Free travel guides for Southeast Asia

  • Cover of 52 Weekends

    52 Weekends
    Free full colour travel guide

    What is a year but 52 weeks? And what is a week but five days on each side of a weekend? Here are 52 ideas for 52 weekends in Southeast Asia to create a year’s worth of travel without submitting a leave form.

    We’ve taken a part of the world we know a fair bit about and selected 52 places that we believe are great. Some are well known, others far less so, but many can easily be added on to an already existing trip.

    We’ve tried to lean towards places that don’t quite get the attention we think they deserve and we’ve worked to cater to most interests. Whether you’re a beach bum, a food lover or a nature worshipper, something somewhere within these pages should inspire you.

    The guide is available for free download in PDF format (high- and low-res) and, pending approval from Apple, iBooks format.

    The guide is available in the following formats:
    iBooks format (via iTunes) (for iPad, iPad mini) (282 meg)
    Hi-res PDF (78 meg)
    Low-res PDF (30 meg)
    Not sure which format is for you? See below.

  • Cover of Bangkok's best hostels

    Bangkok's best hostels
    Free full colour travel guide

    We've spent a year navigating Bangkok's swiftly evolving hostel scene in search of the very best dorms in Bangkok. After checking out upwards of 50 hostels -- one way or another, we managed to check out all of them firsthand -- we’ve handpicked what we think are Bangkok's 20 best hostels. This was no simple task.

    Within you'll find detailed, firsthand reviews of these 20 favourites. Reviews include photos, a location map, pricing details, options to book online and, of course, full contact details should you want to contact the hostel direct.

    Is this the be-all-end-all Bangkok hostel list? Well, that's always going to be a highly subjective and debatable subject. But if you're looking for a hostel in Bangkok, this guide should point you towards the best one for you, whether you like local and cute, or cosmopolitan and sophisticated.

    The guide is available for free download in PDF format (high- and low-res) and iBooks format.

    The guide is available in the following formats:
    iBooks format (via iTunes) (for iPad, iPad mini) (80 meg)
    Hi-res PDF (80 meg)
    Low-res PDF (18 meg)
    Not sure which format is for you? See below.

  • The Togeans
    Free full colour travel guide

    "The Togeans" covers the Togean Islands in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The guide includes detailed reviews on places to stay on the Togeans, comprehensive transport advice, including ferry timetables and coverage of the two main vantage points of Gorontalo and Ampana. Other sections cover activities and sightseeing including advice on learning to dive in the Togean Islands. The iBook is full of beautiful photos and maps and includes a slideshow of all the places to stay. It was researched on the ground in July and August 2013.

    The guide is available in the following formats:
    iBooks format (via iTunes) (for iPad, iPad mini) (35 meg)
    Hi-res PDF (445 meg)
    Low-res PDF (139 meg)
    Printable Hi-res PDF (445 meg)
    Printable Low-res PDF (139 meg)
    Different PDF layouts for tablets and printers
    Sample PDF layouts for tablets (upper) and printers (lower)

    Not sure which format is for you? See below.

  • Flores and Komodo
    Free full colour travel guide

    This free Flores and Komodo travel guide is the first in a series of new Travelfish.org guides. It covers some of the main destinations first-time visitors to Flores and Komodo will visit -- Komodo National Park, Kanawa and Seraya Island, Labuan Bajo, Wae Rebo, Ruteng, Bajawa, Ende and Moni (including Kelimutu). It does not currently cover Riung, Maumere, Larantuka and Solor -- these will be added in early 2014 in a revised edition. Everything in this guide was visited, in person, by a Travelfish.org researcher. The guide includes detailed information on places to stay, where to eat, what to see, and how to catch those crazy buses. It was researched on the ground in April 2013.

    The guide is available in the following formats:
    iBooks format (via iTunes) (for iPad, iPad mini) (35 meg)
    Hi-res PDF (90 meg)
    Low-res PDF (26 meg)
    Printable Hi-res PDF (90 meg)
    Printable Low-res PDF (26 meg)
    Different PDF layouts for tablets and printers
    Sample PDF layouts for tablets (upper) and printers (lower)

    Not sure which format is for you? See below.

    Which format do I need?
    So many options!

  • These new free travel guides are designed first and foremost with the traveller in mind, so we've tried to make the information usable in as many formats as possible to help you get the most out of your trip.

    iPad
    Shiny

    The guides look their absolute best in a fullsize iPad with Retina display. They're also great on non-Retina full size iPads. On the iPad mini you may need to zoom the maps a little, but they're otherwise A.O.K. In all these cases you want to download the iBooks version (either from us directly or via iTunes (once Apple approves it!)). You will need to have iBooks software installed on your iPad.

    Our iBooks format is not supported on the iPhone -- see below for out smartphone solution.

    Other tablets and smartphones
    PDF is your friend

    We've created two PDF formats of the guide for use on other tablets and smartphones -- a high-res and a low-res version. The information in both is identical, but the hi-res version obviously will have sharper text and photos (and a far higher filesize to go with it). If you have a fast internet connection, we recommend the high-res version, but if you're in an internet cafe on a remote Indonesian island, low-res may be a better idea if you'd like the file before the end of your trip. Please note the PDF is designed for tablets and while usable on a smartphone, it will involve quite a bit of pinching and zooming.

    For your printer
    PDF is also your friend

    Don't have or don't plan to travel with a pile of electronics? No problem. There are two versions designed specifically for printing -- high- and low-res. What is different is that these are formatted with two pages to a page, reducing the size of the guidebook by 50% -- why travel with 100 pages when 50 will do just fine?

    Because the guides are designed with tablets in mind, the standard text size was quite large, so this is a much more sensible format for hardcopy printing. Low-res or high-res is dependent on your internet connection and printer. Please note, these guides are full colour, so print them off in black and white to save cartridge ink (unless you're doing this at the office of course).

    These free guides are awesome!
    Can I share them around?

  • These Travelfish guides are free and you're welcome to share and distribute them in any way you see fit, with the following provisions.

    How can I share this guide?
    Share the love

    Print it off and give it to a friend. Download the PDF and email it to your travelling mate. Finished your trip? Hand it/email it to a new arrival you run into at the airport. Meet one of the guides we list or stay at a place we list? Give them a copy.

    Have a website and want to distribute it? Go for it. Have a newsletter and want to use the guide as a way to get people to sign up? Go for it. Have a trip planning website and want to provide your readers with a useful guide? Go for it. While we'd love it if you gave us a link back to this page in return, this isn't a requirement.

    If you are offering a Travelfish guide for download, link to our download link -- do not host the file locally. Doing this means we bear the cost of the download (they are all hosted with Amazon) and it means you're always guaranteed to be offering the most up to date version of the guide to your readers.

    The guides MUST remain unchanged
    Please don't steal our content

    All content in these guides belongs to Travelfish.org. Please do NOT extract information out of the guides into other products, websites, soup-can labels or anything else. Likewise please do not manipulate the PDF in any manner to remove branding or and other content within. These type of activities are strictly prohibited. If for whatever reason you want a white-label version, get in touch.

    They MUST remain free
    Don't be uncool

    Don't charge people for something we're giving you for free. That's extremely uncool.