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What is the cheapest way to travel round Asia?

  • numan99

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    I'm flying from the UK to Seoul. After that I want to visit Japan (Tokyo), China (Shanghai), Vietnam (Ho Chi Min), and Thailand (Bangkok) before heading back to Seoul to return to the UK.

    Can anyone suggest the best/cheapest methods of travel between these destinations?

    Thanks

    #1 Posted: 19/1/2011 - 08:41

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  • goonistik

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    Hi!

    Aside from the usual budget airlines, there are ferries between Japan and Korea. You will have to go to Busan. It probably costs as much as a plane flight.

    http://www.japanvisitor.com/index.php?cID=374&pID=752

    #2 Posted: 19/1/2011 - 09:07

  • caseyprich

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    Train travel is a great way to see a country - though from the looks of your expansive list of destinations nothing but flying would be appropriate.

    If you look for flights online you can often find flights that are thesame price as a sleeper cabin in a train - especially if you figure in the time and food you'll behaving on the train.

    Look into www.ctrip.com and www.elong.com for flights from Shanghai, if you have an internatioanl credit card you can usually buy an e-ticket with no problems.

    #3 Posted: 19/1/2011 - 09:49

  • goonistik

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    Just found out there are ferries from Osaka/Kobe to Shanghai.

    http://www.shanghai-ferry.co.jp/english/

    http://www.marimari.com/content/japan/transport/getting_there/main.html

    #4 Posted: 19/1/2011 - 15:46

  • CrankyCarrot

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    As far as Thailand is concerned, train travel has the dual advantage of being both safe and cheap. If you're only going to Bangkok, and I'd suggest venturing further afield, then you'll find buses, trains and ferries go everywhere you need and cost next to nothing to boot.

    #5 Posted: 20/1/2011 - 01:28

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