Since getting a chance to travel to Philippines, one major thought came to my mind. It’s a shame more people aren’t visiting this country. I’m not trying to be biased but after going to Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Malaysia – Philippines is definitely underrated! I understand where travellers are coming from, though. You can easily travel overland once you are in Southeast Asia. But if you want to fly to Philippines, the flights aren’t cheap!
Flight prices from Thailand or Vietnam
Let’s take a look at your typical Southeast Asia cities that people can potentially fly out from:
Bangkok to Manila
If you look at the prices, on average, the cheapest flight is around $130 USD. There is that one random $90 flight in April. Despite that flight being “cheaper”, most travellers don’t want to have a set schedule when travelling in Southeast Asia.
Let’s look at another popular city to fly out from:
Ho Chi Minh to Manila
Again, the prices are all over the place and on average cost around $120-$140 USD for a one way flight. For many travellers who’s trying to save money, this will simply not do.
So what should travellers do if they want to go to Philippines cheaper but don’t want to pay $120+ USD for a one way flight?
Fly out of Kota Kinabalu
What’s Kota Kinabalu is what a backpacker I met in India asked me when while he figures out a way to go to Hong Kong for cheap.
Kota Kinabalu is an amazing city in the island of Borneo and is part of Malaysia. Flights between Malaysian cities are dirt cheap, especially because Air Asia is a Malaysian company.
If you are traveling overland, then you might want to make Kuala Lumpur your last stop. Even if you aren’t traveling overland, then you still want to make Kuala Lumpur your last stop before going to Philippines or Hong Kong.
Look at how much the flight cost from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu:
That’s right, for as little as $18 USD, you can fly to Kota Kinabalu. The average price seems to be $20-$26 USD which is still cheap.
Now, how much does it cost to fly to Philippines or Hong Kong from Kota Kinabalu?
Look at the prices, it’s very random. However, they do have quite a few available flights for as little as $34 USD to $54 USD! That’s almost half the price even after including the cost of the Kuala Lumpur flight! (One third the place if you get the $34 flight!)
While you’re in Kota Kinabalu, you might as well do a quick detour and see the Orangutan Sanctuary.
As you can see, flying to Philippines can be affordable. It’s just most people never knew Kota Kinabalu existed.
It’s also quite cheap to fly to Hong Kong from Kota Kinabalu. Check it out:
As you can see, there is an abundant flight availability for as little as $41 USD! That is very cheap way to reach Hong Kong!
Now you can fly to Philippines and not miss this amazing country in Southeast Asia!
With this cheaper flights available, your Southeast Asia trip has suddenly became even more exciting!