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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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Chiang Mai / Chiang Rai
In Thailand, by mtbakerstu, 20 Nov 2018
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Ko Rok closes to camping?
In Thailand, by mtnmichelle, 17 Nov 2018
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mtbakerstu
20 Nov 2018

How to contact NK Adventures in Nong Khiaw?
In Laos, by mariavd2018, 19 Nov 2018
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neharani
19 Nov 2018

Nam Ou Riverside Hotel & Resort, Pak Ou
In Laos, by Pollyanna01, 19 Aug 2018
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davidgee3
19 Nov 2018

OVERNIGHT TRAIN HO CHI MINH TO DA NANG
In Vietnam, by 2travelhappy, 18 Nov 2018
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somtam2000
19 Nov 2018

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

Around Chiang Rai
In Trip reports, by fondo, 12 Nov 2018
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somtam2000
18 Nov 2018

Accommodation in Manila
In Philippines, by Masushan, 30 Mar 2018
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neharani
16 Nov 2018

3.5 days in Chiang Mai - What to do
In Thailand, by Pb2484, 15 Nov 2018
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My trip to Bagan
In Trip reports, by jimby, 13 Nov 2018
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neharani
14 Nov 2018

Volunteer in Northern Viet Nam!
In Vietnam, by veovolunteer, 8 Nov 2018
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Bamboo Bay Resort - Ko Lanta - Closed
In Thailand, by mtbakerstu, 6 Nov 2018
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mtbakerstu
6 Nov 2018

Travelfish stickers
In About us, by somtam2000, 6 Nov 2018
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Khao San Road Guide - What to do, etc.
In Thailand, by patjk, 21 Oct 2017
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davelliot
6 Nov 2018

Chi Phat?
In Cambodia, by Bunnytjah, 9 Sep 2018
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neharani
4 Nov 2018

Help! Rookies in SE Asia
In Southeast Asia, by fennellj, 23 Oct 2018
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DLuek
4 Nov 2018

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

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


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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.