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Is there more of SE Asia I need to see or should I go on to Australia??

Posted by ElaineMcG on 16/11/2010 at 17:16

Ok so for two months I travelled around Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Patong, Phi Phi, Koh Phangan), Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville) and Laos (Vang Vieng, Vientianne) and now Im am living and teaching in Tangshan, China (2 1/2hrs outside Beijing). I have a six month contract here during which time I am getting to explore some chinese cities surronding me. My issue is when my contract finishes at the end of March where should I go?? My year working holiday visa for Australia exp ...

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Best route for SE Asia trip

Posted by floralbutton on 7/12/2010 at 19:35

I am looking for some travelling advice! Myself and my friend are planning to travel through Thailand, Vietnam, Loas and Cambodia over a 3 month period and we were wondering what would be the best route to take to enable us to get a flavour of each country and not just skim over the surface. As my friend will be in Malaysia anyway when I meet her in kuala lumpur (if will be travelling from Hong Kong after doing a tour of China), we are planning to visit Singapore for a few weeks, travel up thr ...

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Right time to Visit SE

Posted by Ignas on 7/12/2010 at 15:35

Hello, I am going for a month in SE, and wanted to ask if time after new years is ok? considering not the weather but expenses and tourists? Are they gone after new years and everything came back to normal prices or is it still there and I need to wait a little bit more and then go? I hope I am clear Thanks ...

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Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia. Currency??

Posted by reneejordan on 3/12/2010 at 11:32

Hi Everyone! I'm from Australia and I'm heading to Thailand - Laos - Vietnam - Cambodia in feb for 7 weeks. cant wait!!! i was just wondering what currencys i will need when in Laos - Vietnam - Cambodia will i need to have $USD on me????? if so how much should i have??? or will i only need the local currency?? I'm already familiar with Thai Baht. thank you ...

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Can I visit Vietnam, Cambodia, & Thailand in 3 weeks?

Posted by Donnie_Duck on 6/11/2010 at 18:09

Hi I am going to SEA for 3 weeks and want to visit Siem Reap, Phnom Penn, Halong Bay, Full Moon Party and Phuket. I am flying to Bangkok on 10nov and returning home on 27nov from Bangkok as well. Do you think that this is enough time to visit all these cities, or do you think I should take 1 out? Also, What do you think the most enjoyable and best route of travel will be? I don't mind spending the money.. I thought maybe I could go from bangkok to siem reap by land as soon as I land on 10nov, ...

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SE Asia trip from USA (8 weeks)

Posted by azizi on 15/11/2010 at 03:35

My girlfriend and I are planning a two month Southeast Asia backpacking trip from mid January to mid March. Some of the countries that we would like to visit are: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and possibly either Indonesia or the Philippines. Do you think it is possible to visit these countries in that amount of time? What is a good route to take? Thanks! ...

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Xmas and NY

Posted by shaznay on 2/12/2010 at 18:30

I am in Laos travelling down to the south before leaving to go to Vietnam or Cambodia for xmas and new year, around 20th dec. I am travelling to both countries, but not sure which way around to do it, as I will be going back to Thailand afterwards - any suggestions on this and where to go for xmas and new year? ...

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full moon party and a-like

Posted by simonea on 26/11/2010 at 09:43

Hi, I am planning to travel south east asia for about a month in Novemeber 2011. We are travelling Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Bali. We will be doing tubing in Laos and attending the full moon party in Thailand. I have been to the full moon and half moon party before and loved every bit of it. Is there anything similar in the other countries? we are wanting to do something different before it get too commercialised like the full moon party. Any ideas will be appriciated. thanks! ...

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too young?!

Posted by roff on 19/10/2010 at 04:57

Hopefully we can get a little advice on this. Me and a friend are planning our travelling for next summer. Were both 18 and currently on our 'gap year' working full-time to finance our trip. The plan is to travel round eastern Europe on the trains during May 2011 and then fit in a bigger trip around South-East asia in June/July/August before we start Uni. Although our route is still up for debate, were leaning towards flying into Singapore, travelling up through Malaysia (via KL) and into Thail ...

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Insect repellant

Posted by dazedandconfused on 3/11/2010 at 17:32

We are getting ready to leave for our journey around S.E Asia and wonder if insect repellant containing Deet is widely available to purchase. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks ...

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Viewed 2,280 times, with 16 replies. Last reply by errik on 27/11/2010 at 23:16

No plans just going to arrive, good or bad idea?

Posted by Rassklass on 30/9/2010 at 23:19

Hi all! I plan to do a spot of travelling at the end of January for around 10 weeks (or longer if my finances can cope with it!). I've never been to the far east before and want to see as much as possible but not being detrimental to the enjoyment. Ideally I want to go to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. There seems to be a LOT to see in each country and I know some people would say that you could easily spend 10 weeks in each one and still not see everything so I don't intend to make a sp ...

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Viewed 3,384 times, with 16 replies. Last reply by errik on 25/11/2010 at 20:59

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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Viewed 1,696 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Familyleith on 14/11/2010 at 22:36

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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Viewed 2,628 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by diabololiam on 13/11/2010 at 21:59

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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