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A quick thanks for all the contributions to the forum

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/5/2013 at 19:40

Hey everyone, I just wanted to say a quick thanks for all the great suggestions and helpful posts that have been piling into the forum recently -- both from the longtime regulars and some new members. I've been on back to back travel recently (and will be for the next few months) and have barely had time to scratch between writing up the research and getting it onto the site -- answering questions on the forum has fallen by the wayside unfortunately. So a big thanks to you all and whenever yo ...

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Posted by chinarocks on 3/5/2013 at 07:43

A few stories and blogs I've read on Asia this week (not all on this website) have alluded to rats and their prevalence in the region. I must admit that when I travelled there I didn't see such creatures a whole lot, maybe twice in 3 months. But if I was to go back I feel I would notice a lot more based on what I've read. Are they literally everywhere? Does it affect food hygiene etc? Is it necessary to keep a hungry cat in your back garden? ...

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The Most Dangerous Countries for Tourists, In Maps (The Atlantic)

Posted by caseyprich on 3/4/2013 at 01:32

A link from The Atlantic, I just like maps. I thought it was interesting from my experience that Vietnam, Laos and China are grade two - and Thailand as well as Cambodia have avoid some areas (a imagine for Thailand the focus here is in the South). If you want to talk about, "exercise high degree of caution" and "avoid some areas" I recommend you keep Chicago and Detroit in mind . . . and the stories I've heard from both travelers and locals out of Guatemala and Honduras te ...

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Top 50 restaurants in Asia

Posted by somtam2000 on 26/2/2013 at 08:20

So The Wall Street Journal has the wrap on Asia's top 50 restaurants. Here's the list: 1. Narisawa, Tokyo 2. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo 3. Nahm, Bangkok 4. Amber, Hong Kong 5. Restaurant Andre, Singapore 6. 8 ½ Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong 7. Mr. & Mrs. Bund, Shanghai 8. Ultraviolet, Shanghai 9. Iggy's, Singapore 10. Gaggan, Bangkok 11. Waku Ghin, Singapore 12. Caprice, Hong Kong 13. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong 14. Les Amis, Singapore 15. Bo Innovation, Hong Kong 16. Quintessence, Tokyo 17. ...

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Southeast Asian low-cost airlines: The good, the bad and the ugly

Posted by somtam2000 on 28/2/2013 at 19:03

You may already have heard about how Qantas-offshoot Jetstar recently refused to allow the grieving mother of a New Zealand man killed in a shark attack to change her flight on compassionate grounds (if you haven't you can read all about it here) -- and while we've long been non-fans of Jetstar in particular, it seems all the low-cost carriers can behave idiotically with disturbing frequency. We've had our fair share of manic, or, well, unusual moments with low-cost carriers (like the photo a ...

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Getting there cheap

Posted by Brute on 18/2/2013 at 14:21

Hi everyone, long time reader writing here and am looking for a bit of advice. Currently, Im looking into flying back to SEA in january of 2014. Prices now seem much higher than i remember when i flew a few years ago, so heres where travelfish community comes in. Im looking to fly out of edmonton alberta, and hopefully into indonesia or philppines. Does anybody have a cheap way that they have used to get here (Say fly into shanghai then a cheap flight on air asia) or a website that has been cons ...

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Chinese New Year and Cambodia disintegrates

Posted by sayadian on 9/2/2013 at 20:08

First day of the holiday and already it's become a stress-fest. I really don't know how I am going to cope. I'm sure you people out there understand what it's like but this was a reach for the valium time. No sausages! And all because it's New Year. What next no muesli for the hippies, no burgers for the Yanks? Does anyone else have these profoundly gloomy problems during local holidays? ...

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SPAM from

Posted by Xircal on 24/1/2013 at 04:02

I received a personal invitation from somebody called "Stephen" this morning which like all emails, loads in an application called Mailwasher Pro which I have installed. That allows me to read the contents straight off my ISP's mailserver without having to download it first to my own machine. There's also a freebie version called Mailwasher Free incidentally. Since I don't know anybody by that name, I checked out the headers which can also be displayed in Mailwasher and found the name ...

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Felt Great

Posted by DSawyer on 19/1/2013 at 13:30

Deleting my LP account ...they could not bother,so I'm done. I will now make it my mission every time I'm in a book store, to put one of their books in the FICTION section...where their mission statement fits in... ...

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Skinky motorbike adventure

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/1/2013 at 07:49

"Interesting" approach to travel... "Adventure motorcycle barging. 20,000 km. 8 countries. 5½ months. Never paid to sleep. Never washed white-T/jeans. Never shaved. No meat. No hotels. No bullshit. The duo also lived by a set of strict rules referred to as The 10 Commandments, which included never paying for a hotel or hostel, abstaining from eating meat completely and never, ever wasting a drop of beer." You can read the full story here on TNT Magazine - worth a look j ...

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Lonely Planet forums back on the agenda

Posted by Xircal on 15/1/2013 at 05:13

It appears that Lonely Planet forums are up and running again. They've put a number of filters in place apparently and have updated their guidelines. I won't bother to link to it though since I'm sure everybody knows where to find their forums. ...

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Hitching and couchsurfing across Afghanistan

Posted by somtam2000 on 11/1/2013 at 23:25

Matador has a pretty interesting story about a guy who more or less overlanded from Serbia to China. What is most interesting is he couchsurfed and hitched through Afghanistan on which he says, in part: "Before setting out, he reviewed each of the three main overland routes through Afghanistan. Hitchhiking through the south and central parts of the country was out of the question, though a bus trip was not much safer due to the possibility that he would be kidnapped and held for ransom. Ad ...

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Korean backpacker beaten up by Greek police

Posted by Xircal on 10/1/2013 at 03:44

There's a report on the BBC News site this morning about a Korean backpacker who was apparently mistaken for a migrant and subsequently beaten up by the Greek police. Here's the link: It's sad when racism takes hold in a country like that. ...

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Has anyone else noticed this?

Posted by MADMAC on 27/9/2012 at 23:41

I have noticed that the word "Trek" or "Trekking" is used almost exclusively here, while the word "hiking" is never used, even though they have different meanings and it would seem for the most part people coming out here are going to hike vice trek. Anyone know the reason for this? I find these linguistic developments interesting. ...

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Helping the prospective travel planner

Posted by BruceMoon on 22/7/2009 at 07:47

Hello I am making this ‘post’ to explain a point of view, and hopefully help those that are new to travel in SE Asia. All too often I read contributions on these Travelfish pages where a prospective traveller seeks to visit an amazing number of places in a relatively short period of time. Often, these prospective travellers have spent much time searching through Travelfish. It appears to me, the searching has revealing places to visit and the prospective traveller appears to have ...

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Digging for Laos

Posted by sayadian on 8/7/2012 at 04:16

We just got 14 people arrive here on their way to Laos to do voluntary work.Admirable but what their going to do is dig irrigation ditches! Surely the people of Laos can dig their own.I can understand if someone has a particular skill to offer but surely this is ridiculous.what do other Travelfishers think? ...

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Travel memories

Posted by blaziko on 1/10/2012 at 15:48

Hello ! What tools are you using during your travel to save it's real image? I mean, do you think that photos and text is enough? I'm looking for some method to save my memories easily but better than only with camera. What do you think is the best way to do it? What is most important for you while creating your documentary? I'm looking for inspiration. What if you are travelling with buddies? Any method to create documentary easily and together? I know I'm asking many questions but I'm a little ...

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How was your Gap Year

Posted by robertlewisuk on 8/11/2012 at 11:12

I'd love to hear from people who have taken a Gap Year / Career Break. I'm keen to hear your experiences, both good and bad and would you recommend it? ...

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Posted by sendy111 on 8/10/2012 at 11:07

Hi, we are traveling to Thailand and we plan to make some domestic fligths too. Does anyone know if there are lockers or any storage rooms at the Don Muang airport, so we don't need to travel arround with two or three suitcases? The lockers must be big enough for a 20 kg suitcase. ...

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Coming back to Travelfish

Posted by christay2009 on 27/9/2012 at 00:59

for a while there, I was looking at TF on a daily basis ... Since I moved to China i've barely been on. I've got a 6 week vacation coming up so I'm back snooping around again. Seems like not much has changed on the forum, the same questions n'that. I just wanted to say 'hello' really. Hello! ...

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