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SE Asia in Oct - Looking for travel companions

Posted by hkl114 on 19/7/2012 at 16:58

Looking for travel buddies for SE Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia) & Nepal. Will be backpacking it up for 4 months. I do not have a set itinerary yet but will most likely use Bangkok as start and end point.

I am from New York (27/m) and looking for awesome people who love to travel and share experiences & stories.

Also up for any advice on the order of countries I should go to.



#1 hkl114 has been a member since 19/7/2012. Posts: 3

Posted by mustang19 on 31/7/2012 at 05:19

Hi K.

I'm heading out in September, too. I'm going to Bali, then overland to Jakarta, then flying into Bangkok (pretty blindly - I have NO plans for Thailand whatsoever yet). I think I'll stay a month or so in Thailand before heading up to South Korea.

If you think we may cross paths, or if you just want to talk etc then drop me a line. I'm nice, honest!

Kate x

#2 mustang19 has been a member since 29/7/2012. Posts: 7

Posted by Curly3112 on 4/8/2012 at 14:28

Hi K and Kate... I seem to be crossing paths with you already!! Il try and send another message, but im on twitter @curly3112 if you can share ideas of where to stay in bangkok etc, I have no plans either! Im 30, (feel 24) and am escaping work for a couple of years, so am looking for people to chill/sunbathe/explore/drink with!!!!
Take Care,
Jenny x

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Posted by HollyOdaravla on 5/8/2012 at 17:14

Hey K,

I'm 25/F living in NZ, would love to meet up and travel. I"m a little skeptical going by myself. I'm thinking of booking my ticket for early Sept. Have you booked anything yet?


#4 HollyOdaravla has been a member since 5/8/2012. Location: United States. Posts: 5

Posted by HollyOdaravla on 5/8/2012 at 17:48

I meant Oct* Sorry :)

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Posted by madisonmate on 5/8/2012 at 18:02

Hi Everyone,

I am a 20/F living in Vancouver, Canada. I am also interested in meeting someone to travel with towards the end of September. No set itinerary, but Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos are on my list to see!

My email is


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Posted by katiepeeps on 17/8/2012 at 05:02

Hi guys,

My name's Katie and I'm also travelling on my own, I've arranged my flights already and plan to arrive in Bangkok on 2nd October and stay for a couple of nights before heading up to Chiang Mai. I have planned a rough itinerary for Northern Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia as I only have several weeks before heading to Australia.

If any of you fancy meeting for a bit of company then I'd be more than pleased to meet up. I'm 31 years old but don't let that put you off as I'm still as much fun as the youngsters ;-)

My contact details are below;
Katie_Peeps - Twitter

Have fun!


#7 katiepeeps has been a member since 20/7/2012. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 6

Posted by lfitz17 on 9/9/2012 at 14:00

Hi guys, I'm also travelling solo around similar dates and am also looking for some fun people to join up with for part of my trip. No definite itinary as yet other than I am landing in Bangkok on 5th October and plan to make my way up through North Thailand and then onto Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

I'm a 32 year old male, but dont act like it:) Originally from South Africa but have been living in London for 7 years and am passing SE Asia on my way back to SA.

Hopefully can meet up with some or all of you for some fun times!

My email address is :


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Posted by deiron777 on 9/9/2012 at 18:18

Hi all,

My name is Deiron, im 28/M and from Cambridge. I think most of us can be, or are going to be in and around Bangkok early October.
I would love to hook up with you all for a journey whether it be great or small.
I am definitely going to pick some friends up along the way and im sure you are all decent people. SO can we make this work?

Age is nothing- its good to have range of enough of the age talk.

Lawrence- I fly in the day after you and would like to hear your take on London, im there nearly every other week and I have a love hate with it. I also want to go to SA so this is a great opportunity for me......jokes.

Katie- your plan sounds great!

Madison- good to talk to you.



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Posted by hkl114 on 9/9/2012 at 20:54

Hi All,

I finally set my travel dates, will be landing in Bangkok on Oct. 7th. Will be planning on heading up to northern Thailand and into Laos, not sure when I will do that.

Anyone around Bangkok around that time frame want to meet up?

Also, anyone got any recommendations for hostels in BK?

#10 hkl114 has been a member since 19/7/2012. Posts: 3

Posted by katiepeeps on 10/9/2012 at 04:34

Hi hkl114,

I have been recommended the below accommodation in Bangkok;

D&D Inn -
Buddy Lodge -

I will only be staying in Bangkok 2 nights max then heading up by overnight train to Chiang Mai on 5th October so may see you somewhere along the line.

Enjoy your travels!


#11 katiepeeps has been a member since 20/7/2012. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 6

Posted by deiron777 on 10/9/2012 at 06:57

I arrive the day after you in Bangkok and also plan to meet Madison who is on this thread. I would like to meet up as the route you are taking and the period near enough the same!

Im told most hostels on the Koh san road are resonable I guess it depends on your overall budget. Do you have the lonely planet book for South East Asia It has reviews and great directions for every major city!

I would like to so go to see the bridge on the river kwai before heading out of the Bangkok area, then Ill happy get out of the hustle and bustle and head north for Laos or East into Cambodia.



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Posted by katiepeeps on 10/9/2012 at 07:10

Hi Guys,

I've just had an article forwarded to me which was published in The Sunday Times regarding Tubing in Laos - see below. You may want to check the situation before heading there if this was your main reason to visit Laos.

In brief: Laos bans death ridesThe Sunday Times Published: 9 September 2012

24 riverside clubs and bars have been closed down in Vang Vieng (John Elk III)
Laos is finally clamping down on unregulated adrenaline sports in the backpacker haven of Vang Vieng, where 27 tourists died in 2011. In April, The Sunday Times revealed the number of casualties, which were mainly related to incidents involving the makeshift zip wires and tubing operations that have sprung up along the Nam Song River. Travellers, often incapacitated by hallucinogen-laced milkshakes and lao-lao whisky served by the bucket, would float downriver from bar to bar on inner tubes, usually without life jackets. Now the government has closed down 24 riverside clubs and bars, announced the closure of all zip wires pending safety assessments and required tubing operations to use lifejackets and be restricted to daylight hours. “We have set ourselves the target of bringing a new face to the Vang Vieng district by October,” said the leader of the task force, Boualy Milattanapheng.

Not all locals approve of the crackdown. Johannes Koolkas, a long-term resident, said: “Things may have been getting a little out of control over the past year or two, but completely shutting all these local businesses down is maybe not the best idea. A stronger police force and trained first-aid staff on the river would most likely help.”

#13 katiepeeps has been a member since 20/7/2012. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 6

Posted by deiron777 on 10/9/2012 at 09:53

Not surprised in the slightest I have seen more and more negative feedback on the tubing in Laos.
Shame though I was looking forward to that ride in the sun, I was going to give the zip lines and rope swings the shoulder anyhow.
Still got the Gibbon experience in North Laos though!
Thanks Katie

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