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1. Posted by Viajadora1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone;

I am planning to go to China, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand for a period of 2 months, but I really need help planning this, does anyone know of a good travel deal to buy the flight tickets? any advice on places to go for an average of one week per country?

Thank you!!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Personally I can't help but to think that the ratio of travel time to time actually experiencing a country is far and far too high with a plan like that. Much better to see fewer countries more thoroughly, imho.

That said, there's a couple of special tickets in the vein of Round the World tickets which might be applicable here. Probably the one which best covers the countries you want to see is the Circle Asia Fare by Star Alliance. You might also want to compare their Circle Pacific Fare. Finally Oneworld has a Circle Pacific ticket as well.

I know absolutely nothing about the prices and conditions of these tickets; the circle pacific ones might require a stop in the Americas, and thus not be applicable. But I assume that at least the Circle Asia Fare will turn out to be very competitive for the number of flights you're wanting to book.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 18, 2008, at 3:44 PM by Sander ]

3. Posted by jpeeshay (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I'm actually doing the same sorta thing and here's my itinerary:

Starting in Nov, the week of Thanksgiving, going with 5 friends to Bali, Indonesia (3-4 days), Phuket, Thailand (3-4 days), Bangkok, Thailand (3-4 days), and then to the Philippines for almost 2 weeks until I meet up my parents in Melbourne, Australia for 5 days starting Dec 24, then to Uluru (3 days), then to Sydney (3 days) for New Year's and then an 8 day tour in Sydney to Cairns through Trafalgar. My parents may continue to Fiji and New Zealand. In total, this is about 7 weeks for me.

Anyway, to answer your question, look into Cathay Pacific Asia Pass and look into Aussie Airpass too. The downside to Cathay pacific is that you have to always fly through Hong Kong.

If I were to plan your itinerary, I would do it this way depending on how many locations you want to see within a country and it doesn't take into consideration travel days:

China (Beijing - 4 days and Hong Kong - 3 days)
Japan (1 wk to try and go to Tokyo, mt Fuji and kinkakuji temple)
Thailand (1 wk Bangkok and Phuket)
Cambodia (3? days... i've never been here, but the only thing i know to see is Angkor Wat)
Vietnam (3? days... i've never been here)
Malaysia (3? days... i've never been here)
Singapore (3? days... i've been here, it's boring to me.. but isn't singapore in malaysia)
Australia (2 weeks at least, depends on how many locations you want to hit)
New Zealand (1 week)

If you can consider my recommendation, I recommend removing malaysia/singapore and add more days to Thailand and japan. My 2nd recommendation would be to remove either Japan or China... I consider those trips big and should be done on their own, same with Australia/New Zealand. 3rd recommendation is to do all the asian countries you mentioned, and remove Australia/New Zealand.

Nevertheless, whatever decisions you make, it'll be great and have fun!

4. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting jpeeshay

Singapore (3? days... i've been here, it's boring to me.. but isn't singapore in malaysia)

Absolutely NOT. Singapore's an independent sovereign nation.

Funny how you can travel and not know. You wouldn't get an additional stamp in your passport if you just visit a city within the same country.