Photo: La Popu waterfall, Sumba.

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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Tenggara or Sulawesi & surrounds?
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22 Nov 2017

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22 Nov 2017

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21 Nov 2017

Surf lessons for beginners
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21 Nov 2017

Nam Du Questions
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21 Nov 2017

Best affordable guesthouse in Bangkok.
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19 Nov 2017

In Thailand, by Jay7777, 10 Oct 2017

18 Nov 2017

Khao Sok as a solo traveler
In Thailand, by pobrien1902, 17 Nov 2017

17 Nov 2017

Bali to Flores
In Indonesia, by poepat, 13 Nov 2017

14 Nov 2017

A week in Saigon
In Vietnam, by madflava13, 13 Nov 2017

13 Nov 2017

Early Itinerary Planning for SEA
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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.