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  • 31 Thai islands

    31 Thai islands

    Recently I sat down with Travis Sherry of Extra Pack of Peanuts for an interview about, travel in Southeast Asia and so on. I mentioned that during my frequent travels over the years to Thailand, I've visited 31 islands in total. So while Thailand has very famous islands like Ko Samui and Phuket -- perhaps your average traveller would be pushing it to name more than five -- it also has a lot of others worth considering. Without further ado, here's my list of 31 islands with a few lines about each. Happy island hopping!

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  • Where to stay in Yangon, Burma

    Where to stay in Yangon, Burma

    If you’ve been hearing tales of Yangon’s crazy hotel prices, take a deep breath and relax. It's true that accommodation in Burma (Myanmar) is pricier than in neighbouring countries -- we like to say you'll generally be paying double Thailand rates for half the standard expected in Laos. While that's not always the case, it often is and Burma and the commercial capital, Yangon, are both home to some breathtakingly overpriced dumps. But things are changing.

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  • The best places to stay on Ko Chang, Thailand

    The best places to stay on Ko Chang, Thailand

    Sometimes called the "Beast of the East" thanks to its sheer mass and location in the eastern Gulf of Thailand near Cambodia, Ko Chang might just be the quintessential Thai island destination. From breathtaking mountains to idyllic beaches, hippy hangouts to salubrious resorts, and traditional fishing villages to neon nightlife, "Elephant Island" truly has something for everyone. Having something for everyone also means there are hundreds of places to stay on Ko Chang. How is one to choose? Let us help.

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  • Epic Arts

    Epic Arts

    More than just a Kampot cafe, Epic Arts have been using creativity to expand horizons for disabled and non-disabled participants for ten years, with the simple but powerful message that Every Person Counts. Services for people with disabilities are very poor in Cambodia, particularly for those with learning disabilities. The Epic Arts Cafe was set up in 2003 as a model for inclusive business and the purpose-built Arts Centre opened six years later.

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  • Trekking in Virachey National Park

    Trekking in Virachey National Park

    Looking to get well off the beaten track in Cambodia? Travelfish (and Cambodia) regular Greg McCann reports on a fascinating trek into a little-known national park set in the far northeast of this ravaged country. McCann is so fond of the park in fact that together with some friends he formed Habitat ID, which works to garner more attention for "paper parks" -- those that are parks in name but get little protection in reality.

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  • A breeze through Luang Prabang

    A breeze through Luang Prabang

    Five years ago, I first read Travelfish’s assertion that Luang Prabang is the destination in Laos. Though I had come close to visiting in subsequent years, LP had always eluded me, like an itch that I could never quite scratch. At the tail end of 2013, I finally made a spur-of-the-moment break for the ancient capital, and it proved more enchanting than I had imagined.

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  • Swim Vietnam

    Swim Vietnam

    One child drowns every 45 seconds in Asia. For Vietnam, the estimated daily death rate sits anywhere between 10 and 32 children a day, making drowning one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of 10; for the under fives, almost 90 percent of drownings take place within 100 metres of their homes.

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  • The best hostels in Bangkok 2014

    The best hostels in Bangkok 2014

    In late 2012, a formidable mission arrived from Travelfish headquarters: Find the best hostels in Bangkok. Over a span of months, I reviewed 50 hostels first-hand, considering issues like comfort, value, staff, common facilities, cleanliness, originality, design, location and atmosphere. In the end, I boiled them all down to 20 that I would most highly recommend.

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  • The Kalaw to Inle Lake trek

    The Kalaw to Inle Lake trek

    "About one hour," says our guide, navigator and companion over the last three days, Aung Myu Htoo. This time, he blurts it out with a half-cocked smile, knowing that his rubbery time estimates have become a bit of a running joke for our group of seven as we walk from Kalaw to to the base of Inle Lake in Shan State, Northern Burma (Myanmar).

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  • Penang on less than $15 a day

    Penang on less than $15 a day

    When you’re travelling in Malaysia on a budget, every last ringgit counts. Penang makes a great budget destination as there's plenty of choice when it comes to affordable accommodation, a wide availability of excellent but cheap food, and fantastic culture, architecture and plenty of things to do that won’t cost you a penny. It's perfectly possible to get by on 50 ringgit a day, with a bit of change even left over for an evening beer.

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  • Five days in Khao Lak, Thailand

    Five days in Khao Lak, Thailand

    Mainland Thai coastal beaches don't usually enjoy the hype of their offshore neighbours with names like Samet, Phi Phi and Samui. Yet for a comfortable and convenient, if touristy beach holiday, the Andaman coastal town of Khao Lak has a definite lure. It boasts vast stretches of golden sand, a wide range of accommodation, a family-friendly atmosphere and some fabulous day trips. Even if you only have five days, you can make the most of them here.

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  • Should I cancel my trip to Thailand? No.

    Should I cancel my trip to Thailand? No.

    This past Sunday, Thailand's capital Bangkok saw some of its biggest political demonstrations since anti-government protesters took to the streets two months ago. The latest round in a seven-year-long political saga has triggered several isolated incidents of violence and caused major traffic congestion. At this point, we would not cancel a trip to Thailand, or even to Bangkok, but it's wise to stay informed.

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