Just booked a return flight to Phuket, back from Chiang Mai to Brisbane by Singapore airline at the cruiseabout retail.
I was trying to check out the ticket from Hangzhou to Phuket on Airasia, but for some location target reasons, the site crashed. This afternoon Airasia did crash in booking.
I was surprised to check out Singapore airline charges highly for a trip from Shanghai to Phuket and any budget airlines such as tiger, scoot also charge high price on flight from China to Phuket in January, which is higher than a flight from Australia to Phuket. Taken the reason of Chinese New Year, I think there must be some other issues to consider such as airport fees, tax…
The cruiseabout retail, a subsidiary company of Flight Centre, does the flight booking as well. For cruise leaving from Brisbane, they book mainly P&O and Princess cruise. Australian are so crazy about cruise and traveling to Asia, that is part of reason why cruise and Thailand trips are so cheap for Aussie.
Walked this afternoon in the upper part of Coolangatta, Kirra Beach and Rainbow Bay, I saw blocks of new seaside resort and buildings are for let, some put on $55 pp per night. Here surfing is popular, the tide is rough, splashes of water on rocks and cliffs. On the east cliff of the Tweed Head, Captain Cook memorial was a site called Point Danger. I started to wonder why Aussie goes for Bali and Phuket when they can find similar or better view at their door? I ask myself why should I travel far to beaches.
I guess the reason is pretty much in the cultural pursuit and the love of exotic food. No alcoholic control in Asia, while in some Muslim countries there maybe a lack of alchohol service, in the five-star resort people could get access to alcohol. A crowd swarming experience in Asia with lots of food choices is part of fun reason for Aussie youngsters to spoil themselves. The resorts in Asia are more luxurious but cheaper than in Australia is another reason for couples and families to go for holidays.
We had booked our resort in Phuket and Chiang Mai many months earlier. The group company gave us offers and deals which of course we must test out our time share resorts first.
Now look back how good Australia is. Coolangatta airport is just half an hour driving distance from the best of Gold Coast, Surfer’s Paradise.