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How to organize ticketing around Asia as cheaply as possible?

Old Jan 13, 09, 12:41 pm
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How to organize ticketing around Asia as cheaply as possible?

I will be studying abroad in Hong Kong next semester with two of my good friends. For both of them, a top priority is travelling around Asia on a budget as they may not get a chance again. (The means no J awards, no SWUs and MFUs for me ) To show you that I am not kidding, my friend recommended taking a boat from HKG to ICN. As in a cargo boat.

Does anyone know the *cheapest* (there is NO other condition) way to do this. Options I had considered:

CX All Asia Pass
Visit Asia Pass (either OW or *A)
RTW
Low Cost Carriers
Driving / Bus / Train

Destinations that we want to visit in decreasing order of importance

PEK
PVG
SIN
NRT/KIX
KUL
CGK
BKK
MNL
PNH

Most of these will be for 2 - 3 days but we can do one of the cities for a week. I am pushing doing KUL/SIN/CGK for 2-3 days each over the week period. Time is of the essence and we will often only have a weekend to do a city. That is why my friend's idea to go 1500 miles in a boat may not work out.

Thanks!
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Old Jan 13, 09, 4:49 pm
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There is always Air Asia, Cebu Pacific, JetStar, Tiger and to a lesser extend Bangkok Airways, and Viva Macau.

http://www.attitudetravel.com/hongkong/lowcostairlines/
http://www.skyscanner.net

For flights to PVG/PEK you may want to depart from Shenzhen

Check out flights, add up the cost, and then consider whether its a better option than an Airpass.
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Old Jan 13, 09, 5:03 pm
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I would check the ASEAN pass (though it doesn't innclude HKG).
http://www.thaiair.com/Promotions/Sp...ns/aseanhh.htm
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Old Jan 13, 09, 5:03 pm
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Local travel agents can always get you a good deal. Just a quick tip, for China destinations try to fly out of Shenzen as it will be cheaper then from Hong Kong.
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Old Jan 13, 09, 5:08 pm
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You will quickly realize that "Study Abroad" translates to "Travel for a semester because you realize that your grades transfer back to your university only as a Pass or a Fail, and everyone Pass's, therefore your "weekend trips" turn into essentially 4 months of travel while showing your face in school the odd day."

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Old Jan 13, 09, 5:55 pm
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Please continue to follow this thread in the FT Asia Forum.
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Old Jan 13, 09, 6:07 pm
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Originally Posted by CanuckFlyHigh View Post
You will quickly realize that "Study Abroad" translates to "Travel for a semester because you realize that your grades transfer back to your university only as a Pass or a Fail, and everyone Pass's, therefore your "weekend trips" turn into essentially 4 months of travel while showing your face in school the odd day."

Enjoy!
That is true for everyone else, but sadly not for me - I hope to be applying to medical school and, as confirmed by my top choice - John's Hopkins - they will request for a transcript from my abroad university (HKU)

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Old Jan 17, 09, 3:47 am
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I think the asia pass (when its offered for sale) will not be worth it considering the surcharge to go to 60 or 90 days. It would be limited to 4 destinations and be upwards of $2k - but this includes your ticket from NYC to JFK. If you are traveling during summer (departing before Aug 15 IIRC) it will be especially not worth it.

IME NRT/KIX will be the expensive cities, and probably not worth it for a weekend.

Air Asia is like $200 a/i to BKK or KUL/ Jet* to SIN/Jakarta around the same --that is pretty cheap.

Getting from Kowloon-Shenzhen Airport is a lot easier now with direct busses - and you can get fares as low as $160 r/t ai to shanghai and ~$200 to beijing.
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