Photo: Nusa Penida’s spectacular Kelingking.

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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Nam Ou Riverside Hotel & Resort, Pak Ou
In Laos, by Pollyanna01, 19 Aug 2018

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New: Bangkok to the islands the slow way
In Thailand, by somtam2000, 5 Aug 2018

15 Aug 2018

Xieng Kok Laos
In Laos, by petertoowoomba, 16 Jul 2018

14 Aug 2018

Sand flies on Koh Kut
In Thailand, by kjay, 31 May 2018

13 Aug 2018

Lake Maninjau Point Of Interest
In Indonesia, by davelliot, 2 Oct 2017

11 Aug 2018

Indonesia itinerary advice/critique!
In Indonesia, by nadirahmed, 9 Jun 2018

9 Aug 2018

8-10 Days North Laos
In Laos, by kimct, 6 Aug 2018

8 Aug 2018

Mobile phone while travelling
In Southeast Asia, by ruthytunes, 7 Aug 2018

8 Aug 2018

Baan Sakuna Resort
In Thailand additions, by Baansakuna, 7 Aug 2018

No replies.

Never slap an immigration officer
In Indonesia, by somtam2000, 2 Aug 2018

6 Aug 2018

Paid membership etc
In About us, by somtam2000, 5 Aug 2018

5 Aug 2018

About Travelfish premium
In About us, by somtam2000, 24 Nov 2016

5 Aug 2018

Thailand itinerary advice
In Thailand, by mtnmichelle, 2 Aug 2018

2 Aug 2018

Help with itinerary! I've lost my way!
In Thailand, by Meander, 2 Aug 2018

2 Aug 2018

Ayau and Asia Islands
In Indonesia, by somtam2000, 1 Aug 2018

No replies.

Kok river trip to Chiang Rai
In Thailand, by ambersaffron, 30 Jul 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 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.