Low cost airlines like Air Asia, Jet Star, and Tiger Airways are changing travel in Southeast asia. These airlines offer added opportunity to increase the value of your travels in the region. For those planning a Vietnam tour, taking a closer look at some of the options provided by these low cost airlines may lead to a stay in places like Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, or Bangkok, Thailand and beyond.
Here are a few examples to help you plan the ultimate trip, and maybe get you and your group at least one more stamp in your passport.
Starting from the South, if you are connecting through or thinking about visiting Kuala Lumpur, Air Asia, Jet Star, and Air Malaysia offer direct flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. If Singapore is the city you’d like to check out then Tiger Airways is another low cost airline running flights to Vietnam.
From Bangkok there is a whole slew of options to and from Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh). Besides Air Asia, Jet Star, and Tiger Airways, Vietnam Airways, Thai Airways, and even Qatar Airways all have flights for reasonable rates.
To add Laos and / or Cambodia to your trip Lao Airways is a little more expensive but will save you hours of overland travel.
Finally, the Philippines is well-serviced by the mentioned low cost airlines as well as Cebu Pacific – a Philippines airline. And, as of March 2012 Cebu Pacific is offering trips to Hanoi, as well as Ho Chi Minh City.
Air travel does however contribute significantly to greenhouse gases. Opting for the making your flight carbon neutral is always recommended; and, some of the airlines (Cebu Pacific, for example) do give you the option.
Footprint Travel, besides offering some of the best Vietnam travel options in Vietnam, has worked very hard to find suitable partners in Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. Ask our travel consultants via info @ footprint.vn for more information and tour options in and around Southeast Asia.