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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.

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Latest reply
Vietnam visa FAQ
In Visas and border crossings, by somtam2000, 22 Jan 2013

11 Dec 2019

Bus travel in Laos
In Laos, by Moshbat, 4 Dec 2019

10 Dec 2019

from Koh Yao Yai to Koh Poda, then Ao Nang
In Thailand, by suanonna, 10 Dec 2019

No replies.

Sumatra-Java or Sumbawa-Flores? What to choose?
In Indonesia, by andreynel, 7 Dec 2019

9 Dec 2019

Cant wait
In Laos, by neharani, 7 Dec 2019

9 Dec 2019

Price Guarantee of AGODA works?
In Thailand, by motohachi, 5 Dec 2019

7 Dec 2019

Khao Sok tour help
In Thailand, by bradpitch92, 2 Dec 2019

4 Dec 2019

Drinking water
In Burma, by FFfietsen, 31 Aug 2019

3 Dec 2019

Update on travel to Timor Leste
In Timor-Leste, by muzzaf, 3 Dec 2019

No replies.

Seim Riep to Pakse (LAOS) by Bus
In Cambodia, by Bysie, 3 Nov 2019

2 Dec 2019

Cost of tuktuk from Chiang Khong to Friendship Bridge
In Laos, by katisaun, 29 Nov 2019

2 Dec 2019

HCMC to PHNOM PENH by boat
In Vietnam, by rosita, 1 Dec 2019

No replies.

Grey Haired Gap Year
In Vietnam, by Shepwell, 23 Nov 2019

27 Nov 2019

from Bangkok to Lipe by bus / van
In Thailand, by suanonna, 11 Nov 2019

23 Nov 2019

Jungle walk location near Chang Mai
In Thailand, by Robin75, 21 Nov 2019

No replies.

Help for rookies! Hanoi vs Saigon in Dec
In Vietnam, by fennellj, 8 Nov 2019

20 Nov 2019

Kota Kinabalu and vicinity in Dec.
In Malaysia, by fennellj, 18 Nov 2019

No replies.

Vang Vieng too noisy?
In Laos, by katisaun, 10 Nov 2019

10 Nov 2019

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Latest destinations

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

Latest places to stay

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

Latest activities

Latest things to do updated on Travelfish. May not be major rewrites!

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.