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Southeast Asia forum

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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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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Itinerary Help! Laos,Vietnam,Cambodia and paradise beach!

Posted by LuCiaPV on 13/8/2016 at 20:05

Hi! I'm planning my second trip to SE Asia with my husband and need some help with some details of our itinerary, specially on transportation, best order between places and to decide our beach spot for the trip. We have a month and fly in and out of Hong Kong. On our first trip we did Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Chang in Thailand, Bagan and Inle in Burma and Siem Reap in Cambodia, plus a few days in Hong Kong. It was a great combination of nature, cool cities and history, Bagan was of our fav ...

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Any input greatly appreciated

Posted by alfr on 27/10/2016 at 02:57

Hello, Im a 24 year old student from Puerto Rico and around the beginning of March 2017 I will be traveling to SEAsia for the first time with one friend. We are completely open to anything, however we would like to incorporate the following in our trip but have had a difficult time arranging it logistically: Bangkok Chiang Mai Songkran(be in Thailand for that time) Gibbon experience Vang Vieng Slow boat Siem Reap Angkor Wat Phnom Penh Hanoi Halong Bay Sapa Hoi An Saigon Motorcycle the general H ...

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The Travelfish weekly quiz

Posted by somtam2000 on 12/9/2016 at 02:11

We've been running a quiz every week in our weekly newsletter, and have been meaning to post on the forum as well. So, better late than never, here is the latest quiz, and I'll update this thread every week with the new one. There is an alt link because the quiz script thingy doesn't work properly for a few people and haven't got to the bottom of why that is. Can you identify these ten islands? (alt link here) Good luck! ...

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First time travelling feeling overwhelmed

Posted by rorymist23 on 24/10/2016 at 08:35

Hello Me and my partner are travelling South East Asia for the first time and are setting off the beginning of January 2017. We will travel for roughly 3/4months and are flying from the UK. I have been doing lots of research but I'm beginning to find it all a little overwhelming and scary. We want to fly into Bangkok head north to Chiang Mai, cross over into Loas, then do Vietnam and Cambodia. We hope to come back into Thailand and visit some of the Thai islands before completing our trip. I ...

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The Christmas rush and do you need to book in advance? Should you panic?

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/10/2016 at 22:42

From this week's newsletter: The messages have begun: Do I really need to book a room at X on Y over the Silly Season or can I just show up? These questions pop up every year around this time as people start to make their Christmas and New Year plans, go to book a bed and find everything they want (or even don't want) is full. Panic! I have a few thoughts on this, which I hope will help to calm at least some nerves. Most importantly, despite online travel agents boasting that they list six sq ...

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Advice for visa/beggining of the trip

Posted by thomasapt on 20/10/2016 at 17:33

Hello, me and my friend are traveling from Brazil to Southeast Asia for 2 months. On the arrival we are planning starting from Camboja or Laos, making all the coast throught Vietnam. We are arriving in Bangkok, so we need tips for the start of the trip, where should we start? How and where can we get our visa on borders, if we cannot go throught airport. Which way should be the best, considering we are going to be in new years eve in Vietnam! Thanks for all, I am really anxious haha ...

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Relaxing starting point in SE Asia for november?

Posted by jameslon on 17/10/2016 at 15:47

Im travelling in SE Asia in november. Im hoping ill figure my route out as I go (one of the appeals of traveling for me) but can anyone recommend a chilled out place to start that wont break the bank? Im a sociable person but initially I don't want a party scene. A few bars etc so I can meet other travellers would be good but I'm not interested in getting wasted. Basically all I need is a beach, wifi and a hostel where I don't have to share a room! Cheers ...

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One way ticket to south east asia

Posted by fishinwater on 9/10/2016 at 14:57

Hi guys, this may be a commonly asked question here but im looking for experience on the matter. SO, in January I plan on buying a one way ticket to Bangkok and travel around south east Asia until I either get tired of the journey or when I run out of money. Now, my problem here is what kind of problems will I run into with immigration, in the case that I wont have an exactly detailed plan on how long I will spend in each country. And I am not sure how it works with the different countries and ...

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20 years old, solo traveler SouthEast Asia

Posted by catalina on 12/9/2016 at 02:36

Hello, i am a 20 years old female and i am traveling alone for 3 months to southeast asia on october, starting in Bangkok! i am really exited yet nervous! I've heard only good things and amazing reviews! does anyone have some tips, suggestions or anything at all to say! hostel recommendations, apps or other?! thank you i would very much appreciate the help! C ...

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3 months in south east Asia - itinerary request please

Posted by Navy058 on 27/8/2016 at 05:40

Hi, I am planning to spend one month each in Thailand , Laos, and Vietnam . I shall be leaving in January and returning in April. I plan to start and finish my journey in Bangkok. My intention is to back (or flash) pack. I'm planning a budget of US 30 per day plus US 500 for internal travel. Im English although I live in Spain. I'm 72 years old. I would appreciate any advice on an itinerary. I do not envisage any over adventurous jungle treks or mountain climbing. I would also appreciate any co ...

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Finding best places to capture amazing photos in Mekong delta

Posted by lisajknapp on 17/9/2016 at 04:56

Hi there! Friends and I intend to travel some places in Mekong delta like Tram Chim, floating markets to take nice photos, by the way, we wanna have a joyful time in Ho Chi Minh city and Phu Quoc. Anyone know which is best sights to shoot nice photos? We found that boats and even small boats are main vehicles when visiting there but we have no idea about price for each one. Any advices for us ? Thank in advance. ...

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The Big One, First time, 6 months need help!

Posted by lajoy9 on 10/9/2016 at 15:08

Hello there, thanks for your wonderful Website.I have a few questions along my itinary, so please bear with me, even if the post is a bit long. My husband and I will be leaving on January 14 th for 6 months in South East Asia. We planned our itinary based on some of your suggested itinaries but we changed it a bit according to our preferences. First Bangkok then up to Northern Thailand(one month). We cross over at Chiang Khaong. to Laos. Stay in Laos for one month going south to Champasak or K ...

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