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
Trekking Recommendations in North Thailand
In Thailand, by blazvidmar, 19 Oct 2018

No replies.

Where to go on Bali/Lombok for seven days during Nyepi?
In Indonesia, by LottaL, 17 Oct 2018

No replies.

Hoi An for a week or so?
In Vietnam, by 2travelhappy, 1 Oct 2018

16 Oct 2018

Khao San Road Guide - What to do, etc.
In Thailand, by patjk, 21 Oct 2017

15 Oct 2018

Solo female on the Mae Hong Son Loop
In Thailand, by miech333, 4 Oct 2018

14 Oct 2018

Yangshuo: Most Beautiful Mountains in China?
In China, by ryanjhall, 8 Oct 2018

No replies.

Help Central Sulawesi!
In Indonesia, by somtam2000, 3 Oct 2018

7 Oct 2018

Cha Pa Garden Hotel, Sapa, VN Still Active?
In Vietnam, by rjhintz, 13 Jul 2018

6 Oct 2018

Mt Everest Base Camp hike
In Tibet, by cardkleener, 3 Oct 2018

3 Oct 2018

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

30 Sep 2018

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

23 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

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Latest destinations

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Latest places to stay

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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.