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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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Latest reply
Getting around on Flores
In Indonesia, by u2tool, 21 Oct 2019

No replies.

Phrae and Phayao
In Thailand, by gatoguts, 17 Oct 2019

19 Oct 2019

Import Duties to Thailand
In Thailand, by DonH, 19 Oct 2019

No replies.

Malaysia trip
In Malaysia, by heytoki, 3 Oct 2019

18 Oct 2019

Hanoi vs. East Coast of Taiwan
In Vietnam, by fennellj, 12 Oct 2019

17 Oct 2019

Hiring a tour guide for Angkor Wat?
In Cambodia, by Airamkw, 12 Oct 2019

15 Oct 2019

Custom Clothing - Chiang Mai if possible
In Thailand, by LTnHH, 14 Oct 2019

15 Oct 2019

Scooter rental in Siem Reap
In Cambodia, by mtnmichelle, 3 Feb 2019

10 Oct 2019

Dental work in Cambodia
In Health and safety, by talexev, 9 Feb 2008

10 Oct 2019

Angor Wat
In Cambodia, by ourdub, 27 Feb 2019

10 Oct 2019

Sea liceLESS swimming areas?
In Thailand, by Ooolga, 10 Oct 2019

No replies.

What (and where) to eat in Vietnam?
In Vietnam, by asill73, 20 Jan 2015

9 Oct 2019

fixed or floating jetties
In Thailand, by janmanessi, 28 Sep 2019

5 Oct 2019

Short on time in Bangkok and like walking?
In Thailand, by Dodgydetours, 2 Oct 2019

No replies.

Nan - Bo Kleua Loop
In Thailand, by gatoguts, 19 Sep 2019

20 Sep 2019

Drinking water
In Burma, by FFfietsen, 31 Aug 2019

19 Sep 2019

Kampot to Thailand
In Cambodia, by Rosievie, 17 Sep 2019

18 Sep 2019

Battambang to Chi Phat
In Cambodia, by mtnmichelle, 3 Feb 2019

17 Sep 2019

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Latest destinations

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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.