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Chang Mai - Hanoi please help

Posted by nackia on 18/2/2008 at 18:48

Hello, We are trying to organise ourselves for our holiday in March. We are catching the train from Bangkok to Changmai and spending a few days there and we then want to move onto Hanoi. - Does anyone know any flights that do this - or if we go through laos the best way to get into laos from there and then onto Vientiane airport?? we will then travel from hanoi to Saigon through Cambodai back to bangkok - so any other advice would be welcome. Thanks ...

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Hiring a driver in BKK

Posted by hannesnaomi on 15/2/2008 at 04:45

Hi there, Have heard mixed reviews on this topic. Wondering if it is worth it to hire a driver for a day of sightseeing in BKK. Will be there over Easter Weekend if that makes a difference. Advice please? ...

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recommendations for n. east

Posted by fishtails04 on 28/1/2008 at 14:49

have posted several questions so thought it was time i returned the favour and gave some advice! just spent a month in cambodia and heading northeast from phnompenh was def when it started to get most interesting. recommendations: KOMPONG CHAM - stayed with a family at excellent village homestay: authentic experience not artificial tourist one, basic but comfy, saw real day to day life, ate amazing food, got to talk with pol pot survivors, walked and cycled through village with hosts. highly ...

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Any tips on my 7 week travel plan??

Posted by kelpeta on 23/11/2007 at 19:06

Hi My boyfriend and I are going travelling for 7 weeks through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia between december and feb. We've got a rough plan of where and when but any feedback from those of you who have done it would be great! We know its a tight squeeze to see it all, but we could cut into our island time (at the end) if need be. Any places we dont have that are a must see?? Any places we could drop off the list?? Also, our plan is to 'go with the flow' (ie. no pre-booking) ...

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northern chiang mai area experiences

Posted by mishandlauren on 21/1/2008 at 08:55

A few great tips from our latest trip last month- Mae Salong has a fabulous guesthouse not in the books- Maesalong Little Home Guesthouse next to Shin Sane GH but much nicer for similar price. Somboon, the owner, is very friendly and accomodating. Chiang Saen is a bit of a pit, and Gin's GH, recommended in most of the books, is a big pit. Renting a car, though not cheap, was a fabulous experience for 4 of us ( about 32$USD per day), driving to Chiang Dao, Mae Salomg, golden triangle, Chian ...

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32 Day Trip

Posted by simonbrighton on 1/12/2007 at 03:13

Hi, hopefully someone can help me out.. I plan to fly into Singapore and then head to Kuala Lumpur heading north still I plan to visit Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and then return to Singapore to catch my flight back home... I've got 30 days in total of travel when I arrive in Singapore - can someone suggest a detailed itinerary which is rather varied but hits the main sites... I've been to Thailand before but only to Bangkok and Phuket... I need a Visa for Vietnam - which I ha ...

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Nthn Thailand Nov 06

Posted by marianwarren on 30/1/2007 at 10:36

Hi everyone Chris, Tiarn and I, are back home after our 10½ week trip. We flew with AirAsia directly to Chiang Mai 2 hrs after our arrival in Bangkok. We also stayed at CM Blue Guest House. We were originally going to stay at a slightly cheaper GH (with a reputation for pushing their tours) but after all the great reviews, we decided CM Blue was a better option and wasn’t disappointed. Our hosts Tim and Tony were a font of information and the room was spacious and reasonably quiet. We d ...

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Thre weeks in Krabi area - July and August 2007

Posted by therese on 16/8/2007 at 12:29

Flew to Krabi with Air Asia - great deals but only a 15kg allowance; so I mailed my book pile from Bangkok before flying. Booked an airport pickup by email with my guesthouse booking - cheaper than negotiating with the "sharks" at the airport. I paid 350; sometimes it's 400 baht depending on the car and time. There's also a local bus for around 30 baht. Spent a few days in Krabi Town; stayed in the heart of things at @KRABI PURA which is next to the moto ...

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Island hoping down the Andaman coast

Posted by glynsheard on 14/8/2007 at 03:55

Hi I am looking at working up from Koh Lipe over xmas and new year and travelling up to similian islands. Just Island hoping. How easy is it to get about? Where is best to stay if we are looking for relaxed chilled people? Any ideas would be great! ...

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Bangkok - June and July 2006

Posted by exacto on 16/8/2006 at 08:32

Hi Marian and everyone else. Here is Pam's and my trip report for the Bangkok portion of our travels this summer. Additional reports covering other places will follow. Pam had never been to Thailand before, so we decided to stay in the Khao San Road area when we first arrived. Our travel from Los Angeles, via Tokyo, was scheduled to arrive at midnight BKK time. We booked at the Thai Cozy House, just around the corner from Khao San Rd, since they boast a 24-hour front desk. That worked ou ...

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Things I Lerned Today: Flying From Vientiane to Siem Reap

Posted by SteinOfOrange on 6/5/2007 at 09:51

For those who are even less adept at research than I: There is a 10$ usd airport departure tax at the Vientaine Airport, there are no atm's in the Lao airport, this first thing you see when you walk off the plane into the Siem Reap visa/entry hall is an ATM that dispenses USD baby, and a taxi into Siem Reap is 5$ usd. I let the taxi driver talk me into going to the GOLDEN TEMPLE VILLA. Free internet, great rooms for 15$ usd, and solid location. They have rooms for 30$, so it must get eve ...

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A Few Tips on Travel in Vietnam

Posted by cfantacone on 27/11/2006 at 02:50

I lived in Vietnam for most of 2005. I thought I’d offer some recommendations. If you like adventure, I highly recommend travelling central Vietnam on motorcycle. You need not drive yourself but can ride on the back of the bike. This is not for the faint of heart as the winding mountain roads, which offer some breathtaking views of the country, can be dangerous. However, with a good English speaking guide (many are available in Nha Trang) it can be an amazing experience allowing you to me ...

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Luang Prabang-Friendship Bridge-Nong Khai and driving in Isaan

Posted by murwill16 on 25/4/2007 at 11:13

3 March 07 we flew Luang Prabang to Vientianne after once again a very pleasant stay in Luang Prabang. The rate of construction of new buildings as, and conversion of old buildings to, guest houses or hotels had certainly increased in the 2 years since last we were in Luang Prabang. This time our priority was Isaan in Thailand so we paid the airport taxi control for a taxi direct to the friendship bridge, I think about 10USD. On the way we sounded the cab driver out about taking us all th ...

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Some good guest houses and English speaking guides- Hue,Hoi An and BMT

Posted by jackfamily on 24/4/2007 at 15:55

We (2 adults and 3 children) have just returned from a month in Vetnam. I thought you might find some of these recommendations helpful. Halo Guest House in Hue - small and friendly, quiet street, first floor family room has great balcony and the staff will bring you breakfast up there. Cost us $15.00 per night B and B for all 5 of us. Tel 054.829371 email: 10A/66 Le Loi Hue Thien Nga Guest House in Hoi An- really really clean- best banana and mixed fruit juice for break ...

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Lessons from the Andaman Isles February 2007

Posted by charterboy22 on 25/3/2007 at 11:08

This short(not really) report will chronicle an epic journey made by 6 Americans(5 ladies and one guy) through the peninsula over Chinese New Year 2007. The beginning: We left our teaching jobs at an International School near Shanghai and flew to Shenzhen which is a city that abuts Hong Kong and Macau. We needed to fly out of Macau to take advantage of Air Asia's flights to Bangkok. Our second day we were planning to take a ferry from shenzhen to macua and then board our 2:00 flight for Bangk ...

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Luang Prabang to Vientiane Trip Report Dec '06

Posted by marianwarren on 14/2/2007 at 09:11

Hi Again A frantic start to the morning, as our tuk tuk arrived 30 mins before the arranged pick up time to take us to the mini bus station. The free pick up is included in the LP – Vang Vieng ticket (100,000K 9.00 – 14.00). It looked like it was to be a squeezey journey as all 13 seats were taken and we had some very wide and tall passengers but after our first pee stop we were able to rearrange ourselves as there were 3 mini buses and the last was only partly full. So we ended up with 7 ...

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Huay Xai to Luang Prabang Nov/Dec 06

Posted by marianwarren on 2/2/2007 at 06:24

Hi Everyone We crossed the Mekong at the Chiang Khong/Huay Xai border point. 5B each for the exit stamp, 20B for the short ride across the river. Stayed at the Sabaydee Guesthouse $6 each for 2 rooms as no triples, but we scored the 2 top storey back rooms with the views over the Mekong (partially obscured by trees – this may change as there was a structure being built at the back, at least 2 stories maybe 3) Clean, quiet and the bathrooms had a drainage point which meant you didn’t g ...

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6 weeks in Thailand and Cambodia

Posted by EmjayReet on 4/2/2007 at 17:38

Hi everyone, I havent managed to get around to doing an official trip report however I thought I would direct you to my blog, that I wrote while travelling through Thailand! There are lots of photos and the blogs cover Bangkok, Chaing Mai, the Overnight Train experience, Ko Pha-ngan, Khao Sok National Park, Phuket, Karon Beach, Ko Lanta, Phi Phi Island, Kanchanaburi, the overland crossing between Bangkok and Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and all the bits and pieces in between. I hope that ...

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Kah samui and Phangn

Posted by tsargood on 13/1/2007 at 14:13

Hi Somtam, I have just stayed at Haad Yuan on Koh Phangan, the Bungalows I once stayed at called Haad Yuan Bungalows are no longer in the same place ( they are listed on the accom page of this site) they have moved up onto the rocks near Ocean Song Bungalows and now cost 200 baht a night. Also to Exacto, Thanks for the tip on UbonVilla Samui, loved it! very nice owners, really looked after us, highly recomend it!!!! I will wright a more detailed report of my time here when i get home. Cheers ...

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Luang Prabang Trip Report - June 2006

Posted by exacto on 18/9/2006 at 05:09

Marian, This is the last of our trip reports from this last trip. I think you'll be heading off to Luang Prabang on your trip too, so I hope this info is helpful. Cheers. We flew into Luang Prabang from Chiang Mai on Lao Airways. It was a good flight, and getting the visa-on-arrival at the airport was easy. We'd thought about taking the river trip via Huay Xai instead, but decided that the threat of rain was too great at that time of year. (as it turned out we were wrong. it hardly r ...

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