I'm backpacking for a couple of months in SE Asia and, in order to save time, wanted to fly between cities. These are the flights I've planned:
1. Bangkok -> Chiang Mai
2. Vientanne -> Hanoi
3. Hanoi -> Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon
4. HCMC/Saigon -> Phnom Penh
5. Phnom Penh -> Siem Reap
6. Siem Reap -> Koh Samui
Are there any legs that I will not be able to find a flight? Also, is there an orbitz/priceline aggregator website for all of the regional airlines where I can check this? And do the SE Asian airlines penalize heavily for last-minute tickets like US carriers do?
#1 tonysouth has been a member since 14/4/2011. Posts: 5
Apart from the last 1 direct flights are available between places. Siem Reap -> Koh Samui has to go via BKK.
Bangkok -> Chiang Mai can be done by night train which should save you a considerable amount of money without loss of time.
HCMC -> Phnom Penh
Also available by bus (6 hours) and very straight forward. If you consider transfers, check-in and so on this flight will also not save you much time.
Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
See my last comment. Details are roughly the same.
Last two legs are a good option if you get a flight that allows a stopover for several days in either Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Stay flexible with the order of visiting Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Most flights from HCMC to cambodia make stops in both places. Or the flight from Siem Reap/Phnom Penh to Bangkok might go via Phnom Penh/Siem Reap. So check these flights carefully before booking a ticket between SR and PP.
Not much choice regarding airlines and sites like orbiz are useless for that. Best to check websites for Airasia, Jetstar, Vietnam airlines and Bangkok Airways directly. Those are the only (budget) players on those routes
Thank you, this is incredible!
#3 tonysouth has been a member since 14/4/2011. Posts: 5