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Posted by SilverFox on 7/1/2014 at 13:20

I am planning a trip to SEA in the next couple of months. I've been looking at flights and China Southern Airways is the cheapest by far but there is a change in CAN which is an airport in China. I'll only be there a few hours to change planes but do I need visa or I'm ok as I'm just changing planes. Also I posted a previous thread about medication and could I take it into Cambodia. The answer to this is yes and I was ok last year taking my medication into Thailand with a stop over in Qatar. Pl ...

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Posted by SilverFox on 2/1/2014 at 05:19

I am planning a trip to Cambodia in the next few months. I was wondering the cheapest/easyist way to fly to the country. Should I fly direct or not. Fly to PP or SP. Any tips would be great. I'm flexible with dates and no set plans for my visit. Just going to play it by ear when I get there. It's just getting there that's the question. ...

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Miserable Poms are hurting bad

Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/12/2013 at 18:14

Swann, wallowing in defeat after conceding the Ashes to Australia responded, saying "Rather have been there than being a***-raped in Perth." hahaha ...

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Where's MADMAC gone?

Posted by chinarocks on 21/10/2013 at 03:30

It's been a while since he's posted... ...

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Time for Carnage

Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 25/9/2013 at 10:30 ...

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Annoying Verbiage

Posted by MADMAC on 22/7/2012 at 05:57

Things are slow on travelfish right now, so I thought I'd add a pet peave of mine to liven up converation. I was reading the Lonely Planet Thailand for 2012. It is a characiture for dorky writing style full of words that are over-used and cliche among the backpacker set. These are words that should never, ever again appear in a tourist guide: Amazing - It's almost as though there is a prohibition against using other like words such as "terrific', "superb", "Brilliant", ...

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How do you handle the emotions of long-term travel?

Posted by antoniamitchell on 9/9/2013 at 14:15

Hi guys, I'm currently planning for my second long-term trip. My first lasted 3.5 months, mostly split into a month each in Thailand, peninsular Malaysia and Vietnam, and moving at a reasonable pace (so an average of 3-4 days in each place). I'm hoping to travel for longer next time, but I'm not certain how I'd handle a longer trip (from a psychological/emotional perspective). I noticed during my first trip that once a month, after about 3 weeks of travelling about, I found myself really unwil ...

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Snowden - what do you make of him

Posted by somtam2000 on 12/7/2013 at 06:20

I've been half following the whole Snowden trainwreck and what I can't understand is that if he is such a smart cookie, why didn't he sort out his asylum before spilling the beans on his country's spying. He just seems to come across as kind of dense and naive. Thoughts? ...

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Hobbies - do you pursue them while on vacation?

Posted by MADMAC on 11/4/2013 at 11:51

One of the subjects I haven't seen come up, but seems natural enough to me, is pursuing your own hobbies while here. Whenever I go anywhere, I look to see if there's a local salsa dance scene. I'll also look for Thai chess players (the game being popular in Cambodia and Laos as well). I love to play. And I like to fight. Right now I am training in Tae Kwon Do to keep myself fit and keep my weight down. I included a recent exhibition I fought when I was in Kalasin. ...

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Is backpacking a social phenomenon?

Posted by MADMAC on 4/8/2013 at 23:19

I always thought of backpacking as a descriptive for traveling around with a pack on your back and trying to do so cheaply. But the more I read here on travelfish, the more I am getting the idea that for at least a lot of people they see it as a style of socializing. A recent post that talked about "acceptance" with other backpackers and the often brought up theme of finding other backpackers to socialize with made me wonder if most people don't regard backpackers as a unique tourist s ...

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Cuba and cigars

Posted by Brute on 25/8/2013 at 20:22

Hello all, I realize this might not be the best spot but I'm hoping the travelfish community can help. In a week in heading from Canada to Cuba and am looking into some cigars. I have heard all sorts of things about not being allowed to bring the cigars back without a receipt or that the street vendor ones are horrible. Does anyone here have first hand experience with this? I don't smoke cigars very iften and do not care if they are not as good as "real" cigars, just not looking to pay ...

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To travel or not to travel

Posted by shescomeundone on 14/8/2013 at 04:54

23 year old with 2014 being the last year of my undergraduate degree. I spent last year working and travelling through Asia and am now back at uni but I really want to spend next year saving and travelling through Asia for another 6 months + again. People around me say that the logical thing to do is to finish my degree but I am not so sure? I want some opinions!! ...

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How to deal with blonde hair for 5 months?

Posted by Missbonnie on 11/6/2010 at 06:26

Was wondering if there are any blonde travelers that can help me out with this? So i have bleached blonde hair, its a block colour. Can you find enough hairdressers that can deal with blonde hair in your travels? Last time i went to Thailand (Chiang mai) i went to a hairdresser and said they had no idea how to do the colour. I did only try the one place however! ...

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Dare I say hair and beauty... For the ladies

Posted by millyb on 12/10/2010 at 00:46

Hi I'm just about to pack my bags for an 18 month tour of S.E Asia and call me vain, but I have mental hair, in humidity I can look rather like a cross between Margaret Thatcher and a Mister Whippy icecream without the occasional cut by a talented hair expert that understands me when I say cow licks.. I am guilty of researching this little problem more often than visa requirements and destinations. Which I am slightly ashamed of. But in my quest I have spoken to loads of hairdressers that have ...

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A question for Travelfish readers regarding freebies

Posted by somtam2000 on 6/6/2013 at 01:53

Hi everyone, As some of you know we have a bunch of writers (18 at the moment) who we pay to write for us. Some doing research, others writing about their piece of turf and so on. Essentially in this regard we're no different to any other travel publisher. One rule we do have though for all writers (including the founders) is a strict no comp/free travel rule. ie., we don't accept any kind of discounts or free stuff in any way shape or form for anything. We've worked in this way since the get ...

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Posted by billytheliar on 7/6/2013 at 06:15

Last year I did my first SEA trip (4 weeks, mostly Laos and a bit of northern Thailand). When I think back, I realize that the only thing I felt uncomfortable about was, well, encounters with some dogs. In Nan, Thailand, and Vientiane (riverfront at midnight!) I had aggresive dogs barking at me, a couple of times I had to bow and pretend picking up a stone to stop them from attacking me. It's not that I'm cynophobic or something, (although admittedly a cat-lover) but I came across various rema ...

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Worst bus/train trips

Posted by Thaiman on 17/8/2009 at 15:23

We've had the most scenic trips in SE Asia[different section] but what about the worst.Most people have a pretty good time when travelling but occasionally a public transport trip just turns ordinary.For me one of the worst we've had was a bus trip from Udon Thani to Phitsanalok.Got the bus from the terminal[can't remember what company]but the bus had come from somewhere else so the thing was already full-standing room only. The A/C was only just working and the wife became sick.Fortunately so ...

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Do blondes get more attention?

Posted by aepowers on 11/5/2009 at 22:51

I'm planning a trip throughout the whole of southeast Asia this fall. My question may sound silly, but I am legitimately concerned about this. I am a very tall woman (almost 6') with VERY light blond hair. I receive a lot of attention at home in the USA...I'm wondering if I should expect to receive any extra attention (good or bad) due to my appearance. Has anyone with a similar look gone backpacking and had any issues? Should I consider covering my hair, wearing hats, etc., so I don't stic ...

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Music suitable for videos

Posted by TassieWombat on 11/5/2013 at 22:18

Does anyone know where to download some suitable music to background in videos about SEA countries.(or other). I have looked around, found some noisy, irritating, terrible stuff that people have created and put out therefor download, but when I watch other peoples videos I go "green" with envy at the fabulous music they have found. Any thoughts please? ...

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What can go wrong when you lose your bag

Posted by busylizzy on 4/12/2012 at 03:02

This is one guy's story about what happend when his bag containing a wallet, passport, etc was snatched. "If I'd known what lay ahead, I might've thrown a rock at the head of the teenager who ran off with the bag containing my passport, driver's licence, credit card and cash. But I wasn't to know then that losing your identity in Thailand starts a downward spiral that could end in temporary insanity, if you let it." ...

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