I want to start a cycle tour in Laos or Thailand. Anyone know the cheapest way to get there from the UK? P.s. I'm more than happy to combine different modes of transport. For example, in the past, I've taken a bus to Riga, Moscow, train to Ulaan Baatar and then a flight. Is it its cheaper to go through Dubai or Delhi, or go direct?

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    The cheapest way will be to fly with a low-cost carrier. The cheapest flight / route / airline / season will change all the time. – hippietrail Nov 23 '14 at 2:05
  • In the past I've hitchhiked from Thailand to Ulaan Baatar. It was pretty cheap indeed. I haven't tried the reverse exactly but it would be pretty cheap too. – hippietrail Nov 23 '14 at 16:46
  • so that was through China then? Was that on a tourist visa? – Andrew Welch Nov 23 '14 at 16:47
  • Yes through China on a tourist visa. You could surely go through by buses/trains too for pretty cheap. – hippietrail Nov 24 '14 at 3:31

As you are bringing a cycle and panniers, etc, you may find flying to be the cheapest and most convenient. Because Thailand is a popular destination for European tourists there are usually fare deals being offered.

But there is no etched in stone cheapest routing, the fares vary from day to day and so you need to sit down and do some searching on the internet AND check the Sunday travel sections.

There are a myriad of routings, direct Europe to BKK flights, connecting via the Middle East, connecting via Russia or China, connecting via South Asia. While Bangkok is the main airport to check, you might also look at Phuket, Kuala Lumpur as well for the long haul destination. Cities in Laos have very few international connectors.

And don't use maps you bought at home to guide your cycling, pick up some maps from ThinkNet when you get here. Can't begin to count the number of self-contained riders I have encountered riding up the six lane highways because that is all their international maps shows, while there is a beautiful two lane rural highway paralleling just 1 kilometer over.

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