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Planning our trip in Asia.. need some advice from regular travellers
5 years ago, November 13th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #54465  
Hey I have a few questions... anyones feedback would be welcome

Were a couple planning our first international trip together (I have been to India once before for 2 weeks but thats all)

At the moment the plan is:

departing 19/05/09

Sydney - Macau (flying with Viva Macau)
Macau - Hong Kong (Ferry)
Hong Kong - Shang-hai (train)
Shang-hai - Beijing (train)
Beijing - Hanoi/Saigon (Train +maybe plane or train all the way through, not sure)
Saigon - Bangkok (fly)
Bangkok - Laos (maybe, if we can fit it in)
Laos - Singapore (fly)
Singapore - Bangalore
then spend a bit of time around Sth India
then maybe to KL for a day before returning home.

I know thats a lot to fit in in just 6 weeks.. what does everyone think?

I also have some questions about:

1. When I try to book international flights it asks for passport numbers. I have one but my wife needs one. Does she need her passport before we can book flights? The problem is the flights are cheap now, especially Sydney - Macau - the current prices won't last long.

2. The Viva Macau site says that we need to show return flight or onforwarding details for when we enter the country. If we were going to get the ferry to Hong Kong, do I need to pre=book that and show evidence? or will showing my plane ticket from Kuala Lumpar to home be enough? or will it be just best to return to Macau to fly back to Sydney from there? (the flights work out cheaper that way anyway I think)

3. Will we need to pack much warm clothing for any of the above locations? I'm expecting weather between 20-30 degrees celcius

4. Anyone who has flown with Viva Macau, Air Asia or Tiger - or got the train between Hong Kong/China/Vietnam - anything I need to know?

5. Any suggestions of what I shouldnt miss when I'm briefly at each of these places?

umm, I probably have more questions but that'll do for now!
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5 years ago, November 13th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #54479  
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Hi Adam,

I've flown with Air Asia within Thailand. They were generally good, and are probably the cheapest, but I wouldn't leave connections with other flights/plans too close. Air Asia seemed to be prone to postpone flights, or even cancel in some cases.

I'd still fly with them myself, just leave plenty of time. Reply to this

5 years ago, November 13th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #54481  
Hi Jo, thanks for the advice
do you know if there is much price difference if we leave booking flights with short notice?

within Australia its best to book flights as soon as possible and get in as early as you can, is that the same in Asia? Reply to this

5 years ago, November 13th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #54483  
B Posts: 9,361
I booked mine ahead because I was on a fairly tight time schedule. Air Asia seem to have good sales fairly regularly. I would start keeping an eye out, when they have one - pounce. Even if they happened to not have one before May next year they're still cheap. Do check with other airlines too though just to compare. Reply to this

5 years ago, November 13th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #54489  
Hello Adam

When I try to book international flights it asks for passport numbers. I have one but my wife needs one. Does she need her passport before we can book flights? The problem is the flights are cheap now, especially Sydney - Macau - the current prices won't last long.


The internet search and buy plane ticket things have not yet asked me to provide a passport number. That must be a new thing. I didnt even have a passport that would cover the dates of my trip to Kyrgyzstan in September or my trip to India for December at the time when I bought the tickets.

Will we need to pack much warm clothing for any of the above locations? I'm expecting weather between 20-30 degrees celcius


I would pack a light sweater for some evenings and sometimes the airconditioning can be so cold on some public transport and in some places that a sweater is needed.

Mel

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5 years ago, November 13th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #54490  

Do check with other airlines too though just to compare.


Yeah, use an internet search engine that seaches for cheap flights from a number of airlines. The one I usually use for long haul flights is www.billigfluege.de Change it to English by clicking on the US flag. Be flexible about the days you fly on to get the best prices. Sometimes flying on for example Friday might be expensive, while flying to the same destination on Monday is much cheaper. Reply to this

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