Sunday, December 13, 2009

Traveling to Phuket, Thailand? Fly charter!!


A colleague asked for assistance, as she and some friends wanted to travel to Phuket in Thailand for 10 days. When traveling to a large tourist destination, you are well advised booking either only flight or both flight and accommodation through a charter company. Booking regular flights all the way will be way too expensive.

My brief was easy. Find least expensive deal for three adults and one youth (16 yrs) for 10 days from Oslo to Phuket. The original idea was to find a regular flight from Oslo to Phuket, and the four of them would find their own accommodation.

Renting a hotel or a bungalow is relatively inexpensive in Thailand, and their perception (and mine) was that this would be the cheapest alternative compared to charter. I checked a few travel sites and found that round trip tickets from Oslo to Phuket with regular planes were expensive, i.e. starting at around NOK 11 000 per person (around €1300).

One alternative would be a ticket to Bangkok, and order a ticket from there. Then I had an idea - check chartered trips. The only down side was that they had to choose either one or two weeks. Many charter companies will allow you to book only flights, but I asked for a price for both flight and hotel. I found that you could get accommodation and flight from NOK 8695 (€ 1022).

I am pleased to say that the four of them booked a two week vacation and were very pleased by the choice. I talked with my colleague the other day and she was very excited to stay in Thailand for two weeks.

Have a nice trip!!


Deals on Ving Reiser December 9th 2009

Today you'll get flight and two weeks from December 28th in Phuket for:
  • NOK 8695 (€1022) per person for flight and 14 nights in an unspecified accommodation. This price includes 1 double room with shared shower wc and internet discount. Bussfee, food on flight, insurances etc are not included.
  • NOK 9095 (€1068) per person for flight and 14 nights at Kata Place, Kata Beach. This price includes 1 double room balcony and internet discount. Bussfee, food on flight, insurances etc are not included.
  • NOK 12095 (€1421) per person for flight and 14 nights at Peach Hill Resort, Kata beach. This price includes 1 double room , breakfast buffet and internet discount. Bussfee, food on flight, insurances etc are not included.
You may book only round trip flight to Phuket for 3 adults and one youth from NOK 7495 (€ 800) per person.

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The Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts

Photos: Top: Phuket Promthep Cape by Ahoerstemeier, middle: Phuket, Thailand shore by Vantey, bottom: Kata Noi Beach, 2003, by Peregrine981

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