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Japan trips for double as Thai spots go cheap

Hilary Wong

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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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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