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September flights around SE Asia - Thailand, Laos & Cambodia
21st July, 2006
Just a quick flight question for my 4 week trip in Sept. I have been investigating the Bangkok Airways Discovery Airpass and been quoted the standard US$90 for each of the 3 flights we want to do, Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang, Vientiane - Siem Reap and Siem Reap - Bangkok.
My travel agent has chucked on an extra US$85ish (NZ $135) for booking fees and fuel charge etc per person. So all up, per person our flights come to about US$370.00 (NZ $575).
SO, the question is - shall we just wing it and book these flights at a travel agent in Bangkok when we get there in the hope we will get the flights cheaper or bite the bullet and get the pass here in NZ??
#1 Posted: 22/8/2006 - 12:05
12th February, 2006
Total reviews: 47
How ya going Lisa?
I think those routes you'll be flying are limited to one airline, meaning Chiang Mai - LP is Lao Airways, VTE - Siem Reap is Lao Airways, and Siem Reap - BKK is Bangkok Airways. It would be easy enough to get on those two websites and price out what the individual tickets might cost for each of the three legs, do the math, then decide which deal you like better.
The CM - LP flight is about $90 + taxes anyway, but I think you'll be saving quite a bit of cash on the other two legs. I can't say anything about the travel agents booking fees, but you'd likely have to pay the fuel surcharge either way, and because of that I'm pretty sure that overall the Discovery Airpass is your least expensive option.
One last thing. Be sure to budget for the departure fees for these flights too. You'll need to pay them in cash at the airport just before you board your flight. They won't be included in the cost of your ticket. In Chiang Mai, the cost will be 500 baht for the flight to LP. The cost in Siem Reap will be US $25. The cost in VTE will be similar. I hope this info helps. Cheers.
#2 Posted: 22/8/2006 - 21:21
21st July, 2006
That helps heaps! Thanks exacto!
I think your right - the Discovery Pass is the way to do it, just wanted to double check!
Have a good one
#3 Posted: 23/8/2006 - 04:20
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