Posted August 3rd, 2009, 05:38 PM
Thinking about different cruises, and especially 1 cruise starting from Singapore and ending in Hong kong. Interested in side trip to angkor wat for 2 nights either pre or post cruise. Flying from Connecticut, USA-what would be the best way to do this?
Due to luggage restrictions on the Asian LCC's, you will almost have to fly to/from the USA to SIN or HKG to Siem Reap, although it is CONSIDERABLY cheaper to fly to REP from SIN.
You MAY be able to get a ticket from the USA to Bangkok with a 2 or 3 day stopover in Bangkok, purchase a separate ticket to Siem Reap from Bangkok on Bangkok Airways, then continue on to SIN under the same US ticket with the same US luggage allowance.
Otherwise, fly into SIN a few days early, try JetStar, Silk Air, Air Asia, Tiger Air or one of the many other Asian LCC's from SIN to REP. The luggage allowance is generally small on these regional LCC's, so you will need to leave your larger luggage at the SIN airport or at a SIN hotel.
If you want a first class ticket at a bargain price, Kuwait Airlines and Etihad often run $2000pp first class specials from JFK to Kuwait City or Abu Dhabi. AT that point, you can take Eithad, Qatar, Gulf, etc. etc for the shorter flights in coach (about 5-6 hours) to/from BKK, SIN, HKG. I recently flew Kuwait City/Abu Dhabi/Bkk on Etihad for $287.00 one way and $239.00 return on Gulf from BKK to Dubai in coach. Both great airlines-much better than anything the USA has to offer. First class on Etihad was only $584 from the Middle East to Vietnam. I recently spent three months in the Middle East on business. There are MUCH better/cheaper ways to get from the USA to Asia/Middle East than booking a USA airline. Singapore/Cathay Pacific, two of the best in the world, are generally pricey, but the service is oh, so good. Enjoy!!!