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Itinerary help needed

Posted by mkarmstr on 16/8/2017 at 08:30

Hi guys! I'm new to travelfish and to Southeast Asia! I've traveled a bit but never put together a three week itinerary before, so I really would love your help. We (boyfriend and I) are doing 3 weeks in December, which I know is not ideal because it's high season, but we have to make do. We fly in and out of Kuala Lumpur and are thinking of doing a loop, shown below. Our non-negotiables are really just Siem Reap, Bangkok and Penang, and a couple of island relax days. I would love suggestion ...

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A whole year off for a SE Asia trip! Advice needed!

Posted by MarkSeaton on 16/8/2017 at 02:06

Hello all! Long story short, I have a year off from March 2018. I was to travel to the UK with a friend... but things change don't they? So I am now looking at spending an extended period in SE Asia doing some 47yo first time solo travel as every time ive been in SE Asia, ive had a brilliant time and met some terrific people.. Ive done Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam recently but only the touristy highlights I would suggest and am very keen to visit those places again for a more in depth l ...

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Withdraw fee for at card

Posted by Cateyze9 on 15/8/2017 at 13:01

I have well Fargo, which has a $5 withdraw fee to ATM cards. Is there any way around that thanks? ...

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Itinerary feedback

Posted by smartcar8 on 15/8/2017 at 10:15

Hi, My wife and I will be in SEA in Jan/Feb. 2018 and I have taken my first attempt at an itinerary. We are in our late 50’s and fairly active. We would like to see 3 countries but don’t want to be too rushed. Still deciding which Thai Islands we will visit.We are going to go mid-range and will do a combo of self-guided and guided along the way. Would love any feedback, thanks! 27-Dec Flt to Hanoi 28-Dec Hanoi 29-Dec Hanoi 30-Dec Hanoi 31-Dec Bus to Dalat 7-8 hours 01- ...

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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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Travel Indochina 1 month

Posted by jsmithgladys82 on 26/7/2017 at 21:56

We are a group of 5 young couples spending 1 month to visit Indochina as much as possiable. All of us have not travel experiences before, so we approciate all tips, guide from fellow travelers. ...

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First trip to SE Asia, where to go?

Posted by choduk on 3/8/2017 at 13:09

Hi, Me and my friend are planning to go to SE Asia for a month in November. This is our first real 'adventurous' backpacking style holiday. We're looking to move around a bit but not too much as we also want to be able to enjoy and take in the individual places we visit. Between Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia we're not sure where to go, or where to start! We want to soak up the culture and explore, but also fit in some time for lying on the beach and partying... What country ( ...

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Honeymoon in Vietnam

Posted by thaorosellazulab on 19/7/2017 at 05:22

My husband and I will go to Vietnam for our honeymoon. At first, we plan to move to Bali, Indonesia but the price for this trip is unaffordable for us and then decide to choose Vietnam. We want to stay a romantic but not too touristy place. We will only have one week and visit some places like beaches or island. Heard much about Halong, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc. Highly appreciate any suggestions. ...

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After much research we FINALLY have our 6 month SEA itinerary... did we get it right?

Posted by mizdaphne on 26/7/2017 at 19:46

Hi everyone! Thanks for all the incredible info on this site/forums, I have been soaking it up over the past few months! We (couple in our 30s) are planning a 6 month trip to SEA (+NZ) and have been hard at work researching destinations. I think we finally have a solid itinerary, but just wanted to run it by you expert travelfishers... Could you let me know if you see any big no-no's in terms of timing, route, weather or anything else? It's more flying than I had originally thought but since t ...

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Booking a homestay in Bali

Posted by SandySowas on 24/7/2017 at 00:44

Hello, I am traveling to Bali (Ubud) during August and wanted to know the best way to book a homestay. Is it recommended to book online and in advance? or are do folks generally show up and have a few places in mind and then book? I'm looking for a quiet, chill place, not too expensive and has breakfast included, so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! Sandy ...

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Beach Resort Easily Accessible from Bangkok or Hanoi

Posted by Oliviawj11 on 17/7/2017 at 12:54

Hi all! My husband and I are traveling to Bangkok and Hanoi (with a two-day tour of Halong Bay) for our slightly-belated honeymoon mid-November. We have set aside 3-4 nights of our trip to spend at a beach resort somewhere - a few days in Hanoi was my husband's request, but a few days relaxing on a beach is super important to me. I feel pretty confident that we can fit a trip to an island or resort town into our itinerary, but because we're already spending a fair amount of time traveling ...

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SEA backpacking questions

Posted by clearest on 12/7/2017 at 14:23

Me and a friend may be taking a gap year together after finishing at college and both of us would love to backpack SEA. Firstly, how safe is it, primarily Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia? I've heard terrible stories but also have researched and seen that it's really safe for backpackers. We'd be going in over a year, so have a lot of time to plan and do plenty of research. I haven't figured out exactly getting to/from boarders etc but have seen online that transport is really good in SEA as ...

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I have 3 months in SEA..Help!!

Posted by alicelil1607 on 11/7/2017 at 11:28

Hi there, I am off to south east asia on October 17th- Jan 17th and need some help. I was originally going to spend a month in each Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam before I head off to Aus. Speaking to some fellow travellers they have told me that a month in each Laos and Cambodia is too long and I should spend about 2.5 weeks in each and spend 3 weeks also visiting Malaysia... I am so stuck at what to do, I do not want to rush at all and for example I know I want to see places like Tonle Sap in Camb ...

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best hotel service in Chennai

Posted by kvkrishnan on 11/7/2017 at 06:22

Which 3 star hotel provides the best service in Chennai? ...

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Travel in SEA

Posted by joellarutten on 3/7/2017 at 21:01

Hello again, Where in SEA I will find a place with a comfortable climate and affordable cost of living? All suggestions are welcome... P/S: We have more than 2 weeks for traveling ...

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Open jaw trip: 20 days flying into Bangkok and out from Ho Chi Minh.. Where to go?

Posted by wanderingemlessly on 4/7/2017 at 12:15

Hi all! I'd love any insight on planning out my upcoming late October-mid November SE Asia trip. I'll be heading out solo and I really want to focuse on culture/nature/food as opposed to the big city party scene. I snagged a really great flight deal that has me flying into Bangkok and out of Ho Chi Minh, which at first i thought would be plenty of time to do both countries....but... after further research definitely not. I'd love to get thoughts on best itinerary for that time span. My plan so ...

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Hunting and Foraging in SE Asia

Posted by ForagerGirl on 30/6/2017 at 09:41

My partner and I are planning on traveling to SE Asia this November for a couple months. Our ideal experience would involve witnessing lots of wildlife, hunting/trapping and foraging, and interacting with locals who also hunt/trap/forage for subsistence. We're not the kind of travelers who care about restaurants, temples, bars, partying, etc. Would rather spend as little time as possible in the cities. We both have experience with backpacking and wilderness skills in the United States, and are p ...

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Southern Thailand or Malaysia in September?

Posted by danielleamy on 25/6/2017 at 13:26

Hi travelfish community, My boyfriend and I are setting out for 4.5 months in Southeast Asia from September. At the moment our loose itinerary is as follows: September (3 weeks): ?? October/November (9 weeks): Northern Thailand / Cambodia / Laos / Vietnam December (2.5 weeks): Philippines For September we're tossing up between Malaysia or Southern Thailand and that's where I'd appreciate your advice and opinions. More about us: - Experienced travelers in our late 20s. This is our first signif ...

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Who wants to go to South Goa early next year?!

Posted by katadolph on 16/6/2017 at 05:08

For my next trip (early 2018) I am going to stay nine to ten weeks in the Palolem area of South Goa, India. Possibly Palolem itself, but more likely Patnem or Agonda. They're all so close anyway it hardly makes a difference! It would be good to already be in touch with people round and about, and if we click perhaps travel together to other bits of India. Over the years I've spent a lot of time in India, doing the backpack slog,and have covered much of the area from the bottom of Tamil Nadu ...

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