Photo: On the job in Hue.

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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Bus schedule from Mui Ne to HCMC?
In Vietnam, by beckim79, 19 Dec 2009
6

budget123
19 Jun 2019

Ban Krut versus Bang Saphan
In Thailand, by pzakus, 8 Jun 2019
5

exacto
17 Jun 2019

Cookery class recommendations? Hue and Hoi An
In Vietnam, by ruthabelle, 14 Sep 2010
8

larsay
8 Jun 2019

2 Weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia
In Vietnam, by Howparlaw, 7 Jun 2019
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No replies.

Ferry from Chumphon to Koh Phangan.
In Thailand, by CathJones, 27 May 2019
4

DLuek
6 Jun 2019

Overstay Fine Increase
In Indonesia, by davelliot, 5 Jun 2019
2

somtam2000
6 Jun 2019

2 weeks in Vietnam and Thailand from US
In Vietnam, by wfhrjw, 23 Jan 2019
6

larsay
4 Jun 2019

Vietnam in February / March
In Vietnam, by sassy, 31 Jan 2019
4

larsay
4 Jun 2019

Sapa or Ha Giang
In Vietnam, by gatoguts, 9 May 2019
4

larsay
4 Jun 2019

Itinerary help for early July travel in SEA
In Vietnam, by yearn2travel, 3 Jun 2019
2

larsay
4 Jun 2019

Taman Negara to Langkawi or Penang
In Malaysia, by Andrewjmarino, 31 May 2019
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No replies.

Prek Chek/Xa Xia border
In Cambodia, by fondo, 27 May 2019
1

fondo
28 May 2019

Question for older travelers with backpacks
In Gear and equipment, by antoniamitchell, 22 May 2019
7

antoniamitchell
28 May 2019

Kampong or Can Tho or somewhere in between?
In Cambodia, by sharontreloar, 25 May 2019
1

amnicoll
26 May 2019

Your favorite area close to but not in Phuket
In Thailand, by LTnHH, 24 May 2019
1

exacto
25 May 2019

16 Days in Burma. Mandalay: Yes or No?
In Burma, by Jamesgos, 10 Feb 2015
7

Brad7970
20 May 2019


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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.