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Old 10-23-2011, 05:38 PM
 
Location: "The Gorge"
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Thanks for the replies CDF friends. I appreciate you taking the time to contribute.

MrRational: Your reply was irrational, but thanks anyway............

foadi: Sorry I did'nt provide you with enough info, perhaps I was cryptic but I did'nt think I needed to qualify my questions. The reason for my question is: I am a retired airline employee who has access to very cheap standby flights. My 1st choice is fly to BKK but there is only one flight from the US to BKK daily, as a result the flights run very full. I have spent hours on the net searching individual airline flights to SEA, my original question hoped to save me a little time.

As for travelling off the beaten path, I am perfectly happy to spend time in some boring village or remote beach. To me it is blissful.

MikeYYC: Thanks, just the type of info I was looking for!

jtur88: Right now I am thinking I will opt for a flight to Hong Kong and spend a couple of days there. Might as well since I am there anyway and it will not add any cost to my airline tickets.

Since I can fly so cheap I can optimize my time by flying on selected routes.

I have a Rough Guide sitting next to me on the desk. : ) I need to pick up a Lonely Planet.

pureturkey: I am not opposed to using tour operators. I prefer to find a local agent once I arrive at my intended destination. I have found great deals doing that. I booked a gullet in Istanbul for a wonderful trip!

slackjaw: Thank you!!! I am thinking I will begin in BKK as you suggest. I am thinking 4 countries in 40 days might be rushing it. While my plans are fluid, I might skip Vietnam and concentrate on Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. That could change though.

I would love to hear more about your trips through SEA!!! What are your must see's and don't bother destinations?

In Thailand I fell in love with Koh Phi Phi and could not get out of Koh Samui(Buddah Beach) fast enough. The full moon party in Koh Phangan was fun but once is enough.

I love to cook and plan on taking several cooking courses on my trip, if you have any referrals I would love to hear them!

Sawadee krap ya'll
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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CRock, if you're flying voucher, and are a bit of a masochist, Sing air has a semi-nonstop from IAH to SIN via SVO. Same plane, just a two hour stretch in Moscow. Always seats available in coach.

Regardless, have a great trip, and I'm jealous too.
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville/Afghanistan
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Out of Seattle you wont get any non-stop flights to BKK because SEA isn't a hub. Korean airlines has a flight from SEA to ICN and then to BKK and is probably your best bet.

Most other airlines will bring you to Vancouver, San Fran or LAX first before heading out to either Tokyo, Hong Kong or Seoul before heading to BKK.
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:50 PM
 
Location: "The Gorge"
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I am looking for a comprehensive list of non stop flights. I am planning a trip to south east asia for January, however I am having trouble finding a website listing non stop flights to/from SEA to the US. Please let me know if you know of one............TIA.

I am also looking for travel advice for SEA. I prefer travelling off the beaten path, away from the hordes or travellers. My proposed itinerary is Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Duration: 6 weeks.

TIA
I recently found this while researching our trip: It has helped greatly. Thanks for all of your suggestions.

Airport Departures and Arrivals

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Old 11-21-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I am looking for a comprehensive list of non stop flights. I am planning a trip to south east asia for January, however I am having trouble finding a website listing non stop flights to/from SEA to the US. Please let me know if you know of one............TIA.

I am also looking for travel advice for SEA. I prefer travelling off the beaten path, away from the hordes or travellers. My proposed itinerary is Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Duration: 6 weeks.

TIA
That is quite an optimistic itinerary, for example I spent a month just in Thailand and that was just enough time to cover a good part of the country. 6 weeks to see 4 countries would be very tight . I would want to spend a week just in Halong Bay - it's one of the new 7 natural wonders of the world!

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Old 11-21-2011, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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If that's what he wants to do, then you realize that doing something else makes absolutely no sense, right?
Depends on what his motivations are... if he just wants to journey across these 4 countries like the amazing race then great! but if he actually wants to experience something then I beg to differ... one could easily spend 1 month in EACH of these countries and not get bored, they are so culturally rich.

Actually this gets debated quite frequently on the LP forums with each group disagreeing with the other Slow travel vs those that want to spend a short time per country. I guess each group has their own motivations so we'll never understand each other...to each his own

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Old 03-20-2013, 10:32 PM
 
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Good hubs to reach other places in Southeast Asia also include Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Flights are cheaper out of KL and budget airlines offer great deals but are often not featured on cheap ticket websites. Check out their websites on your own (AirAsia, Tiger Air, Scoot, JetStar, etc.) for transits between countries and check out the local airlines for transit within country. You can do a lot of budget traveling by visiting the less-traveled places, but if you are spending 40 days here, definitely make the time for Siem Reap and Yogyakarta, which are amazing places.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:08 PM
 
Location: "The Gorge"
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It was interesting to see my OP post pop back up. Since it has been recycled here is a little trip report.

We flew out of Charlotte 1/2/12 for Paris(7am arrival) hoping to connect on a Thai Airways flight at 130pm. As retired airline we had stand by tickets and were bumped. We then flew to Frankfurt @ 530pm. Arrived in FRA to be told there was no way we could make either Thai @ 930pm or Lufthansa at 11p. I begged the Thai ticket agent to please, please put us on the stand by list. With reluctance she did. Turns out we got the last couple seats on the plane. We arrived BKK about Noon. That was loooooong and crazy trip to get from Charlotte to BKK!

My 6 week 4 country tour turned into 7 weeks and 2 countries. 3.5 weeks in Thailand and 2.5 weeks in Cambodia. I skipped Laos due to long, long, long bus rides. I flew BKK to Phnom Pehn. Inside Cambodia I took buses.

I was able to get a seat on the BKK-LAX nonstop then a non stop flight from LAX to Charlotte.
It was an awesome trip.....!
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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It was interesting to see my OP post pop back up. Since it has been recycled here is a little trip report.

We flew out of Charlotte 1/2/12 for Paris(7am arrival) hoping to connect on a Thai Airways flight at 130pm. As retired airline we had stand by tickets and were bumped. We then flew to Frankfurt @ 530pm. Arrived in FRA to be told there was no way we could make either Thai @ 930pm or Lufthansa at 11p. I begged the Thai ticket agent to please, please put us on the stand by list. With reluctance she did. Turns out we got the last couple seats on the plane. We arrived BKK about Noon. That was loooooong and crazy trip to get from Charlotte to BKK!

My 6 week 4 country tour turned into 7 weeks and 2 countries. 3.5 weeks in Thailand and 2.5 weeks in Cambodia. I skipped Laos due to long, long, long bus rides. I flew BKK to Phnom Pehn. Inside Cambodia I took buses.

I was able to get a seat on the BKK-LAX nonstop then a non stop flight from LAX to Charlotte.
It was an awesome trip.....!
Awesome. I went to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam last year. I liked Cambodia the best. Great people and Phnom Pehn was a wonderful city.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:00 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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glad you came to your senses. the four countries you wanted to go to in 6 weeks would have been exhausting. focusing on two countries was a wise decision.
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