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Japan trips for double as Thai spots go cheap

Hilary Wong

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Trips to Japan during the Easter period can reach double the price of last year, but tours to Thailand should be bargains - predictably in view of that country's politics-spawned troubles.

The pointers are in a list of integrated tour group prices from the Travel Industry Council for the April 17-21 period.

On average, group tours to 15 major destinations will cost 7 percent less than Easter 2013, while the average increase for groups going to top-priced destinations is 11 percent.

A five-day trip to Honshu, taking in Tokyo, Osaka and Nara, will set you back HK$42,880, up 112 percent. A more "general" package will cost HK$7,688, up 13 percent.

Hokkaido can cost HK$23,328, up 106 percent. But other tours average HK$9,599, down 7 percent.

Hongkongers also have picked South Korea as a favorite destination, brought on by the popularity of Korean TV drama You Who Come From The Stars. That is a factor in a price increase, TIC executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung says, as some people are visiting the set.

A five-day tour to South Korea is 13 percent up at HK$4,299, while a luxury trip is 48 percent more at HK$11,999.

A popular but cheaper destination will be Taiwan, with a four-day trip costing HK$3,199, up just 16 percent.

The most expensive group tour is HK$6,789, up 6 percent.

A five-day tour to Kaohsiung will average HK$3,288, or 3 percent higher than last Easter, while the most expensive is HK$6,989, or 4 percent up.

The bargains available for Thailand come just after Hong Kong downgraded a black travel alert to amber.

A luxury, five-day trip to Phuket costs HK$7,489, down 19 percent while Bangkok costs up to HK$4,889 - 14 percent cheaper that top-priced tours last year. The cheapest is just HK$2,099, about 16 percent down.

People in groups for Vietnam, Beijing, Europe and Africa will also be paying less on average.

A five-day trip to Vietnam is HK$3,589 - 16 percent down.

A trip of the same duration to Beijing is 19 percent cheaper at HK$2,099.

An eight-day European tour costs HK$12,999, a 13-percent drop, while an eight-day African trip will cost HK$13,499, down 10 percent.

Eight- and nine-day tours to New Zealand, Australia and America are 4 to 14 percent cheaper.

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