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Advice for 18 year old male first time traveller going to SEA for 6 months?

  • niallrichar-

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    I am flying to Bangkok at the end of November and plan to get back at the end of may.

    I was wondering if anyone had any advice that they would tell a lone 18 year old straight out of school and is going travelling.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    #1 Posted: 9/8/2012 - 05:14

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  • stefanw

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    10th December, 2010
    Posts: 50

    Dont block yourself from hanging out/talking with people who aren't your age, although some older people believe it is necessary for them to impart all of their wisdom on you.

    I don't really have much else to offer in terms of go there, see this. Everything I would mention is on Travelfish in the country guides anyway. "Must see" places aren't always must see. For example in Bangkok, if aren't interested in the Grand Palace don't go. Bangkok has plenty of things to do that don't involve seeing temples. You may like temples though.

    #2 Posted: 9/8/2012 - 06:38

  • Captain_Bob

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    Get at least a double-entry tourist visa at home before you leave. Most nationalities can get a 30-day visa exemption when arriving by air (only 15 if by land) but for six months you definitely should get an actual visa. Each entry is good for 60 days with possible 30-day extension, so a double-entry would get you through 6 months. Once you have your visa and a source of money the rest is open to your imagination. Avoid the temptation to plan out your route too much. You usually end up changing it when meeting other travellers or discovering somewhere special. Chances are you won't even spend the whole time in Thailand. Many backpackers do the classic Southeast Asia loop through northern Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, and maybe down to Malaysia (and Borneo). Myanmar is becoming very popular now too as the political situation opens up.

    Just a few other logistical things come to mind. Tell your bank your travel dates so they don't block your ATM card for "suspiscious activity" when it gets used overseas. Bring a backup credit card or a few travellers checks in case your ATM card doesn't work. Scan important documents (passport, identification, etc) into an online account (your email?) so you can always retrieve it from an internet cafe in an emegency. Carry your main cash store in a secure money belt and just keep enough daily cash in your pocket, so you're not always digging into the money belt. Pack light! It's warm almost year-round and the less you have to lug around the better. The more I travel around here the lighter the bag gets. Bring a few shirts, a couple shorts, wash often and forget the fashion show. You'll probably pick up more stuff when here anyway (manditory Same Same But Different t-shirt, etc).

    #3 Posted: 9/8/2012 - 12:13


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    Get off the beaten path! If I were you, I would go to the University quarter of Khon Kaen. It's a huge university, loaded with kids your age, it's cheap there, and tons of fun. My son goes to school there. Additionally, there won't be any tourists, so you'll be unique, but there will be plenty of kids who speak at least some English. Remmber, if you offend someone, just say your sorry and that should defuse any trouble. Don't get falling down drunk. Know your limits. Have a great time.

    #4 Posted: 9/8/2012 - 13:12

  • lazybus

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    16th April, 2013
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    Hello, I highly recommend Taiwan for first time travelers to Southeast Asia! It's SAFE, CHEAP, BEAUTIFUL, FUN and the people there are super friendly. I'm a Taiwanese from Canada, and I noticed not many backpackers come to Taiwan because it's not famous enough! So me and my friend we made a new Facebook page about fun things to do in Taiwan, you can go check it out! Hope it helps:)

    #5 Posted: 16/4/2013 - 11:48

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