Originally Posted by lwefald
Hello, need some assistance with planning our trip to Asia - Bangkok, Phuket in Thailand then to Bali, Indonesia from California. Doesn't have to be in that order but we hope to spend about 3-4 weeks total. Any suggestions on which reputable travel agencies to work with and keep in a budget?
Know how much per night you can afford for your hotel room. Other than transportation hotels should be your single biggest expense. Food is cheap unless you only choose expensive places to eat at.
Are you planning to use a series of one way flights or are you going to fly to Bangkok round trip and return there to fly back home?
Before you purchase the plane tickets run the figures. From the US on major carriers sometimes one way flights cost around the same as round trip. Flying between Bangkok and other cities in Asia the fares reasonably priced.
Phuket is the most expensive city in Thailand for tourists. Bangkok is cheaper for hotels and local transportation costs. Do you have a specific reason to go to Bali? It 's a good place to visit but you can also visit Laos or Cambodia easier, even travel there overland.
When will you travel? If it is during the Christmas/New Years holiday season that is the most expensive time for hotels with fewer vacancies.
Millions of tourists book their own flights using the internet. From California you have many airlines to choose from. You can also ask for hotel suggestions on this forum in your price range and book those yourself.
Visit a local travel agency in your town and get some prices. There is no obligation. Even try more than one agency in your city for comparison. Some tourists buy connecting flights when in Bangkok. Travel agencies are competitive in Bangkok with some agencies even posting prices to nearby cities like Bali.