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Pre book accommodation or not?

Posted by jessica_chant on 25/10/2013 at 05:00

In January I will be travelling south east asia in a group of 5 people. We start in Bangkok. Will it be relatively easy to find accommodation as a group or is it worth trying to pre-book something before we leave? Over 4-5 months we will eventually travel through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia so obviously we won't be pre booking most of the trip, but are there any places which may be more difficult to find accommodation together? Thank you in advance, Jess ...

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Worried about pesticides for bed bugs during backpacking SE Asia

Posted by cpbaugil on 11/11/2013 at 21:13

Hello everyone, My husband and I are planning on backpacking SE Asia for 9 weeks from Feb 17, 2014-Aril 24, 2014. We plan on visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. I have been recently been informed about all of the deaths throughout the past couple of years due to harmful pesticides used in hotel rooms and guest houses to get rid of bed bugs. Apparently, the lethal pesticide is called chlorpyrifos and has thought to have killed several young backpackers in Thailand and Vietnam. Since ...

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Viewed 2,506 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 13/11/2013 at 20:54

A few random security related questions I\\\'m hoping you can answer!

Posted by cbg0927 on 8/11/2013 at 16:36

Hello all - getting ready for my trip through the region starting December 4th in Bangkok and working my way throughout Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indo (8-12 months). A few questions... -First off, I was initially planning on bringing my 85L osprey waypoint. The more and more I've read, it seems this will be overkill. Bought an REI 40L Vagabond days ago...can anyone attest to taking an 8-12 month trip through the region with a bag this size? I'm a guy, and I'll have minimal clothing ...

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Viewed 1,990 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by cbg0927 on 11/11/2013 at 19:17

First backpacking adventure!

Posted by stemay on 11/11/2013 at 08:33

Hi guys, We're a couple planning our first ever backpacking trip across SE Asia and would appreciate any feedback and/or advice! We're aiming to leave the UK late February-early March, and have a spending budget of at least £5000, not including flights. We're leaving everything behind, jobs, flat, most of our possessions, for this trip of a lifetime, so the idea is to be out there for as long as possible. On our current budget, this may get us by for about 8 months, but we're not adverse to ...

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Viewed 916 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by MADMAC on 11/11/2013 at 09:36

8+ countries in 2 months?

Posted by thedunnyman on 21/8/2011 at 16:08

Hello all, Nearing the completion of my 5-year university degree, I plan to go travelling in Asia for 2 to 2.5 months from December this year. (I live in Australia by the way) I've never been to Asia before and I'm not sure how to plan this. Firstly, I have a friend who did something similar and went to quite a few countries. But reading some threads on this forum, it seems some think that this is not enough time to go to so many places. I plan just to get a 'feel' for each country and see th ...

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Cambodia > Vietnam > laos > thailand

Posted by tingesofting on 8/11/2013 at 01:59

hi, i have seen most itineraries going from thailand > laos > vietnam > cambodia. would also look at fitting myanmar in. i would like to do the other direction so i can end off at bkk. any implications? i haven decide on the specific places, but would likely use the planning guide and visit places stated (except in different sequence) http://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/thailand-indochina-tour1 http://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/laos-vietnam-cambodia would welcome if you have ...

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Planning a trip to South East Asia...Would like advise on things to do and see

Posted by thatscottishlad on 4/11/2013 at 11:07

Hi my name is Scott. Me and my friend Luke are planning on travelling around South East Asia. You know the usual Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Malaysia and most likely Singapore. We plan on travelling for around about 6 months before we head over to Australia. We would find it very helpful for any tips and information you could share with us on budget, places to go, things to see, where to live, where not to live. Travel essentials, tips to keeping safe basically any information you coul ...

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itinery advice

Posted by aim88 on 27/10/2013 at 13:54

Hi guys, am heading off on my travels round SE asia in jan 2014 for a ten week career break on my own (solo female)and just wanted some advice on whether this itinery is ok for a solo female?I am 30 so not a party animal but would like to still socialise and meet other travellers, but also like a bit of time to myself. Fly into BKK 16th Jan BKK- 3 nights Ko Chang 6 nights BUS to siem reap from ko chang- cross border siem reap for five nights Pnomh penh five nights sihanoukville 5 nights kampot ...

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Emergency planning help needed!!

Posted by Keelyb34 on 29/10/2013 at 08:53

Hey, I am very confused and also inexperienced at planning, so any help would be a massive bonus! I have 6weeks starting on 10 Nov Thailand (I am going to a silent Buddhist retreat in koh Samui) and I want to cover Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. I plan to skip most of Thailand on this occasion as I feel 6weeks s not enough to see thailand). I need to fly back to UK on 23 Dec from one of the countries. Please help! I was thinking perhaps go up to Chiangmai and across to Laos for 2 weeks then Cam ...

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Chiang Mai - Laos - Vietnam itinerary - suggestions?

Posted by somanights on 27/10/2013 at 08:06

Hi all. We're currently on the road in Thailand, heading North towards Chiang Mai. We plan to do Laos from Nov 14th when our Visa runs out, and head around Laos until our Vietnam visas commence on 10 December. The question is - which direction should we take around Laos, and where should we enter Vietnam? We've not seen a single beach yet in SE Asia, and would love to correct that around Christmas time. Thanks! ...

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Viewed 1,527 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by somanights on 1/11/2013 at 00:31

Thailand Islands over xmas

Posted by treanoc on 28/10/2013 at 22:51

Hi all Can anyone recommend where myself and my partner should stay for 2 weeks over Christmas. we arrive in bangok on the 18th December and leave 2 weeks later. We would probably visit 2/3 islands we generally just want a laid back beach/poolside holiday with plenty of choice for day trips/food.bars etc. We are both 27 so while we dont want a crazy party atmosphere we would still enjoy a bit of hustle and bustle! Maybe a large island for a few days then a couples retreat place for another few ...

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Viewed 963 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 29/10/2013 at 03:45

Backpacking SE Asia in January for 6 months - Travel buds wanted!

Posted by AaronCole on 23/10/2013 at 13:45

Hey all! I'll be landing in Bangkok 4th January, my birthday, and intend to go to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. No set itinerary I'm just gonna choose somewhere I like the look of from a travel guide or recommendation and make my way there with no set time scale. Hopefully meeting some great people and having awesome adventures along the way! If this sounds like something you'd like to get involved with, please get in touch Big love, Aaron. ...

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Viewed 2,253 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by AaronCole on 28/10/2013 at 15:25

Round trip Thailand, Laos and Cambodia

Posted by takezo on 30/9/2013 at 11:58

Hey! 4 weeks in Southeast Asia, starting in Bangkok going up to Chaing Mai, heading into Laos (toward Ventiane) and then south toward Cambodia (Siem Reap)and back to Thailand for final relaxation;) I would be interested to hear from anybody who has done a similar tour (places to see, time spent) and also any info on where best to cross (will probably get eVisa for both Laos and Cambodia) as I have read you cannot just randomly enter and exit at any crossing. Thanks a lot Stefan ...

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Viewed 2,901 times, with 23 replies. Last reply by Geer1 on 27/10/2013 at 18:37

Travel from Pakse to Cambodia (Kratie, Pnom Phen or Siem Reap)

Posted by takezo on 27/10/2013 at 06:03

Hey! Looking for some up-to-date (and I really mean up to date;)) info on overland travel from Pakse to Cambodia. Planning to spend some time in Pakse, then on to the 4000 islands and in to Cambodia. Not sure whether I will go all the way to Pnom Phen. Might have to go straight to Siem Reap for time reasons. I heard there are no boat services to the border any more? I am aware that bus travel will be tedious under any circumstances, but every bit of info (who to book with, individually or ...

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6 Months - Thailand, Cambodja, Laos, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia

Posted by Chaverbe on 25/9/2013 at 16:59

Hi all, I've been reading around travelfish for a while now and decide to create a forum entry for my upcoming travel. My girlfriend and myself have been saving up the past year to go on a 6 month backpacking adventure through south east Asia. We'll be leaving on the 23th of October, returning the 8th of May to Belgium. Planned tour: Southern Thailand, Cambodja, Laos, Northern Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia We came up with this idea last year, when we were in Vietnam. (That's also the ...

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Viewed 2,178 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Chaverbe on 27/10/2013 at 03:41

Nano SIM cards availability

Posted by Sherwood on 10/10/2013 at 08:23

Are Nano SIM cards available in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos for my new ipad and iphone? ...

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Viewed 2,024 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 21/10/2013 at 22:25

Thailand, laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali - 6 months (Jan 2014) Advice needed

Posted by lewism05 on 15/5/2013 at 14:42

Hi Everyone, Me and my girlfriend and currently saving to go to South-east Asia for 6 months, hopefully starting in January 2014. I have done a bit of research and have previously been to Thailand for a month in 2012 with friends, so was thinking roughly £1000 per month budget each would be fine to cover food, accommodation, visas, travel etc. will have money on top for flights (To Thailand, and back to UK). I have a few points that I was hoping you guys could advice and help with mainly Visas ...

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Viewed 5,126 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by miriam123 on 21/10/2013 at 09:21

2 months in Cambodia and Thailand starting March

Posted by Dafinder on 16/10/2013 at 23:27

So my friend and I are planning a 2 month trip through Cambodia and Thailand starting in March. We are planning to start in Siem Riep and travel to Sihanoukville , spend around 10 days in Sihanoukville and then go to Phnom Penh and fly to Phuket where we go north through Thailand and end up in Chiang Mai and return to Bangkok to head home. Wanted to get some ideas about the following: 1. Should about $4000/per person cover this trip's expenses (Flights to Cambodia and out of Thailand ...

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Viewed 868 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by theloner on 19/10/2013 at 22:18

Motorcycle tour logistics

Posted by luket on 10/10/2013 at 22:34

Hi all, My wife and i leave in 10 days for a 90 day southeast asia motorcycle tour and we still have some unanswered questions about logistics Our plan has been to start our trip in Hanoi, buy a motorcycle, tour around Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, then make out way west into Thailand and around the gulf, head through Malaysia and end up in Singapore. Out top choice is to purchase a bike in Vietnam, get licensed and registered, then sell the bike in Malaysia. Does anyone know if it is possible ...

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Viewed 1,186 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 11/10/2013 at 11:58

35 days BKK/camodia/vietnam/laos highlights nov-dec, whats the best route?

Posted by lauralenny on 5/10/2013 at 11:12

Hi folks I have just spent the last 2 days reading as much on this forum (and others) as i could and I have to admit I think Im more confused now than I was before! To set the stage, myself and my boyfriend are travelling for 6 months starting this November and hoping to fit in south east asia along the way. We arrive into BKK (4 days with day trip to bridge over river kwai) on the 17th november and plan on travelling from there through cambodia (7-9 days) vietnam (12-14 days) to laos (7 days ...

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