Southeast Asia forum

Southeast Asia forum

Welcome and Terms of Use

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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Mobile phone while travelling

Posted by ruthytunes on 7/8/2018 at 11:25

My partner and I are soon due to set off for long term travel (minimum 12 months) round South East Asia. Destinations include India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. While we don't feel the need to be constantly contactable we would like to be able to call each other when the need arises, call family in the UK and have online access. Does anybody have recommendations of mobile options? Ideally we would want one number we don't need to keep changing from one country to the next and ...

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Wats and mosques

Posted by somtam2000 on 8/5/2022 at 23:33

Hey all,

So have been tossing a question over in my head, and I thought I’d run it by the Travelfish hive-mind.

Pick up any paper travel guide (or Travelfish) and flip to some second-tier Thai town, and more often than not a Buddhist temple will be listed. Do the same for Indonesia or Malaysia and you’re far less likely to see a mosque listed.

I went through our listings, and for Southeast Asia, we list 418 wats individually and 17 mosques... There will be a few more in ...

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Southeast Asia Entry and Exit during Covid

Posted by FarrOut on 28/11/2021 at 16:57

Hi,  My husband and I are planning a trip next summer to Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. We're flexible with exact cities and even countries depending on what happens with Covid-19 restrictions. As of now, we are planning to fly into Hanoi and spend about a week in Vietnam, then do about 4 days in Laos and another week in Thailand. We love outdoor adventures and hidden gems. Big cities aren't really our thing. Based on the limited research I've done so far, I'm planning on doing a day in Han ...

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Carbon offsets

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/7/2019 at 00:42

A question for Travelfish readers. Do you buy carbon offsets for your flights? I'm looking into it at the moment and am wondering about calculating them? I already know the project I want to support, but I'm trying to get a handle on how best to calculate the offset—the calculators I’ve found online are pretty vague on the details. For instance, are the amount tonnes affected by the type of aircraft or how full the flight is? Your thoughts much appreciated! Thanks ...

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Recommendations for Buddhist meditation retreats?

Posted by rachledez on 12/7/2019 at 11:14

Hi all, Planning my first solo trip to South East Asia, arriving in KL in January. I enjoy meditation and learning about Buddhist principles, and wondered if anyone could recommend a retreat? Probably something from 3-7 days. Most of the retreats I've come across focus largely on meditation, but it would be great if there was also one that including teaching sessions. I have no concrete plans as yet, although my initial list of countries is: Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and th ...

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Gili Gede Overview Part 1

Posted by tezza on 29/6/2019 at 01:20

Inspired by a TRAVELFISH NEWLETTER feature on G GEDE, I decided to use 10 daysafter LADY T went home from our annual BALI trip (she missed hergrandkids) to check it out - helped by learning GILI FAST BOAT nowruns one of the speedy (albeit expensive) craft from SERANGAN nearKUTA BALI to the pier opposite their KOKOMO resort via NUSASLEMBONGAN and PENIDA. I’m over the slog up to PADANGBAI for theslow ferry to LEMBAR and didn’t fancy the onward hassle of reachingGEDE. GILI GEDE is located in t ...

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experiences of solo travellers age over 40 backpacking in SEA

Posted by musaafir on 27/5/2019 at 07:27

Hello All I am planning on travelling 12 weeks in SEA (thinking Thailand, Vietnam, Loas, Cambodia) early next year. I have never travelled solo before or even backpacked. Whilst I am ok with travelling alone i think it’s always nice meeting people, sharing stories etc. Otherwise can imagine 3 months with minimum interaction with others could (atleast for me) make me homesick. How has the experiences of over 40 solo traveller been. ? Did you backpack ? Easy to make travel buddies enjoy few ...

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Posted by nadirahmed on 6/1/2019 at 19:13

Has anyone here been to Bangladesh? Any suggestions for good resources for planning a trip? The Lonely Planet guide is somewhat thin! ...

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Help! Rookies in SE Asia

Posted by fennellj on 23/10/2018 at 17:15

Hi, We will be traveling for 2 weeks in Southeast Asia from Dec. 12-27) and are trying to figure out a good plan. All of the advice we have read say keep it simple and don't add too many destinations. Our rough thoughts right now are these. Does this sound doable? Ideas for a better plan? To save time, we will fly, except for the shorter trips. Is there a way to fit in a beach day somewhere here? 1. Bangkok (2-3 days?) 2. Fly to Chiang Rai (several people who have been to Chiang Mai advis ...

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Dog/Cat meat in SE-Asia

Posted by Shining on 26/11/2018 at 11:32

Hi guys, we are planning our next trip to SE-Asia next May, and we were thinking bout Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia or so. The thing I am not sure bout anyway is the visibility of dog and cat consumption. Don´t get me wrong. I am moraly ok with animals beeing eaten, though I myself are vegetarian. To me it is equally ok if someone eats cow or chicken or dog. I am totally aware that consumption of dog/cat meat is a thing in many countries (I´m an archaeologist, I even excavated slaughtered remain ...

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Island hopping

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/7/2018 at 06:13

From this week’s newsletter: We often see itinerary enquiries pop in that read like they were spat out of an island random name generator. Stuff like: “I'm going to be in Thailand for two weeks and plan to go to Ko Lipe, Ko Tarutao, Ko Bulon Lae, Ko Muk, Ko Kradan, Ko Ngai, Ko Lanta, Ko Jum, Ko Pha Ngan, both Ko Changs and maybe Ko Samet, but I'm struggling to figure out the best way to fit them in and how to sensibly order it. Can you help?” Yes, I can. You shouldn’t, and you can’t ...

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One way travel to SE Asia

Posted by ruthytunes on 1/6/2018 at 03:24

My partner and I are soon to be setting off from the UK for long term travel round SE Asia, with the ultimate goal being to find somewhere to settle and become residents. With that in mind we will only be getting one way flights and our travel plans will be very flexible, not entirely sure how long we will spend in each country, or even where we will travel to! I'm after advice/experiences regarding one way travel and the requirements regarding onward travel, as I understand it many countries re ...

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Scooter from Danang to Siem Reap

Posted by lockieoz on 15/5/2018 at 06:49

Hi there I am thinking of buying a scooter in Danang and going via the back roads to Siem Reap. My research tells me that it is ok to take a Vietnamese plated scooter into Cambodia. I am an experienced rider and I have a scooter here in Australia where I ride a couple of times a week. Can anyone give me any more info on this? How are the roads etc? Any help would be help. ...

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Posted by Rockaways on 19/3/2018 at 21:46

Hi, If someone were to be traveling to Southeast Asia (Thailand and other countries), if they had done drugs several times in other countries, specifically coke and weed, could they be in any trouble arriving in Southeast Asia (Thailand and other countries). They would be bringing nothing into the country at all, just thinking of trace elements or maybe grains of stuff sticking to a shirt or pants or in a travel pack. The clothes would obviously be washed. And if they're suspicious of anythi ...

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SE Asia in October

Posted by jlrp on 25/1/2018 at 05:09

Hello, we are a family of 4 planning a round the world trip for 3 months july to october 2018. For the moment we have planned up to Tokyo which we will leave end of september, which leaves us a month to travel from Tokyo to Paris (home) so SE Asia would be the obvious choice if October wasn't one of the worst times to actually be in the area... We already have some ideas, but I would like to hear from you, what would you do ? do you think it is reasonable to leave it to the last minute, just ...

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Early Itinerary Planning for SEA

Posted by robbydoc on 11/11/2017 at 16:23

Can I get a general critique of these two itineraries? This will be out first trip to Southeast Asia. We have only been to India and Japan in Asia but was have traveled a lot in Europe. It's just me and my wife. We are a energetic couple in our late 30s. Does this itinerary flow OK? Are we spending to much time anywhere. We plan to travel use Bus expect for the flight and boat. Is this reasonable? I prefer option 1 but the cost of plane flight may force me into option 2. Option 1 Friday, Dece ...

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Exclusive for Travelfish readers: 7% discount with Agoda coupon code

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/10/2017 at 07:50

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off-grid place far from the crowds

Posted by Heyy on 3/10/2017 at 11:01

Hi everyone! Maybe some of you could suggest some really "basic" and quiet places, maybe without internet and electricity, or just generators some hours per day. I am not afraid of living on a low standard, and not because of the budget aspect, but because I actually enjoy it... Nice nature and, friendly locals, and environmentally conscious backpackers and a quiet atmosphere, are just a few things I am looking for... I am open to all sort of places: villages, mountains, islands... Ple ...

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Burma, Bangkok, or Hanoi for a year of University.

Posted by Sanguinette on 28/9/2017 at 17:44

Help me! I have to chose the place for my year abroad at Uni. They each have their appeal. I'm studying languages and anthropology. What I love are beaches and food. Trying to decide which place can offer the most and best of both. Any advice gratefully received ...

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