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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Latest reply
Rental Car advice
In Thailand, by mtnmichelle, 20 Sep 2018

21 Sep 2018

Laos visa
In Visas and border crossings, by tanglz, 13 Sep 2018

17 Sep 2018

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

16 Sep 2018

Typhoon and Hanoi/ Halong Bay Cruises
In Vietnam, by gee22chin11, 14 Sep 2018

15 Sep 2018

From Don Khon to Pakse
In Laos, by mariaescandell, 24 Sep 2017

10 Sep 2018

Tha Khaek Loop
In Laos, by Kastenfrosch, 26 Aug 2018

10 Sep 2018

Chi Phat?
In Cambodia, by Bunnytjah, 9 Sep 2018

10 Sep 2018

Vietnam-based travel agency
In Vietnam, by compdiff, 4 Sep 2018

8 Sep 2018

On Burma
In Burma, by somtam2000, 4 Sep 2018

6 Sep 2018

Banhin Rom Pier to Ko Yao Noi
In Thailand, by kimct, 2 Sep 2018

6 Sep 2018

Lao Airlines or Lao Skyway?
In Laos, by jackiestewart, 1 Sep 2018

6 Sep 2018

Xieng Kok Market
In Laos, by maryohearn, 2 Sep 2018

5 Sep 2018

Snake restaurants in Hanoi
In Vietnam, by madambovary1975, 3 Sep 2018

4 Sep 2018

lacquered and horn jewelry in Hanoi
In Vietnam, by madambovary1975, 3 Sep 2018

No replies.

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

No replies.

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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.