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Welcome to the new Travelfish

Posted by somtam2000 on 18/1/2009 at 19:00

The new site is here at last! What you see is the first step toward a number of changes that are on the way over the coming weeks and months. Through these we're aiming to provide a more solid base for the site to work with into 2009 and beyond. While there will be some new destinations coming online, more importantly you can expect a better depth of content on the site from now on. There are still some loose ends we're tying up, but we needed to get the new framework open before the traffic ...

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Viewed 6,183 times, with 30 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 19/10/2010 at 05:53

Travelfish T-shirts now available!

Posted by somtam2000 on 27/7/2009 at 19:29

First, if you won a T-shirt in the Travelfish Fifth Birthday celebration a couple of weeks ago, don't fret -- they're being mailed out at the moment -- the designer was down with dengue fever, hence the delay. But if you didn't win one, you may be interested to learn that you don't have to wait another year to win one. Yes, we're flogging Travelfish T-shirts through the site now and you can read all about it here. Cheers! ...

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Viewed 14,705 times, with 22 replies. Last reply by apriljune on 9/10/2010 at 15:20

You can now review destinations on Travelfish - and win prizes!

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/5/2009 at 20:32

Hi all, We've just opened a new feature to allow Travelfish members to add their own opinion on destinations, and whether they're worth a visit or not -- like the accommodation reviews, but for individual destinations. For example, if you've got something to say about Sukhothai in Thailand, you head to the Sukhothai section, scroll down a little, and fill out the form you'll see. Here are a few pointers: a) For now, all comments are moderated before they appear. b) We're hoping that ...

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Viewed 15,213 times, with 44 replies. Last reply by pranjal on 17/9/2010 at 10:20

Change in how Travelfish member accommodation reviews work

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/3/2010 at 09:43

I've received a few emails over the last week or so regarding this, so I thought would do a post explaining what is happening. As regulars will know, Travelfish members are able to post reviews on the pages for specific guesthouses and hotels etc. The idea was to allow others to post their experiences -- good and bad -- in order to give other Travelfish readers a broader range of opinions on a place rather than relying just on the opinion of the Travelfish researcher who wrote the place up. ...

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Viewed 8,056 times, with 12 replies. Last reply by travellingsarah on 16/9/2010 at 08:24

Update on the new Travelfish site

Posted by somtam2000 on 9/9/2010 at 09:21

I know I keep rabbitting on about this, but just to give people a heads up on where I am with things. Firstly, we've a considerable backlog of new material to go onto the site (primarily Ko Pha Ngan, Buriram, Chiang Mai, Vientiane, northwest Vietnam and a few bits of Indonesia) but they're all delayed 'cause some of the redesign has taken considerably longer to implement than I expected. So what we'll probably end up doing is launching the site sooner than later so I can get this new content on ...

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Viewed 2,517 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by Lawoat on 10/9/2010 at 17:37

busylizzy buttons

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/8/2010 at 08:51

As you may notice, the forum screen is a little different. As requested I've added little buttons so you can link and format your text without bothering with the pesky BBCode. I haven't checked it in all browsers yet, so if you have probs getting it to work, please comment below. Enjoy Before you ask, Edit function is in new site. ...

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Viewed 2,483 times, with 20 replies. Last reply by busylizzy on 2/9/2010 at 16:55

Ongoing site availability issues

Posted by somtam2000 on 9/7/2010 at 07:13

As regular readers will have noticed over the last couple of days, something has been amiss at Travelfish! For the last three or four days our server has been being specifically attacked and that is resulting in ongoing availability issues. While we're working to address the problems it is taking time and we've needed to turn off some parts of the site while we deal with it. Please accept our apols for the inconvenience and rest assured we're working to deal with it. Best! ...

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Viewed 2,075 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by SBE on 12/7/2010 at 04:00

What would you like to see more of on Travelfish?

Posted by somtam2000 on 12/6/2009 at 19:10

Call me a glutton for punishment... I'm wondering -- what would you like to see more of ... or less of ... on Travelfish? Bear in mind that it's largely a one man show (on the tech side) so I do have my limits -- but I'm always open to more suggestions -- and ideas -- of other "stuff" we could/should have on the site. Yes SBE, I know you want an edit function... so I'm asking what so you all want EXCEPT for an edit function on the forum?! As always, thanks in advance. ...

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Viewed 4,556 times, with 37 replies. Last reply by busylizzy on 15/5/2010 at 12:41

Air Asia

Posted by SBE on 12/5/2009 at 04:13

Well I just clicked on an ad on this site for the first time EVER Somtam! I usually get email alerts for Air Asia but haven't had this one yet. The one I got a few days ago was from 99Baht, not free! Unfortunately I never know where I'll be on any specific date 6-7 months hence but if you do then go for it. Air Asia are getting their act together quite well nowadays. I must have flown with them about a dozen times this last trip. They used to have a bad reputation for being late but I ...

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Viewed 5,395 times, with 15 replies. Last reply by SBE on 29/11/2009 at 09:26

Thumbs up and thumbs down

Posted by somtam2000 on 4/9/2009 at 09:13

I've just added a new snippet to the forum that allows all readers (members and non-members) to give individual posts on the forum a thumbs up or down. It's nothing too scientific -- but if you think what the person wrote to be pretty useful then give it a thumbs-up, likewise if it isn't particularly helpful, give it a thumbs down. The upping and downing is anonymous but it will allow me to see what readers value on the forum -- and what they do not. Generally speaking you can only vote ...

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Viewed 3,079 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by SBE on 4/9/2009 at 21:48

How do I: Add HTML formatting to my posts?

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/8/2009 at 07:05

If you'd like to format your posts to make them easier (or more difficult) to read, then once you pass a posting threshold you're able to make use of BBCode to format your posts. The threshold is quite low, once you've passed it you'll see a note just below the box that you type your posts in reading: "As you've made X posts, BB code is enabled" So, you're in business. There are some examples of most of the code below, but please bear in mind that it can get messy if you don't format th ...

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Viewed 22,819 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 25/8/2009 at 05:41

Travelfish adds 4,000th guesthouse review

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/8/2009 at 22:06

Earlier this week, we added the 4,000th property review to Travelfish. At a glance that may not seem like much, but bear in mind that when we say 4,000 guesthouse and hotel reviews we mean 4,000 guesthouses and hotels in Southeast Asia that Travelfish researchers have visited in person and reviewed anonymously. As you're probably well aware there's a slew of travel websites out there offering accommodation reviews -- and some of them are excellent -- but we like to think that we're a little b ...

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Viewed 3,049 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 18/8/2009 at 15:09

Expanded accommodation reader reviews on Travelfish

Posted by somtam2000 on 27/2/2008 at 19:46

We've added some new features to the accommodation listings on the site. Now, along with your normal review, you're also able to rate the guesthouse/hotel/resort on a scale of one to ten on the following criteria: Cleanliness Location Overall facilities Romance Room quality Staff Value for money Vibe Obviously you'll need to be logged in to post a review -- the review form doesn't appear unless you're logged in. Cheers & happy reviewing! ...

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Viewed 4,131 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 14/8/2009 at 16:30

Back Button and Edit

Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 10/8/2009 at 00:13

Hey Somtaam, Hows it going? Travelfish looking good as ever. Altho slightly different for some reason. Anyway, when pressing the back button on the browser after posting it adds another post. I do this on so many sites that it is habit to get back to where i just was but is there anyway you stop it doing this? Also, whats the score with all the little things that most frorums have like edit butto and quote button etc... Ez, JMM ...

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Viewed 3,052 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 11/8/2009 at 21:26

Google maps and Travelfish

Posted by somtam2000 on 4/5/2009 at 13:26

As I mentioned in the April newsletter, as a part of our new Malaysia coverage I'm looking to better integrate Google Maps into Travelfish. In the past, I shied away from Google Maps primarily because the resolution wasn't good enough. While this is still an issue in Laos and Cambodia, and, to a lesser extent Vietnam, for Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore the maps are very good. So, I've made a demo page for the thriving metropolis (that is a joke) of Kangar in northern Peninsular Malaysia ...

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Viewed 3,597 times, with 14 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 11/8/2009 at 08:16

Interview in today's Phnom Penh Post

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/7/2009 at 15:39

I've an interview in today's PhnomPenh Post -- Cambodia's leading English language daily newspaper. If you're in Cambodia at the moment you've probably already seen today's paper, but if not, you can read the interview here. First one to guess the country where the photo was taken gets a Travelfish Guide of their choice ;-) Cheers! ...

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Viewed 3,672 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by DLuek on 16/7/2009 at 11:29

Travelfish turns five this Sunday

Posted by somtam2000 on 8/7/2009 at 09:46

Yup, where did those five years go?! This Sunday Travelfish officially turns five. To celebrate we'll be having a few giveaways through the day on Sunday. Given we've got big readerships in the UK, North America, Australia and New Zealand and across SE Asia, we'll stagger the giveaways through the day to give more people a chance to win things. As we're based in Bali, we'll get things going around mid morning Sunday our time (that's GMT +8). So watch this space! ...

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Posted by Lother on 4/6/2009 at 17:57

Hi, Any particular reason why eFish aren't available for all the places Travelfish covers? For example, Nghe An and Quang Binh provinces in Vietnam. ...

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Viewed 3,157 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by busylizzy on 14/7/2009 at 16:46

Beach day

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/7/2009 at 10:29

i'm on a deck chair having a day off and will announce all. The winners tonight when I get home. Typing this on an iPhone ... Never used one before and am already a total convert. Pasir Putin is lovely. But the sea too rough to swi just now! ...

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Viewed 2,639 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by SBE on 13/7/2009 at 14:56

More map madness

Posted by somtam2000 on 6/7/2009 at 19:05

So you remember the fancy Google Map thingy I added for Phnom Penh, well have just added another one (yes I know, a long time between maps!) this time for Melaka in Malaysia. But there's a new twist. Whenever you're browsing individual properties, if I've got them tagged to the great googletron, you get a mini map that shows just where it is. So for example, if you were making a beeline for the salubrious Travellers' Lodge you'll see a little map in the left column showing you (more or l ...

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Viewed 2,821 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by SBE on 7/7/2009 at 18:56

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