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Welcome and Terms of Use Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 22/1/2006 at 16:31

Hi, I'm somtam2000 and I'll be moderating the Travelfish travel board. I'm here to answer all your questions -- or at least the ones I know the answer to -- as for those that are mysteries to me, perhaps other Travelfish members will be able to answer. You'll see you need to be a member to post a new question or answer an existing one, but if you're already a Travelfish member, you don't need to join again. Your existing login works just fine. A few of general pointers; 1) I do have to ...

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3 weeks in March, where should I go?

Posted by hayleyspelman on 5/2/2016 at 05:59

I really want to do a solo-trip somewhere in South East Asia and March is the only time I can go. I have some hesitations though. Safety is a big concern of mine. Is it safe to travel this region at this time or are there places that should be avoided / safer places recommended? Also, I've read March is when farmers start burning back. Is traveling south east asia still worth it? Some background information: I'm a 20-something year old woman who has lots of travel experience (and solo expe ...

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MID OCTOBER TO EARLY NOVEMBER - Best beach to go?

Posted by andrea812 on 13/2/2016 at 06:25

Hey everyone! We have a not so easy schedule for our honeymoon with 5 yr old kid: october 13 to november 3. What's the best place in SE Asia for a beach holiday? What we'd like to have: - beach bungalow or close to the beach in small village - quiet sea with clear water and fish, and good snorkeling opportunities - some social life around but definitely NOT all night partying - not on a hardcore budget, but still definitely not rich - good weather (this is why I am asking after all, since it ...

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where should we go?

Posted by alicelil603 on 10/2/2016 at 07:09

Me and my boyfriend are wanting to go travelling for 5 weeks in june/july this year, yet we are unsure of where would be better to visit either, cambodia and vietnam or Indonesia/singapore? I have always wanted to go to cambodia and Vietnam but some have said the weather may put us off? where in Indonesia it will be very good weather. We are unsure where is best for two 21 year olds wanting to travel to see things and experience culture, relax and the perhaps cheaper option? I cant decide where ...

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Itinerary Help! Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia

Posted by gabriellahill on 8/2/2016 at 03:50

I will start traveling in SE Asia on March 2nd. I have until around May 16th before I have to head back to the states (so roughly 11 weeks). I am really struggling planning my itinerary. I want to start in Bangkok for a few days, go to Chiang Mai, and then I don't know! I would love to see Vietnam and at least Siem Reap in Cambodia. I also want to try and make it down to Bali for a few weeks, as well as at least a week on Koh Tao to learn to scuba dive. I don't know the best way to make this r ...

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Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia in April May/June. Which way?

Posted by Jessicajade on 5/2/2016 at 17:28

Hello, I am flying into Bangkok on the 11th April and had originally planned to travel north and then go to Laos, Vietnam and arriving in Cambodia early June. However I am now wondering if it would be better to do it the other way round and go straight into Cambodia from Bangkok and travel counterclockwise so that I can get the most out of the dry weather for the beaches instead of arriving there when it's raining? Any advice? ...

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3 Weeks Independent or Tour?

Posted by Syk0t1k on 7/1/2016 at 05:09

Hi Everyone! My girlfriend and i are planning a trip to SE Asia later this year. I have worked out at the end of August i should have about R22,500 ZAR or $1400 saved. It's not easy saving here in South Africa but doing the best i can! Not sure if that would be sufficient for a trip that length... I will have 18 leave days available to me at the end of August including weekends and one public holiday which equates to about 25 days. Ultimately we would like to cover Thailand, Cambodia & ...

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Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia in 19 Days?

Posted by Torncalfguy on 1/2/2016 at 22:48

My wife, teenage daughter, and I are planning a trip for almost 3 weeks from late June to early July. Any and all feedback on our general itinerary would be appreciated. As you'll see from the planned itinerary, we currently anticipate going to all three countries via considerable air travel to save time. We've purchased tickets arriving in Chiang Mai (via Washington DC/Toronto/Hong Kong) on a Monday, flying out of Phnom Penh late on a Saturday night nearly t ...

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How much does it cost to travel in Asia

Posted by cainabi on 1/2/2016 at 17:52

Hi guys I need help. I'm going travelling around September time & while adding up an estimated cost of accommodation was pretty simple, trying to estimate how much it will cost to travel from place to place around Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam are proving difficult. I'm hoping some of you will be able to tell me both a way to travel (bus, plane, boat etc) & how much the travel is to the places listed below. In Thailand (flying from the UK to Bangkok): - Phuket -Pattaya -Koh ...

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3 weeks in Thailand 1 week in Bali - IDEAS!!!

Posted by Jinx1 on 18/1/2016 at 08:39

Hi there! What a great site this is. I am a 'virgin' traveller... to South East Asia anyway! March 2017 - planning stages now, myself and 3 other girls are heading to Thailand. We have a few things we 'must' do... we have to fly into Bangkok, (airmiles) we also want to go to Northern TL - (Chiang Mai) to attend the ENP there. We have friends that live in Phuket, so that is a must... problem being, 3 of us can go for a month, 1 can only go for 3 weeks. We also have a gal that wants to go to ...

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Cambodia/Vietnam/Laos - 4 weeks

Posted by Potbellypirate on 4/1/2016 at 17:18

Hi, yet another itinerary question, sorry in advance. My husband and I have 4 weeks in October to explore Cambodia and Vietnam, we would also like to see a little of Laos. Our rough itinerary is as follows: Flying Melbourne to Siem reap - 4 nights Ho Chi Minh City - 4 nights Hoi An - 4 nights Hue - 3 nights Hanoi - 4 nights Luang Prabang - 4 nights Bangkok - 3 nights, then fly out to Melbourne We will be flying between countries and taking the train where possible in Vietnam. I would like to ...

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Figuring out last half of itinerary for my 1 month trip Vietnam Cambodia Thailand

Posted by SnowBird888 on 15/1/2016 at 03:40

Hey all! You guys have been very helpful for my trip planning! It is coming up very shortly and I still need to figure out the last part and would like to know if what I have sounds like a good plan or if it seems too rushed or too much flying. My first half is set, flying into Saigon arriving Jan 29 Feb 2nd leave for a 3 day 2 night Mekong River trip into Phnom Penh arriving on the 4th Feb 8th bus up to Siem Reap until the 13th That is set in stone. My plan next is to fly into Phuket on ...

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onward flight requirements - workaround?

Posted by antoniamitchell on 20/1/2016 at 01:32

Hi, Just heard of this outfit that will "rent" you an onward flight, which gets automatically cancelled after 48 hours, to get around airline requirements to have an onward flight: https://flyonward.com/ Has anyone used them before? If legit could be a good alternative to buying a cheap throwaway ticket..... ...

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The NYT on where to go

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/1/2016 at 22:08

This year's NYT list of places to go features three destinations on turf covered by Travelfish, with Da Lat in Vietnam, the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh and Bali's tourist heartland Ubud all getting a mention. I love Phnom Penh, but it struck me as a bit of a safe/lazy bet, while I don't like Ubud at all and haven't been to Da Lat recently enough to have a valid opinion. I dunno, can think of many other places that I'd have switched in for these three - especially Ubud. What do you ...

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Itinerary help- Where should I after Vientiane, Laos (cheaply)?

Posted by PathXO on 4/1/2016 at 20:20

I already covered Bangkok and the North of Thailand, and I'd prefer to leave the islands for later. I came from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng, and then to Vientiane where I'm stumped. My original plan was going to Hanoi, but I believe I have to fly into Vietnam since I'm Canadian and that's a rule for the Visa on Arrival (can you confirm that?). Seems silly that I can't cross the Laos land border since I have all the time in the world. I guess my other option is into Cambodia- can that be ...

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Itinerary help! Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand Feb 2016

Posted by SnowBird888 on 14/12/2015 at 20:42

Hello! New here. My trip (I'm a 30 year old solo female traveler) is rapidly approaching and I haven't put much of an itinerary together, so I'd like some help/advice! I fly into Saigon, arriving January 29th, flying out of there on February 28th. I know that isn't long enough to see all of what each country has to offer, but I'm hoping to get a nice taste of each. I'm more interested in history, culture and nature than I am in partying. A very rough itinerary: Arrive into Saigon, spend a week ...

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motorbike hanoi to ho chi minh city.

Posted by bentravel on 17/12/2015 at 05:56

Hello everyone, I'm a newbie and this is my first post in this forum. I will be arriving in Hanoi Vietnam on the 28th of December and plan on spending N.Y.E before i set of on a motorbike trip from Hanoi to ho chi minh city. I plan on purchasing a bike in Hanoi before the 2nd of January and leaving on the 2nd. Plan on riding for about 3 weeks in total but im open to all suggestions and willing to change plans. I won't be doing this alone so i need some keen people to join me on this ad ...

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Itinerary suggestions: 2 months solo in SE Asia during April/May

Posted by ebove on 21/12/2015 at 08:05

I'm currently an English teacher in northeast Thailand and am beginning to plan for a (roughly) 2 month backpacking trip beginning April 1 when I am done teaching. I'm having a really hard time narrowing down where I'd like to go and would really appreciate any help with itinerary and route planning I can get! At this point, I am mostly planning on traveling solo. Because I'll be alone, I'd love to go to places where I will have the opportunity to meet other travelers; however, I'm not a big pa ...

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how much time for Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia?

Posted by edi on 20/12/2015 at 15:37

hi, I have 4, maximum 5 weeks off. I would like to see all these four countries - Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. As I know it may be too little time to see all of them thoroughly, I thought of seeing just the northern parts of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and the western part of Cambodia. The Halong Bay and Sapa as well as Angkor temples are a must see for me. The itinerary destinations are pretty close to each other, so i guess i would spend as much time on getting from one place to an ...

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Beach or island SEA late August with family...help!

Posted by northland on 12/12/2015 at 11:18

Hi, we are a Canadian family with kids from 7 to 16 planning a trip to SEA in mid August. We'd like to start with a nice beach or island, preferably with good snorkelling/diving, not too busy. This is our first August trip so the monsoon has me stumped! We plan to go to Angkor Wat afterwards so Bangkok seems like a good hub but we're open to ideas, thanks and hope to get some good ideas ...

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