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Seven things I hate about travel

Posted by somtam2000 on 4/10/2007 at 07:46

Travel blog Travel Rants has a guest blog entitled "Seven things I hate about travel". While I only agree with one of them (bank fees), it's nevertheless a good idea -- what do you hate about travel? Here's my pet seven hates to get the ball rolling: 1) Not speaking enough of the language There's only so many languages one can learn or even attempt to learn, and it's a never-ending source of frustration to find myself struggling to be able to do anything more than order a meal or find the ...

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45-day trip to Vietnam/Cambodia/Philippines. Make sense?

Posted by Fidgetyfeet on 18/11/2010 at 12:46

Hello all, My friend and I are planning a 45-day trip to Vietnam/Cambodia/Philippines in January. We're from Delhi so that's where we'll be leaving from. I haven't come across any travelogues or such that have done these places in one go. Philippines/Indonesia/Brunei seems to be a different trip altogether. Neither of us are really keen on Brunei right now and would rather just go to the places I mentioned. Is it a feasible option? Oh, and we don't have a really large budget! Inputs would be ...

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booking flights while travelling

Posted by nickolt on 16/11/2010 at 12:01

How cost effective is it to book flights while youre travelling? My bf and I will be in SE Asia for 4 months, and would rather book flights while we're travelling so that we dont have to have a set routine. I know many budget airlines offer crazy deals, but often far in advance. What are you guys' experience with booking flights ? Also, aside from Air Asia, what is a decent low budget airline that flies to many places in SE Asia ? ...

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3 months in SEAsia. Itinerary ideas?

Posted by diabololiam on 15/11/2010 at 03:51

Hi I'm 27, from London. I'm heading to South East Asia in January. On my own, with the hope of meeting people to travel with. If you want to join me, or if you have any ideas or input for my itinerary, speak up. Cheers. Here's the itinerary so far: Jan 17th – Flight - London toKuala Lumpur (Booked) MALAYSIA 18th – Get to know KL, maybe go to Penang ? 22nd – Thaipusam – Batu Caves 24th – Flight - KL to Hanoi (Booked) VIETNAM 26th – Hanoi to Halong Bay 29th – Train to Hue 31st – ...

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Advice on route and where to spend Xmas?

Posted by Familyleith on 14/11/2010 at 13:34

Hello:) We would love some advice! We are a family of 4, have been travelling for 2months started in Indonesia and are currently in Phnom penh (already been to siem reap and sihanoukville)we need to be in hong kong by 3rd Jan, we also want to go to Mondulkiri to the elephant sanctuary and maybe Kratie to see the river dolphins. We need help because we cannot decide the best route! We need to go overland as much as poss as we r on a tight budget, we have heard Laos is amazing and cheap so not s ...

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Thailand or Cambodia beach?

Posted by ssgtravel on 14/11/2010 at 03:01

In February, we will be in Bangkok, then on to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. We'll have about a week for relaxing on a beach and would like recommendations for a nice beach, easy to reach from one of those locations, cheap accomodation (but with hot water and toilet) available, and cheap food choices (street food, beach bars, etc.), nice areas for walking--nature, etc. We've looked at many posts and information and are still confused as to which would best meet our needs. Thanks for any recommen ...

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In Which Order?

Posted by MasterBates on 12/11/2010 at 08:11

I am voyaging for the first time to the region of South East Asia. I am landing in Bangkok on November 19, and from here will embark on my jaunt into Cambodia, Vietnam and/or Laos. The crucial information I seek is the following: which one should I enter after strolling accross Cambodia? Would you experts reccommend Laos or Vietnam? I have 6 months in total, so I can divide my time as I see fit. Ta, MB ...

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3 months in SEAsia: Itinerary ideas

Posted by diabololiam on 12/11/2010 at 21:13

I'm going on a solo backpacking trip to South East Asia in January. I've booked flights and a few other things (marked with a . All other dates are just rough estimates really. But any input or suggestions would be great. Or if anyone wants to join me for any part of it - reply here! Here's the itinerary so far... Jan 17th – Flight - London to Kuala Lumpur ( MALAYSIA 18th – Get to know KL, maybe go to Penang ? 22nd – Thaipusam – Batu Caves 24th – Flight - KL to Hanoi ( VIETNAM 26th ...

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Cambodia, vietnam and laos

Posted by danni87 on 7/11/2010 at 22:13

Hello! Im hoping someone can help me? Me and my friend want to travel to cambodia, vietnam and laos from approx 25/07/2011 for around 3-4 weeks. We only have a small budget and was looking to do a tour for £600 which was only 13 days around vietnam and cambodia. I would like to do more if possible... I am 23 and my friend is 26 both female..we have been told by some people it is too dangerous to travel around by our self so they have adviced to go with a tour compnay. Is this correct? Will be ...

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Fun, unusual things to do in SE Asia!!??

Posted by stinny on 3/10/2006 at 02:10

Hi everyone.... I'm trying to plan my trip to SE Asia for January-April 2007. I'm going to the following countries. -Thailand -Philippines -Cambodia -Vietnam -Laos -Burma -Southern China Basically, I was wondering if anyone knows about unusual, fun things to do in these countries..... For example- Philippines- I'm going to dive with the whale sharks, thailand- ride elephants, and in Cambodia, hopefully I get to shoot a rocket launcher :) I've done other cool things on previous trips, ...

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Discount airlines for flights around SE Asia

Posted by jordan on 4/11/2010 at 07:56

Hi all, I am planning a trip to South East Asia in December. I am thinking to fly roundtrip to Bangkok (from Los Angeles), but want to spend my time divided between Thailand and Vietnam (possibly stopping in Laos or Cambodia for a couple of days on route). I will have a little under a month, so want to expedite the trip with a few flights around the region. So far I have looked at Air Asia, but am having trouble comparison shopping on local flights. What airlines should I look at, and are ther ...

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Itinerary / Budget Advice

Posted by ChrisJenko on 6/11/2010 at 20:35

Looking to Fly from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City on the Thur 27th January 2011 to start my trip. Looking for advice on itinerary, budget and activities not to miss. Will be starting in Vietnam for ~ 40 days - Late Jan - Early March South to North along the usual Farang Trail, Ha Long bay tour ect Laos for ~ 30 days - Early March - Early April Temples, Hill Tribe tours ect Cambodia for ~ 30 days Early April - Early May Angkor, Siem Reap, PP ect Thailand for ~ 80 days Early May - late July Ele ...

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5 month trip - rough route advice needed !

Posted by nickolt on 28/10/2010 at 11:31

Hello everyone ! My boyfriend and I will be travelling to SE Asia and China this coming January. We have our flight booked into Manila, and out of Hong Kong. Our rough time frame looks like this; China - 5 weeks Phils - 3 Viet - 3 Cam - 2 Laos - 2 Thai - 4 Now, does that look alright in terms of time ? Also, we are trying to figure out a rough route to follow. We don't intend to plan out every step of our trip this far in advance, (except the Phils because that is our first stop) however I w ...

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Viewed 3,614 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by nickolt on 6/11/2010 at 10:12

Quick Pre Planning Questions

Posted by olibigoli on 29/10/2010 at 12:54

Hi All, I am just starting to plan 16 Weeks "Flashpacking" in SEA from FEB-MAY (Inc) Stat of Feb arrive Bangkok 4 Weeks Thailand Heading north (FEB) 2 Weeks Laos (MAR) 4 Weeks Vietnam heading south (MAR/APR) 2 Weeks Cambodia (APR) 3 Weeks Malasia (MAY) 1 Week Singapore (MAY) 1 Week Bali (MAY) (This is a very flexible itinery) Is there any major flaws in the basic outline? Am i heading in the right direction? Am i doing the right counties at the right time to get OK weather? Will i ...

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Independent travel from Cambodia to Vietnam

Posted by JoeMurray on 3/11/2010 at 20:48

Hi all, From the 3rd of July - 23rd of July next year I'll be travelling (as the title suggests) from, Siem Reap, Camodia to, Hanoi, Vietnam, and was just looking for any general travel advice (or specific routes) on any MUST see's along the way or what to definitely avoid, as an 18 year old, and a first time traveller to Asia alone, I want to see as much as I can along the way. Also, is it worth really planning ahead and booking a structured itinerary in the form of hostels/hotels or is it fea ...

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12th Aug - Land in Singapore ~ 20th September - Fly home from Bangkok ~ Inspire Me Pls :) xx

Posted by Danipop86 on 2/11/2010 at 07:08

Hi guys, I'm really sorry I'm sure you get lots of similar messages asking for itineray ideas for travel in South East Asia, but I'd really appreciate your help! Me and a group of friends are travelling to Johannesburg, South Africa on the 16th July 2011 to commence three weeks of charity work in schools. (We are trainee teachers) Once we have completed three weeks (7th Aug) we are heading down to Cape Town for four days until flying out to Singapore on the 11th Aug to commence travelling. A ...

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Itinerary advice needed for Cambodia, laos and Thailand - any thoughts much appreciated!

Posted by hjbvet on 27/10/2010 at 21:00

Hi This is my first post, and my first time traveling in SE Asia so any advice would be much appreciated. My boyfriend and I are planning on traveling in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand for a month or so, starting just before Christmas. I'm arriving from China and we'll be meeting in Cambodia. Our planned itinerary is: 22nd Dec - Arrive and meet in Siem Reap, Angkor Wat 26th Dec - Pnom Penh 28th Dec - Kratie, irrawaddy dolphins 30th Dec - Cross Cambodia/Laos border (can we get Laos visas on arri ...

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Sacrafice Vietnam for Peninsular Malaysia???

Posted by IrishStu on 18/9/2010 at 01:11

Hi, My clueless self and my clueless girlfriend are in the process of trying to plan our s/e asia trip (7-8 weeks during feb and march), and need some advice and a few, well alot of questions answered. Here's our vague itinerary, with my many questions in brackets. #Bangkok, four days. #Flight to Luang Prabang (is this expensive? i looked online and it seems so, can this be arranged for cheaper wen you get there?). #Northern Laos for about 2-2.5 weeks. #Travel to Siem Reap (is a flight nece ...

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20 days Laos & Cambodia (in & out of BKK)

Posted by annabellewalker on 29/10/2010 at 07:54

Hi everyone, My partner and I are heading over to Bangkok in Jan, but we are just using this as a launching pad for 20 days in Laos & Cambodia. We want to see Luang Prabang (Kuang Si), Vang Vieng (no opinions please, love it or hate it we want to see it for ourselves), ride a nori and visit Angkor Wat. Just wondering if anyone has done a similar trip and how they managed to get between all the places. How should we get in and out of Bangkok...and what is easier, Cambodia up to Laos o ...

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Asia from Februaryish - need itinerary advice

Posted by Abskii on 26/10/2010 at 21:22

Hello! I've been slowly looking through the forums but can't find anything that fully answers what I need to ask. I'm planning to head out to Asia in about February, with no solid itinerary but for visa and budget reasons I want to put together a loose plan. Hoping to take in : China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India (I have some contacts in India so want to get there last). I'm open to other places too My question is : Any recommendations for what o ...

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