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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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In About us, by somtam2000, 31 Mar 2020
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kingof
3 Apr 2020

Travel insurance premium refund
In Insurance, by alarcher, 31 Mar 2020
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alarcher
1 Apr 2020

Chumphon Night Market - worth a visit
In Thailand, by exacto, 20 Feb 2020
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wanderer143
30 Mar 2020

from Bangkok to Lipe by bus / van
In Thailand, by suanonna, 11 Nov 2019
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wanderer143
30 Mar 2020

Watch for Falling Cashews!
In Thailand, by exacto, 18 Feb 2020
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wanderer143
30 Mar 2020

E visa free reissue if unused
In Cambodia, by amnicoll, 21 Mar 2020
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How to travel from Langkawi to Koh Phagnan
In Thailand, by rachledez, 13 Feb 2020
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slimboytim
14 Mar 2020

Khao Sok tour help
In Thailand, by bradpitch92, 2 Dec 2019
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slimboytim
13 Mar 2020

Honeymoon Itinerary
In Thailand, by wscanl01, 9 Mar 2020
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amnicoll
12 Mar 2020

10 days in and around Saigon
In Vietnam, by sharontreloar, 8 Mar 2020
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sharontreloar
9 Mar 2020

Overstay Fine Increase
In Indonesia, by davelliot, 5 Jun 2019
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davelliot
3 Mar 2020

Beware Tourist Scam Luang Prabang: alms ceremony
In Laos, by KMB, 27 Feb 2020
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Malany or Soutchai from Vientiane to Vang Vieng?
In Laos, by kja, 21 Feb 2020
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kja
26 Feb 2020

Travelfish reader survey 2020!
In About us, by somtam2000, 24 Feb 2020
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gecktrek
25 Feb 2020

Sumatra-Java or Sumbawa-Flores? What to choose?
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Latest destinations

These are the latest destinations updated on Travelfish. May not be major rewrites!


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Latest places to stay updated on Travelfish. May not be major rewrites!


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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 Travelfish.org 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, Travelfish.org 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 Travelfish.org, 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. Travelfish.org operates on a strict "no freebie" basis, so what you read on Travelfish.org is our own unvarnished opinion on all things Southeast Asian. There’s no outside influence you need to worry about.