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  • What is the best island in Thailand?

    What is the best island in Thailand?

    Thailand is famous for its tropical islands. From Phuket to Ko Lipe, Ko Samui to Ko Tao and from one Ko Chang to another, there's an island for every month, a beach for every week, and a new palm tree to lay under for every day. But the question begs, "What is the best island in Thailand?"

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  • Bangkok to Siem Reap

    Bangkok to Siem Reap

    The trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat is one of the most talked about routes in the region: scam buses, visa rip-offs, over-priced taxis and a whole legion of shysters and con artists to boot. But in the end, it’s a straightforward trip that’s as easy as pie — if you know what to expect. Here’s a cheat sheet to get you there and back without having to lose your sanity.

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  • Bangkok to Ko Samui, Pha Ngan & Tao

    Bangkok to Ko Samui, Pha Ngan & Tao

    The Bangkok to Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao route is one of the most common paths taken by travellers and tourists on their holidays in Thailand. Here's a blow by blow summary of the ins and outs of getting to and from Bangkok to the Gulf of Thailand islands.

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  • Getting a cheap airfare to Asia

    Getting a cheap airfare to Asia

    You're heading to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam and you need a cheap flight. To get a good, cheap airfare to Asia, you'll need to spend time researching cheap air ticket websites like or telephoning travel agents. The best time and place for this research is during office hours at a desktop where nobody can see the screen.

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  • Malaria:Cambodia,Laos,Thailand,Vietnam


    One of the most commonly asked questions by first-time travellers to Southeast Asia is "Should I take malarials?". It's a simple question, with a complicated answer, best summed up as "it depends". Here's ten pointers that we hope will help you make a more informed decision regarding malarials and travel to Southeast Asia.

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  • How to pick a good Ha Long Bay cruise

    How to pick a good Ha Long Bay cruise

    The first thing you need to know about Ha Long Bay is that it's beautiful and well-worth seeing. The only real question for the traveller in Vietnam is how best to see it and, like many things in Vietnam, things are never as clear a they could be.

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  • 2005 Top guesthouses in Bangkok

    2005 Top guesthouses in Bangkok

    This story has been updated. Please check the Top Bangkok Hostels for 2014 story here, or read on! With hundreds of guesthouses spread across the city, Bangkok can be one of the trickiest places in Thailand to decide on a place to stay. Although the Khao San Road area is popular, other parts of Bangkok are just as good, if not better. So don't rush to follow the hordes to Khao San Road -- do your research -- there are a lot of other options out there -- and pick a guesthouse that will fit in your budget, suit your style and let you do what you need to do easily.

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  • Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang

    Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang

    An oft-repeated question among travellers is "How do I get from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang?" and the simple answer is, well, there's no simple answer -- you can fly, go overland, go by boat -- or try some combination of the three. So read on for a detailed explanation on how to get from north Thailand's capital, Chiang Mai, to Laos' crown jewels, Luang Prabang.

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  • What's a good beach on Ko Samui?

    What's a good beach on Ko Samui?

    With over a dozen beaches and bays and hundreds of accommodation choices from deluxe hotels and luxury spas to thatch huts and cheap bungalows, Ko Samui has a wealth of options for the discerning traveller. But how to pick the right spot? As hotel propaganda neglects phrases like "under the flight path", "disco next door", "no beach at low tide" and "30 minute walk to beach", you'll need a bit more research -- the following pointers may help.

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  • The Gibbon Experience

    The Gibbon Experience

    Blame it on Alex Garland's The Beach, but when I first heard of a place deep in the jungle where people could fly through trees and stay in tree-top houses it sounded like an old wives' tale. I expected to be passed a map and to find myself lost, alone in the middle of the Golden Triangle. What I hadn't bargained for was The Gibbon Experience.

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  • Crossing the Cambodia Laos border

    Crossing the Cambodia Laos border

    Of all the border crossings in the region, the overland crossing between Cambodia and Laos has been one of the most changeable. In some ways, Dom Kralor has all the ingredients of a pain in the posterior crossing -- corrupt border officials, inconsistent travel advice and of course wildly varying traveller tales. Read on to find out the best way to cross this ever-changing border.

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  • Ha Long Bay for backpackers

    Ha Long Bay for backpackers

    Two night/three day budget tour Cost: US$40 Operator: Open Tour and Travel Crammed into a jam-packed minivan, our tour commenced with us circling the block a few times to avoid getting ticked by the cops for illegally stopping to pick up some of our passengers, but then we were away and our guide introduced himself. In his quite decent English, he explained that the 160km journey to Ha Long City would take three hours -- apparently the slow going was due to the police -- not to worry, if there were no cops around, we were assured, our driver would attempt to speed whenever possible.

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