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Travelling Help. Bus or Fly?

  • sp00ks

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    Hi there,

    I am planning on staying in Phuket for about two months and then afterwards I plan on hitting the other Southeast Asia countries (Loas, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia). However, I am not sure what is the best way to get to these places. Should I be booking a flight and fly or take overnight buses? I'm not so time constraint so I can stay on a bus for a day if needed.

    #1 Posted: 16/8/2014 - 15:33

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  • magicFly

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    13th July, 2014
    Posts: 16


    if time isn't you constraint I would go with the bus. I think its more of an experiene than hoping on and off the plane. Normaly its also cheaper. Bus connections to and from those countrys are good and a lot of them are available.

    If you have any question about a certain connection just drop us a line :)

    #2 Posted: 17/8/2014 - 04:28

  • nikitushu

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    29th September, 2014
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    If you go to UAE you can rent a car in Dubai for example. I think it's more comfortable than autobus but autobus quite cheaper.

    #3 Posted: 29/9/2014 - 12:23

  • exacto

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    Yes, when travelling in Southeast Asia, I often stop off in Dubai to rent a car first. It just solves so many logistics issues!

    I realize this is an older post, but for anyone reading it, I'd recommend booking at least a few flights to cover the long-haul distances between countries. In Sp00ks example above, I would at least fly from Phuket to Bangkok for the onward trip to Cambodia and would consider booking flights to Luang Prabang or Vientiane for Laos. I could see working my way down the peninsula overland for Malaysia, but would think about a flight to KL as well. Definitely fly to Indonesia (Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bali, Lombok, for example).

    Distances are greater than you think and long bus rides can be an adventure every now and then, but particularly on extended trips I'd only do bus rides longer than six hours if absolutely necessary. Spending your holiday packed into a bus isn't much fun. I hope that helps. Cheers.

    #4 Posted: 29/9/2014 - 14:47

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