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Merry Xmas - and thank you Travelfish!!

Posted by busylizzy on 24/12/2010 at 02:48

To Stuart (Somtam2000), the TF crew and fellow forumites, I'm having a feel-good moment, so thought I'd share the love! Just wanted to say thanks so much for providing an awesome website and resource for all of us travellers, wanna-be travellers and arm-chair travellers. For me personally, when planning a trip, the information that I can find here is invaluable – from the initial planning stages of a trip through to the point where I am standing on a street with my A5 printed TF guide and ...

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Posted by somtam2000 on 4/12/2010 at 18:56

Good fodder for Saturday night banter ... so what do you reckon regarding Wikileaks? Are they doing the world a favour or making the world more dangerous? ...

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Viewed 2,120 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 8/12/2010 at 18:57

Hundreds die in tragic end to water festival

Posted by busylizzy on 23/11/2010 at 05:04

From today's Phnom Penh Post: " Hundreds died and hundreds more were injured last night in a stampede on Diamond Island’s north bridge, bringing a tragic close to the final day of water festival celebrations in Phnom Penh. Prime Minister Hun Sen announced via video conference at 2:30am that 339 people had been confirmed dead and 329 injured. “With this miserable event, I would like to share my condolences with my compatriots and the family members of the victims,” he said. “T ...

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Viewed 3,419 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by fox80 on 27/11/2010 at 05:49

Xmas and New Year in Thailand

Posted by Daisy32 on 3/11/2010 at 20:56

I am going to be in Thailand for 3 weeks from 18th December and am looking for ideas of where is a good place to be for xmas and new year. I am a 32 year old female travelling on my own ( a little terrified ha ha) and am pushing myself out of my comfort zones with this trip thats for sure, cheers ...

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Viewed 3,501 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by robinhood on 11/11/2010 at 22:10

Open Ended Ticket from Canada or Buffalo, NY

Posted by shawnmccrea on 9/11/2010 at 23:41

Hey everyone, First post here so crossing my fingers on replys. I am looking at flying into Bangkok from Toronto, Ontario, Canada where I am from in February 2011. Or if need be I will drive to Buffalo, NY for a cheaper flight. I am looking to travel for 6 months plus but don't really know my return date at all. I am struggling with finding a company over here that offers open ended tickets or possibly one that will allow a free or cheap change of my return flight date. Any information would ...

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Viewed 3,102 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by shawnmccrea on 10/11/2010 at 21:48

Going to Nepal through India, has anyone?

Posted by Mexicano31 on 10/6/2010 at 04:11

Hello all, Im travelling through SEA for some 6 months starting this July and I am thinking about doing a "in the middle" trip to Nepal and India around october. I see flights are cheap from KUL to New Delhi on Air Asia and then there are not too bad prices from New Delhi to Kathmandu. Im thinking 2 weeks in India to get a glimpse of the country and then 2 o 3 in Nepal to see some amazing landscapes and monasteries. Im really excited about this two countries since I am a photographer ...

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Pet hate: Hotels that charge in dollars

Posted by somtam2000 on 2/11/2010 at 07:00

What is it with hotels and guesthouses that, just because they're in Indonesia (or anywhere else for that matter) they don't feel to be under any obligation to list their rates in rupiah? Same goes for other countries. The old justification they tend to wheel out is that most of their expenses are in EU or USD, but I'm sure the local staff aren't paid in greenbacks! It's annoying, and just gives the properties another way to milk money out of travellers by using some exchange rate pegged to the ...

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Viewed 3,001 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 2/11/2010 at 20:35

Made the wife proud today

Posted by neosho on 9/10/2010 at 10:49

With the end of the rainy season coming, everyone in the village is shooting firecrackers. Being in the festive mood, I bought some. Well, I threw what I thought was a small one on to our porch roof in an attempt to scare the wife. I now have a 4 inch diameter hole in the roof. Needless to say she failed to see the humor. I'm leaving now to go find the local carpenters. ...

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Viewed 2,526 times, with 14 replies. Last reply by neosho on 21/10/2010 at 08:00

Favourite hated towns

Posted by 5acrefarmer on 21/9/2010 at 17:05

Anyone got a town they sort of hate but sort of love? I remember ages ago when I first arrived in (then) Calcutta, I hated it but ended up being stuck there for several days and grew to like it. Often the best travel stories to tell are the ones involving pain and misery and awful awful places! ...

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getting clothes made

Posted by savorygal on 2/10/2010 at 22:26

I would like to have some clothes made while in Thailand, just simple everyday sorts of things. I want the fabric to be 100% cotton or linen. I have been reading guidebooks and the consensus seems to be unless you want silk or suiting material the fabric choices are limited & mostly synthetics. Is that true?! Any info would be appreciated. ...

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What is up with the Travelfish Banner??

Posted by hutty on 30/9/2010 at 08:33

So this guy is jumping into the river while wearing his camera (or mobile phone)? That is just silly. ...

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Posted by 5acrefarmer on 17/9/2010 at 07:36

Hi I've never seen the term/word 'flashpackers' before, wondering what its exact meaning is. (I have a feeling I don't want to be one!) I've notice it used as a term to possibly describe a form of traveller/tourist/backpacker but also maybe a chain of hostels or hotels throughout SEA. Interesting AND insulting? ...

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Viewed 4,477 times, with 14 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 20/9/2010 at 09:24

Laos or vietnam for Xmas?

Posted by sp4ced on 11/9/2010 at 22:09

Hi All, planning on travelling SE asia (first time!) from mid Nov. Just wondering what your thoughts were for Xmas? We are probably going to be in Lao or vietnam, any must be places or any good suggestions around that kinda area? as its Xmas wanna do something special or big party? Thanks in adavnce Sp4ced ...

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Viewed 2,492 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by sp4ced on 13/9/2010 at 18:30

Binge drinking in Korea

Posted by somtam2000 on 31/8/2010 at 05:11

I lived in South Korea for a year when I was young, but never saw anything like this: basically this is a site dedicated to pics of people who, after binge drinking end up passed out on the street in Korea. Really quite eye-opening stuff. ...

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Hiroshima Anniversary

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/8/2010 at 20:43

As many will have noted, Friday gone was the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing and on that theme I was passed the following site that puts together all the nuclear explosions on the planet, commencing with the single test before the two in Japan. It runs for about ten minutes and is worth watching through from start to finish. A lot huh - 2,053 all up! Yeah, I know, nothing to do with travel -- that's why we have idle banter. ...

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Christmas in South East Asia?

Posted by nja21 on 3/8/2009 at 02:28

Hi, Me and my mates have six weeks planned for South East Asia which cross over Christmas. Anyone have any tips / advice for some good places to go for Christmas / New Year? We haven't planned too much yet, other than having narrowed it down to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos. Cheers. ...

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vacation jewelry

Posted by tibetanempress on 28/7/2010 at 20:39

Whenever I go on vacation my favorite thing to take home, except for the photos, is jewelry. On my trip to shanghai I brought back stunning Chinese cloisonné earrings. In Hong Kong I bought red lacquer earrings. In Tibet found mala beads, the famous dzi beads and huge beautiful turquoise rings. In Thailand and Indonesia I found some amazing coconut bangles and necklaces. What is your favorite piece of jewelry you have bought on holiday? ...

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Viewed 2,045 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 30/7/2010 at 17:34


Posted by tibetanempress on 20/7/2010 at 14:33

Last week or so I posted something about how the mind only wants peace and quiet. I finished reading the book ‘eat pray love’. Wasn’t my favourite but, it still got me thinking about the idea of peace. Peace with-in. Are you at peace? I mean with yourself mostly…. Where and when do you find yourself the most centered? Around family, friends, working, reading, doing activities or hobbies? ...

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Shared bathrooms?

Posted by luce_uk on 9/4/2010 at 16:18

Hi I leave in a few weeks for a RTW year trip all around SEA and Aus. What i was wondering is what are the shared bathrooms like in the hostels/guesthouses? Are they generally kept clean, and how many showers per people do they have e.g do you often have to wait to get showered? Any horrible experience with grotty places? And where do people dry their towels and stuff? Thanks for your replies! ...

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When not to go

Posted by Remedy on 9/5/2010 at 21:55

Hi all, I spent the last 5 weeks of last year traveling through Vietnam and Cambodia, and it has left me with a desire to travel back and see all the things I missed the first time around (another SE Asia fanatic born :). Now while I truly loved the area (and the people), I was sometimes annoyed with the hordes of tourists and tour groups in certain areas. I am therefore thinking of taking the next trip outside of high season to hopefully get a better insight into everyday life. It is n ...

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