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Welcome and Terms of Use Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 22/1/2006 at 16:31

Hi, I'm somtam2000 and I'll be moderating the Travelfish travel board. I'm here to answer all your questions -- or at least the ones I know the answer to -- as for those that are mysteries to me, perhaps other Travelfish members will be able to answer. You'll see you need to be a member to post a new question or answer an existing one, but if you're already a Travelfish member, you don't need to join again. Your existing login works just fine. A few of general pointers; 1) I do have to ...

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SE Asia during off season.. help!

Posted by inivory on 17/1/2017 at 15:32

Hi all, I am planning on traveling SE Asia from March-June and am learning that this is the hottest time of year to visit this area. I am also reading quite a bit about the burning in the area and am in a bit of a panic. Would you advise against going to this region at this time of year altogether? Would you suggest a specific route to avoid scorching hot areas and burning while still getting to see each of the 4 inland countries in 4 months? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!!! ...

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Overtourism, what to do?

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/1/2017 at 23:55

From our first newsletter of 2017, being sent out in a few hours. Don't get it? Sign up here. "It is, quite simply, one of the most impressive and memorable sights in all of Kyoto." So read our Lonely Planet Japan guidebook. At the end of the listing, they added, "During the first few days in January, thousands of believers visit the shrine as their hatsu-mode (first shrine visit of the New Year) to pray for good fortune." "Perhaps the single most impressive sight in a ...

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Advice welcome for 3 month itinerary

Posted by JCoco on 5/1/2017 at 02:32

Hey guys, I'm planning my first solo backpack trip to SE Asia between mid September and December this year. I'm trying to put up a traject through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. I don't want a complete set up schedule but looking for something to fall back on so I don't have to look up everything while I'm there. I'd start with a few days in Bangkok before heading up north to possibly Ayutthaya and then stay 10-14 days in Chiang Mai to explore the region. From there to Laos and Lua ...

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Southern Islands of Thailand in May/early June?

Posted by Purplehayes on 5/1/2017 at 08:30

Hi there, This is my first post but I have read a lot of others, i have been through the itineraries, done a lot of other research and i speak to customers at work where possible too haha. I am getting mixed opinions of the weather in may so here is my dilemma. My work has approved me 3 months leave, I am leaving in march and return on the 6th of june. Ideally i would have liked to follow the general path from Bangkok through to Northern Thailand and so on and then ended up back at the beaches ...

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Dear ageing backpacker...

Posted by somtam2000 on 11/1/2017 at 20:46

A Vice wrap piece on some of the stereotypical backpackers you're likely to come across on the road... "Israelis are also a bit like this. Israelis treat travel a bit like an elaborate form of Tinder, whereby they travel the world looking for other Israelis. Then they find each other and gather in Israeli-themed restaurants where they spend weeks watching Family Guy and eating falafel and getting dangerously, terrifyingly stoned." and "In the history of the world, do you know h ...

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2 week intinery, singapore, southern thailand, phillipines??

Posted by candyfloss4brains on 11/1/2017 at 05:43

Hi we are looking to book a honeymoon shortly, neither of us has been to Asia before and we want to try and visit singapore (2-3 days), southern Thailand (probably fly to phuket then phi phi/ko lanta/krabi, maybe not all of these), then fly to phillipines for around 5 days, (don't plan to move around too much whilst there) then back to singapore to fly back to london. (approx 14 days in all) We aren't massively adventurous and like our comforts so we will be quite happy with beaches, nice rest ...

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Help with 4.5+ 2.5 weeks itinerary - panicking

Posted by MissSheep on 27/12/2016 at 18:57

Hi! I like to do a lot of research before travelling, and decide beforehand, but due to some circumstances, I'm leaving in 3 weeks to SE Asia and I have nothing planned (I only have my vaccines, my passport and nothing more). I'm arriving the 18th of January to Kuala Lumput, leaving the 20 of February from the same airport, arriving again to Kuala Lumpur the 23 of March and leaving the 10 of April. I'll probably be visitng the region again about 10 days in July, but it is not sure. I have bee ...

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SEA travel need help

Posted by sogo555 on 4/1/2017 at 18:52

Hi , I will plan a trip on 15/2/2017 from Malaysia-Thailand-Lao-China-Vietnam-Combodia-Thailand-Malaysia, All this route will self drive by own car or Rent car, Visa is not a problem for me, the only problem is Entry Permit for Car to some of this country or Car Rental company at the border. Can anybody help me for the Car Rental Company at this Border. 1.NongKhai Border to enter Lao from Thailand 2.Mohan Border to enter China from Lao 3.Dong Dang border to enter Vietnam from china 4.Moc Bai ...

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Mapology: Our new map to Southeast Asia

Posted by somtam2000 on 16/12/2016 at 18:48

Hi everyone, Just as a bit of Silly Season fun, we've made a new map on the site which we're calling "Mapology". It lists everywhere where we cover in the region. You click on an icon and you get a pop-up with the place name, a photo and links to the Travelfish page for that destination (and to Agoda and Booking.com if available for that destination). We mark capitals, national parks and islands with different markers (this isn't 100% comprehensive, but we're working on it) and we'r ...

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Itenerary. How realistic?

Posted by Trueviking on 9/12/2016 at 17:05

Hello everyone. I am arriving in bangkok on the 20th of october next year, and have set up a itenerary (rough) for my travel, as i am also flying out from bangkok on the 20th of december. So to start: i have two full months, i am a solo traveler, i generally enjoy less crowded, more scenic and remote places instead of big cities and crowds I am an active person, so i would like places where i can meet up with other people and do treks or motorbike loops for example. PS: i own a light motorcycle ...

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Hangout in SE Asia?

Posted by alarcher on 14/12/2016 at 17:32

Just retired @ 60 so we have plenty of time but not heaps of cash. I'm looking for some suggestions for laid back destinations that are cheap so we can stay there between other "must do" destinations. I guess flash packer describes us but a comfortable bed, fan & ensuite suit us. Beach is good but we also like the moutains and rivers. We are Australian if that matters. Thanks in advance ...

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2016: A year in review

Posted by somtam2000 on 11/12/2016 at 19:16

The last Travelfish newsletter of 2016 - a year in review. Hi everyone, While we're yet quite ready to put a cork in what has been a bitter vintage of a year for many, the end of 2016 is on the horizon and this will be our last newsletter of the year. We're taking a bit of a different approach for this issue, looking back at the year that was. Thank you all for reading and see you in 2017. Till next year! Stuart and Sam A year in review January: "I wanted the sapphire.” The passi ...

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Travel buddy wanted!

Posted by kenziejcolbourne on 1/11/2016 at 19:06

I'm looking for a travel mate for SEA for January and February 2017. I have an open schedule at this point, and am looking for someone to meet and travel with. I arrive in Bangkok at the beginning of the year, and would like to start travels there onward. If there anyone is in the same boat and wants a friend to travel with, feel free to message me and we can chat! ...

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Guesthouses that are social enterprises or supporting schools/clinics etc?

Posted by emma33 on 15/11/2016 at 21:44

Hi, I'll be travelling in south east Asia this year and am looking to stay at guesthouses that are doing interesting things within their communities...like supporting schools or clinics, or are social enterprises. Does anyone know of guesthouses like this? (In the budget price-range). Thanks! Emma ...

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Choo choos in Southeast Asia

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/11/2016 at 00:46

We featured this a few weeks ago in the Travelfish newsletter and have been meaning to post it here. So it seems James over at NomadicNotes has, it would be fair to say, an unhealthy interest in tube maps, train lines and SouthEast Asia. Rather than go into therapy he decided to throw all three obsessions into a single monster map of all Southeast Asia's train lines - past, present, future and not in our lifetime (hopefully). You can see a small version of the map below, but do head over to th ...

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Visa Exemptions, and onward travel. Please help!

Posted by Brightmaw on 13/11/2016 at 14:53

Hey everyone! I've now gathered that proof on onward travel IS required when using the 15 day visa exemption to enter Vietnam, much like Vietnam and Myanmar. Regarding Vietnam in particular, does anyone know if this proof can be a bus booking, or has it got to be a flight booking? I found on the Thailand embassy website that any method of departure is fine, but there must be a booking. Only one site has suggested departure from Vietnam can be by any means. However, having emailed them, they a ...

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8 weeks SEA

Posted by debbierey on 6/11/2016 at 11:28

My husband and I are travelling to SEA late December to late February. We fly into Bankok and stay for 2 days and then fly to Siem Reap for 3 or more days. From there we really haven't planned an itinerary but want to go to Laos, North Vietnam (spent 4 weeks in Vietnam but didn't make it to Sapa or Halong Bay) and possibly Malasia and Indonesia, also more time in Thailand. We're in our 60's and are back packing and staying at low to moderate level hotels and enjoy everything from beaches, bi ...

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Itinerary Advice - 7 weeks in SEA! (Thailand – Myanmar - Laos – Vietnam – Cambodia – Malaysia)

Posted by Brightmaw on 30/4/2016 at 02:23

Hello everyone! After spending 6 weeks in India last year, my girlfriend and I are looking to spend just over 7 weeks in SEA from 26th November - 15th January. So far we have the following itinerary, and I would be hugely grateful for your advice. We travel chiefly by air. Where this isn't possible, we will travel by night, unless the journey is short. In Vietnam, we will travel chiefly by train. As the plans currently are, we will spend Christmas in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and NYE in Sih ...

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30 days Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok

Posted by Woda44 on 26/9/2016 at 09:20

Dear all, December to January, my girlfriend and I will be travelling from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok. As we're both students in our mid-20s budget is tight. 1. My first hopes were set on: - 1-2 days Ho Chi Minh -Cambodia (1.5 weeks), -Laos, up north to Luang Prabang (2 weeks), -Thailand (1.5 weeks) However, after doing some research I concluded that this might be a bit ambitious. As said, our budget is tight so no flights or fancy fast buses. Both of us enjoy some slow travelling, seeing and e ...

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