Find out how to use Skyscanner's multi stop search tool to build your perfect trip.
If you’re looking for (multi) city break ideas, scroll to the bottom to see a sample itinerary covering five top destinations in Southeast Asia.
To start, let’s get a few things straight…
What are multi-city flights?
Travelling Europe this summer? Fancy stopping over in Amsterdam on your way back from a business trip to Berlin? Perhaps you want to go backpacking around Southeast Asia? Or do you just want to avoid the rows about where you’re going to go on holiday this year? Easy: just use Skyscanner’s multi-city flight search tool to book multiple flights and travel to more than one destination with one simple search. The cheapest and most convenient flights to many international destinations are just a few quick clicks of a button away!
Ready to get started? Here’s how:
How to use Skyscanner’s multi-city flight search
On the Skyscanner homepage, select ‘Multi-city’ at the top of the search panel.
Enter up to six legs of your journey, selecting your departure airport, destination and dates from the drop-down menus. As you can see, you don’t have to just focus on one region or continent, such as Europe – you can criss-cross the world with multi-city flights!
Choose the number of passengers and cabin class you wish to search for.
Hit the green ‘Search’ button. You’ll be taken to a page that displays all of the results for the flights you’ve chosen. Use the filters along the left-hand side to choose preferred departure times, airline, airports, total journey duration and number of stops – this will help you to quickly find your perfect flight.
If you would like to find out more about any part of your journey, click the ‘Details’ link on the bottom left of each search result box. This will then open a pop-up window – from here you can see the details for each flight by using the arrows to expand the box.
Hurrah! You’ve found your perfect flight to Australia, via Hong Kong, with a brief stopover in Dubai. Book it by hitting the green ‘Select’ button on the right hand side of the search result box. You’ll be redirected to the airline or travel agent’s website where you can complete your booking.
And that’s all there is to it!
Enjoy jet-setting and finding the best flights for your multi-city break; but first, here’s a suggested itinerary for a three-month Southeast Asia trip to get you started…
This multi-stop itinerary for Southeast Asia takes you around the some of the most distinctive and fast-growing cities in the world, with plenty of time for exploring countries rich in bright green rice paddies, mountain-top temples and gorgeous islands. Sup noodle soup in Hanoi (Vietnam), join the backpacker’s party along Khao San Road in Bangkok (Thailand) and discover a heady mix of old and new Asia in Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon. You’ll find the best choice of Asia flights if you go from London airports, but you can also fly to Hanoi and Bangkok from regional UK airports like Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
City stops in Southeast Asia
Surrounded by the smells of bun cha, the local pork and noodle dish (pick up a bowl from as little as $1), and the calls of fruit sellers, the charms of Hanoi are obvious as soon as you get lost in Hanoi’s warren of Old Town streets (don’t worry, it’s inevitable!). You can even visit the city’s most famous son ‘Uncle Ho’ in person, as Vietnam’s revolutionary Communist leader Ho Chi Minh has been preserved in a glass coffin since his death in 1969 – a surreal experience you’re unlikely to forget. Don’t leave without taking a trip to the limestone karsts of UNESCO site Halong Bay or trekking in the rice terraces around Sapa, but if you’re doing the North to South route in Vietnam, you can also make your way down the country’s spine via the tourist-friendly network of tourist buses towards Ho Chi Minh City before flying onwards. More of a lived-in city than a tourist magnet, what was once known as Saigon still boasts an array of skyrise cocktail bars for admiring the sunset and brilliant museums, particularly those like the War Remnants Museum, which sheds light on the Vietnam War from a very different point of view. Vietnam made our list of the top 10 cheapest holiday spots for 2016 – check out more good value destinations here.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The ‘Pearl of Asia’ is a strange mix of futuristic development and ramshackle markets, dusty streets lined with motos and crumbling French architecture. Visit the Russian Market in the south of the city for a kaleidoscopic view of Cambodian life, from flapping fish and bags of fresh mangoes to silk scarves. Phnom Penh best makes a jumping off point for the country’s major sights, including the harrowing but essential day trip to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, site of the Khmer Rouge massacres during the 1970s, and the Temples of Angkor, near Siem Reap (spend a few days in the city to see Angkor Wat and other incredible sites in full). Skip the slightly seedy seaside town Sihanoukville, and jump straight on the ferry for the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem, if you want a beach break while you’re here. Read more about Cambodia in our guide to the country’s top attractions.
The quiet pace of Vientiane might come as a shock – or a welcome relief – after Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. This old capital has a lazy vibe that either draws you in for a few days of mooching around tree-lined boulevards and sipping smoothies on the river, or sends you straight on to your next destination. If you crave lively atmosphere and as many watersports as you can cram into a few days, head to self-styled ‘tubing capital’, Vang Vieng, around 4 hours bus ride north. Culture vultures should continue on to Luang Prabang for a lovely city centre bejewelled with Buddhist temples and waterside bars. You could fly to Thailand from here or Vientiane, or take the more traditional and romantic route by slow boat up the Mekong and over the border by land, which takes around three days in total with a stopover at Pakbeng.
Welcome to the most hectic days of your trip! Bangkok lives up to its contrary reputation, with the modern city and its raucous and risqué nightlife existing alongside huge, peaceful monuments to the Great Buddha and the floating villages of the Mekong. Taste some of the best street food you’ll find anywhere in the Old Town and Chinatown districts and of course, buzzing Khao San Road. How you spend the rest of your time in Thailand is up to you, whether it’s the famous full-moon parties of Phuket and Ko Pha-Ngan or spending a few days in hilly cultural Mecca, Chiang Mai, to the north. If you can, get off that well-trodden track and find yourself a true paradise island like quiet Ko Surin (accessible from Khao Lak) – there are still secrets to be discovered in this friendly country if you know where to look. Start here, with our rundown of the best Thai islands to visit.
Next stop: the Asia of yesterday. Only emerging in recent years as a tourist destination after years of military rule, Myanmar, or Burma as it often still known, has a lot of rewards for travellers who want to try something a little bit different and get a more undiluted taste of Southeast Asia, from the trundling railways to the traditional longyis – sarong-style skirts worn by men and women. Noisy Yangon doesn’t always appeal to visitors at first glance but there are some fascinating colonial ruins to be spotted around the iconic golden spire of Shwedagon Pagoda, and some seriously good value eating to be done – you can get a full sit-down curry, with sides and a drink for the equivalent of around £1.50! Beyond the city, there are attractions aplenty. For many, it’s a hot-air balloon ride over the temples of Bagan, for others, the unique fishing techniques of the folk at Inle Lake, and for some, following the trail of George Orwell in his birthplace, and the inspiration for his first novel, Burmese Days. We’ve got some more tips on Myanmar for you, in our guide to the top things to do in the country formerly known as Burma.
Want to travel Asia by bus or train?
No problem. If you’re backpacking Southeast Asia by land or using a mixture of connecting flights and memorable bus and train journeys, the multi-city flight search tool still makes it easy to book your outward and return flights to different start and finish destinations, all in one go.
Need a hotel near the centre of Bangkok or in Hanoi’s Old Town? Don’t forget, Skyscanner can book your Asia accommodation too!
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