Cheap Flights to South East Asia from Australia

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Student flights from Australia to South East Asia

South East Asia is a dream for students, backpackers and young travellers from Australia: it’s within fairly easy reach, seeing as it pretty much begins on the next landmass north of Australia, and it’s super cheap to travel around. The scenery is world-class, from the paradise islands of Thailand to the mountains of Vietnam, and the locals are welcoming and friendly.

The region is sometimes called Indochina, though this only refers to the part connected to the south border of China, and the word itself isn’t used so much these days. South East Asia covers the latter landmass, and also the thousands of islands south that make up the countries of Indonesia, Philippines and Borneo.

Flying to South East Asia from Australia is super-duper easy: there heaps of direct options. Have a search today and see what awesome deals we have for you to snap up!

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What are the main South East Asia airport hubs?

Capital cities like Thailand’s Bangkok, Vietnam’s Hanoi, Cambodia’s Phnom Penh and Malaysia’s Kulala Lumper act as major flight hubs in South East Asia. Other large cities, or airports in popular places, also act as gateways to this awesome region, like Phuket (Thailand), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Singapore on the island nation of the same name.

How to fly from Australia to South East Asia

Australia has superb connections to South East Asia, and most flights are direct, due to the relatively short distance to cover. The shortest route is from Darwin to Bali in Indonesia, which can be flown in less than three hours, whereas a longer route, like Melbourne to Bangkok, can take more like nine hours. All the national and budget carriers of South East Asia, like Thai Airways and Jetstar, fly to and from Australia, and Australian airlines, like Qantas, fly the same routes. All this competition among airlines is good news for you, because it means cheap tickets! We can knock even more off for you with our top student discounts.

When is the best time to fly to South East Asia?

South East Asia straddles the equator, meaning most of the region is warm (or hot) most of the time. Much of its climate is tropical, which means like some parts of Australia, there is a wet and dry season. The wet runs from April to October (though is at its most intense from June-September), and the latter runs from November to March, and is widely considered the best time to visit, with more pleasant temperatures and less rain.

When is the cheapest time to book a flight from Australia to South East Asia?

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Why do Australian students love visiting South East Asia?

Aussie students love South East Asia both because it’s easy to access and cheap to get around. Flights are affordable (compared to other, further-away parts of the world) and the sheer amount of things to see and do in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Borneo is enough to keep you busy for a lifetime, let alone one trip.

South East Asia universities and campuses

South East Asia has some really good universities, including two of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after: the National University of Singapore, and the Nanyang Technological University (also in Singapore). Both accept international students, so you’ll be sure to find fellow Aussies if you manage to score a placement.

South East Asia lifestyle and culture

South East Asia is culturally quite different from Australia - it’s much more Eastern than Western, culturally speaking - but regardless, it’s also one of the friendliest, most welcoming and tolerant places on the planet, and the tourist infrastructure is very well established. Be respectful around religious sites, like temples, and cover arms, shoulders and legs.

Exploring South East Asia on a student budget

South East Asia is epic for students and young travellers because everywhere is so cheap! Well, not quite everywhere - Singapore and Malaysia are a bit more expensive than the rest - but countries like Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia can be explored and lived in for rates far cheaper than back home in Australia. Accommodation can be had for less than $10, and if you eat street food, you won’t pay more than $2 for a meal. Beer is about $0.50. Need we say more?

Frequently asked questions about flying from Australia to South East Asia

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