OK, after mulling and plotting and planning, I’ve booked some flights. And sorted a visa. My current schedule is to fly out to Bangkok on the 27th of January on Etihad airlines via Abu Dhabi. Their return flight was only Â£402 – less than Â£50 more expensive than the cheapest single flight I could find!
Yes, you read that right – return. I have to hit France again for work in late May so it made financial sense to book the flight back at the same time.
In addition, I’ve sorted out a flight on Air Asia X from Kuala Lumpur to Perth on February 26th which cost a smidgen over Â£70. The usual going rate for this journey is nearer Â£250 – I checked Tiger Airways as well. They’ve dumped the old Singapore / Darwin route that I used so many times, but Perth works well for me as far as circling Oz is concerned.
Good news is that for those who qualify, Australian eVisitor visas are now free of charge. I applied for mine and according to their online system have qualified for it and now have 12 months of multi-entry (subject to a maximum 3-months at one time). I’ve not received the email yet, but that doesn’t matter.
So. I land in Bangkok and have a month to kill before my Australian flight. I’m applying for a Cambodian e-visa to save time and will travel there via a different route to last time, aiming to get to Sihanoukville for some diving. Then a bit more exploring and down to KL for the flight. I may go via Bangkok for my eye operation, or I may leave that until the end of my trip just before I fly home.
I’m not sure if I’ll have the time I was hoping for to do Japan, South Korea and China. Flying to Japan isn’t going to be cheap, especially if I do it from Melbourne which is looking most likely, but that’s how it goes. I can’t not visit Vietnam, so I may find myself skipping one of the other countries so that I can visit Blue Dragon once more.
That’s all still to be decided yet!
Task for tomorrow is to send off my e-visa application complete with dodgy passport photo. Hopefully the one I took tonight will be good enough. It certainly looks nothing like me so I guess that’s acceptable.