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Air Asia - too good to be true?

Posted by adelene on 13/7/2006 at 19:14

I have just been looking at options for getting between Thailand and Cambodia, and have seen flights on Air Asia from Bangkok to PP for 700 Thai baht, which I think is around £10. Can this be true? Are they safe? Are there any catches?

#1 adelene has been a member since 8/5/2006. Posts: 19

Posted by pauljaymes on 13/7/2006 at 22:33

I took Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap for about 25 pounds, their baggage allowance is only 15kg + 7kg carry on and they dont like you taking food or drink onto the plane (they want you to buy theirs). Other than that it's just like any other flight. Malaysia's answer to Ryanair.

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Posted by exkhmer on 14/7/2006 at 00:04

Just went back last year after more than 25 years away. I was too young to remember much. I left in 1979 after the downfall of the Khmer Rouges on a rainy morning from Battambang, looking forward to go there again next year. So many places to see and explore, anyone here been to Preah Vihear, Wat Phu or Phnom Kulen? I need some infos and feedback. The whole country needed to be explore, great for backpackers. Always want to go visit Beng Malea, located in Kompong Thom, my father's birthplace. Cambodia, in the next five to ten years will overcome Thailand as the best Southeast Asian tourist attractions, and Kompong Som aka Sihanoukeville and Koh Kong will be the main destinations. Always want to purchase lands around Kompong Som areas, but do not trust the government there. I am glade people start to appreciate the beauty of Cambodia after more than 30 years of war. Thanks for all visits to our country.

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Posted by exacto on 14/7/2006 at 14:14


we just flew with thai air asia from bangkok to surat thani on a low fare too. it is just as pauljaymes says - they are budget budget budget. watch your checked baggage allowance, because 15 kg isn't all that much. on the flight, we were really packed in too, as the seats were close together on the B-737 we flew. no freebies onboard either, and even a bottle of water cost the equivalent of $1. plus, as PJ noted, they don't want you to bring your own snacks or drinks either.

still, for a budget airline, the flight was pretty good, and we'd certainly fly them again, particularly for the cheap price. i can't imagine it would be comfy for a longer flight, but for short trips, i'd recommend them if cost is important to you.

one last thing. air asia used a ticket pricing system for the base cost of the ticket represents only a portion of your cost. we had insurance, fuel, and other surcharges of nearly 600 baht added to our base fare of 1200 baht. that's something to keep in mind when pricing your ticket. and, there is also the 500 baht departure tax from bangkok on international flights in addition to your air ticket cost. have a good trip.

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Posted by adelene on 14/7/2006 at 14:43

That all makes sense - but even if I double the overall cost, £20 is still pretty good! Thanks for the advice - I'll go ahead and book.

#5 adelene has been a member since 8/5/2006. Posts: 19

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