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Flying into South East Asia - Which country to start in?

  • kipcasper

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    Hi,

    I'm hoping to do a bit of traveling next year - hopefully going to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos over a 10-week period.

    I'll be flying from the UK (preferably Manchester, but can fly from any airport) and don't care which country I start in. What would be the best country to start in (in general terms and cost and availability of flights) and what would be the best order to see the countries in?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    #1 Posted: 13/9/2008 - 06:36

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    Thailand.

    I don't think direct flights from the UK to Cambodia or Laos exist (and unsure about Vietnam), you'd have to connect in Bangkok anyway.

    Thailand is a good country to start with if you're new to Asia - more people speak English, overland travel is easier and more comfortable, etc.

    Check out the itinerary section (http://www.travelfish.org/itineraries/) for suggested routes passing through all 4 countries.

    #2 Posted: 13/9/2008 - 19:00

  • kipcasper

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Do you know how much in advance you have to book a flight to get a relatively good deal? The reason I ask is that I want to leave at the end of May/early June and I have exams next year. Although I am pretty certain they will be finished before the end of May, they could possibly run into June, and I do not get the timetable until about a month before hand. Will the airfares be a lot higher if booked only a month before hand? Also, does anyone know what the best airlines to book with are?

    #3 Posted: 14/9/2008 - 06:49

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    I think it varies a lot...

    If you book too far in advance you tend to not be able to get a sale price and pay a lot. On the other hand, if you book within only a month or 2 away from the travel date you tend to pay more, too. I'd say that that the best prices I've gotten tend to me about 3 months before the flight... except for a couple times when I found good seat sales for flights further in the future.

    I'm from North America and usually use www.expedia.com when booking flights back there from Asia. I also like www.skyscanner.net but haven't used it for overseas flights yet.

    Singapore Airlines is lovely, but quite expensive.

    #4 Posted: 20/9/2008 - 23:30

  • stekmer

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    If it is your first time to Asia I'd suggest KL (Malaysia). It is exotic enough but also very civilized.

    AirAsia have a good selection of flights from KL > Siem Reap, Vientiane , Phnom Phen, HCMC etc, etc. Much better selection then available out of Bangkok. Their online booking system is very good and I've never had any problems (other than most flights leaving about 20 to 30 mins late and from very budget style terminals)

    I'm planning a trip for 2009 > flying into KL and then heading off to Vientiane and overland back down to PP and then HCMC before flying back to KL - all AirAsia flights from KL > Vientiane & HCMC > KL

    #5 Posted: 29/9/2008 - 18:39

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