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Who is somtam2000

Posted by spikybrain on 21/8/2009 at 14:57

ok I read the BruceMoon discussion, but I want to know who is somtam2000 and why don't you use your real name? What are you hiding from? It's stuart right? or samantha? ...

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The Elephant in the room

Posted by MADMAC on 20/8/2009 at 03:18

I have noticed that I am just about the only person here to talk about womanizing in Asia. It's almost as though this theme is ignored - not it's not almost.. it is ignored. Men chase women here - well almost all of them. It's normal. But somehow, on travelfish, it's completely ignored. Anyone care to clarify? Are all the men here gay or what? ...

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What do you look for in a good beach?

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/8/2009 at 15:09

Title really says it all... what do you look for in a good beach? I guess though there could be more than one answer -- afterall, I'm at the beach at the moment, in a cafe/bar with WiFi ... my feet could be in the sand if only my screen wasn't so reflective, but if I didn't need the WiFi, I probably wouldn't touch this beach with a bargepole ... If I didn't need the WiFi, I'd prefer to see all "that" gone and just have the sand and sea, with the nearest buildings a good ten minute walk aw ...

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Air Asia's finances

Posted by SBE on 16/8/2009 at 18:32

Like many people, I've booked quite a few flights on Air Asia in the last few days. There were some jaw-droppingly low prices in their "Big Sale". However, we are in the middle of a financial recession which is hitting the travel industry quite hard so while I was buying the flights, at the back of my mind I was wondering whether this latest special offer was in fact a desperate attempt to keep Air Asia afloat financially. Usually the most seats on offer is one million... this one had three m ...

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Concert venues in Asia

Posted by Remedy on 25/7/2009 at 06:11

Hi everyone. I'm planning on taking a trip to Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos at the end of this year. One thing I would really like to experience is a concert (preferably rock music), and I'm therefore looking for venues who hosts such events. It turns out this is not an easy task by just googling. Do any of you guys know about such a venue, or have any pointers on where to look online? No venue is too small :). Cheers ...

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Free Travelfish stickers!

Posted by exacto on 26/5/2009 at 00:00

I've always wondered how many people I pass on my trips to southeast Asia who are folks I've met here on the message board. On my last trip, I proudly wore my Travelfish t-shirt, but that was only once a week, and nobody seemed to comment on it. What about something else with the Travelfish logo that's easy to spot, like a logo patch for our day packs? Somtam, I don't even know if you are still selling the t-shirts and other logo items, but I'd love to have a Travelfish patch for my day p ...

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Posted by wanderingwalters on 13/8/2009 at 15:42

Hi I'm thinking of getting the following phrase tattoo'd whilst in Thailand or Lao: "Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds" Is anyone able to translate it into either Lao or Thai? just want to see what they look like thanks wanderingwalters ...

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can you see my thumb?

Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 26/11/2008 at 18:01

My pic over there ...

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Robust dialogue

Posted by BruceMoon on 12/8/2009 at 05:27

Here on Travelfish there are some opinionated people. On this, I'd have to look at myself as a leading 'exemplar'. But, I'm joined by some great company. In some respects, the beauty of Travelfish is that these we opinionated contributors provide concrete contributions and (sometimes) contrasting views. To my mind, the prospective traveller is the better for the engagement. As it transpires, the robust interaction often allows detail to emerge that may otherwise have been missed. Yes ...

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Visiting Angkor

Posted by BruceMoon on 11/8/2009 at 11:24

Over recent months, several prospective travellers have sought feedback on their itinerary, and when it comes to the Angkor ian Temples, it's sort of we must see them, but we're planning only a day or two. The tragedy of this statement is that the prospective traveller is usually spending more time getting to/from Siem Reap than actually looking at this World Heritage masterpiece. From the way I see the world, I suggest people ought spend at a minimum, 4 FULL days at Siem Reap. Let me ...

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Posted by BruceMoon on 8/8/2009 at 18:04

Somtimes there is an electronic game that gets you. This is one. Use the mouse (single click on body) to drag it. Double click somewhere else to feed it. Go for it... Reminds me of SE Asian forest fauna! ...

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Wildlife in Asia

Posted by Thaiman on 23/7/2009 at 15:19

Just wondering what sort of wildlife has been spotted throughout Asia?.Not talking about National Parks but rather outside of Parks.For me, I've come across a little,mainly Garrocks[Squirrels]which seem to be reasonably common,even in the suburbs of Bangkok.Other creatures include Water Goannas,a few Snakes and the usual toads.Think I may of once seen an otter out of the window on the BKK/Chiang Mai train. ...

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Any experience with the Perhentian Islands?

Posted by caseyrebecca on 7/5/2008 at 12:07

We are trying to find a place to stay in the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia this August - anyone been there and have suggestions on where to go? Thanks so much! ...

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Living in Thailand on 30,000B a month

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/7/2009 at 20:22 (a website for English teachers) has an excellent post that follows a guy living on under 30,000B a month in Bangkok. It's interesting particularly because (a) the guy's diet is terrible and if he'd planned his food a bit better he could have saved a bit more; and (b) it wasn't actually all that hard -- boring yes, but not hard. Certainly brought back memories of when I was being paid 140B an hour to teach English at AUA in Bangkok! Anyway, well worth a look -- the full story ...

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Travelfish-alike for South Pacific??

Posted by daflj on 25/9/2008 at 20:05

Hi all does anyone know if there is a site even a quarter as good as Travelfish for the South Pacific islands. I'm going to Vanuatu and Fiji so even a specific site for either of those would be welcome! ...

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Guidebooks: An Author Comes Clean ...

Posted by CatBa on 22/4/2008 at 13:35

Guidebooks are not born equal and definitely are not bibles: they are books with tips and anecdotes, not gospel, about various destinations. Often Travellers can be seen slavishly following guides whether for sight-seeing, food or accommodation! Wiser, or more experienced, Travellers use them as a source for ideas or inspiration. Guidebooks are big business, for some publishers, generating annual income measured in millions. Generally a decent guidebook can't be, nor can be, completely update ...

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Eight endangered travel traditions

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/7/2009 at 18:18

Travel website WorldHum has a great little slideshow titled Eight Endangered Travel Traditions -- they all ring true to me, but what do you think? More to add? It reminds me of a similar conversation over at MatadorTravel on a piece I wrote about getting offline when you travel ...

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3 weeks in SEA - by myself..what can I do?

Posted by tasha_ch on 7/5/2009 at 08:55

Hey everyone! This could turn out to be a long post so I apologise in advance. :) I'm in Korea at the moment, and obv this is the best opportunity that I'm likely to have to see some of Asia before I go back home and do grown up things like getting a Masters and job etc. I have a 3 vacation in August, and was gonna use it to go around SEA, Lonely Planet makes it sound so easy. But having read a lot of the stuff on here and actually looked at a map, my original plan of 3 countries in 3 w ...

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people with who work in SE Asia

Posted by christay2009 on 23/6/2009 at 23:52

it seems that quite a few travelfish posters live/work in SE Asia... i thought it might be interesting to see what jobs people do and how they came about doing them??? it seems that the most obvious form of work is teaching but i wonder how many on here do teach? chris ...

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EEEKKK-- traveling SEA alone?

Posted by emily_logan on 13/2/2009 at 17:47

Hi guys! This post is a little long, but please don't hold it against me! This coming May (and two weeks in June) I'm planning on backpacking in South East Asia(Vietnam, Cambodia, and some other possibilities that I haven't decided on yet)BY MYSELF... for a lot of people this may not be a big deal, but its my first time so forgive me. I'm 23 years old (female) and I was supposed to go with my bf of 4 years but we just broke up(amicably so no worries). I'm currently living in Korea, and I ...

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