what pass you're talking about - in the US, Cathay sells the All Asia Pass. SEA travel can be done quite cheaply on the LCC Air Asia out of KL to all of those other destinations too. Pricing these days is extremely complicated to say the least (thank God for these computers!) Maybe you should talk to an agent just to see if there's some deal we've missed. I just booked on Priceline for my next trip and saved 50% over the airline's site!

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 14, 2008, at 5:13 PM by Daawgon ]

3. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

I have just bought a months travel in SE Asia similar to yours, here are my costs:

Manchester to Hong Kong £304 return including all taxes etc (I was VERY lucky to find this with Air France). Then Hong Kong to Manila for about £70 return and also Manila to Bacolod (in Negros Occidental in the Visayers in the Philippines) for about £30 return (both Philippines flights are with Cebu Pacific). So all in all about £400 for all my flights which is not bad.