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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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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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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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2018/2019 South East Asia Trip

Posted by robbydoc on 28/9/2017 at 03:44

What do you guys think of this itinerary? I'm spending to much time anywhere? Not really a beach person but should I try to add that somewhere? We are active couple in there late 30s. I really would like to remove the flight if I could. Please don't hold back opinions. Date Friday, December 14, 2018 Leave USA Saturday, December 15, 2018 Arrive in Bangkok (Late Night) Sunday, December 16, 2018 Bangkok Monday, December 17, 2018 Bangkok Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Daytrip to Ayuttaya Wednes ...

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5 month trip

Posted by warren100uk on 3/9/2017 at 10:56

Hi all, Hope everyone is well. Next week, me and my wife are leaving for South East Asia for 5 months. We have already booked a flight to Singapore from the UK then a flight in February from Cambodia to the UK. I have just had a major panic as came across a site that said i could get refused check in to fly to Singapore with out proof of onward travel. We are flying with Cathy Pacific and wondered if our flight from Cambodia will will enough? We are visiting, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, ...

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Dive Bar/Rock/Metal Live Venues in SE Asia

Posted by MarkSeaton on 6/9/2017 at 00:00

Hello! First a confession. I love me a dive bar. LOVE ME a dive bar. I have always made it a mission to find/check out Dive bars/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal/Punk/Alt bars especially ones with live bands in my travels in SE Asia. You always seem to find one, no matter where you are. I even found one in Kyoto! Metals! m/ So anyway, anyone like the Dive Bar/HR/HM/Punk/Rock/Alt live band stuff and have any recos along the way? Or just recos for good bars? I imagine there is a post somewhere, but that was ...

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Travelling for 7 months

Posted by 65464 on 1/9/2017 at 04:09

Hello, My boyfriend and I will be leaving to go travelling in November for 7 months and I was wondering what people thought about the amount of money we are roughly going to have and whether it will be enough! We are staying in NZ with my family for the first two months so it’s likely that we won’t be spending much in that time. However, we will be travelling New Zealand for a month adter this and then 4 months in SE Asia (Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam) We think we will roughly have betwe ...

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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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The Thakhek Loop

Posted by Megaworldasia365 on 31/8/2017 at 06:33

Hi, I'm planning on doing the Thakhek Loop (central Laos) towards the end of Sept 2017. Just wondering if there's anyone out there who wants to join me? I'll be doing alot of photography on the way so I'm planning on a trip of about 7 days. I know it's still the rainy season but that's the best time to check out the waterfalls near Na hin village. I've already done 2 trips to Khong Lor cave but don't mind doing it again as I'm a caving enthusiast. There's also some good jungle treks around khon ...

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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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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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