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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 more than 200 PDF guides, are eligible for discounts from Travelfish partners and a 50% discount off our travel planning services.

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Update on Ko Jum
In Thailand, by antoniamitchell, 13 Dec 2018
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antoniamitchell
15 Dec 2018

Thankfully, I Got Scammed in Vietnam, Too.
In Vietnam, by somtam2000, 14 Dec 2018
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Dentist recommendations in Chiang Mai
In Thailand, by JKretzer, 20 Aug 2018
4

JKretzer
14 Dec 2018

Bamboo Bay Resort - Ko Lanta - Closed
In Thailand, by mtbakerstu, 6 Nov 2018
5

mtbakerstu
13 Dec 2018

Cookery class recommendations? Hue and Hoi An
In Vietnam, by ruthabelle, 14 Sep 2010
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ruthabelle
13 Dec 2018

Chiang Mai / Chiang Rai
In Thailand, by mtbakerstu, 20 Nov 2018
2

mtbakerstu
13 Dec 2018

Kampong Chnang to Kampong Thom
In Cambodia, by lynnelow, 12 Dec 2018
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No replies.

THE REAL LOCAL EXPERIENCE - SABIRAMA HOI AN
In Vietnam, by sabiramahoian, 12 Dec 2018
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No replies.

On Burma
In Burma, by somtam2000, 4 Sep 2018
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somtam2000
11 Dec 2018

Recommendations for Tet in Vietnam
In Vietnam, by joelmathson, 10 Dec 2018
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Help! Rookies in SE Asia
In Southeast Asia, by fennellj, 23 Oct 2018
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fennellj
10 Dec 2018

Problems downloading PDF guides
In About us, by somtam2000, 9 Dec 2018
1

somtam2000
10 Dec 2018

Site downtime Fri/Sat Dec 7/8
In About us, by somtam2000, 7 Dec 2018
2

somtam2000
9 Dec 2018

Siem Reap
In Cambodia, by Knitgrl2, 30 Nov 2018
2

Knitgrl2
2 Dec 2018

Southern Cambodia
In Cambodia, by lillybean, 27 Nov 2018
1

lillybean
29 Nov 2018

Sumatra itinerary help and suggestions
In Indonesia, by maristia, 2 Sep 2018
1

maristia
28 Nov 2018

Dog/Cat meat in SE-Asia
In Southeast Asia, by Shining, 26 Nov 2018
4

Shining
28 Nov 2018

Around Chiang Rai
In Trip reports, by fondo, 12 Nov 2018
4

fondo
27 Nov 2018

Ko Rok closes to camping?
In Thailand, by mtnmichelle, 17 Nov 2018
2

mtnmichelle
24 Nov 2018


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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 Travelfish.org 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, Travelfish.org 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 Travelfish.org, 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. Travelfish.org operates on a strict "no freebie" basis, so what you read on Travelfish.org is our own unvarnished opinion on all things Southeast Asian. There’s no outside influence you need to worry about.