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On the party path

Posted by caseyprich on 9/3/2012 at 20:30

Having never been to Vang Vieng, but having traveled around both northern and southern Laos for three weeks on separate occasions, I never actually saw anything like this. Even on Si Phon Don I didn't encounter any massive party scene the way this gets described, and anyway - if I was in the mood for drugs this article sounds almost more like an endorsement than a solid warning -- "Hey, you ever heard of this place?!?" I've certainly ran into drugs while traveling in Southeast Asia, ...

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Going to Lembongan 5-8 July or so? Favour needed...

Posted by busylizzy on 4/7/2012 at 19:23

I was wondering if anyone is going to Lembongan over the next 2-3 days and would mind doing me a favour? It will entail visiting a very lovely Indonesian couple who have limited English (so knowing bahasa would be a bonus!) and getting some info for me. It's mostly just having a chat for 15 mins or so and would be a nice opportunity to meet a gracious local seaweed farming family. They live by the mangroves where you will invariably end up at some point, so it's very easy to find. If you're ...

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Help with my novel!

Posted by rledez1990 on 25/6/2012 at 11:34

Hi everyone, In the absence of a trip to plan, I've started writing a novel using my travel experiences as part of the plot. Unfortunately, I haven't done everything that I would like my character to do... and while I can look at photographs and websites to get a sense of what it would be like to be there, but I was wondering if anyone would be willing to tell me their experiences of certain places? I'm only in the planning stages, but at this stage would appreciate descriptions of: What it's ...

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Travel writting for money?

Posted by Rukus on 3/6/2012 at 18:21

Hello guys, I'll be traveling SE Asia for approx 6 months, and heard about people who travel alot can post blogs on certain websites and they get paid for it, from ad revenue mostly I think, like google adcents or things like this. Just curious if anybody does this or knows a good website to blog on that offers something similar to this? I just plan to write daily blogs about what ive experienced and all the different places I'll be passing through along with pictures ect. any insight here is g ...

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How do I delete a post????

Posted by Gaston on 25/5/2012 at 10:41

How can I delete a post I made??? Thanks in advance ...

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why did I have to reactivate my profile 3 times today...

Posted by altmtl on 8/5/2012 at 19:15

Is there a bug? ...

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Interesting article on the issues facing Vang Vieng

Posted by swag on 11/4/2012 at 19:04

Hi saw this article in the paper this morning with some quotes from Travelfish admin. Thought people might like to read this. cheers http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-news/party-town-20120411-1ws39.html ...

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Traveling to the USA

Posted by neosho on 1/5/2012 at 08:48

I'm taking my annual trip home to see the family. Other than Mad Cow disease, the occasional outbreak of Salmonella, Tea Party crazyies and bankrupting healthcare, what else do I need to worry about. I'm taking some cheap Thai meds with me just in case. ...

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The name change game

Posted by MADMAC on 29/3/2012 at 13:40

The older I've gotten, the more I've begun to wonder about this. Some places change their name for political reasons - there was some sort of sea change and a city or the country itself was renamed. Hence we end up with Ho Chi Minh city or Zimbabwe. I kind of get these ones even if I don't always acknowledge them (for political reasons as well). Others, though, are stranger. How did Peking go from Peking to Beijing? Or Rangoon to Yangon? If it was just linguistics seeking a more accurate pronu ...

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Another weird sight

Posted by MADMAC on 19/9/2011 at 17:20

I was in Pattaya at Scandanavia restaraunt visiting Jojo and checking out his dance scene there. Four of my dancers came with me. Scandanavia is on beach road, and the ladies of the evening were out in full force that friday night. Well, coming opposite me as we were walking back to the hotel were two dwarfs (or midgets or whatever the politically correct term is). Now, they're people too and it's not that I have a problem with them or anything, but... the ladies along the road start cooing to t ...

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New Plague in Bangkok----False advertising

Posted by neosho on 9/4/2012 at 19:47

While browsing the news on Yahoo today there was a picture ad come up and there was the headline. " New Plague in Bangkok, If you live in Bangkok you need to read this " The picture featured people all dressed in their biological protective gear. Knowing it was an ad, I clicked anyway just to see what they were saying. It was an ad for bedbug protection and the article was about the bedbugs in the hotels of the USA. Nothing about Thailand. This kind of stuff just chaps me royal !!. As ...

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An appeal to Madmac from a Somali

Posted by sayadian on 17/3/2012 at 02:57

This morning I spoke to a very disrtaught Somali guy who has been stuck in Cambodia as a refugee for 10 years.He's getting old now and he wants to go home to his family to spend the last days of his life.He says he has U.N. refugee status here but despite going to the U.N. and the American Embassy they won't help him.I know you spent some time in Somalia and have a certain affection for the peole so you are the only one I could think of to try and make sense of what is happening.Do you have any ...

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Long-term Travel Worries

Posted by rledez1990 on 27/3/2012 at 06:39

Hi everyone, I was laying in bed last night after an evening of being really excited about travelling for 6 months, and suddenly felt really worried... what if someone in my family gets ill (...or dies...) while I'm away? My nan (grandmother) is as fit as a fiddle now but she's got an underlying illness and she's getting older - what if something happened while I was on the other side of the world? The thing is, I'm not really a 'what if' kind of person so I suppose what I'm looking for here i ...

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Changing Thailand:Paradise Lost.

Posted by SBE on 26/6/2011 at 19:58

Did you know that fifty years go Pattaya had a wide beach and that there will be no natural beach left at all soon due to sand erosion. It used to be 35 meters wide and is now 3 meters wide and disappearing at a rate of 2 meters a year. To remedy this a totally artificial beach is being built for Pattaya's tourists. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/movie/feature201106222109.html According to that report, the reason for the erosion is climate change and building concrete structures alon ...

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The Kindle

Posted by MADMAC on 26/2/2012 at 23:18

I received one as a Christmas gift, and for travelling they're great. Battery lasts forever, and prior to your departure you can download more books than you'll possibly read. The only negative is they don't have a backlit screen (good for reading in natural light though) so when on a bus or in the dark for whatever reason, you need a second light source. But great when reading in bed and better still when reading while eating (no more problem holding the book open when you don't have a free han ...

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The mighty Minsk

Posted by sayadian on 11/7/2011 at 20:23

In Phnom Penh I fell in love with a motorbike which sounds like a lawnmower but reminds me of the old British bikes which you could maintain with a adjustable spanner(wrench) and a screwdriver.Does anybody have experience of these lazy beasts? I know the coil tends to go on them but are they reliable otherwise and what price will I pay? I heard of one as cheap as $80.I want a Soviet era one if possible. ...

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insurance issue...

Posted by sorabee on 7/2/2012 at 10:00

Hello Everyone... My question is exactly this: "What is my country of permanent residence?" I live in Athens Greece with a residence permit/work permit. I am originally from South Korea so I hold a South Korean passport. So should I put S.Korea as my permenant residence or Greece? I am rather confused because I have not lived in S. Korea since 1998 but I do not technically have the right to "permenantly" live in Greece without renewing my permit... I need to get a travel ins ...

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I thought we were done travelling but...

Posted by rledez1990 on 4/2/2012 at 11:57

I travelled South East Asia (and Australia) with my boyfriend in 2010 before Uni, and then went back to Thailand last summer for 6 weeks. We thought we were done with travelling and I haven't been back to travelfish since: my boyfriend got a good job and working towards my degree. The thing is, we can't get the idea of one last big trip out of our head, before mortgages and kids etc tie us down. Is it unwise to take more time out of 'real life' to travel again? Should we be saving for a mortgag ...

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Looking for inspiration

Posted by gill1 on 29/1/2012 at 09:10

Hi My husband and I are in our early 50's and have decided to take 6mths out to travel. Last year we had 6mths and went to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, we had such a blast we want to do it all again. However, we do not want to go back to the above - we want to try something new. We are starting with Australia for 1 month then we need inspiration. We are starting next Jan in Aus. Due to our limited funds it has to be relatively cheap once there! Any ideas? Looking forward to all yo ...

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Private Messages ?

Posted by daawgon on 26/1/2012 at 18:08

I see there is a button for received and sent messages, but no buttons to actually send PM's? Can someone explain this, thanks. ...

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