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Japanese encephalitis dilema

Posted by sunlvr on 10/9/2015 at 09:42

Trying not to be a hypochondriac after meeting with the travel doctor! My question is.... my doc does not recommend the Japanese encephalitis vaccine, but my travel companions doctors do. So, 2 out 3 recommend it. Whats your opinion on this matter?? We will be traveling the well traveled path of Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, fly to Luang Prabang bus to Vientianne, train to Bangkok. This will be from mid October to mid November. Not a lot of rural areas except that which we can reach with bicycles ...

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Malaysia and Thailand in October

Posted by suekwd on 28/9/2015 at 17:31

Please can anyone advise the best places to visit in Malaysia or Thailand during the month of October. I particularly love quiet beaches and snorkeling but fear this is not the best time of year for that, on either the East or West coast?? I am flying into Kuala Lumpur from UK on 1st October, flying back on 30th. Would I be advised to go on somewhere else where weather conditions might be better? Any recommendations welcome. Thankyou! Susan ...

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Viewed 695 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 30/9/2015 at 07:59

Thailand and Vietnam itinerary help - 2 months

Posted by aquasnake on 30/9/2015 at 06:26

Hi all, I couldn't find another thread regarding only thailand and vietnam over 2 months. Two of us are traveling to Bangkok in late October - early January and wondered what itinerary would be best for this period? We want to travel to Thailand and Vietnam, bearing in mind where do you think we should be over Christmas and New Year... It's a bit overwhelming to know where to go and in what order! If anyone could enlighten us this would be much appreciated Thanks in advance, Owen ...

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Viewed 732 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Gogomobile on 30/9/2015 at 06:54

Forest fires in Indonesia

Posted by tintifax on 29/9/2015 at 04:52

Hi, I'm going to travel to Southeast Asia in October, starting with Malaysia and Indonesia (at least that's the plan). Now I've heard that the forest fires in Indonesia (Borneo and Sumatra) are still ongoing, also affecting Malaysia and Singapore. Does anyone of you have any further information about that (which regions are affected, etc)? I'm thinking of changing the route because I want to avoid spending too much time in regions that are full of smoke... ...

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Thailand/Myanmar itinerary help please

Posted by AFClatouche on 24/9/2015 at 07:37

Hi there, I'm planning to travel (first time, solo) to South East Asia in mid to late October. My initial plan was to fly in to Bangkok then travel north and follow a typical banana pancake trail - eg, Laos, Vietnam north to south, Cambodia, back into Thailand for Ko Chang and Krabi, than Malaysia... However.... After reading up, I have a huge desire to visit Myanmar too, particularly Yangon and the Southern beaches around Dawei. What would be your expert advice for factoring in Myanmar wit ...

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8 Weeks in Southeast Asia itinerary

Posted by Ian15 on 11/9/2015 at 10:21

Hi everyone, I'm planning to travel to Southeast Asia nextyear (probably May, June and July) for 8 weeks. I have put together a roughitinerary for the trip below. The only dates which will be fixed are thearrival and departure from Bangkok, everything else I intend to be flexiblewith and book transport and accommodation as I go along. Any thoughts / advice on the itinerary below would begreatly appreciated. I'm looking to experience the culture, spend some time trekking/cycling,bea ...

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Sometimes it is worth listening to travel agents

Posted by amnicoll on 14/9/2015 at 10:13

well worth reading this article from the T/F newsletter as us veteran (or experienced) travelers are so used to ignoring such advise like this or when we are told that the guesthouse/site is closed expecting a scam that sometimes it pays to listen ...

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First time Itinery Help! 10/11 weeks!

Posted by MatthewElliott1 on 7/9/2015 at 10:22

Hey guys, Have done the usual research about most things for the past 4 months. Looking to stay roughly on the backpacker route. Have 10/11 weeks with a friend of mine to travel SE Asia! First up flying to Bangkok, then heading up to Chang Mai and over to Laos (to check out Luang Prabang, vang vieng and four thousand islands). Then to Vietnam ( to visit Hanoi, Hoi An and Hi Chi Minh City) before heading to Cambodia( to visit Phonm Phen, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville) before back to Bangkok. Onc ...

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Incheon airport layover

Posted by sunlvr on 9/9/2015 at 18:37

Looking for advise from those that have traveled thru Incheon, South Korea. We have a bit of a layover on our S.E. Asia adventure and I'm wondering if anyone has done the self guided tour on the Maglev train? A brochure I found says it leaves from the airport> St.Yongyu>raw fish center> Jamjin Island> airport. I'm curious how much time we would need to do this little side trip? Thanks! ...

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Singapore to Hong Kong (Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam) -- 6 to 7 Weeks

Posted by JarodL on 31/8/2015 at 08:45

I am planning a trip where I would fly into Singapore and spend 6-7 weeks traveling from Singapore, through Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, and finally flying from Hanoi to Hong Kong. I realize this is a lot of ground to cover, but this is my first trip to SE Asia and I would like to make the most of the time since it will likely be a while until I come back to this part of the world (and if I do, NZ and Australia would be next on my list). Are there any good travel services that c ...

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Viewed 1,440 times, with 18 replies. Last reply by TerroirTravel on 5/9/2015 at 11:01

Need some advice for 3 weeks in Southeast Asia

Posted by aefeeme on 8/8/2015 at 05:33

Hi everyone, I'm planning a backpacking route through Southeast Asia: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. I would like to keep the budget as low as possible while also making the most of it. However, I'm not sure if the time plan is enough. The trip starts in Bangkok, sleeping there and starting the next morning on day 1: 1. Bangkok city, Wat Pho, Wat Phra Keow 2. Bangkok, Damnoen Saudak. 3. Bangkok, Khao San Road. Night train to Chiang Mai 4. Arrive to Chiang Mai, visit the city. Sleep in CM ...

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7 weeks in SE Asia - help with itinerary!

Posted by spamcakes on 4/9/2015 at 04:51

I'm a 25 year old female from the UK planning my first solo trip; I'll be flying into Bangkok at the end of January, then flying onto Australia (again from BKK) on 17th March, giving me around 7 weeks in SE Asia. The only thing I have booked so far - other than those 2 flights - is a week at the Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai at the end of my trip. I plan to spend a few days in Chiang Mai prior to that, then the couple of days after, before my onwards flight, in Chiang Rai. This leaves m ...

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Viewed 712 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Gogomobile on 4/9/2015 at 08:16

Can I travel Thailand, Burma and India on €1000 per month?

Posted by roro1990 on 8/2/2015 at 17:39

Hi, So I recently finished a job I hated and built up some savings from it. I was convinced for a long time I wanted to go to australia on a year long working holiday visa but am now having major second thoughts and thinking that 3 months of travelling might be a better thing to do. Plus by my estimation it'd make less of a dent in my savings than going to Oz and being without a job for 1 or 2 months. Anyway, my question is firstly does this sound like a good idea, travelling for 3 months inst ...

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Viewed 1,129 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by yuvraj121 on 2/9/2015 at 08:49

First Time Traveller... Help?!

Posted by ScottDon20 on 31/5/2015 at 16:45

Hi all, Finding the task of making an itinerary a bit daunting. I am planning on travelling SE Asia in November, and intend on staying out there for 4 months potentially more depending on money. I wish to visit the following countries : Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Although there is a lot of information on here, I'm finding the finer details harder to come by, and the logistics of which is the best route to approach my plans. Any advice on route and transport between my destina ...

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Viewed 2,175 times, with 16 replies. Last reply by yuvraj121 on 2/9/2015 at 08:42

On drones: The medium of people power

Posted by somtam2000 on 31/8/2015 at 07:45

I've seen some fabulous drone travel photography, but this really interesting piece in the context of the Bersih 4 rallies in Malaysia, discusses how nascent drone photography is taking the "medium is the message" maxim to a whole new level. (Image New Mandala/The Star) Previously, when the creation of photos like those in the story remained primarily in the domain of professional photographers and/or authorities, now anyone with a drone can create staggering images that often far b ...

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Viewed 921 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 31/8/2015 at 17:05

5 Weeks - (Thailand) - Vietnam - Cambodia

Posted by nikeshbjani on 28/7/2013 at 06:08

Hi Guys! This is my first time actually posting on the forums, I've been researching this trip for a while, and I've found reading through the posts here quite helpful, but I was hoping for some help on my itinerary? I'm travelling solo around Southeast Asia from the 15th August to 20th September (In and out of Bangkok), it's my first time in the part of the world, and one of my first times travelling alone (I did a short month long interrail last summer, so this is going to be very different to ...

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Viewed 2,856 times, with 18 replies. Last reply by beavenha on 25/8/2015 at 23:13

SE Asia or South America from June-Oct

Posted by beckylunne on 23/8/2015 at 09:29

Hi everyone First post here so I hope I've done everything correctly..! My boyfriend and I are planning to go traveling for a year from October 2016. We're in the early stages of planning and have been thinking of spending the year in India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia, mainly for the following reasons: - We love Asia but have mostly only been able to take 3 week trips there, so want some time to properly explore. - We take the slow and steady approach to traveling. We prefer to stay in places ...

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Viewed 663 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by exacto on 23/8/2015 at 22:32

Sabah, Malaysia vs the Visayas, Philippines for one week. Which to go to?

Posted by Yannick85 on 22/8/2015 at 08:23

Hi all, I will be travelling to Asia in the last two weeks of October. The first week I will be in Hong Kong for the wedding of a good friend. The second week (six days including travel time actually) I have decided to travel solo in the region. I have narrowed down my choices of destination to either, Kota Kinabatuin Sabah, Malaysia, or to Cebu in the Visayas, Philippines. I'm having a hardtime deciding where to go. I backpacked around South East Asia for three months 5 years ago so many desti ...

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Itnerary Help & Feeback!

Posted by mmctear on 20/8/2015 at 10:35

Hi Guys, I just wanted to know what you thought about my 1st SE Asia trip with my friend. We've left alot of the when and where open but here goes: 13th October - Leave the UK 14th October - Arrive in BKK. 18th October - Leave Bangkok to go to Siem Reap *Insert suggestions here* We were thinking of going Phnem Peng and then up Si Phan Don and making our way to Vientiane and then Luang Probang. 23rd November - 26th November - Chiang Mai. *Insert suggestions here* We were thinking maybe ...

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Viewed 525 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by mmctear on 21/8/2015 at 10:58

SUPER LAST MINUTE, Help Please :)

Posted by kiminthailand on 14/8/2015 at 05:00

Hello Everyone, I posted in the Thailand forum but this may be a better place. Due to unexpected circumstances, I will have two weeks of travel starting on August 16th. As you can imagine, I am excited but nervous (hence me posting at 3AM) and have been browsing the forum to figure out what I can do in this time. I will be flying in and out of BKK from LAX. I have traveled quite a bit and enjoy fast paced travel - so for something this incredibly short I would like to make the most of it and hop ...

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