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2009

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2009

We have just booked our flights for March 2009 (hope we have done the right thing booking this early)just waiting now for hotel prices. Has anybody driven from Ko Samui. We are thinking about Flying from Chiang Mai to Samui direct 3 nights then driving to Khao Lak any surgestions please.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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1. Re: 2009

Get the ferry from Samui to Surat Thani then drive to Khao Lak by-passing the beautiful Khao Sok National Park on the way. Probably take you about 4 hours. Very straightforward and scenic drive.

Who did you book flights through? I'm hanging on a bit for next January prices to come down,

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2. Re: 2009

Good morning Alan. We booked with Trailfinders London Heathrow/ Bangkok £520 direct with Eva Air best we could find.

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3. Re: 2009

Hi,

That's a good price. We're looking for Manchester flights but high at the moment. Perhaps shuttle to Heathrow then Eva (or other) may be an option. Total time will probably be about the same, taking into account changeover in the Gulf with Etihad, Qatar etc.

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4. Re: 2009

Where are you going to stay this year and how long are you going for. We are thinking of changing from Le Meridien to Ramada for a change do you think were making the right move? the only problem Heinrich dosen't sell the Ramada.

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5. Re: 2009

Better to book sooner than later I think.

From the BBC website-

Oil prices have hit a record high approaching $128 a barrel on speculation that China will need to import more fuel, stretching supplies.

With more energy needed to rebuild areas devastated by the earthquake this week, US light sweet crude hit $127.82 a barrel before falling to $126.29.

Prices were also supported by Goldman Sachs forecasting that oil would reach $141 a barrel later this year.

London Brent crude also rose, touching $125.82 a barrel before also slipping.

"Tight supply conditions continue to be the primary catalyst for higher crude prices," Goldman Sachs analysts said.

The bank had previously predicted that US crude would reach $107 a barrel in the second half of the year.

Earlier this month, Goldman Sachs predicted that oil could reach $200 a barrel in the not too distant future.

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6. Re: 2009

True, Mike, but airlines buy their fuel months in advance which, of course, won't stop them recovering further increases by keeping prices high. However, prices for next Jan to March have started to come down. Our Etihad flights this year cost £911 for us both. 3 weeks ago the corresponding flights were £1811 for 2. Today they are £1230. We booked in August last year. I probably will not wait that long this year. It's all about marrying certainty with affordabilty. A VERY tough call in these uncertain times. Whether the credit crunch will impact on long-haul flights with airlines keeping prices high to compensate for less seats filled or they reduce prices to induce more sales or wait until the last minute (not something I'll be doing!) "bargains" is a difficult one. Decisions, decisions!

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7. Re: 2009

It will all depend on how much the airlines have hedged in order to insulate themselves sufficiently from rising oil prices.

The recent surge in the oil price to record levels will force airlines to pass on cost increases to passengers.

Airlines have traditionally used hedging to limit the impact of price rises, but the recent rises have caught them by surprise and most large carriers have only limited protection in place for next year. Unless there is a dramatic fall in the price of oil, airlines will be stuck with the extra cost, which will either be passed on to passengers or erode profits.

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8. Re: 2009

Malaysian Airlines LHR to Phuket via Kuala Lumpur £582 inc taxes with Airline Network + £80 for shuttle, total £1324, so prices are coming down.

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9. Re: 2009

Hi Alan What date in Jan are you looking for.

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10. Re: 2009

Hi Kev

See PM

Alan

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