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1. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 532 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hey!

I have been making plans (for far far far away future..) and started checking flights..But as all of you know there is this situation going on and I suspect that has affected to those..

I tried to find flights between (I used skyscanner) Hanoi-New Delhi, New Delhi-Kathmando and Kathmando-Chengdu

No one can predict what will happen but I want to know little about the past...

So, do you know has there been direct flights between Vietnam-India, India-Nepal and Nepal-China?

Becouse the ones I have been able to find out goes either through Doha or Singapore, and from India you would need to flight China first before getting to Nepal..

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1445 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

You should have no difficulty getting a nonstop flight between Delhi (DEL) and Kathmandu (KTM). I've been on that route before. Get a window seat on the left side of the aircraft and you might see Mt. Everest, among others. There also are nonstop flights betweem Kolkata (CCU) and Hanoi (HAN). As for Chengdu (CTU), Vietnam Airlines offers a nonstop from HAN. I use Google.com/flights to research flights, as well as these:

https://www.flightconnections.com/
https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/

Schedules are guaranteed to change, so you'll need to be flexible with your plans.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2836 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

In case some of your travel in Asia includes Thailand - I have flown from Bangkok to Kathmandu.

Good luck.

4. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 532 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

You should have no difficulty getting a nonstop flight between Delhi (DEL) and Kathmandu (KTM). I've been on that route before. Get a window seat on the left side of the aircraft and you might see Mt. Everest, among others. .

That's what I thought. I started to plan our route earlier this year when I thought we would be going other way round (Kathmandu-Delhi) which I then could find direct flight to and it struck odd that now when I searched Delhi-Kathmando it told me I would need to fly China first..

Will have to remember that tip about seats! Thanks! :)

Quoting berner256

Schedules are guaranteed to change, so you'll need to be flexible with your plans.

Flexibility isn't an issue! It is an year long trip after all. I have skeleton plan which I am tweaking but since I am hoping to start this trip November 2025 I have no illusions that the plan will stay the same that long Just had to start budjeting somewhere.. This is tweaking number 3 what I am working with now My travelling companion isn't too keen on flying but he still said that he would prefer couple more flights than travel through Siberia during winter so here I am looking for flights from Vietnam

5. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 532 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

In case some of your travel in Asia includes Thailand - I have flown from Bangkok to Kathmandu.

Good luck.

Thailand wasn't on agenda this time but we still might need to stop there between Helsinki and Ho Chi Minh. (We start from Helsinki)

But I thought that it would be one of the options between Vietnam and India too, it just feels odd that we would go from Vietnam first to Singapore before India...Doha doesn't makes much more sense either..I hope it is just this time which makes weird flight routes and I will be able to find something more reasonable when it is our time to travel ;)

6. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1445 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Methinks it's far too soon to plan your flights given the uncertainties of schedules because of the pandemic. There were nonstop flights to Vietnam from India. See this Sept. 9, 2019 article in Viet Nam News, the national English language daily:

HÀ NỘI — India low cost airlines IndiGo will launch the first ever direct flights between India and Việt Nam next month, according to a Việt Nam News Agency correspondent in New Delhi.

The route between Kolkata and Hà Nội City will start on October 3 while the route between Kolkata and HCM City will start on October 18, 2019.

According to the airline’s website, prices will be around US$150 for a one-way ticket.

IndiGo's Chief Commercial Officer William Boulter said the airline had received encouraging feedback about the routes, adding that HCM has a large Buddhist community that will be non-transit connected to the Buddhist circuit in India through Kolkata. Currently IndiGo has many flight routes connecting to important tourist destinations for Buddhists.

“Vietnam is one of the most promising destinations,” Boulter told Vietnamese media in June.

According to the website livemint.com, IndiGo is India's largest domestic carrier, in terms of market share. Việt Nam will be the fifth South East Asian country in the airline's network after Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Myanmar.VNS

Please note there are several major gateways to Asia, including Singapore (SGP), Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Bangkok (DMK and BKK), etc. You can't go wrong to include one or more of these in your itinerary planning. Please also note that Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) is a larger city than Hanoi (HAN), so there likely will be more flights there.

If the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on routes and schedules, it would be wise to have alternatives in mind. For example, when Delta Air Lines canceled my nonstop flight from Mumbai (BOM) to New York (JFK) in March, I flew Emirates instead from Ahmedabad (AMD), the last stop on a month-long road trip in India, to Dubai (DXB), connecting to an Emirates flight to JFK. I knew about the Emirates flight, and others, during trip planning.

Suggest mapping out an itinerary for each country first (what you want to see and do), then consider the international flights later, when schedules become clearer.

[ Edit: Edited on 31 Dec 2020, 00:29 GMT by berner256 ]

7. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 532 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

Methinks it's far too soon to plan your flights given the uncertainties of schedules because of the pandemic. There were nonstop flights to Vietnam from India. ),
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You are probably right but all I wanted to know was that if there has been direct flights in the past. If there has, then there is more chance that when things starts to normalize there will be again. Or so I hope!

Quoting berner256

Suggest mapping out an itinerary for each country first (what you want to see and do), then consider the international flights later, when schedules become clearer.

That I have already done, planning is part of the fun and for the time being travelling is banned so one can't do but plan :)
I have 14 country/1 year skeleton plan I am tweaking and twisting and turning :)

8. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1325 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Instead of flights I would just be planning out what I want to see and do. It is far to early to know what routes and airlines will still exist. At least if you know what you want to do and see you can start piecing together how to get there pretty easily when the time is right.

[ Edit: Edited on 31 Dec 2020, 02:38 GMT by Teoni ]

9. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 532 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Teoni

Instead of flights I would just be planning out what I want to see and do. It is far to early to know what routes and airlines will still exist. At lest if you know what you want to do and see you can start piecing together how to get there pretty easily when the time is right.

That is mostly planned out, I am just jumping to the gun about the flights, mostly I just wanted to get rough flight plan so I could calculate budjet :)

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