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Travelling South East Asia in August, September and start of October

Posted by bryliesmiley on 6/3/2012 at 19:08

My best friend and I are travelling Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, possibly Burma, arriving start of August and leaving start of October! I have heard there are places that are still fantastic to travel during the wet season (which apparently is almost the entire time we are over there). I am after some suggested routes and places that we will still be able to get the most out of our asia adventure! Any tips or information would be sensational!!! Cheers! ...

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Posted by beemeers on 1/4/2010 at 13:43

We landed in thailand and made our way to cambodia via the koh kong border. Everything went very smoothly, no hassle, some of us had our visa's already, 2 of our group got it on arrival, no problems, no scams. We exchanged a bit of our money because the cab driver insisted none of the places took american,baht, etc. Do not listen to them, all of the places we went to in cambodia take US dollars, the menus and guesthouse prices are all in american. the machines spit out US dollars. Get the taxi ...

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vietnam part : hcmc

Posted by jonyd1 on 17/1/2011 at 02:29

Well - finally got around to finishing my HCMC report - again, can also view it here. Hope you like Arrived on the bus to Ho Chi Minh City from Can Tho at night. Wow. There are a few motorbikes in this city, and they all seem quite intent on getting to wherever they are going as quickly as possible, regardless of who is in their way. I ended up splitting a taxi with a few people from the bus to head to the backpacker area around Pham Ngu Lao – quite sure we overpaid for the ride – make ...

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Help itinerary Thai/Laos/Viet in 4-5wks possible?

Posted by helmo645 on 16/2/2012 at 01:00

Hi everyone, Me and my girlfriend (19 and 18) are planning a trip from Aus to do a backpacking trip around a bit of Asia and firstly are wondering how many days you would book for a trip like ours and how many to allocate to each place and major places to visit... Plan is to initially travel to Phuket and from there move our way north through thailand, through laos and do the vang vieng thing , then onto vietnam where we will travel to Hanoi and visit ha long bay hopefully and then travel some o ...

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Advice on China travel?

Posted by Mattvs on 20/10/2011 at 12:29

Travelfish was a godsend when my wife and I were traveling through Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia in 2009. Now we're exploring a 2.5 to 3.5 week trip to China this spring. Ack! Where's the Travelfish for that part of the world? We'd love help with either of the following questions: 1) Do you have recommendations for the best itineraries for that amount of time? 2) Can you point us toward the best forums for travelers exploring China? A bit more about our travel tastes: We don't need more than a ...

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Itineray help - 6 weeks Thailand/Cambodia with 2 children

Posted by Japtha on 9/1/2012 at 17:36

We are a family of 4 with 2 children aged 3 and 8 years. In a month we travel to Thailand and Cambodia for 6 weeks and the itinerary is roughly made. However, we are uncertain whether our itinerary is too extensive. So far, the itinerary is as follows: Bangkok 3 nights Bus / boat to Koh Chang 6 nights Bus to Cambodia - 2 nights in either Sihanoukville or Kep / Kampot Bus to Phnom Pehn 3 nights Bus to Battambang 2 nights Boat to Siem Reap 5 nights Bus / train to Bangkok 1 night Overnig ...

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Is it realistic to go to so many countris in 2 monthes?

Posted by dinnasand on 19/11/2011 at 16:41

Me and my friend are going to travel in Asia for 2 monthes - in july and august. There are so many countries we want to visit/see, but we dont know if it is realistic and stupid: We want to go to Thailland, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Borneo and the Philippines. Do you think it will be to much travel? Is there any of the mentioned countries you think we should delete from our list? Any inpunts would be great! Thank you [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img] ...

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itinerary help, Chiang Mai

Posted by 3488 on 8/11/2011 at 12:10

HI, I am going to Chiang Mai on Dec 15(for 2 weeks, solo), going to spend in the city for few days and then planing on trekking the hills tribes. Any idea where I can stay for couple days in the city then find an agent for the treks. Thanks for the info. If you have any info on how to travel to the hill tribes without the agent, that will be great. ...

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Thai or Laos New Year

Posted by katerpillar on 6/12/2011 at 20:57

My friend and I are planning our first ever backpacking trip to SEA this coming spring (wooo!) and I'm trying to hammer out some rough possible itineraries. We are planning a mostly counter-clockwise route through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, and we should be in the general neighbourhood of Laos/ Chiang Mai for the new year in April and I'm wondering where to spend it. I've heard that Chiang Mai is THE place to spend Songkran, but I've also heard good things about the Laos new yea ...

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My SEA Itinerary - worried about weather

Posted by Phiddy on 1/12/2011 at 13:16

Hi, I'm planning a trip to SEA from mid to late January to mid April next year. I don't yet have an itinerary but I know that I would like to spend the last couple of weeks to a month in the islands of south Thailand. What I have so far is probably familiar to most of you, arriving in BKK, travelling into the north (ie. Chiang Mai and Rai) then into Laos (Ventiane to Luang Prabang), across into Vietnam and then down from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, across Cambodia via Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, t ...

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Mae Hong Son Loop on bike road report: 27 March - 3 April

Posted by shing on 10/10/2011 at 19:58

hi did the the Mae Hong Soon loop a few months back on motorbike, more pictures and info on my blog:) ...

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Lao's enchantment

Posted by cybervlad on 14/9/2011 at 11:18

*** Lao's Enchantment *** Prologue I can't say that I love a winter too much, but fluffy snowdrifts and cold clear air are fun. Sometimes. Unfortunately this year there is no winter. No snow. Temperature is around zero. Is this December?! I returned from my trip to Cambodia and Thailand only 2 week ago, but I fly back there in my mind almost every day. Strange, but usually I do not feel those symptoms of "nostalgia for SEA" at least 2-3 months after returning home. Anyway, I must to ...

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downloading travelfish guides

Posted by caroljohnson on 11/9/2011 at 18:36

can i download guides to my hardrive for free. When i try to do this i am asked for a subsciption to adobe ...

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Anyone flown United to Asia

Posted by averydka99 on 25/8/2010 at 23:17

Can anyone tell me what the plane was like on United for International flights? I know Cathay is very nice, but United is a few hundred $$$ cheaper. Comfort is important for 19hr flights! Thanks! ...

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Ko Phra Thong

Posted by tezza on 27/4/2011 at 19:48

Ko Phra Thong is one of the least developed islands in Thailand from both the domestic and tourist points of view. When I visited in March 2011 there was one high end beach villa place, two budget bungalow joints with another soon to open, and a village home stay operation. Domestic activity seemed mainly confined to a couple of fishing villages. I only saw one small agricultural operation. This is the place to go for those wanting to get right away from it all. Phra Thong is a reasonable siz ...

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Is my itinerary too ambitious

Posted by konnan101 on 31/3/2011 at 21:29

Hey, so I was unsure of which forum to post this in, seeing as to it was a little broad for any one of the country specific forums, so I put it in this one. Anyways I have two itineraries below, one is taking my time, not rushing, having an extra week or so in the Thai islands. The other one is more rushed, and a lot of movign around, but it has Laos (Luang Prabang and the gibbon experience) which is supposed to be incredible. Either way I think this trip is going to change drastically once I ge ...

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Help please

Posted by EdSue on 19/6/2011 at 17:52

We have used Travel Fish for the past three years which has been absolutely brilliant, and have visited and re-visited Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, using all the advice and tips from you guys which has enabled us to travel for 4/5 weeks independently each time. However, next year we would like to revisit India. Previously when we were still working, our visits there were for 2 or 3 weeks through a travel agent but now we want to explore on our own, taking 4/5 weeks. Any advice on travelling ar ...

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Ko Phayam

Posted by tezza on 19/5/2011 at 20:17

Last visited March 2011. Ko Phayam is a small attractive island situated near Ranong and the Burmese border, with several nice beaches and a good supply of old style budget bungalow resorts. But it is an island in development. When I first visited in 2006 aircon and pools were largely absent. In 2008 some had appeared. In March 2011 they were more wide-spread. However it is still a pretty relaxed place. Often on my latest March 2011 visit I was the only person on 400m or so of beach. I've nev ...

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Bang Saphan Yai- Fantastic Beach

Posted by forestmat on 21/3/2007 at 11:45

Hi, just spent 17 days in Bang Saphan Yai, Prachuap Khirikhan province. I live in BKK and have been coming to Thailand since 1994. I highly recommend the beaches of Bang Saphan Yai and Bang Krut, they are some of the most beautiful i have ever seen anywhere in the world...20 or 30 miles of white sand with only a handful of travellers. Whatever you do, don't tell the LP guide book about this place, it's clean, cheap and quiet. I stayed at the Suan Luang Beach which is right on the beach (not to b ...

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Our 9 week itinerary, Are we trying to do too much? all opinions welcome!

Posted by Tomhamish on 20/4/2011 at 03:50

Hi Me and my girlfriend are arriving in bangkok on the 15th of June and flying out again on the 18th of august. (around 9 weeks of travel) (side note: where i say the number of days we are going to stay somewhere, this is only a rough estimate, this itinerary isn’t set in stone and i understand that sometimes ‘less is more’ in terms of planning) The basic plan is a SEA loop, including: Thailand (obviously) Cambodia Vietnam Laos in that Order.... so.... arrive in Bangkok, 2-3 days Camb ...

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