So… part of the reason I like booking mistake fares is it makes it easy to decide where I’m going… When I’m using miles and the world is basically my oyster, I can never decide! Let’s take my summer trip to Asia as an example…
I’m going on a Durian Tour in Malaysia with the lovely people from Year of the Durian. So, I know I have to be in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia at the start of the tour, and we will be ending in Kuala Lumpur. The tour is from July 12-19.
I want to go somewhere new in Asia for 2.5/3 weeks ahead of time. My only constraint here is that my friends’ wedding is on June 20, so I can’t leave before then… and really probably can’t leave on the 21st either.
I *should* be back in the States by July 24 because I have a previous somewhat commitment.
The countries I’ve been to in Southeast Asia are Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand (only Bangkok), Malaysia, and Singapore… and I definitely want to add somewhere new to that list.
Here’s what I’ve been playing around with:
- Laos – but maybe 2.5-3 weeks is too long
- Laos + Thailand – not enough time to do both justice
- Myanmar – availability into Mandalay isn’t good, so would have to purchase a ticket or spend time on land transit
- Bangladesh + Myanmar – not enough time?
- Indonesia – can’t decide which island(s) (+ Brunei?)
Also, since it’s so far out and I still need miles to requalify for Alaska MVP Gold 75K, I could wait to see if a sub-$900 ish fare comes by in the coming months and let that kind of dictate where I travel.
The other dilemma is that availability back to Phoenix is not good on the dates I need from really anywhere in Southeast Asia, July 20-24, with really any mileage program… so I guess my best option would be to get as close a possible and either purchase an additional flight with dollars or miles, or drive.
Wanna help me decide where to go? Keep in mind my timeframe of 2.5-3 weeks. Any thoughts/comments are greatly appreciated!
For Myanmar, instead of Mandalay — try Yangon (RGN). Almost every Asian airline flies there and is the gateway to Myanmar — it’s easily accessible on TG and AirAsia from Bangkok / CX from HKG / etc. Yangon (Rangoon) is home to the Schegwadon Pagoda, which is quite impressive. You should definitely consider a domestic flight or train ride from Yangon to Bagan. Bagan is probably the highlight of Myanmar.
My thought was to fly into Mandalay and work my way down over the course of 2 ish weeks. I like getting out of the big cities!
Sri Lanka? Our friends Mike & Juergen did 91 days there so their blog might inspire you. http://srilanka.for91days.com/
Another good place to consider 🙂
I follow them too, but must have started after they visited Sri Lanka! I’ll definitely check out some posts.