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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
Small towns & villages around HCMH to explore?
In Vietnam, by sharontreloar, 14 Aug 2019

14 Aug 2019

Carbon offsets
In Southeast Asia, by somtam2000, 10 Jul 2019

10 Aug 2019

Weed in Cambodia ?
In Cambodia, by Gordon_M, 12 Jul 2006

9 Aug 2019

Personal Prescription Medications
In Health and safety, by husqvarna, 8 Sep 2009

9 Aug 2019

Umphang to Thi Lor Su waterfall
In Thailand, by gatoguts, 5 Aug 2019

7 Aug 2019

Banda Aceh to Lake Toba
In Indonesia, by Digitarius, 24 Jul 2019

4 Aug 2019

Togean Island Questions
In Indonesia, by dewilondo, 18 Jul 2019

2 Aug 2019

Day Trip from Sanur to Nusa Penida?
In Indonesia, by dewilondo, 29 Jul 2019

2 Aug 2019

Pattaya to Hua Hin Ferry - anyone used it?
In Thailand, by exacto, 24 Jul 2019

29 Jul 2019

BKK to Tham Kong Lor cave
In Laos, by odo, 18 Jul 2019

26 Jul 2019

Recommendations for Buddhist meditation retreats?
In Southeast Asia, by rachledez, 12 Jul 2019

No replies.

Perhentians Islands updated research
In Malaysia, by somtam2000, 10 Jul 2019

No replies.

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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 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.