Asia – Only A Hop, Skip And A Jump!

30 June 2014
Read Time: 2.5 mins

Forget bundling the kids into the car and packing up half the house just for a weekend away, or scrimping and saving to afford even half a leg of your long-haul airfare. These days, all signs are pointing north to our exotic neighbour, the all-inclusive travel juggernaut that is Asia.

Be it Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia or further afield, Aussie holidaymakers are finding it hard to resist Asia's appeal. With winter now well underway, those balmy beaches and island hideaways have never looked more inviting.

Not only does Asia have all the makings of a memorable getaway (including endless street food sampling and shopping well worth the extra baggage fees), it also boasts those two magic words near and dear to every traveller: budget friendly.

Basic return fares can often come in at under $500, but there's an even sweeter way to get more Bangkok for your buck. Have you heard of Flight Centre's Double Dip and Triple Treat flights? If you love being spoiled for choice, you'll be smitten with these two- or three-in-one Asian breaks.
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Hop... to Phuket

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Example: Sydney to Phuket – $850* return

 Long Tail Boats - the best way to see Phuket!

Thailand is the epitome of Asian escapes – 16 million annual visitors can't be wrong! – and one of its mega drawcards is Phuket. A palm-speckled playground where natural beauty defies any Instagram filter, Phuket is one of the best places for a beach-based retreat that won't break the bank.

In this tropical south Thailand paradise, it's just as easy to spend your time doing nothing as it is to fill your days with excitement. Families and couples often flock to Karon while night-birds party on in Patong, and visitors of every ilk take the one-hour trek across the Andaman Sea to Ko Phi Phi.

If you do decide to launch a long-tail boat towards the Phi Phi Islands, follow that lyrical credo and leave nothing but footprints to ensure this ecological wonderland stays prime for future intrepid travellers.

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Skip... to Phuket and Bangkok

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Example: Sydney to Phuket with a Bangkok stopover – $935* return

 From peaceful Phuket to bustling Bangkok

Nobody is denying Phuket's obvious appeal, but there's more to Thailand once you're tanned to perfection. From the above example you'll see that bundling Phuket and Bangkok on a Double Dip airfare will only cost you an extra $85*. So, in less than two hours for under $100, you can easily swap coconut cocktails on Patong beach for temple-hopping in Bangkok.

Bangkok sits on the precipice of Thailand's past and future, where gilded temples and majestic statues are as easy to come by as rooftop bars and luxury hotels. It's steamy, it's spicy, it's certainly not subdued. Thailand's capital is a city of contrasts and the perfect accompaniment to Phuket if you want to experience both sides of Siam.

Other Double Dip flights to Asia include pairings such as:

  • Krabi and Bangkok
  • Shanghai and Beijing
  • Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur
  • Denpasar and Singapore

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Jump... to Phuket, Bangkok and Chiang Mai

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Example: Sydney to Phuket with stopovers in Bangkok and Chiang Mai – $1,047* return

 See Thailand's cultural side

If two is company, three is a party; and what better way to celebrate than with a Triple Treat flight? For as little as $197* (using the above example), you could hit the trifecta and tick Phuket, Bangkok AND Chiang Mai off your travel to-do list.

Chiang Mai lies at the heart of the northern uplands and is an historic hub oozing culture at every corner, with craft markets and festivals filling the calendar. Many visit Chiang Mai to experience a more 'untouched' side of the country, by trekking into the mountain villages and exploring ancient wats.

From the tranquil Phuket peninsula to the beating heart of Bangkok and the verdant peaks of Chiang Mai, there are so many sides of Thailand to see – and that's just the entree! If you're looking to sample the spice of life that Asia holds, pace yourself; there's plenty to go round.

Other Triple Treat flights to Asia include trios such as:

  • Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai
  • Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Langkawi
  • Hanoi, Singapore and Ho Chi Ming City

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*Prices quoted on Wednesday June 25, 2014, from Sydney per person and subject to change and availability at time of booking. Prices will vary depending on your departure and arrival city and dates of travel. For a current quote, chat to a Flight Centre Airfare Expert on 133 133 or check out more multi-stop flights.  
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Ashton Rigg

When I'm not at home in Brisbane, you’ll find me wanderlusting around hipster bars, eclectic boutiques and arty nooks. From bagels in Brooklyn to strudel in Salzburg, I believe the best way to experience a destination is by taking a bite! Tweets & 'grams at @AshtonRigg