Several of Asia’s regional airlines recently introduced travel promotions offering specially priced airfares, or air fares packaged with accommodations in Samui, Chiang Mai, Vientiane, Siem Reap, Mandalay or Yangon destinations.
Bangkok Airways launched the ‘Bin Dee Yu Dee’ package that includes air fare and accommodation and is valid for booking and travel until October 31, 2014. The destinations within Thailand available in the promotion are Sukhothai, Lampang, Udon Thani, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Krabi, Trat and Samui.
The international destinations are Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos, Siem Reap in Cambodia, Yangon and Mandalay in Myanmar and the Maldives.
The package to Yangon is priced from 23,550 Baht and to Mandalay from 24,550 Baht. This includes roundtrip airfare, two nights’ accommodation at Mandalay or Yangon hotels and meals during the trip. To Siem Reap the package price starts at 19,100 Baht with the same inclusions.
Also based in Thailand, budget airline Nok Air’s ‘Happy Holiday Promotion’ provides savings of 20-percent on standard fares to a range of domestic points, including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phitsanulok, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Surat Thani, Mae Sot, Roi Et, Loei, Buri Ram and Nakhon Si Thammarat.
One-way airfares from Bangkok, inclusive of airport taxes and surcharges, start at 990 Baht. A 1,190 Baht fare is also offered to Myanmar’s Yangon.
While bookings for the Nok Air promotion closed in early May, the travel period is from May 23, 2014 through to March 28, 2015.
AirAsia, which was named ‘World’s Leading Low Cost Airline’ at the World Travel Awards 2013 in Qatar, is one carrier which offers on its website different categories of Flight, Flight + Hotel and Hotel for booking.
Under Flight + Hotel, users can search and book airfare along with accommodation at a choice of boutique hotels in Hong Kong or Beijing. Under the Hotel category, there are hotels in Myanmar, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Malaysia, Japan, India, the Philippines, South Korea and other destinations served by AirAsia to peruse.
Bangkok Airways, Nok Air and AirAsia among the various regional airlines operating in Asia, have route networks covering primary and secondary points throughout the region.
It is a region that boasts some of the world’s most fascinating and popular tourist destinations. Take Thailand, China, Hong Kong and up-and-coming Myanmar, these four destinations welcomed over 210 million international visitors in 2013.
Thailand saw over 26.7 million visitors for the year, Hong Kong nearly 54.3 million and China 55.69 million overnight visitors (129 million, including day visitors), while Myanmar surpassed the 2 million mark for the first time with 2.04 million arrivals.
Regional airlines carry a significant number of foreign travelers around the region on their flights, with competitively priced airfares and air passes to promote multiple flights between various points.
When it comes to accommodation, destinations like Thailand, China, Hong Kong and Myanmar are an excellent choice for budget hostels to mid-level properties to five star deluxe hotels and the finest boutique hotels Asia has to offer.
In Yangon, there is The Strand Yangon, which was built in 1901 and enjoys a reputation as one of Asia’s finest colonial hotels. Hong Kong and China are home to vibrantly modern lifestyle hotels like Residence G Hong Kong (by Hotel G) and The Opposite House, Beijing.
Thailand’s multiple tourist hotspots also present visitors with an abundance of quality hotels and resorts, both independently managed and operated by local or global brands. The brands often have properties in more than one location offering tourists multiple booking locations with sister hotels such as Pullman Bangkok Hotel G and Pullman Pattaya Hotel G.