Travel to Southeast Asia is starting to look more promising for 2021 as Singapore and Thailand start to, tentatively, re-open their borders to travellers, generally from select countries.
Last month we noticed that prices for a number of routes had started to creep up again, based on March 2021 flights. Prices in September had dropped considerably.
This month we have moved our searched forward to May flights. This does move many destinations into or out of peak seasons which would normally have an affect on prices.
There is still uncertainty over flights earlier in 2021 and many airlines are not making flights or prices available until there is more certainty over the travel situation.
Wherever possible we have looked at return fares from 10th to 24th May and have discounted flights with more than 1 change or with excessive layovers. We conducted our price search on 16th November.
If you are looking at booking flights, we recommend that you look carefully at the airline policy on flight cancellations. You may get extra protection by booking a package so that if one part of your trip is affected, other parts are also covered in cancellation policies.
Thailand – Bangkok
Prices do seem to have stabilised now for flights to Bangkok following a sharp decrease in prices in September followed by a sharp increase in October.
UK – Direct flights from London are very competitively priced at £436 (down £20 from last month) on British Airways. Indirect flights can save you even more with prices available from £379 from London and £400 from Manchester both on Lufthansa.
USA – Indirect flights on Japan Airlines from Los Angeles are available for US$480. For East coast travellers, flights from New York are available on Cathay Pacific from US$746
Australia – Direct flights from Sydney are available, but at a price, AUD$1,290. You can cut that in half by flying indirect on Philippines Airlines at AUD$610. If you prefer to fly from Perth then indirect flights are available from AUD$651.
Hong Kong – HK Express have direct flights for HKD$1,189
Singapore is a key destination for many people as a transit hub and also a short stay destination as part of a multi-centre trip. Prices from London have increased since last month, although are still affordable.
UK – Direct flights from London have increased slightly to £439 on British Airways, indirect flights have seen a larger increase, best price is currently £393 on Lufthansa.
Direct flights from Manchester had seen a massive increase to over £1,200 for March flights before being taken off sale altogether. May prices are still high but have reduced to £823 on Singapore Airlines. Indirect flights are much more reasonable at £420, again on Lufthansa.
USA – Singapore Airlines have direct flights from Los Angeles for US$654 and US$652 from New York.
Australia – Direct flights are currently cheaper than indirect flights from Sydney so we have discounted those. British Airways are offering flights from AUD$680.
Qantas currently have direct flights from Perth from AUD$635
Hong Kong – Direct flights are available on Cathay Pacific HKD$3,342
Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City
Direct flights from the UK are only available from Vietnam Airlines and prices have increased substantially. Indirect flights have remained stable however.
UK – Direct flights from the UK have more than doubled in price and the cheapest price currently available is £1,244 on Vietnam Airlines.
Indirect flights are the way to go then and Qatar has flights from £490 from London and £509 from Manchester.
USA – Indirect flights from Los Angeles on Cathay Pacific are available from US$668. From New York, Japan Airlines has the best price at US$713.
Australia – Direct flights are available from Sydney, but like from the UK at a cost. Vietnam Airlines has direct flights from AUD$2,288. Indirect flights from Sydney are available on Jet Star from AUD$753 and from Perth on Qantas from AUD$637.
Hong Kong – Direct flights are available on Cathay Pacific for HKD$2,122.
Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur
Prices have been relatively stable from the UK to Kuala Lumpur although there have been slight rises from London.
UK – British Airways offers the best value for direct flights which are available from £507, if you want to make a saving and flying indirect, KLM offers flights from £448. From Manchester indirect flights are available from £472 also on KLM.
USA – Philippines Airlines offer best value, unless you are happy to have multiple stops, with flights from Los Angeles from US$638 and New York from US$697.
Australia – Direct flights from Sydney look expensive at the moment at AUD$1,495 on Malaysia Airlines. Indirect flights offer better value especially from Perth where Malindo Air has flights from AUD$469, from Sydney Qantas has the best prices from AUD$821.
Hong Kong – AirAsia has direct flights available from HKD$1,978.
Cambodia – Siem Reap
UK – No direct flights are available and the best indirect prices are available through Singapore Airlines from £630, an increase of almost £70 on last month.
USA – Flights from Los Angeles are available on Singapore Airlines from US$1,095. Singapore also offer best value from New York, albeit with 2 stops, from US$1,024.
Australia – Qantas have indirect flights from Sydney available from AUD$841. From Perth you are looking at multiple airlines and 2 stops but prices do start at AUD$708
Hong Kong – HK Express have direct flights from HKD$1,128.
UK – Flights to Jakarta from London have fallen over the last month, but only by a pound, they are available on Singapore Airlines for £499. Turkish Airlines have the best prices to Bali at £519. All flights are indirect with one stop.
USA – Flights to Jakarta are available on American Airlines from Los Angeles from US$628 and on Japan airlines from New York from US$672.
Flights to Bali from Los Angeles are available from US$725 on Philippines Airlines and from US$710 from New York, with 2 stops, on Singapore Airlines.
Australia – Direct flights are available to Bali from Sydney, AUD$724 on Virgin Australia, and from Perth, AUD$255 on AirAsia.
Direct flights are not available to Jakarta. Indirect flights start at AUD$948 on Qantas from Sydney and AUD$354 from Perth on AirAsia.
Hong Kong – Direct flights to Jakarta are available on Cathay Pacific from HKD$2,932 and to Bali on Cebu Pacific from HKD$1,763.
UK – Indirect flights to Manila are available from London on Turkish Airlines from £508 and to Cebu on Cathay Pacific from £642. Little change from last month.
USA – Direct flights are available to Manila from Los Angeles from US$636 and New York from US$801 both on Philippines Airlines. you can save money by flying indirect from New York on Asiana Airlines from US$676.
Direct flights to Cebu from Los Angeles are available on Philippines Airlines from US$681. Indirect flights from New York are available on Cathay Pacific from US$807.
Australia – Philippines Airlines is your carrier of choice for best value from Australia. Direct flights to Manila are available from Sydney for AUD$661 and from Perth for AUD$634.
To Cebu you will need to make a stop, in Manila. Prices from Sydney are from AUD$820 and from Perth AUD$663.
Hong Kong – Direct flights to Manila from HKD$687 and to Cebu from HKD$1,476 both on Cebu Pacific.
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