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I'll never come here again...

Posted by travellingsarah on 7/7/2010 at 10:57

As I stood in the pouring rain waiting for a bus in a remote town in NW Vietnam I thought to myself - I am never going to come here again. This view may have been primarily driven by the weather and boredom, rather than the location, but it made me interested in where other people had visited and vowed never to go again - for whatever reason. Any opinions welcome! ...

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Viewed 4,170 times, with 26 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 18/4/2011 at 08:58


Banner photo subtitles

Posted by swag on 12/3/2011 at 06:03

Hi Somtam was just looking at the site and I noticed the captions relating to food etc don't match up with the photos. Not sure if you were aware of it. cheers swag ...

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So I leave in 2 days...

Posted by rmccauley on 3/1/2011 at 06:58

First up- apologies if this is in the wrong forum. Mods, feel free to move it! I leave for 10 weeks in SE Asia very early on Wednesday morning- 4 weeks in Thailand, 3 weeks in Laos and 2+1/2 weeks in Cambodia. Has anyone got any last minute tips for me, or suggestions as to must haves (that I might've forgotten)? I think I have the main items covered- have a decent backpack, a few changes of clothes, my camera, my travel insurance, my guidebook and enough local currency for the first week! A ...

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Top 5 things you can't travel without...

Posted by bettysheis on 3/3/2010 at 04:26

Hello all, I've posted this in travel gear, but then thought it might be better suited to idle banter! Forgive me if this has been discussed. I did the search but found nothing... As I'm am yet to arrive on my first vist to Asia (60 days not that I'm counting!!) I was wondering in any of you more experienced travellers have a list of 5 things or so that you can't travel without? I'm not just thinking of things that are essential (insect repellent, sunscreen etc) but also things that help ...

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Viewed 13,800 times, with 37 replies. Last reply by ahmoimoi on 22/1/2011 at 22:57

Your status

Posted by 5acrefarmer on 8/1/2011 at 14:40

I just noticed I've been promoted to Noodle Lady! I'm so proud and honoured. I'd like to thank so many people, especially my customers and my suppliers. I was thinking I'd like to stay a Noodle Lady forever but then I saw someone else is up (or down) to Tout level. What's hot to be in the TravelFish cosmos? PS. Sure hope starting this extra thread won't bump me up to the next level! ...

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Tour Guide

Posted by Spinnekop on 25/10/2009 at 13:31

Hi all, does anyone know what a private tour guide will cost daily in the larger cities of Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand e.g. (only an average guess needed in $) any decent English speaking guide that wont take you to jewelry shops I'm not fussed about the transport even hanging onto the back of a motorbike would work, would even be preferable ! Just like to have a idea what the average cost would be, last time I was in Thailand I did everything solo and was mostly lost trying to figur ...

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Happy new year (and where are you at?)

Posted by Sampan on 30/12/2010 at 11:07

Happy new year all! I'm in Hoi An myself, sitting back sipping coffee's and soaking up the warmth and (relative) peace.. (all compared with Hanoi. It was cold! Where are you at, and what are you doing? ...

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Merry Xmas - and thank you Travelfish!!

Posted by busylizzy on 24/12/2010 at 02:48

To Stuart (Somtam2000), the TF crew and fellow forumites, I'm having a feel-good moment, so thought I'd share the love! Just wanted to say thanks so much for providing an awesome website and resource for all of us travellers, wanna-be travellers and arm-chair travellers. For me personally, when planning a trip, the information that I can find here is invaluable – from the initial planning stages of a trip through to the point where I am standing on a street with my A5 printed TF guide and ...

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Viewed 2,439 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by Sampan on 30/12/2010 at 10:55

Wikileaks

Posted by somtam2000 on 4/12/2010 at 18:56

Good fodder for Saturday night banter ... so what do you reckon regarding Wikileaks? Are they doing the world a favour or making the world more dangerous? ...

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Hundreds die in tragic end to water festival

Posted by busylizzy on 23/11/2010 at 05:04

From today's Phnom Penh Post: " Hundreds died and hundreds more were injured last night in a stampede on Diamond Island’s north bridge, bringing a tragic close to the final day of water festival celebrations in Phnom Penh. Prime Minister Hun Sen announced via video conference at 2:30am that 339 people had been confirmed dead and 329 injured. “With this miserable event, I would like to share my condolences with my compatriots and the family members of the victims,” he said. “T ...

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Xmas and New Year in Thailand

Posted by Daisy32 on 3/11/2010 at 20:56

I am going to be in Thailand for 3 weeks from 18th December and am looking for ideas of where is a good place to be for xmas and new year. I am a 32 year old female travelling on my own ( a little terrified ha ha) and am pushing myself out of my comfort zones with this trip thats for sure, cheers ...

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Open Ended Ticket from Canada or Buffalo, NY

Posted by shawnmccrea on 9/11/2010 at 23:41

Hey everyone, First post here so crossing my fingers on replys. I am looking at flying into Bangkok from Toronto, Ontario, Canada where I am from in February 2011. Or if need be I will drive to Buffalo, NY for a cheaper flight. I am looking to travel for 6 months plus but don't really know my return date at all. I am struggling with finding a company over here that offers open ended tickets or possibly one that will allow a free or cheap change of my return flight date. Any information would ...

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Going to Nepal through India, has anyone?

Posted by Mexicano31 on 10/6/2010 at 04:11

Hello all, Im travelling through SEA for some 6 months starting this July and I am thinking about doing a "in the middle" trip to Nepal and India around october. I see flights are cheap from KUL to New Delhi on Air Asia and then there are not too bad prices from New Delhi to Kathmandu. Im thinking 2 weeks in India to get a glimpse of the country and then 2 o 3 in Nepal to see some amazing landscapes and monasteries. Im really excited about this two countries since I am a photographer ...

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Pet hate: Hotels that charge in dollars

Posted by somtam2000 on 2/11/2010 at 07:00

What is it with hotels and guesthouses that, just because they're in Indonesia (or anywhere else for that matter) they don't feel to be under any obligation to list their rates in rupiah? Same goes for other countries. The old justification they tend to wheel out is that most of their expenses are in EU or USD, but I'm sure the local staff aren't paid in greenbacks! It's annoying, and just gives the properties another way to milk money out of travellers by using some exchange rate pegged to the ...

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Made the wife proud today

Posted by neosho on 9/10/2010 at 10:49

With the end of the rainy season coming, everyone in the village is shooting firecrackers. Being in the festive mood, I bought some. Well, I threw what I thought was a small one on to our porch roof in an attempt to scare the wife. I now have a 4 inch diameter hole in the roof. Needless to say she failed to see the humor. I'm leaving now to go find the local carpenters. ...

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Favourite hated towns

Posted by 5acrefarmer on 21/9/2010 at 17:05

Anyone got a town they sort of hate but sort of love? I remember ages ago when I first arrived in (then) Calcutta, I hated it but ended up being stuck there for several days and grew to like it. Often the best travel stories to tell are the ones involving pain and misery and awful awful places! ...

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getting clothes made

Posted by savorygal on 2/10/2010 at 22:26

I would like to have some clothes made while in Thailand, just simple everyday sorts of things. I want the fabric to be 100% cotton or linen. I have been reading guidebooks and the consensus seems to be unless you want silk or suiting material the fabric choices are limited & mostly synthetics. Is that true?! Any info would be appreciated. ...

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What is up with the Travelfish Banner??

Posted by hutty on 30/9/2010 at 08:33

So this guy is jumping into the river while wearing his camera (or mobile phone)? That is just silly. ...

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Flashpackers

Posted by 5acrefarmer on 17/9/2010 at 07:36

Hi I've never seen the term/word 'flashpackers' before, wondering what its exact meaning is. (I have a feeling I don't want to be one!) I've notice it used as a term to possibly describe a form of traveller/tourist/backpacker but also maybe a chain of hostels or hotels throughout SEA. Interesting AND insulting? ...

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Viewed 3,836 times, with 14 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 20/9/2010 at 09:24

Laos or vietnam for Xmas?

Posted by sp4ced on 11/9/2010 at 22:09

Hi All, planning on travelling SE asia (first time!) from mid Nov. Just wondering what your thoughts were for Xmas? We are probably going to be in Lao or vietnam, any must be places or any good suggestions around that kinda area? as its Xmas wanna do something special or big party? Thanks in adavnce Sp4ced ...

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