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Bon Voyage

Posted by cdnexplorer on 21/2/2010 at 23:28

Well my flight takes off tomorrow morning for Bangkok, and the 6 month journey begins. Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer questions/include an opinion - this website was the best resource I could've asked for. If anyone will be in BKK on Feb 24-26 let me know, would love to grab a drink. I'll be sure to share my experiences on the forums, and ill throw my blog URL around once in awhile for anyone doing a similar trip. Thanks again.....WOOOOOOOOOOOO!! ...

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Posted by Lother on 13/3/2010 at 00:35

Anybody here old school enough to be using IRC (namely IRCnet)? Thought I'd get #travelfish started and I'm feeling lonely there. :) ...

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Wanted: expat stories

Posted by francesstella on 12/3/2010 at 07:41

Hello all, This is a pretty broad topic: how/why did you relocate to SEA and what has it been like? I met several expats during a trip to SEA last year. Despite my curiosity I tried to avoid asking the kind of questions I imagine they must get sick of repeating answers to: why did you choose this lifestyle? How did you come pick Asia? What do you do to pay rent? How do you reconcile living abroad with family life? etc. etc. etc. I noticed there are several people living in SEA who regul ...

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open ended flight

Posted by Langley on 22/3/2010 at 09:19

My wife and i are flying into thailand from canada, first time. we were just thinking about getting a one way ticket, because we don't plan on coming home any time soon, and will be trekking across asia into india throughout the course of at least a year. We are starting to wonder if it's not a bad idea to get a return or open ended ticket instead of a one way. Advice? ...

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I'm afraid!

Posted by susantsao2 on 15/3/2010 at 11:34

Really,I should say I don't like to fly, but I'm not really scared. If I don't think about the fact that if the plane crashed, I'd have time to think about it, I'm okay. Does anyone have any suggestions to make me less nervous? ...

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Travelling music

Posted by steve74 on 11/3/2010 at 17:01

Does anyone have any particular favourite music they love to listen to when on the road? I love to listen to music when on a bus journey watching the world go by outside the window. A particular favourite of mine for this is the Into the Wild soundtrack by Eddie Vedder. How about you? ...

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Market shopping in SEA

Posted by luce_uk on 9/4/2010 at 23:03

Hi everyone I am interested to know what the market shopping is like in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam? Is it like Thailand but cheaper, and where is the cheapest places to shop? I love the clothes in the thai markets and all the pretty locally made stuff but it can be expensive in Thailand unless you're really prepared to haggle. Also we will be on a bit of tight budget so don't want to shop in Thailand and then find i can get the same sort of stuff for half the price! Also is it easy and relia ...

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I want to leave now!!

Posted by Mexicano31 on 6/5/2010 at 11:46

Hey guys, just wanted to express my urgency and excitement to leave on this marvelous trip around SEA for 6 months that I have been planning for 2 or 3 years (ha!). I leave in a month and can't bloddy wait for it to be over. Cheers to all travellers and people in the same situation as I, hope you all have a great trip!! My respects to veteran travellers that already are on the road, thanks for sharing your experience here on travelfish =) ...

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Retreats, Training or Courses

Posted by me on 18/5/2010 at 21:42

Hi I am looking to do some retreat for a month somewhere in Asia. I was thinking Muay Thai for a month, but am reconsidering due to the protests. I also was thinking of getting my yoga teaching certificate, but everything is book for the last minute. Anyone know of anything else similar to muay thai or yoga that I can study, learn and experience in Asia? its a broad question but would love to hear some suggestions! ...

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Foodie Itinerary

Posted by bianco on 18/4/2010 at 13:34

My girlfriend and I will be in SE Asia from June 13th to Aug 9th. We are scheduled to fly into Singapore and out of Bangkok. We are planning on spending a couple of days in Singapore then flying to KL for a bit and then up to Penang. We have to be in Koh Samui by June 23rd for my brothers wedding. After that, we are planning on eating our way around Asia. About us: Both in our twenties (don’t know if that matters) We are both very adventurous We are under a tight budget This is ou ...

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Travel Fish counterpart for South America?

Posted by mellimoon on 9/3/2010 at 23:18

This site is soooo useful, i'm going to feel lost without it when i plan an upcoming south america trip... is there any similar websites or blogs for this region? I'm enjoying not relying on lonely planet whilst planning my vietnam trip in 2 weeks! ...

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I miss SE Asia...

Posted by christay2009 on 22/5/2010 at 05:19

...if you're there now, don't leave. Stay. ...

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Not quite living in Southeast Asia (a budget issue)

Posted by caseyprich on 29/4/2010 at 21:34

Let me admit right now that this post fits in this forum (Idle Banter) and is just me whittling away some time while I finish my last beer for the evening as I've just started may holiday here in Shanghai and have an early train to catch. I've noticed a lot of posts from people who hope to move to SE Asia, looking for jobs, wondering what city, but often - the question comes down to pay - and I think many people have concerns over what they can make as say, oh, an English teacher. This is es ...

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How Phi Phi Ley got its name

Posted by tezza on 24/5/2010 at 18:45

A fuller enjoyment of travelling can be experienced if you know the derivation of Thai place names. For instance a Canadian sailor called Daniel Puquette once wrecked his clipper on the northern end of Ko Lanta. Trust those crazy Thais to call the subsequent village Ban Sala Dan. Puquette later moved to another big Andaman coast island, but researchers can’t figure which one*. During the Vietnam War an American GI called Raymond Lay (rumoured to be the uncle of Enron scandal bad-boy Kenneth L ...

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visiting a Cambodian orphanage

Posted by sayadian on 21/1/2010 at 16:06

Is visiting a Cambodian orphanage as a tourist (not as a volunteer) the modern equivalent of the 19th century propensity to visit an asylum? In other words what are people's motives. ...

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Yoga Classes/Studios in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

Posted by hfergu on 31/5/2010 at 19:39

Hello, I'm hoping to take some yoga classes during my travels in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. So far this is the list of studios I've come up with... Laos: - Vientiane --> Vientiane Yoga Studio Cambodia: - Phnom Phen --> Nata Raj Yoga - Siem Reap --> Raja Yoga (meditation) Vietnam: - Hanoi --> Zenith Yoga - Ho Chi Minh --> Breathing Room, Saigon Yoga Does anyone have any additions? Or any experience taking classes in SE Asia? I'm not even sure what the correct outfit woul ...

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Ash cloud procrastination

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/5/2010 at 18:13

My high score was 22078... Thanks to Project Wander for the tipoff. <iframe src="" frameborder="0" style="border:none;" width="608" height="500" scrolling="no"></iframe> Enjoy ...

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Random travel tips..

Posted by Sampan on 17/1/2010 at 16:40

Hi all, This probably falls under the category "not very useful threads" but what's your random travel tips? One of mine would be; - If you find yourself on Starbucks somewhere, remember to stock up on some high quality tissue paper.. // ...

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Getting on scenic flights over SEA

Posted by Mexicano31 on 27/5/2010 at 05:29

Just wondering guys, has anyone hired a scenic plane or helicopter flight in Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia or anywhere in SEA? something that would give you great views of the landscape... Im interested in doing some aereal photography although Im not a pro and dont count on the big budget... ...

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how quickly can a location get ruined?

Posted by andrea13 on 24/5/2010 at 21:18

just wondering, since everyone says that as soon as its published in a lonely planet guide all the good things about a place can get destroyed. so, do you think if lonely planet etc says a place is isolated or whatever, that it will be the same 6 months later? ...

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