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Cheapest way to asia?

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1. Posted by appleide (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

I have to be in Hong Kong between 10 Jan and 20 Jan. I've been looking at plane tickets, and they're around $1800. Cheapest one was $1300 involving a lot of transfers.

I don't have that much money to spend... so I was looking at trains and buses and planes between malaysia and hong kong. If I could get to malaysia it only takes me around $100 to travel from there to Hong kong. (No, I haven't thought of visa problems yet; I'm not familiar with it... someone teach me a lesson D : )

The thing is, it costs $800-$1000 from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur. It's only $70 or so from bali to Malaysia but I've found many plane tickets to bali around that time to either be expensive or sold out (around $500 each way).

(note the cheap flights I'm talking about are promo airasia tickets; they're still available for now.)

I've found as long as I can get off this island (Australia), it'll be very cheap. I've thought of catching a boat from darwin to indonesia but unfortunately the boats only travel in the wrong direction... :(

What is the cheapest way to travel from Sydney to Asia? I won't mind catching ferries and/or third class trains...

2. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 6y

Maybe you could fly to Singapore, if that's cheaper, and take the train to Kuala Lumpur from there (it only costs about $20, as I recall). It's about 7-8 hours by train.

BTW, if you are a citizen of a western country (Australia or a European country, Canada or U.S.) you don't need a visa for Malaysia or Hong Kong (or Singapore) although you do need one for mainland China.

3. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 6y

1) I've read that Perkins Shipping Group Pty www.perkins.com.au operate a barge that runs Darwin-Dili (East Timor) -Singapore (and reverse) 3 times a month. They may take passengers but probably not due to security, health and safety reasons and immigration reasons but you could always contact them and ask.
Then fly Dili to Bali or bus/ferry to Bali which would take a few days.

2) Maybe get a reasonably-priced flight from Darwin to Kupang in West Timor then fly or work your way through the islands west to Bali for a flight to Malaysia.

3) try Jetstar one-way Darwin to Bali (I searched their site flying on Jan 7th 2011 and came up with about $270 AUD one-way including 20Kg baggage). Course that means getting to Darwin.

4. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 6y

Hiya, I just picked up an AirAsia flight, Gold Coast to KL for $75, 2 weeks ago... get yourself on to the AirAsia newsletter to take advantage of their sales...

5. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 6y

"Darwin to Dili, Bali to Dili". I love the sound of it.

I know the singapore to darwin via tiger air exist.

6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 6y

Quoting joffre

Hiya, I just picked up an AirAsia flight, Gold Coast to KL for $75, 2 weeks ago... get yourself on to the AirAsia newsletter to take advantage of their sales...

75 US, that is so cheap... does that include all the taxes... I hate going to websites and they have rates and its not inclusive off taxes, and you have to transact before you get the total amount.

7. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 6y

That price you have said is extremely cheap for the time of year you are looking at going. Sometimes in quiet times it is about that price, but regularly when you look in the December/January period you find over the top amounts like $2000+ AUD. If Air Asia is too expensive then you are not getting to Asia without swimming!

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