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Southeast Asia Itinerary Advise

Posted by samlock0106 on 28/4/2017 at 08:05

Hi, I am planning a trip to Southeast Asia for next year around June time for approx. 10 weeks and was hoping for some advice on the route / activities etc. I will be going with 1 mate of mine and maybe another, we are interested in nature a lot so lots of great high-point views and national parks, but then we want the nightlife as well, especially in thailand as well as culture and history. Please let me know for any advice on how long we should spend in each place. Vietnam: - fly to Hanoi ...

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Road trip VN~Cambodia~Laos~VN~Thailand

Posted by jeslie88 on 28/4/2017 at 00:42

Hi, I am from Malaysia and I am planning to have a backpack trip from August 2017 onwards till January of 2018 for couple of months (4-5 months). My initial plan is to start with Vietnam south (HCMC) > Vietnam Central then road trip to Cambodia then back to Vietnam Central to the south > then Laos> ChiangMai> Thailand BKK (last stop perhaps ) Do you think this is a good plan for road trip? As I have been to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh previously, so I may skip Hanoi this time and HCMC ...

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Southeast Asia Itinerary

Posted by robbydoc on 26/4/2017 at 11:05

Can I get a general critique of this itinerary? 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. Should we go back to Bangkok at the end?We want to hike, see temples, and waterfalls. Along with the obvious first time tourist stuff. Day 1 Leave Home Day 2 Arrive in Bangkok (Lat ...

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2 week trip in SE Asia - looking for feedback and recommendations!

Posted by mnkypants on 20/4/2017 at 11:44

Hi there! My boyfriend and I will be traveling around SE Asia for 2 weeks in July. We have a sample itinerary but are not sure if it's doable with the amount of time that we have, and if we're hitting the right spots. We are in our 30's and aren't really into the party scene, but would like to go out for a casual drink some nights. We'd like a mix of city, nature, beach, temples and villages during our trip. Another thing to consider is that I have mobility limitations, meaning I have a tough ti ...

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Route through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia

Posted by Kmcgregor1 on 22/4/2017 at 02:56

Hi guys I will be heading to Laos from Chiang Rai next week and staying for 1 month. I'm just abit stuck on how best to plan my route. I like traveling quite slow so I was thinking to spend my time in North Laos and head over to Vietnam overland. Then head down Vietnam into Cambodia. I'll then head back to Thailand to meet my friends at the end of July. I also had the idea to maybe go from north Laos down south and into Cambodia overland then head to Vietnam overland, make my way up north ...

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Cambodia Travel Video (1 Minute)

Posted by chrisontour84 on 19/4/2017 at 08:59

Hey! After Thailand I was headed to Cambodia. Famous for it's Ankor Wat temple complex, it also is home to a pretty great Island called Koh Rong, one of a few places where you can swim with phosphorescent plankton at night! I tried to squeeze it all in under a minute again LG Chris ...

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6-7 Months, Loose plans - How would you do it?

Posted by ParchedKiwi on 6/4/2017 at 13:29

Hello all! I have 6-8 months around S.E.A planned and I am pumped! First time backpacking, solo, all that good stuff. And what sort of budding backpacker would I be without itinerary paranoia! Here's what I've put together just based on what I've seen in regards to weather, high low seasons, expensiveness etc.. Indonesia - September Thailand - October Cambodia - November Vietnam - December Laos - January Myanmar - February Philippines - March ??? I am in no way attached to this plan ...

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Traveling to SEA in Oct-Nov - Where to?

Posted by emeve on 1/4/2017 at 08:00

Hello, my boyfriend and I are planning to travel to South East Asia for the first time in Mid-October/November. We would like to spend 3 weeks enjoying nature, beaches, culture and good food. We don't want to stress ourselves traveling from one place to the other every few days, so ideally we travel to no more than 3 or 4 locations and from there do so some day trips. Although this might be hard on certain locations, we would like to avoid as much as possible very touristic and crowded areas. W ...

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6 month itinerary from July

Posted by LCdub29 on 16/3/2017 at 04:17

Hi Guys I'll be travelling through SE Asia starting in July and have the following rough itinerary: July - Indonesia August - Philipines September - Vietnam October - Laos November - Cambodia December - Thailand I don't really want to plan too much, and the above schedule is flexible, but does anyone have any tips/suggestions on this route before I book a one way flight to Jakarta. First time solo travelling, 29 year old male. The main reason I've chosen this route is to get as much good wea ...

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Thailand vs Vietnam in September/October

Posted by apbryant on 30/3/2017 at 17:41

Hi Everyone! My boyfriend and I plan to travel to Southeast Asia from the US in September or October 2017 for about 10 days. I would LOVE to visit both Vietnam and Thailand, but realize that is not enough time to fully enjoy both. We are thinking about choosing one or two towns in either country for adventure/sightseeing/history and then traveling to a beach or island for some water activity and relaxation. While I have experience traveling in Southeast Asia and want to see the authentic cultur ...

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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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URGENT - What's the deal with Visas?

Posted by WanderlustTJ on 20/3/2017 at 12:48

Hey, myself and two friends have booked a SINGLE flight to Bangkok on the 5th April. We intend to spend about two weeks in Thailand, then two weeks in Cambodia, and finally two weeks in Vietnam. What type of VISAs do we need for each country? Can we get them on arrival at the country's airport/land border, or do we need to apply for them before we even board the flight? How much will each one cost? All three of us are British citizens with UK passports. We have no proof of onward travel (and ...

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Itinerary Advice- 5 weeks on mainland SE Asia

Posted by lsmith0017 on 15/3/2017 at 00:38

Hello, I've been reading a lot of advice about traveling through SEA and I put together a tentative itinerary. A friend and I (each in our late 20s) will be traveling from mid-June to late July. We've been living in the Caucuses for the past 2 years and are taking the long way home. Any advice on the itinerary would be great. I know each country could be it's own trip but with 5 weeks we wanted to get a good overview of the mainland section. Additionally, any advice on places to stay and things ...

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Travelling SEA indefinitely.

Posted by Lirho91 on 18/3/2017 at 16:01

Hi guys, I am off to India for a month in October then after that am heading to Thailand and have no plans past that. I have no ties at home so am planning on travelling till I run out of money. I hope to have saved £10000 by the time I go. I would like to see Australia and New Zealand to finish my trip but SEA is my main focus. Just wondering if anyone has any advice on what countries to visit and how long to spend in each one? I love nature, animals, culture, food and anything that involves ...

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Rules for entering Thailand and other SE Asia countries

Posted by dansam8 on 13/3/2017 at 04:55

Hi, i've been planing to backpack south east Asia and I have a problem that my travel agent doesn't seem to be able to solve. problem: As I understand it I need a return ticket out of Thailand or any country for that mater, before I am allowed to enter (obviously to prevent someone from needing to be deported) however I would like to travel between Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos over a period of a few months. How would I enter each country without a ticket home within the visa ...

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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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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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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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