With the onset of winter for most of the northern hemisphere, many people wonder how long the situation in Thailand will be worrying and what are the options for cheap flights to Asia. The cheap flights they can use still have the necessary warning about winter in Asia.
When looking for the cheapest flights to Asia, I make sure to check multiple airports and several airlines. Invariably, if you are leaving the US from Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) and often from Seattle, the best bets are China Air and Eva Air, and recently it seems that Asiana Air, which also offers some flights. cheap to Bangkok if you value frequent flyer miles in your calculations.
Today, the best option I can see in Bangkok, Thailand for cheap flights is Singapore. KL and Singapore are a bit more expensive for a flight in early February, with a two to three week stay. I was getting fees that were $ 50 dollars higher for Singapore and a little more for KL. Prior to this current situation, I was looking at these two airports and on some occasions I was rewarded with cheaper flights out of Asia. Once I even flew from Bangkok to Singapore on a 2 hour stop and then back to Bangkok to catch a cheap flight out of Southeast Asia.
Saigon is also one that I check. At the last minute, I caught a flight to Saigon that was several hundred dollars cheaper than the usual routes. The big problem with Vietnam is that you need a visa before you get there, and if you go both ways, they make you buy two visas and you can't get them at the same time, a big pain in the seat cushion . You can also check out Tokyo, but budget carriers are not participating in this market, so big boys can go that way. Hong Kong also seems to be expensive, with no exposure to Air Asia, Tiger Air or Cebu Pacific, which are the best to contain the costs of traveling around Asia on the cheapest flights.
So for the winter season, if you would go to Thailand this year, where would you travel? I would be looking at Cambodia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Cambodia is now one of the safest countries in the region if you ignore traffic accidents. Sihanoukville's beaches now offer everything you can get in Thailand, and they are excited to have you there. Vietnam also has a problem with traffic accidents, but it is also very safe for tourists, but not so friendly and a bit more expensive. The Philippines has a lot of crime in the cities, but if you are on the beaches, you're more likely to enjoy it, as the locations are very friendly and the prices are reasonable outside of high season, which I think refers to plus the hotel owners and not the number of tourists. There has been a lot of pressure on the problems they have in the southern islands, but the people I know who have traveled there recently say this is old news.
I would also be really looking at Indonesia a lot, except for the fact that they are in the monsoon season. For those who disagree with the boycott of Myanmar (Burma), they would also be very high on my list. Northern Malaysia would be on my list if I was mainly looking for beaches. The Perhentian Islands offer some of the cheapest beach resorts in Asia. All of these options offer relative security, a lot of culture and cheap prices.
Prior to this crisis, there was a burnout in Thailand as the cost of staying there continues to rise, and there is no increase in value. Bali, compared to Phuket, for a good face to face comparison for a long stay, if you are on a tight budget, Bali is a much better deal, with more culture and, with the exception of the Internet, a much better infrastructure. The only major negatives in Indonesia are visas and traffic police who view foreigners as mobile ATMs. If you make the mistake of complaining that the target is unfair, they double or quadruple the normal "tea money", which only further aggravates tourists. If you have a lot of security, Bali is the safest place in Asia.
Lots of options, it will be interesting to look back at the end of the winter season to see how this happens. Everyone expects Thailand to go back to normal to do all that.