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SEA through the Holidays. Looking for a travel mate, solo traveller for Nov. 2010 to Feb 2011

Posted by travellite on 8/5/2010 at 04:37

Hey everyone.

I'm a 23 yr old American female travelling SEA through the holidays and looking for a travel mate. I don't have a laid out itinerary just yet and I'm totally open to suggestions, but I don't want to be alone during Christmas and New Year so I thought about heading to the Thai Islands around this time. I hear its packed with backpackers around this time.

Oh I'm also going to try and make it up to Hong Kong to finish up my trip and celebrate Chinese New Year as well.

Anyone interested?

Cheers

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Posted by sidewinder on 9/5/2010 at 09:53

Hey, I've got a similar plan, heading out at the end of Oct/start of Nov for an extended trip including Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Malaysia & Indonesia. Dont have any firm plans either and dont intend to, planning to stay as little or as long in places as feels right :)

I've got the same concern, finding somewhere sociable for christmas, especially as it will the first one in my life spent away from home!

I'm a 26yr old male from the UK

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Posted by nickgf on 10/5/2010 at 00:14

Hey guys - I'm looking to do the same thing (more similar to sidewinder) in that I have no set plans and will be heading out around September til 'Whenever I run out of money' 2011.

Looking to explore many of the places mentioned with a view to possibly going to some of South America afterwards (on a budget!)

I agree that Thailand around this time would be absolutely amazing given the amount of lone travellers that are likely to be in the same boat.

Maybe we should keep in contact incase we're all there and very alone!
I'm a 25 year old guy from the UK.

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Posted by Steve81 on 10/5/2010 at 02:38

Hi guys,

I'm in the same situation too. Flying out to Malaysia end of Nov and then plan to head up to Thailand and beyond. Have no definate plans, just looking to explore. I'm also hoping to be in Thailand around Christmas so would be great to meet up with anyone for some festive cheer!

I'm 28 yr old male from Wales btw.

Cheers
Steve

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Posted by travellite on 10/5/2010 at 23:07

Hey Guys-

Since we're all in the same boat lets keep in touch, and maybe we can all meet up for some holiday festivities. Like sidewinder, this will be my first Christmas away from my family as well (and since I'm from the states Thanksgiving too lol). I don't have a set itinerary at all except for maybe the fact that I'd like to celebrate Chinese New Years too.

Maybe we can start an email chain and get a feel for each others travel plans and travel style.

Cheers,
Becca
beccab1217@gmail.com

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Posted by sidewinder on 11/5/2010 at 07:23

Becca - sounds like a good idea, my email/facebook is gr3g_h@yahoo.co.uk

Nice to see a few people planing the same sort of trip as me!

Greg

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Posted by elle1981x on 16/5/2010 at 15:24

Hey everyone, nice to see this post!
I'm in the same boat, flying out to Thailand the 1st week of December, with vague plans of meeting my Austrailian mate for the full moon party NYE, but apart from that have no plans apart from wanting to head north... laos, Cambodia, Vietnam.
I've been to SE Asia before but the opposite direction! So it would be great to meet some people doing the same :)
I'm a 28 yr old female....

elle1981x@googlemail.com

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Posted by rachael27 on 17/5/2010 at 16:13

hey all

i did this trip last year from nov - feb thius year. It was amazing! I did it solo but never really solo as rthere is so many travellers out there. I loved it so much I want to do it again as I missed so much the last time. And Nick I really wanna backpack south maerica too (very cheaply). My email for facebook is rachaelfleming@yahoo.com.au (I dont check my emails on yahoo). Anyone interested in meeting up contact me. I am pretty flexable wit dates although prob be oct earliest.

Hope to hear from you all soon xox

Oh im a 27 yo Aussie chick x

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Posted by Steve81 on 17/5/2010 at 19:21

Sounds good guys, my address is lisk.steve@gmail.com

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Posted by nickgf on 17/5/2010 at 20:17

I'm at nickgf at gmail.com / facebook.com/nickgf

Definitely worth keeping in touch !

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Posted by ohme_ohmy on 19/6/2010 at 06:45

Hey everyone! I'm a 27/F also traveling SEA at this time. I plan to arrive in the last week of October and travel either until Christmas or possibly into January (still deciding what I want to do). I'd love some travel buddies to meet up with since I am heading there alone.

I'm considering starting my trip in Bangkok and going north and around the circle (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam) and ending in the islands in Thailand. November is the end of the rainy season, so I'd rather spend beach days on the islands when there is less chance of rain!

If anyone has set up a message board, I'd love to be included. :) Pretty please.

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Posted by sidewinder on 19/6/2010 at 18:52

Nice to see another reply! Hi :)

Maybe a facebook group would be a good idea to get everyone in one place to discuss their plans?

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Posted by TJL81 on 21/6/2010 at 21:19

Hey everyone, i'll be doing the same sort of trip. Looks like their will be a few of us in the same boat. Should be getting across to bangkok around the second week of Nov and looking to travel around SEA for 3 or 4 months before heading to India and onto Europe. At the moment it looks like i'll be heading across there solo so would be good to catch up with like minded travellers. If anyone would like to get in touch you can reach me at tim.lyness@live.com.au or on fb. I'm a 28 year old aussie bloke.

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Posted by elscapist on 21/6/2010 at 23:09

Hi

I'm a 25 year old Singaporean female looking to travel ard 4-5wks in SEA - Thailand, Laos, Vietnam from December to early January. Cos I can only take leave around then. Plans not firmed up yet but if I don't go Cambodia earlier in Aug/Sep, it'll be in my plans to visit Cambodia and do some volunteer work around then too.

Anyone interested? Do email me at elscapist@gmail.com or add me on fb - elscapist@yahoo.co.uk (Speaking of which, has anyone started up the fb group on this yet?)

`HY

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Posted by nickgf on 21/6/2010 at 23:21

Hey all - great to see so many replies!
Have created a Facebook group here:


http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=133447996673253


Will make you all admins when you join it!

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Posted by travellite on 21/6/2010 at 23:28

hey everyone. Per requests on this thread, I started this fb group so we can all join.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=137952212886350

This should take you to the group page, if not pm me with your info and i'll add you.

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Posted by travellite on 21/6/2010 at 23:29

hahaha didn't see nick's group, disregard my fb group.

is there a way to delete posts?

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Posted by 0theories on 22/6/2010 at 03:03

Hi guys,

Me too :) I'll be traveling around SEA for maybe 5 months or so from Nov until Apr. I'm a firm believer that traveling solo is the best, but that's just because you get to meet a lot more people and find yourself in many interesting situations that normally don't present themselves when you're committed to a group. I joined the facebook group but there are few members right now. I don't have any definite plans yet, nor even a ticket but I'm definitely going and am open to adventures. I'm 35, male, live in the USA and have traveled much.

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Posted by Lynn2306 on 30/6/2010 at 19:05

Posted from within Vietnam.

hey guys! i'm Lynn from vietnam. im thinking about go round vietnam from the south to the north and go to cambodia at Octorber- november or Feb-2010. so if there are anyone have a same plan, we can go together.
or if u come to ho chi minh city( im living here) give me a email. i can show u around the city.
my email is anythinglovely@yahoo.com or u can add me at facebook via this email too. if u need any help, just email to me
Lynn!

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Posted by tangledjungle on 2/7/2010 at 07:27

Hi all,

I'm a 27yo Irish lad and I'm planning to travel from Sept 2010 to March 2011.

My travel plan is all over the place at the minute and I can't seem to decide on anything! Hoping I'm not the only one!

As I haven't done anything like this solo before, the very rough plan is spending September in around central/eastern Europe and then heading to Bangkok in early October. From that point on my itinerary is completely open at the mo.

I'd love to hear your plans and get the chance to meet some like minded people!

Barry.

tangledjungle (at) gmail (dot) com

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Posted by 0theories on 3/7/2010 at 22:33

Right on Barry,

I originally also thought of including some of Eastern Europe in my travels, but I think it'll be too cold for me :) I might first stop by S. Korea to see some friends, but otherwise just concentrate on one region. So maybe see you in SEA... If you've never done this before, you might want to consider consolidating your plans a little for a first experience, but I think you'll probably have a blast either way. I find I never really want to be done traveling when my time runs out, so the longer you can travel, the better (at least for me).

Lynn, I would love to meet up with you and get a tour of your city. And maybe if the timing is right, we'll see each other along the path, or maybe even travel together for a bit. Right now I'm leaning towards buying a motorbike in Vietnam and riding it all over SEA. Still not 100% settled on even the most general of plans though :)

Lev

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Posted by Lynn2306 on 3/7/2010 at 23:00

Posted from within Vietnam.

hey Lev!
send me an email when u are coming here, we will talk more about detail.
and of course, we can take a tour around my city.
i dont really know about how to buy a motorbike for a foreigner, but i will take a look to u

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Posted by 0theories on 3/7/2010 at 23:09

Thanks a lot Lynn!

I'm sure I can take care of the motorbike part so don't go to any trouble for that :) Thank you for the offer though... There's a lot of info on these forums and I like making my own arrangements anyway, as that's half the fun and a large source of where the "adventurous" situations arise from :) It would be really cool to hang out though and see some of the spots that you really like as someone who lives there as opposed to what the guidebooks say (although I'm sure there's plenty of overlap). Have you traveled around Vietnam before or will this be your first cross-country trip?

Thanks, lev

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Posted by tangledjungle on 12/7/2010 at 04:45

Thanks 0theories,

I think you are right, I've decided to ditch the Eastern European trail and head straight for SE Asia instead. Early plans are to reach Thailand in the first week of October and I'm just working out a rough route around Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia at the moment for a minimum of 3/4 months. Like a lot of people here I'm after the adventure and the possibilities that are opened up when you aren't attached to an itinerary...

If anyone is around SE Asia at that time, I'd love to hear from you and maybe get to meet up for a beer or three! :)

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Posted by Ryan209 on 14/7/2010 at 01:47

Hi all!
I land in Bangkok November 1st with a one way ticket and have no set plans. Would like to see some of south Thailand {ko phi phi,ko pha ngan and koh samui} Beaches look really nice down there! WoulD like to visit Laos,Vietnam and cambodia too, would be better to meet up with people. First time traveller! If any would like to get in touch my email is ryanallen77@ntlworld.com
Im 22 year old male from UK

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Posted by fifmc on 14/9/2010 at 21:07

Hi Guys,

I think this is a fantastic idea... and love the facebook group!

I'm a 25 year old Irish female. I'm starting off my travel in India with one of my mates but travelling Thailand by myself (which is a bit daunting). I arrive in Bangkok on the 14th of November but have no specific route planned out. If anyone is gong to be in Bangkok around that time let me know.

Cheers,
Fi

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Posted by elle1981x on 29/9/2010 at 15:07

i arrive in bangkok the 2nd of december with no plans whatsoever! So if anyone's about at this time would be great to meet for a beer :)

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Posted by japangaijin on 8/10/2010 at 01:19

Hey all! My friend and I'll be in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Lao from 11/11-11/28. If anyone is interested in meeting up/wants more details you can email me at jeremy.sullivan11@gmail.com or at http://www.facebook.com/Jeremy.Michael.Sullivan and lmk your ideas:)

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Posted by Anas on 8/10/2010 at 01:51

@elle1981x...lol

i will also be arriving in Thailand around that time..what are ur plans??

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Posted by japangaijin on 8/10/2010 at 11:45

@elle1981x, I'll best you-I don't even fully know what countries I'm going to or for what dates...and I leave in a month from now-Beat that!... and my friend is more clueless...we don't even have our visas or shots yet-$600. for shots-nah, not really feeling that.

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Posted by elle1981x on 8/10/2010 at 14:28

Yeah I guess we're lucky in the uk, we get shots for free!
Anas... I'll be in bangkok for a few days figuring out what to do and then thinking of going north, as i've not been that way before. Meeting a mate in koh phangan for new years. I've got 2 months in thailand so open to suggestions :)

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Posted by nickgf on 8/10/2010 at 16:07

Hey y'all! It seems we've all been a bit lazy with regards to chatting to each other about our travel plans.
I will definitely keep referring to this site (mainly because I have no clue where I'm going !) but am leaving for Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
Gonna go to Melbourne for a bit then back to KL and from 1st Nov to 4th January I have to make my way through SEA to Beijing before taking the trans siberian to Moscow.
From there i'm flying to Sao Paolo to explore SA.
No set plans on how long i'll stay or where to go, but as I have limited time in SEA i'm thinking Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, then fly to Beijing.

I reckon the best thing to do for all of us is to post to the facebook group (or on here) details of where we are, as I'm sure there will often be at least a couple of us in the same area at the same time!


Happy travelling everyone!

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Posted by travellite on 8/10/2010 at 23:29

Hey everyone. I'll be in Bangkok Dec. 10th. I'm going to check out Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya, then head down to the islands for Christmas and New Years. I'll most likely be on the eastern islands for the holidays, I want to do Phangan for New Years. Then after the holidays, I'll probably check out the western islands. If anyone's considering the same and wants to meet up for some beers, even maybe share a room in the islands (since guesthouse prices will be outrageous that time of year) hit me up.

Cheers!

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Posted by kennyfinest on 25/10/2010 at 05:42

Hi fi,
I arrive in bangkok on the 10th nov and have 6 weeks to make my way down to singapore for a flight into indonesia. Im looking at spending up to 4 weeks in laos then heading back through thailand to do some rock climbing and prob some snorkelling/ lazing around on beaches.
I wont leave bangkok for a few days after i arrive and have seen a fair bit of thailand before so i could prob give you some good ideas if your not keen on where i am going.
If you want advice or perhaps to meet up in bangkok you can contact me through this email :- lenbarnardAThotmailDOTcoDOTuk . or you can message me on here. Hope this helps and dont be too daunted at the thought of travelling alone as its alot easier than you think.
cheers
Len

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Posted by gdansk on 26/10/2010 at 11:09

hi

i fly in HCMC on November 13th. Plan to ride up to Hanoi by motorbike.
im 30yo male travelling solo.

anyone wants to join giveme a shout on marek@hostel.gda.pl

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Posted by carlaj on 29/10/2010 at 15:13

Hi everybody I lanf d in Bangkok on the 9th Nov never backpacked before !!

Elle ill be on koh phangan for New Years too ssooooooo excited/scared about the whole adventure

Nick you thinking of going to Kanchanaburi ?? I was going to head there from Bangkok then work North and on into Laos where you celebrating Christmas ??

Len any adive on Bangkok /Thailand would be awesome

right better get some work done last week though whoooopp whooooopp

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