Photo: Descending from Ile Api volcano on Lembata.

Welcome to Travelfish, the independent travel guide for Southeast Asia

We are an independent travel guide covering Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

We've got pre-trip planning information, weather information, country backgrounders and itineraries, plus we check out hotels, restaurants and things to do and see in the region, and provide transport information to get you moving. We never accept discounts or freebies.

You can browse the site for free. To post on our forum, where you can ask and answer questions on travel to the region, you need to become a Travelfish member. Members can also download a limited selection of our PDF guides for free, while premium members are able to download them all.

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4-5 days in Indonesia, where to go?
In Indonesia, by hamada, 16 Aug 2017

22 Aug 2017

Do you know 5 wonderful tourist discoveries in Hanoi
In Vietnam, by nguyenthuha, 22 Aug 2017

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Internet Japan - Do NOT buy SIM Card from JR Railpass
In Japan, by ArndHofmeister, 22 Aug 2017

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Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple Tour suggestions
In Vietnam, by BlingDiva, 22 Aug 2017

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Brunei - Trip Planning
In Brunei, by floriankappel, 12 Oct 2016

22 Aug 2017

Finding places near Vientiane to take visit in 2 or 3 days
In Laos, by JudyWagner, 22 Aug 2017

22 Aug 2017

Re: Small and wonderful Singapore
In Singapore, by ryanmill1986, 3 Jan 2015

22 Aug 2017

Ko Lipe or Halong Bay for 3 days
In Southeast Asia, by michaelbkindle316, 16 Aug 2017

21 Aug 2017

Selling Osprey Atmos 65 Backpack (NEW)
In Gear and equipment, by lcs073, 24 Feb 2012

21 Aug 2017

Exploring Kuala Lumpur
In Malaysia, by victoriaida, 20 Aug 2017

No replies.

Travelling to perhentian islands on 21/9/17
In Malaysia, by Albert48, 20 Aug 2017

No replies.

Update on Travel Insurance
In Insurance, by Lovelife13, 19 Aug 2017

No replies.

Best places in Indonesia to visit in February/March
In Indonesia, by Lealeabee, 19 Aug 2017

No replies.

Hong Island + 4 Island sunset trip same day
In Thailand, by thomas9059, 18 Aug 2017

19 Aug 2017

Visiting Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, by bens88, 7 Aug 2017

18 Aug 2017

Mountains and Islands – a two week sampler
In Thailand, by mvlu, 8 Aug 2017

17 Aug 2017

Old Skool type Islands?
In Thailand, by JohnnyM, 7 Aug 2017

17 Aug 2017

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About Travelfish

A few quick words about the Travelfish team and what we're trying to do.

Travelfish founders Samantha and Stuart. Travelfish founders Samantha and Stuart.

Samantha Brown and Stuart McDonald came up with as they sunned themselves on an eastern Thai beach in 2004. They wanted to use the internet to better provide travel intelligence to independent travellers, to help them find more interesting destinations, to get off the beaten track and to find little-known places to stay. They also wanted to help little-known places to stay find people to host.

What began as a collection of their favourite spots in Thailand has developed over the years into one of the largest independent travel guides dedicated solely to Southeast Asia. Researched and written by a team of writers who live in the region, today contains independently researched and written coverage to Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. If we've written about a place on, we've been there in person. There are no exceptions to this. Not one.

Our team of writers live in the region, research in person and as far as humanly possible, work anonymously. operates on a strict "no freebie" basis, so what you read on is our own unvarnished opinion on all things Southeast Asian. There's no outside influence you need to worry about.