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Our first trip to Indochina! Help with plans?

Posted by fifchuck on 20/12/2009 at 23:18

My wife and I have our flights booked to Saigon on Jan 16 until February 2. Problem is, we don't have much else planned because everything looks so great we're having a terribly hard time prioritizing our wants for this trip. Originally, we were naively hoping to see Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand but we're realizing that with 16 days, we just don't have that time. We don't want to be flying every other day. So, can anyone help with suggestions that we definitely shouldn't mis ...

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Mekong Going to Heck in a Handbasket

Posted by somsai on 19/12/2009 at 08:14

Sounds like the reporting is from the Golden Triangle on the Thai side, also Laos down by Khone falls, and the delta in Vietnam, with a phone call to Milton Osborne thrown in to add authenticity. Hope the link works. By Thomas Fuller NYT December 09 My only quible. >>The cargo +(boats)+ passes through increasingly populated areas, erstwhile sleepy cities in Laos that are now teeming with tourists and defying the economic ...

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Viewed 1,884 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by MADMAC on 21/12/2009 at 00:35

Two Deranged Students do The Big One ... Backwards!

Posted by toxic8 on 22/10/2009 at 09:58

Hello everyone! Caveat Emptor: This is a long one. But: Endure, and in enduring grow strong! To begin, let us get acquainted. Allow me to allow you to peer into our queer and slightly deranged modus operandi ... My girlfriend and I (24 and 21) will be arriving at Hanoi on the 23rd of December at 1am! She's teacher (almost) and I'm either a lawyer, computer geek, or some kind of writer (haven't decided yet). A sense of adventure, Anthony Bourdain, muay thai, and some weird ...

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Dokmai Garden - Secret Garden Getaway in Chiang Mai

Posted by MissBonavita on 13/12/2009 at 15:43

Dokmai Garden is the perfect escape for the discerning tourist who wishes to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Chiang Mai. It is just 25 minute drive from Central Chiang Mai, and yet it feels like you are a world away! The garden itself would be perfect for the avid gardener, or the curious new comer looking for some information on local flora. There are over 800 species of plants, 500 of which are signposted with information and names in Thai, English and Japanese. The staff speak Eng ...

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Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore Trip!

Posted by hamilove on 12/12/2009 at 13:27

Hey guys, Stumbled across this website and am amazed by the wealth of knowledge available. Thought i would just see if could get some advice on our trip. Basically me and my partner are arriving in singapore and flying out of singapore 5 weeks later. In between is where i would like some ideas, im wanting to see as much of the above countries as possible however dont want to be rushed either. Does anyone have any tips, hints advice for our trip? Sorry to be vague, first big trip for us ...

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6 country trip! Experienced traveller advice needed!

Posted by sl on 9/12/2009 at 06:01

Hey everyone! Love this website been looking through some of the forums. I just recently purchased my plane tickets and will be visiting the 6 following countries from March 3 to June 2: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Jordan and Egypt (in that order). I am starting to plan out a bit of an itinerary for this trip and since I know you guys are experienced travellers, I would love your input! Itinerary: 1)Fly into Bangkok. 2)Take a flight from BKK to Koh Samui where I would explore Koh S ...

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Hanoi to Siem Reap in 15 days?

Posted by smash on 8/12/2009 at 05:40

Hi all We've had to change our plans around so now go from a 'relaxed' trip to having 15 nights between arriving in Hanoi at 4:00 PM on the 21st of March to departing Siem Reap on the 5th of April at 5:00 PM. We're locked into these flights so really just trying to figure out the best way to spend this time. Originally I thought we might do 10 nights in Hanoi/Halong/Sapa and then fly to Siem Reap and have five nights to do the Angkor area. This means that even though the trip is shor ...

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Viewed 5,378 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by smash on 9/12/2009 at 08:34

Feedback from the experts on SLOW travel itinerary please!

Posted by Egoli on 3/12/2009 at 22:09

Hi All, I've browsing the web and reading for days now and I am realizing two things: 1) I am confused and 2) I understood to not pack too much into an itinerary, less is more. So here it is, my first attempt at an itinerary. We are 2 people travelling from mid Jan to mid Feb 2010 and it's our first time in SEA (Thailand/Laos/Cambodia). 1-3: Bangkok (2.5 days) 4: fly to CM, continue by bus to Chiang Dao 5-6: trekking tour (or so) in CD 7: bus back to CM, fly to LP 8-9: LP 10: on t ...

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Itinerary for 7 week trip to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia - advice wanted

Posted by plawhon on 9/11/2007 at 03:11

Ok, I've read through travelfish and done plenty of research, and this is what I've come up with for my upcoming trip with my husband to SE asia. Please give us your criticisms and advice... Itinerary for Thailand-Laos-Cambodia trip Dec. 12-14th Bangkok - Ayutthaya – 3 days –train to Chiang Mai Dec. 15-17th Chiang Mai – 3 days (cooking lesson?) Dec. 17th- 18th Huay Xai – 1 day (stop enroute to Luang Namtha) Dec. 19th- 24th Luang Namtha or Muang Sing– 5 days (trekking, 24 ...

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Cellphones and sim cards

Posted by scottyheather on 1/12/2009 at 02:51

Hi - Just curious - does anyone know if I buy a sim card in Thailand, will I be able to use it in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia too or will I have to buy sim cards in each country? Not a very important question I know, but like I say, just wondering....... ...

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Advice about the weather and the four countries

Posted by RachelW on 18/11/2009 at 18:53

Hello, Am planning on going to travel the "four countries" from March next year for 6 months. I had orginally planned to get a flight into Bangkok (because the flights are cheapest!) then go through Laos for a month (April), Vietnam for 2 months (May- June), Cambodia for a month (July), and then the around August spend the rest of the time doing the Thai Islands. But having looked at the weather it wil be scoring hot in Laos and raining in Cambodia!. Then I thought i could do it the o ...

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Viewed 2,550 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by scottyheather on 30/11/2009 at 14:44

Itinerary advice-6 weeks in SEA

Posted by stardar on 30/11/2009 at 13:56

Hi all, My boyfriend and I are planning a 6 week trip through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand from mid-Jan through Feb and I'd love some feedback on our itinerary. To save time, we are probably going to do the Airpass through Bangkok Air and fly Siem Reap - Vientiane , Luang Prabang -Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai-Bangkok. I've been doing a lot of research and reading on various websites and guidebooks and these forums have been invaluable, so thanks in advance for any advice. Here's our p ...

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Daily Cost of BKK to Siem Reap

Posted by BretW on 30/11/2009 at 07:05

I am leaving from Chicago in the States and want to know whether I should fly directly into Siem Reap, (which is a couple of hundred dollars more expensive) or arrive in Bangkok and go overland to Siem Reap. So what is the cost in both US Dollars and days in traveling overland from Bangkok to Siem Reap? I understand that there are a variety of options to traveling the route, but I am looking for a generalization. The trip will be five weeks throughout Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. Thanks in a ...

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Angkor Wat from Singapore - advice pls?

Posted by ronaldev on 26/11/2009 at 18:54

Hi everyone. Been reading some of the posts and seems that lots of people are going to cambodia. I'll be in Singapore on Dec 21, any advice how can I go to cambodia? What's the best way and the cheapest mode? Then I have to be back to Sing since I have a confirmed flight from Singapore to Phuket on Dec 26. looking for a travel buddy too! ...

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Viewed 13,437 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by idreamofdurian on 28/11/2009 at 15:20

Booking Flights

Posted by 21days on 4/11/2009 at 04:36

Hi all and thanks in advance. We are needing to boook 2 flight son our trip in Jan, Hanoi to luang prabang and vientiane to houeisay. The flights on the lao air web page are $188Us and $100us each. My sister told me the hanoi to luand prabang flight would be about $80 (thats what she paid a couple of year ago) if we book there. Is this still true? Should we book there for cheaper tickets? or should we just book over the internet? ...

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SE Asia Itinerary?

Posted by holly123 on 23/11/2009 at 19:05

I am going travelling in SE Asia with a friend for 10 weeks. We fly into Singapore and leave from Bangkok. We were thinking of travelling up through Singapore & Malaysia to Thailand, then doing Vietnam and Cambodia before ending up back in Thailand to fly home. We are new to this so any advice on how we should do this/how long in each place or even must sees would be appreciated. thank you! ...

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Viewed 2,099 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by katieflorence on 23/11/2009 at 20:21

Yoga along the Way

Posted by condrew on 20/11/2009 at 11:15

I will be traveling in Vietnam, Loas and Cambodia this winter for 6 weeks. Will I find any yoga classes available anywhere in those countries? ...

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Rouh Itinerary - Comments welcome

Posted by Mangala on 20/11/2009 at 02:01

So, Im off to SEA in the small matter of 9 weeks and 3 days! Ive been trying to plan a rough route that sees what I want too and hopefully gets me to places I havent thought much on but may work out good to visit too, however I have a sticking point in that my parents are coming out to visit on their spring vacation in April (they are out from the 3rd through the 18th of April). What I have at the moment looks like this: January 26th. Land in Bangkok; January 31st/Feb 1st. Head slowl ...

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Any suggestions/tips PLEASE!

Posted by cassrose on 19/11/2009 at 09:04

Hi, Just wanting to know what people think of the times allocated for each place. not all set in stone though. some info would be much appreciated! Thanks!! 24th Dec – 29th – Phuket and surrounds – 5 nights 29th – 1st – Koh Phangan – 3 nights 1st – 4th – Bangkok – overnight train to Nong Khai – 4 nights including train 4th – 5th – Nong Khai – 1 night 5th – 6th – Vientiane – 1 night 6th – 9thth – VV – 3 nights 9th – 16th - Luang Prabang/N ...

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Viewed 2,113 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 19/11/2009 at 09:50

Three weeks in Vietnam, Laos and possilby Cambodia, tips?

Posted by jclarkson on 5/11/2009 at 14:54

I have got three weeks to spend in south east Asia, unfortunately Law School means my travel time is seriously limited. I was planning on mostly doing Vietnam with a bit in Laos to do Vientiane, VV and a day in LP. However, I have recently been thinking about cutting the Vietnam trip in favor of seeing Cambodia. One of my main interests is the nightlife and party scene of my destinations but I would really like to see Cambodia before it becomes further developed. So how is the nightlife in Cambo ...

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