I'm thinking of flying to Hong Kong and making my way through SE asia to singapore for the first part of my RTW trip. I'm not sure just how easy it is to get from HK to north vietnam or how expensive Hong Kong and the nearby regions are for travel accomodation etc. i would really appreciate some advice if anyone knows or has done it before. or would it be more sensible to fly to Bangkok instead of HK?
I know you can fly from BKK to Singapore cheaply, and then on to Ho Chi Minh City. Not sure what it is like from Hong Kong though. Have you checked out Airasia or Tiger or one of the other Asian budget airlines, you might find some cheap flights that could influence which way you go.
Its just that i could fly to Hong Kong and make my way south from there, or fly to Bangkok instead and then maybe get another flight to Hanoi or something. Its the cost issue really, It depends on how expensive Hong Kong/the nearby regions are for travelling to north Vietnam, i just dont have a clue about that route (hong Kong - vietnam) and if its worth while
It is expensive to fly from HK to Vietnam (about US$250-300 return). It is cheap to fly from HK to BKK or Singapore, about US$100-150 roundtrip.
Hey novo.. I'm doing exactly that route later this year but I'm just flying into Hong Kong from Japan and then fly out again to Thailand.. definitely been considering overland..
Going overland from Thailand to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. I have family in Malaysia so plenty of places to stay!
yeah i'm looking forward to going overland from Honk Kong to Singapore, should be interesting. its just the first bit i'm a bit clueless about. hopefully it'll work out ok. anyway...anyone with any info on HK - vietnam overland... it would be very helpful
i was wondering about the overland option (hk - vietnam), how expensive it would be and wondering how long it would take etc. any ideas anyone?
I think one direct way is to take the East Rail in Hong Kong to Shenzhen and switch to another train/bus that takes u to Guangzhou where u can then board an international train that takes u from Guangzhou - Nanning - Dong Dang.
Browse thru these sites.
HK Train service
I can only help this much. You should try getting more information by using these keywords in different permutations - Guangzhou, Nanning, Lo Wu, Hanoi, Dong Dang
...board an international train that takes u from Guangzhou - Nanning - Dong Dang.
To give u a fuller picture, take a look at this.
Hong Kong to Hanoi:
* Day 1, take a train from Hong Kong (Kowloon station) to Guangzhou (Dong station). There are a range of departures daily, including one leaving Kowloon at 12:15 and arriving Guangzhou Dong at 13:47.
* Take an overnight train from Guangzhou (main station) to Nanning, departing Guangzhou at 16:02 and arriving Nanning the next morning at 05:30. Soft and hard class sleepers available.
* Day 2, take a morning train from Nanning to Pinxiang, leaving Nanning at 07:58 and arriving Pinxiang at 12:07.
* Take a taxi from Pinxiang to the frontier at the Friendship Pass. This will cost about 80-100RMB. Allow 2 hours or so to pass through both Chinese and Vietnamese border formalities. Then take a taxi the next 3km into Dong Dang town. This taxi will cost around $3, payable in US Dollars.
*There are several trains a day from Dong Dang to Hanoi. There are trains from Dong Dang at 06:00 (arriving Hanoi at 11:30) or at 13:35 (arriving Hanoi at 19:50). Frequent buses are also available. Dong Dang to Hanoi is 161 km (100 miles).
I hope it will help...
In China, you will most likely find the lowest airfare flying domestically asking for a discount at a local travel agency
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