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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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Looking for travel companion, Thailand

Posted by Maineart2001 on 4/2/2017 at 14:52

Greetings fellow traveler: I am an experienced seasoned traveler. Male, sixties,in good shape, 5'6", 145lb., Married/Partnered Brown hair, blue eyes. Looking for a thin lady to accompany me to Thailand this May, 2017, dates flexible. I pay for allyour expenses. My wife cannot travel this year due to a back injury she received in Belize last year. She's fine now but doesn't think she can travellong distance. She suggested I locate a travel companion on one of these travel sites. It's cool wi ...

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Help with SEA plan for June

Posted by yearn2travel on 18/2/2017 at 07:58

Looking to travel with spouse and 10 year old to SEA throughout June. I know it's not the best time of the year to be in the region, but we may just have to go with it. I'm used to planning everything, but since this is the low season, I was hoping I could step out of my shell and plan on the fly. However, we've never done that...and with a child in tow in the heat...it could spell disaster. We also plan on flying a lot to save time, but some flights seem expensive at $200/person. I wasn't sure ...

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Advice sought on establishing a permanent travel base in SE Asia

Posted by laurencegoldman on 20/2/2017 at 20:34

Hi all. I'm planning to become ex-pat. I want to figure out best way to leave quality of life items, including the bag I bring them in. As I explore the region I like to come back somewhere and cook, have unneeded seasonal clothes stashed. Perhals !eave a laptop. Simple kitchen stuff. Health stuff. What comes to mind is renting a minimal flat yearly, or having a tin box I can stash safely. If someone knows a cheap way to have kitchen access when hopping around, I'd like to hear it. My focus ...

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Visa applications for Cambodia and Vietnam

Posted by Francie1951 on 15/2/2017 at 00:13

Hi. We have travelled by air to Ho Chi Minh from New Zealand on other occasions and have always applied for a letter of approval for our visas on-line before our departure. We know this only applies to those visitors flying into Vietnam. This trip we are flying in to Siem Reap , Cambodia and then travelling to Vietnam overland. We have found by researching on the internet that we can apply for visas for Cambodia on-line before leaving New Zealand or apply at Siem Reap airport on arrival. ...

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1st time traveler

Posted by kadaver2 on 13/2/2017 at 05:03

hi everyone , i'm a 22 years old dutch man an im going to south asia for around 5 months. now i got some questions where do i begin? are there other people over there to meet up? ive never traveled so i dont know mutch. are there other people ho go around june or the end of may? or maybe there is somebody ho is willing to start with me? ...

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3 week itinerary - Thailand & Phillipines

Posted by Asia123Sophie on 9/2/2017 at 07:55

Hi everyone, I really need help deciding on a 19 night holiday starting in Bangkok (due to flights). I was thinking: Bangkok 2 nights Krabi 4 nights Phi Phi island 4 nights Patong beach 3 nights Koh Phangan 2 nights Borocay 4 nights I know this seems a lot but I think all the thailand areas are quite close but not sure how transport between all of them is, is someone able to confirm? Ideally we would like to fly as much as possible but I have heard Air Asia is normally delayed, is this right? ...

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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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When are discounted air fares released for Feb 2018?

Posted by PathMan on 6/2/2017 at 01:37

Hi Everyone, My wife and I are planning to take a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia (20 days or thereabouts), and have found an ideal private tour package with Tonkin Travel. I have been looking at flights from London Heathrow, flying into Hanoi (or or around the 18th Jan 2018) and returning at the end of the trip from Siem Reap to Heathrow (on or around the 7th Feb 2018, ahead of the Tet holidays). My problem is that many of the airlines are currently offering discounted fares for 2017 but none ...

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Backpacking 6 months - Itinerary

Posted by kel on 6/2/2017 at 00:28

Ahoy fellow travellers. My partner and I are currently planning a 6ish month trip to South East Asia, from Jan 2017 anywhere up early September 2017. Planning the itinerary to make sure we avoid terrible weather is proving to be difficult as I really want to travel quite slowly but I don't want to stay in one place too long and miss all the good weather! I'm hoping someone with a litttttle more experience than I, might be able to give us a few tips! So far, I'm thinking; Arrive Bangkok - 1 w ...

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Seeing red over fake reviews

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/8/2015 at 19:33

From this week's newsletter: "So you can't throw a satay stick without spearing some news story about fake reviews online, but what is this fake review thing you speak of? Here's a primer regarding Jo's Dormotel in a popular city near you. Please note, these examples are fictional. Fake Review Level 1 Joe joins Tripadvisor using his Josdormlodge.com email address and off the bat adds a review for his hotel saying it is awesome and that Jo is a really cool guy. Fake Review Level 2 TA will ...

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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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