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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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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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Viewed 3,040 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 30/10/2010 at 19:21

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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SE Asia rough itinerary

Posted by aimbat19 on 28/9/2010 at 09:02

Hi, im planning a 2 month trip to SE Asia and just looking to get a few pointers. Gerneral Plan: Bangkok-> northern thailand -> laos -> cambodia -> southern thailand -> malaysia question 1: does this seem to be the best route for this kind of intin.? Time distribution: 2 weeks northern thai, 2 weeks laos, 1 week cambodia, 2 weeks southern thai, week malaysia question 2: even though this is a very rough time scale, im curious whats the best way to travel around t ...

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Viewed 2,976 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 26/10/2010 at 20:55

From China to Thailand

Posted by Ignas on 19/10/2010 at 19:00

I need your small advice... Now I am staying in Yunnan province of China and Soon I want to go out of here to Thailand visiting Laos and Vietnam but NOT Cambodia. So can someone give advice on ruff sketch of route. Is it better to start with Laos or Vietnam? ...

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4 weeks in SEA - destinations & Itinerary advice

Posted by samwise90 on 19/10/2010 at 21:30

Hi all! I'm heading to south east asia for 4 weeks (mid jan - mid feb 2011) and need some help narrowing down places to spend the most time. I've booked flights already, in and out of Kuala Lumpur. I want to see as much as possible, but am well aware that 4 weeks is very little time to explore south east asia... I'm flexible with which countries i'll visit... but its out of malaysia, thailand, vietnam, laos & cambodia... first three would probably be top priority... I'm mainly interested in ...

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In the search for something different

Posted by norbit on 18/10/2010 at 09:22

Hi all, Long time reader, first time contributor, so go easy on me! First of all I must start with the obligatory compliment regarding the website – it’s great and already proven a valuable source of information. Picardin? Never head of the stuff until Travelfish. After years of saving, my girlfriend and I finally depart Australia early January and arrive SEA with no plans and alot of time. We expect to be travelling for around 12 – 18 months (SW China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand ...

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48 days in SE Asia Oct- Dec?

Posted by darcon on 19/10/2010 at 06:09

Hi all, My partner and I are flying into Ho Chi Minh start of next week and intend on travelling around until our departure date of the 14th of December from Singapore. I understand that it will be a full on trip as we want to squeeze in as much as possible! So far we are thinking of: HCM to Hanoi with a stopover in Hue for a couple of nights. Then travel into Laos for just a couple of days to Luang Prabang to meet a friend. Then hopefully fly into either Siem Reap or Phnom Penh and vi ...

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do I need a power converter?

Posted by StreetSpirit13 on 25/9/2010 at 12:28

I am going to be traveling alone through SE Asia for 6 weeks starting Nov 1st. In my day to day life, I have my iPod on me all the time. It's just nice to have when on the bus or running errands around town. I think it would also be nice when traveling to have music on long travel days, but I was wondering if I should just leave it at home, as I don't want it lost or stolen. If I were to bring it, I would also need a converter to charge it, and I'm not sure if I want to deal with that. Also, I a ...

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Iphone 4 in SE Asia?

Posted by chicoelnino on 29/9/2010 at 00:12

I plan on bringing my iphone 4 with me next year when travelling through SE Asia for 4/5 months. However, apart from using it as an internet device, I would like to know how would I be able(if possible) to use it as a phone as it takes a "micro sim" card instead of the normal sized sim? I know I could just chop up a normal sized sim and use that, but it may not work properly. So does anyone know what the availablilty of micro sims in SE Asia would be? ...

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Whats this?

Posted by chicoelnino on 28/9/2010 at 06:40

I came across this post in a thread about security when out of the room: "Now there is something I found which is incredibly useful, it's a metal cup which you put over the door knob when you leave your room, you put a large padlock through a couple of holes at the base of the cup and the metal loop on the padlock prevents the cup from being taken off by anyone but you. The upshot is that no one gets in your room but you, not the owner, no one, unless they've got a pair of bolt cutters or ...

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Biggest culture shock areas in Vietnam and Laos

Posted by johnkitchener on 24/9/2010 at 15:15

Biggest culture shock areas in Vietnam and Laos Hey, My girlfirend and I are travelling for 1 month through Vietnam and Loas. We want to base our trip on culture, natural landscapes and adventure. Does anyone recommend anywhere where culture is bursting from the seams or anywhere else that might take our fancy? Cheers, John Kitchener ...

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Viewed 4,435 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by travellingsarah on 25/9/2010 at 12:39

4 month trip through SE Asia, anyone wants to join?

Posted by hungry_traveller26 on 7/9/2010 at 17:08

Hi everyone! I am planing to go to Asia for a few months. Havent booked a flight yet, but I want to start in Bangkok dec 15th. Since I will celebrate christmas and NY in Asia, I was wondering where a cool place to go to would be. I was thinking either to go down to Krabi and do a little island hopping and beach partying for the holidays or going to Vietnam and start travelling. I have no itinarary, just four months and my hunger for adventure. Is anybody planning a similar route? Any suggestio ...

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