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Happy New Year!

Posted by eastwest on 1/1/2012 at 05:34

Well, that's just it. Can't add more than wishing everyone love, health and happiness. Oh, and of course lots of travel in SEA. ...

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Merry Christmas all!

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/12/2011 at 07:25

So according to the Norad Santa site, the dude with the reindeer in currently over PNG, so we're bunkering down here in Bali to lay in wait. Merry Christmas all - have a good day and take it easy on the gingerbread men ...

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Viewed 1,988 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by madz on 27/12/2011 at 05:57

Moving very slowly

Posted by MADMAC on 11/12/2011 at 05:56

This is kind of a curiousity thing, but most of the time when the subject of bus travel comes up, people are moving fairly long haul distances. I wonder has anyone here moved along really slowly, from Ampur to Ampur on a Song Taew or like, spending one day in one small town, the next in another, and so forth? And if so, how much did they enjoy that? ...

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Viewed 5,624 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 24/12/2011 at 03:46

I love this site

Posted by whiteelephant on 22/7/2009 at 17:46

I've b/reading and using this site for a few months now and love it. Just wanted to say thanks. A couple of suggestions tho: 1: More pics 2:Some kind of personal messaging 3: and it would be great if members (yes i kno i only just became one) could vote on what we think are useful answers and what are not. Maybe just a thumb up or down? Keep up the good work, I've not been back to TT once since finding this site. ...

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Viewed 5,340 times, with 22 replies. Last reply by inspiredbykrissi on 23/12/2011 at 23:41

My eyes have been opened... advice needed.

Posted by Geezy on 25/10/2011 at 17:37

Hello all, I have recently returned from a 3 week trip around Thailand and Laos, heading to Chiang Mai and slow boat to Luang Prabang which has absolutely blew my mind. It was my 3 week break from work which gave me the opportunity to do this. I have traveled around Thailand before to the islands which was great bt this time the trip has actually left me with a unsatiable appettite to travel more, to the point were I want to quit my job and go traveling for 4 months next year and find a job ...

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Viewed 6,224 times, with 12 replies. Last reply by inspiredbykrissi on 23/12/2011 at 03:55

meditation retreats

Posted by mmcphee7117 on 27/5/2011 at 09:51

Does anyone know of any good extended meditation retreats in Indonesia, Maylasia, or Thailand? I am a bit more interested in Zen rather than Theravada but I'm aware that the area is predominately the latter so I'm open to it. I'd say I am a fairly experienced and somewhat knowledgeable Mediator so I'm looking for something which is not quite "introductory" but does provide for a good beginner style learning environment (if that makes sense). ...

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Viewed 4,078 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by inspiredbykrissi on 23/12/2011 at 03:49

Nice and quiet beach accommodation?

Posted by Sampan on 22/12/2011 at 23:42

Hello Forum! I'm looking to find a nice quiet beach hideout (with tons of sunshine) and some nice, backpacker-budget friendly accommodation to just relax to the melting point for a few weeks, I also woulden't want to have to spend to much effort to get there... That's not to much to ask for in the middle of peak season, is it?? I'm in Luang Prabang at the moment and would be looking to fly from here. I found a flight with Vietnam airlines to Siem Reap, and one idea would be to get from the ...

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Planning my 2nd trip :D

Posted by potta_boro on 19/12/2011 at 09:42

Its been a while considering I was on travel fish everyday from may-November!! I completed my first ever 'backpacking' trip in November an it was the best thing I'd ever done, absOlutely loved it! With a lot of help from travel fish!! I basically travelled Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and phillipines, not everything went to plan and I spent probably double what i planned mainly due to accommodation and domestic flights, it was basically a long holiday (all because my gf is too girly) so didn't ...

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How do people travel?

Posted by Geezy on 10/8/2010 at 23:03

I'm really interested in other peoples approaches to travelling. I went to Thailand for the 1st time last year. It was my first long haul out of Europe. To be honest when i got there my head went to pieces. I didnt really know how to approach the whole 'travelling' experience. With booking flights, how to get different accomodation day after day, booking trains and things like that. If you have any advice or experiences about travelling logistics i woould love to hear it. Thanks Geezy ...

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Travelfish equivelant for South America?

Posted by tuna on 12/12/2011 at 16:28

Seeking a trustworthy reliable information source & exchange for travel around South America and have struggled to find anything as comprehensive as Travelfish. Any recommendations greatly appreciated. ...

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Viewed 2,952 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by pslager on 13/12/2011 at 11:47

TF blocked in China?

Posted by christay2009 on 10/12/2011 at 09:24

I keep recommending TF to people here in China and it seems it is blocked. I don't know why ... China isn't covered / rarely mentioned. Unless all the computers are just terrible here and can't cope with it. Anyone else in China confirm? ...

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Viewed 2,859 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 10/12/2011 at 22:15

6 weeks in Aisa

Posted by kiwibro on 27/11/2011 at 00:58

Looking to travel around Cambodia Vietnam Laos Thialand for 6 weeks,1st time to that part of Asia,not sure where to start and where to go.I'm into diving so would like to do some dives while i'm there,but also into Temples the culture of the people so get out with the locals and see how they live.History so the vietnam war. Budget not to cheap and not to expensive. So what i'm asking is where to start and where to go ...

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Viewed 2,225 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by chinarocks on 28/11/2011 at 05:52

a Travelfish equivilant for China?

Posted by UsTwo on 21/5/2010 at 20:09

Love this site, have finished my trip planning for Vietnam & Thailand. Does anybody know of a similar website for China? Want to travel Beijing,Xian, Chengdu, Kunming, to Hanoi. ...

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Prolonging the trip

Posted by UsTwo on 1/11/2011 at 04:47

We leave in six days for our three months getaway. It has been pointed out to me that the lead up to the trip contains much anticipation, whereas the trip will be over before we know it. So, I have postponed for three months, to extend that anticipation. We will then have another six months ahead of us. Then, in three months time, just before we leave............. ...

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Help me out with this check list please!

Posted by mmcphee7117 on 12/7/2011 at 02:05

I'm heading out in a little under two weeks for 3-4 months and just wanted to go over a quick check list to see if I'm forgetting anything...Thanks for the help in advance.... Already acquired/done- insurance passport visa ticket extra debit card backpack clothing some cash told my bank where I am going budget (roughtly 25-35/day) camera wallet with clip money belt flashlight (head lamp) water proof bag for wallet/passport/etc. I still need- locks for pack return ticket (i'll worry about th ...

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Viewed 3,103 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by johnbarrington on 19/10/2011 at 19:27

Bookmarking interesting posts

Posted by UsTwo on 18/9/2011 at 14:01

Is there a way I can bookmark posts of particular interest within Travelfish? There are a couple of posts I have lost track of, which contained specific info for my upcoming trip. I know I can do it on my computer, but that is starting to look like a dog's breakfast now! ...

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Viewed 1,694 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by UsTwo on 18/9/2011 at 15:57

Silk Liners

Posted by UsTwo on 11/9/2011 at 09:36

I've seen a few threads where silk liners are discussed, with opinions for and against. What I'd like to know is what protection they give over bed bugs. Are the bugs repelled by the silk? Or is it simply a physical barrier? Thanks ...

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Teaching in South East Asia

Posted by samsie23 on 1/11/2010 at 04:14

Hi all, I'm thinking of teaching English as a foreign language. First draw back is that I don't have a degree. I know i can teach in Indonesia with just a certificate, but wondered how difficult it was to work in Thailand, South Korea or Japan without one. I've heard its possible, but would like to hear from people with pratical experience advice in advance. Also which is the best course to take? Massive kind regards, Peter ...

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Viewed 5,671 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 26/8/2011 at 15:05

Where is the outrage?

Posted by MADMAC on 18/7/2011 at 23:31

These men are executed in cold blood, a video of it is taken, and not a peep. A nutbag in Florida burns a Qur'an, and every Muslim in Afghanistan has his panties in a twist. What is wrong with the thought processes going on here? Imagine if the Australian Army had captured 16 Taliban militants, then simply lined them up on a hill top, and video taped their execution (complete with a troooper walking down the line and popping each one in the head just to be sure). There would be a hue and cry fro ...

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Viewed 2,939 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 11/8/2011 at 11:05

The insurgency in southern Thailand

Posted by sayadian on 24/7/2011 at 14:46

I spent a great deal of time in the south, in fact I was down there 6 months before I even made it to Bangkok.I can recall this area has been a trouble spot for many years and the CT (communists) even shot up a Malaysian tour bus heading for Betong as long ago as 1985.Now we have the pro-Islamic terrorist threat. Again I can recall the Tahan Pran operating in that area during the mid 80's.and I remember a certain section of road where a soldier was put on our bus as protection (though he was m ...

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Viewed 4,136 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 4/8/2011 at 01:48

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