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*THE* Most Extreme NYE Extravaganza Yet (18th Time RTW, 4 Continents, 12 Countries)

*THE* Most Extreme NYE Extravaganza Yet (18th Time RTW, 4 Continents, 12 Countries)

Old Dec 19, 19, 7:33 am
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*THE* Most Extreme NYE Extravaganza Yet (18th Time RTW, 4 Continents, 12 Countries)





I used to do fairly tame New Years Eve trips. For years, it would be nothing more than going to a ball in Palm Beach, maybe in conjunction with a stop in Miami. A week, maybe 10 days at most, nothing too out there.

Then in ’10-’11, I did my first “big” NYE trip, spending NYE in Rio, with stops in Florianopolis and Buenos Aires after. This was also one of the first times I cashed in airline miles and realized the benefits of playing that particular game. I was booked NYC-MIA revenue, MIA-GRU on an AA F award with a final revenue tag to GIG. At this stage, I clearly didn’t know how to maximize my miles. There were horrible snowstorms in the NY area, and the 2-3 days I had booked in Miami vanished as flights kept getting cancelled. Finally, I worried that I might not be able to get to MIA at ALL in time for my connection to S.America.

The critical day came, and I still couldn’t get on a commercial flight. I got lucky and hitched a ride on a private jet to Palm Beach, then drove up to MIA. I was at MIA, surely I would make it to Brazil. AA had other plans, they scrubbed MIA-GRU due to a “tech” issue…I am pretty sure that “tech issue” was all the feeder flights being cancelled and low loads, but no matter. In the end, I was rebooked MIA-EZE in AA F, EZE-GRU in BA F (they had a tag flight back then) and then I had to purchase a new revenue flight GRU-GIG (on GOL in Y). I was hooked from that point on.

In recent years, I would say the Top-3 NYE trips have been:

- ’17-’18: Grand Cayman-Paris-Tromsø(Northern Lights)-Oslo-London

- ’15-’16: Goa-Zanzibar-Dar Es Salaam-Johannesburg-Hong Kong-Manila-Boracay

- ’18-’19: Hong Kong-Koh Samui-Bangkok-Johannesburg-Accra-Sao Tome-Cape Town-Walvis Bay-Swakopmund-Sossulvlei-Windhoek

This year, we are poised to blow all of those away, with the most insane and extensive trip yet, by leaps and bounds.

18th time around the world, 4 Continents, 12 Countries, 23 Flights, 47,114 Miles.

THE STOPS

1. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
2. Saigon, Vietnam
3. Hakuba, Japan (Skiing)
4. Kyoto, Japan
5. Tokyo, Japan
6. Manila, Philippines
7. Cebu City, Philippines
8. Panglao Island, Philippines
9. Bangkok, Thailand
10. Luang Prabang, Laos
11. Chiang Rai, Thailand
12. Chiang Mai, Thailand
13. Hong Kong SAR
14. Sydney, Australia
15. Ayers Rock, Australia
16. Melbourne, Australia
17. Auckland, New Zealand
18. Santiago, Chile
19. Easter Island, Chile
20. Sao Paulo, Brazil
21. Iguazu Falls, Brazil
22. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
23. Buzios, Brazil

THE PLANNING

Flights:
The backbone of this was a OneWorld RTW Ticket in J class. That covers the bulk of the flights and is routed JFK-DOH-SGN-NRT-MNL, CNX-HKG-SYD, MEL-AKL-SCL-IPC-SCL-GRU-JFK

QR J: JFK-DOH-SGN
JL J: SGN-MNL-NRT
KA J: CNX-HKG
CX J: HKG-SYD
QF J: MEL-AKL
LA J: AKL-SCL-IPC-SCL-GRU
AA J: GRU-JFK

To flesh out the itinerary out, I booked:
VN Y/J SGN-PQC-SGN
Train tickets from Narita to Tokyo to Nagano where we will take a bus on to Hakuba
Train tickets from Nagano to Kyoto
Train tickets from Kyoto to Tokyo
PR J MNL-CEB, TAG-MNL-BKK
PG Y BKK-LPQ
TG (Thai Smile Actually) W LPQ-BKK-CEI
VA J SYD-AYQ
JQ Y AYQ-MEL
LA Y CGH-IGU
LA Y IGU-GIG
LA Y SDU-CGH

Hotels:
Phu Quoc: JW Marriott
Saigon: Rex Hotel
Hakuba: Courtyard Marriott
Kyoto: Ritz-Carlton then Hoshinoya Ryokan
Tokyo: Westin then The Peninsula
Manila: The Peninsula
Cebu City: Radisson Blu
Panglao Island: Amorita Resort
Bangkok: The Peninsula
Luang Prabang: Amantaka
Chiang Rai: Four Seasons Golden Triangle
Chiang Mai: Anantara
Hong Kong: Mandarin Oriental
Sydney: Shangri-La
Ayers Rock: 131 Degrees
Melbourne: Park Hyatt
Auckland: Sky City Grand
Santiago: Ritz-Carlton
Easter Island: Explora
Sao Paulo: Renaissance for overnight connection, Palacio Tangara on 2nd longer stop
Iguazu Falls: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Rio: JW Marriott
Buzios: Vila d’Este

Now, all that is left to do is patiently wait until this kicks off the day after Christmas. I will have my laptop with me, and as you can see there will be ample time in lounges or on trains/planes, so I will try to keep it as close to up to date as I can while the trip is in progress.

I’m looking forward to getting started, and I hope you will enjoy coming along for the ride.

Here we GOOOOOOOO!
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Old Dec 19, 19, 9:01 am
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Very exciting, especially With Easter Island!!
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Old Dec 19, 19, 11:36 am
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the heck, you just finished a TR!

looking forward to Phu Quoc - was researching that specific resort for sometime in 2020.
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Old Dec 19, 19, 2:09 pm
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Originally Posted by injian View Post
the heck, you just finished a TR!

looking forward to Phu Quoc - was researching that specific resort for sometime in 2020.
and that one said "PRE-NYE WARM UP" haha. Time to get moving again. Will be sure to report back. I have two friends who went in 2019 and they raved about the JW Phu Quoc, so we'll see.
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Old Dec 20, 19, 7:36 am
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WOW!
I'll be sure to follow this.
Especially looking forward to the Luang Prabang part, Laos is one of the few SEA destinations I have yet to get around seeing.
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Old Dec 20, 19, 8:50 pm
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Looking forward to this!
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Old Dec 20, 19, 9:22 pm
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Looking fun, excited to follow this trip.
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Old Dec 20, 19, 11:31 pm
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Old Dec 21, 19, 12:01 am
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Definitely following this - sounds like a ton of planning involved too
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Old Dec 21, 19, 5:06 am
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Originally Posted by gaobest View Post
Very exciting, especially With Easter Island!!
I am very excited for that, IPC has been on my list for a LONG time. I wanted to try to combine it with the LAN flight PPT-IPC-SCL, but the timing didn't work for this trip so PPT will have to wait!

Originally Posted by JustGo View Post
WOW!
Especially looking forward to the Luang Prabang part, Laos is one of the few SEA destinations I have yet to get around seeing.
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Looking forward to this!
Great! This will be my first time Luang Prabang, I went to Vientiane a few years back and would for sure recommend a short stop there. The only problem is getting between places in Laos, as the roads are very bad and I am not willing to risk flying Lao domestic carriers. On that previous trip I stopped in Vientiane and the now drastically different VANG VIENG which was absolutely one of the most lawless and fun places I have ever been. I suppose it had to end though. Anyway the drive from Vientiane to Vang Vieng and back were both BRUTAL over awful potholed "roads." It's twice as long overland (at least) from Vientiane to Luang Prabang which is inhumane.

Originally Posted by HLT1904 View Post
Looking fun, excited to follow this trip.
Hope you enjoy!

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Follow is a must
Thanks!

Originally Posted by Caciucco View Post
Definitely following this - sounds like a ton of planning involved too
Oh yea, it was an insane amount of planning. I had to organize all the flights for me and my gf and at the same time book a RTW trip for my parents NY-Europe-Middle-East-Burma, then we overlap for a portion of this trip and they return home by a different routing from Chile. Keeping all the flights, hotels and their airport transfers and guides not to mention visas sorted was a lot of work but I post on Flyertalk...so I think it's safe to assume I enjoy that sort of thing
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Old Dec 21, 19, 6:39 pm
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the heck, you just finished a TR!

looking forward to Phu Quoc - was researching that specific resort for sometime in 2020.
It is starting to get overbuilt with Chinese owned casinos, like many beach fronts in Asia (Sihanoukville anyone?). I stayed at the Isabella Resort about 15min by taxi north of the city last year, there is a small public beach and a cluster of bars/restaurants that are still relatively authentic.
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Old Dec 21, 19, 7:44 pm
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(Sihanoukville anyone?)
PLEASE don't tell me it's like that. I absolutely HATED Sihanoukville. Vile place.
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Old Dec 22, 19, 1:50 pm
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I’m sure it’ll all be great. Happy holidays and I’m excited for your trip!
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Old Dec 23, 19, 2:06 am
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PLEASE don't tell me it's like that. I absolutely HATED Sihanoukville. Vile place.
It is not there yet, you can still find decent spots if you go outside the main tourist areas. But hurry up, my guess is you have about 24 months before things get bad.
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Am so looking forward to this TR!! Looks like an insane routing, so count me in for the ride read.
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